Founder and President
After leaving university with a BA in Geography, I was only able to find work as a secretary; I was restless and wanted to see the world that I had studied.
I travelled extensively, visiting many countries and experiencing at first hand the vast profusion of different people, cultures and environments - what a thrill. I then settled in London where I started work in the fine garments and fashion industry. I worked hard and rapidly climbed the ladder. But still there was something missing.
Finally I settled in Mombasa where I established my own business, La Maison. Here at last I was able to engage with artisans and people from all walks of life, encouraging and supporting them to utilise their skills and craftsmanship and present their produce for sale in La Maison. This engagement with local communities began an evolutionary thought process; what else could I do to encourage these people and their communities to come together for their mutual benefit?
The ‘Better 2 Gether Foundation’ is the result. This is a charitable foundation that seeks to engage with and involve people from all communities, to come together and learn from each other to foster greater understanding, tolerance and respect within our society.
I hope you will join this rapidly growing and inspirational group of people and enjoy the benefits of our collective endeavours.
Bilal Jamil holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Majoring in Finance), a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and has also cleared Part 1 & 2 of ACCA, qualifications he obtained in Pakistan and Malaysia. He has been in banking since graduating in 2005, with nine years at Diamond Trust Bank before becoming the Manager at the Nyali Branch of I&M Bank in Mombasa, a position he has held since 2014.
As well as being the newly elected Vice President of Better 2 Gether, with whom he has been associated since its beginning, Bilal is also an active member of the Muslim Association of Mombasa Rotarian and is currently the President of the Bahari Rotary Club in Mombasa, with whom he has been involved for over ten years. He has a passion for wild life and its conservation, is crazy about cricket and closely follows motor sports.
Ranrick is a Graduate Architect currently based in Mombasa, Kenya. He is passionate about social work and environmental conservation. He is equipped with a multifaceted skill set ranging in experience from stage and set design to production of large-scale events and various design and build projects. He adds a problem-solving and strategic thinking approach to Better2Gether operations and looks forward to serving the greater community through the organization’s initiatives.
In his free time, you will find Ranrick volunteering at various charity events, kayaking on the Tudor Creek of Mombasa or playing a game of football.
He currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Rotaract Club of Nyali and the Youth Convener for the Goan Community in Mombasa.
Sabrina Faiz Ahmed is a Business Administration student on her last year majoring in Marketing. She has a passion for art, food and most importantly, social work.
Sabrina recently started her own business as a Chocolatier called, ‘The Dark Side’. As she says, “Creating these chocolates provides an outlet for my creativity by combining both my love for art and food into these exquisite pieces.”
Born in Mombasa, Sabrina has been a part of the Better 2 Gether Foundation since the beginning of 2018, first as a volunteer and now with the important added responsibility on the Management Committee as Assistant Secretary.
Charles is a well-connected and experienced leader in the hospitality and tourism industries. His work has taken him to ten countries around the world, where he has run hotels and clubs and taken the lead on a number of large-scale development projects for both local and multi-national organisations. He has worked for both the public and private sectors and with his solid understanding of business processes, has an ability to meet and exceed the expectations of the teams he is working with and all related stakeholders.
An excellent communicator, Charles has led a government related Think Tank in Pakistan and has been a key member of The Bardasht Foundation, an NGO promoting Peace and Tolerance in society. He is a member of Lions Club International and has been active throughout his career in a number of charitable projects, including being a driving force in a feeding programme for the destitute in South East Asia, Food link Foundation.
While chairing The Club Manager’s Association of Hong, China and Macau, Charles organised a number of initiatives and conferences promoting sustainability and environmental issues, and has been largely influential in curbing the barbaric global practice of shark fining with Bloom Association.
Charles was originally involved in the establishment of Better 2 Gether and looks forward to making further contributions to the Foundation on a global basis as it expands its horizons.
Shahnaz is an outstanding cook. Her creativity has become legendary in her fine dining business and apparent to the many people she has taught, instructed and inspired in her Asian cookery school.
Shahnaz’s expertise covers both a mastery of food production and a deep understanding of administration, IT and website development. Much of her design skill sets are reflected in her website development work, a business that is now thriving.
Her earlier career was spent in senior executive positions in organisations as diverse as global corporations, the United Nations and Government and she understands well business and administrative practices.
Shahnaz compliments the team with an abundance of experience in the use of fabrics, art and accessories. Having qualified in garments and textile design and technology, she has since travelled extensively around South East Asia, amassing a wealth of ideas and concepts. She has a boundless list of contacts upon whom she draws to procure fabulous products to suit every creation and event. Her approach to art and design is both original and inspirational and she applies her knowledge not only to the projects in hand but also to the stories behind the briefs.