SOLARKIOSK is proud to announce Ketan Patel has joined the company as the new Director of Retail.
Zimbabwean-born Ketan Patel is the new Director of Retail of SOLARKIOSK. Ketan joins the company following a 25-year successful track record of establishing, growing and managing businesses in challenging operational environments, dating back to the first experience he gained behind the counters of his father’s retail stores in Harare.
Passionate about Africa and entrepreneurship, Ketan has worked on over 15 concepts and 5,000 combined units, developing a deep global retail experience in chain and franchised companies. During his rich international experience, Ketan was a key executive at both private and public entities in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Middle East and United States, developing and executing marketing strategies for multinational brands with budgets above $10 million.
Among his achievements, Ketan lead the introduction of new product lines for a multi-million dollar investment in a bakery chain and founded a social entrerprise for urban vendors in Harare. Imhanya employs mobile cloud technology and recycled containers to provide income to over 300 families per unit.
In his new role, Ketan will continue spending the bulk of his time in Africa to support the expansion of SOLARKIOSK’s retail and distribution channels, while his wife and 6-year old son will relocate to Berlin. The cosmopolitan family enjoys frequent travelling to Asia and is looking forward to discovering new places and foods in Berlin.