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Dennis Keya (BSc Agriculture and Economics 2000)


I currently work for the UK Trade & Investment Department based at the British High Commission in Nairobi. My job is to promote UK trade with Kenya. Therefore, I advise companies on market opportunities especially in Infrastructure, Financial & Professional Services, Agriculture, ICT and Defense & Security.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

My interest was to study an agricultural related course but with an emphasis on business. University of Reading has been a leader in this field and highly respected.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Reading is located in an exciting location and centrally located in the UK with easy access to London and Heathrow Airport which I used often. There was a large international student population. Kenyans were the second largest international students after Greeks.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Engage with everyone through activities. I played for the University of Reading Rugby Team and made good friends so I encourage students to join a sport or society.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am a Trade Development Manager and got to this level through hard work and dedication in everything that I do. I also utilize networks and opportunities. Besides my current job, I am also into business and venturing into real estate development and farming. I have established networks and researched opportunities.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Utilize your research skills and read as much as you can but give each and every opportunity your all. This will always payback!

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The University developed my understanding of various issues in world economic development but more importantly my analytical skills were sharpened.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Write your CV and give it to an independent and objective person to review. Establish networks with key people in areas of your career interest. Start by taking baby steps and always go the extra mile!

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University left a delicate mark in my life. I have several good memories and it is difficult to single out any. However, my favourite was when I featured in the Students Union Newspaper after a sterling performance in an Inter-University Rugby game. I scored 6 tries in that week's game and my picture featured in the whole back page with the title "Keya is King!"



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