Jaswinder BEDI

CEO, Bedi Investments Limited

Jas graduated as a textile technologist in the UK in 1984 and has over 30 years experience in the manufacturing sector in Kenya. Jas is an industrialist and an entrepreneur who has numerous responsibilities in business and various business member organizations. Over the years, he has attended several executive business courses organized by Harvard Business School, IMD, and IIM among others. He is a member of YPO-WPO global network of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

His business acumen has been recognized by Government of Kenya: he was a appointed a board member at The Export Promotion Council in 2003 and in 2006 transferred to serve the board of The Export Processing Zones Authority until Oct. 2012. In Dec. 2012, HE President Mwai Kibaki honored Jas with a medal, Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS).

Jas is currently the

• Vice President of International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)

• Chairman of the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF)

• Ex-officio of the East African Business Council (EABC)

• Managing Director of Bedi Investments Limited

• Executive Director of Fine Spinners Uganda Limited

• Executive Director of Fine Fashions Limited.

 

Jas has served on the Board of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and served as Managing Director of Orbit Chemical Industries Limited (2003-2005). He was also the Chairman of Kenya Apparel Manufacturers Exporters Association (KAMEA) 2003-2010 and the Vice Chairman of Kenya India Business Council (2003 -2005). He served as Co-Chair of the World Bank Cotton Apex committee (2004 -2009).

He served in various trade committees of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) since 1996 and graduated as Chairman of KAM for 2 years in 2010. Jas has also served the EABC as a Director from 2011 and as Vice Chairman in 2014. He has served Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) as the Chairman of the Trade and Investment committee and as a KEPSA governor from 2010 to 2015.

Tirelessly involved in developing export market opportunities, particularly in trading bocks such as EAC, COMESA, the USA and the EU, Jas is currently actively promoting the textile and apparel value chain in Africa. Since the inception of AGOA, he has been involved in private sector initiatives to improve the AGOA trade provisions that would lead to increased trade and investment in Africa. 

Jaswinder BEDI is speaking at the following session