Senior Management

The Bank's management comprises of highly skilled and experienced personnel. The Bank has continued with aggressive capacity building through staff training and development programmes. The first critical success factor of the bank is about an organization culture that values people, enhances performance and supports the business. This is grounded on seven core values namely Professionalism, Integrity, Creativity, Teamwork, Unity of Purpose, Respect and Dignity for Customers and Effective Corporate Governance.

A lot of emphasis is laid on developing leadership capabilities at all levels of the organization by sponsorships to some of the world's leading programmes. These include Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Strathmore Business School, Bolder Microfinance Leadership Programme and Ireland Development Institute among others.

The leadership team of the Bank consists of the following persons:-

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JAMES MWANGI, CBS - MANAGING DIRECTOR AND C.E.O

James holds five Honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. James has been honoured twice with Presidential national awards; he was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) national decoration-the highest presidential award to a civilian, for outstanding contribution in economic development as well as the Moran of the Burning Spear. He was named the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012, the Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2012 and is a holder of the 2007 Global Vision Award. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. He serves on several international bodies as an advisor. He is a Board member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition among others and is the Chancellor Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.

 

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BHARTESH SHAH - CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER


Bhartesh holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor Of Science (Hons.) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University. He has over 18 years of banking experience with multiple financial institutions in various capacities and in different locations. Bhartesh has in-depth experience in the financial services industry covering corporate finance, corporate banking, transaction banking, wealth management, bancassurance, product management and retail banking. He previously worked for Midland Bank (HSBC), UK; Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya, Botswana and Singapore; and Citibank, Africa. Bhartesh’s immediate former roles were Head of Retail Banking SCB Kenya and East Africa and Head Of Digital banking, Africa. Bhartesh joined Equity bank in 2015.

 

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HELEN GICHOHI, MBS , - MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY GROUP FOUNDATION


Helen holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Leicester in the UK, Master of Science degree in Biology of Conservation and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University respectively. She joined Equity Group Foundation in 2012 from the African Wildlife Foundation where she served for 11 years from 2001, as the President from 2007, Vice President from 2002 and Director of the Conservation Program from 2001 when she joined AWF. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of the African Conservation Center. Helen is a recipient of the Charlotte Wyman Trust’s Women in Conservation Program, the Order of Great Warrior and the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear awarded by the Kenyan Government. She won the Giai Environmental Award for 2012 at The WIFTs Foundation International Visionary Awards. She serves on the boards of Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Africa Wildlife Foundation.

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MARY WAMAE, SECRETARY TO THE  BOARD


Mary holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Nairobi, Masters in Leadership, Innovation and Change from York St. John’s University, UK, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) (CPS Registration Number 1753). She is an Advocate of the High Court and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 13 years of private practice experience.

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JOHN STALEY,CHIEF OFFICER – FINANCE, INNOVATION AND PAYMENTS


Staley has a Masters of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. A specialist in implementing cost effective ICT solutions, John worked as the CEO of Credit Indemnity (Pty) Ltd in South Africa before joining Equity Bank. He has been actively involved in the use of mobile phones to provide financial services since 1998.

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REUBEN MBINDU - CHIEF OFFICER, HUMAN CAPITAL AND ADMINISTRATION


Reuben holds a BSc. in Computer Science from Germany and is a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya. He has expertise in various fields including technology, auditing, communication and human resources having worked at senior management levels in various organizations. Reuben joined Equity Bank in 2013 from Standard Chartered, where he was the Director of Human Resources for East Africa. He has also held other senior positions within Standard Chartered including Head of Corporate Affairs - East Africa, Chairman of the Nairobi Marathon, Head of Human Resources - Tanzania and Regional Head of Human Resources Operations for Africa. While at Standard Chartered, he had the opportunity to work in different markets including United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. He made a major contribution in the design and automation of global HR processes in Standard Chartered. Reuben has also worked in other sectors including public sector (UNEP), consultancy (Deloitte) and ICT (Siemens, Germany).

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ROHIT KUMAR SINGH - CHIEF OFFICER, CORPORATE AND SME BANKING

Rohit holds a MS (Finance) degree from Boston College, USA, an MBA from Cardiff Business School, UK and a Bachelor degree in Technology with Honours (Civil Engineering) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, India. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Strategic Leadership Program from IESE Business School, Barcelona and has completed an advanced technology program from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Prior to joining Equity Group Holdings in 2014, Rohit has held senior management positions at Emirates NBD Bank in Dubai, Business Development Asia in Mumbai, Private Capital Management in Naples and McKinsey & Company in New York. He has extensive experience in corporate banking, SME banking, investment banking, private equity, treasury, capital markets and investment management. Throughout his career, Rohit has led and scaled up several businesses and executed turnaround strategies. In an international career spanning 18 years, Rohit has not only worked in developed economies of North America and Europe but also extensively in emerging economies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In May 2015, Rohit was named as the “Corporate Banker of the Year” in the Think Business Banking Awards ceremony.

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ANTHONY EMEKA  OGBECHIE - GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR


Anthony holds an MBA (Strategy and Finance) from INSEAD, France. He also holds an MSc in Management from The London School of Economics UK, BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the American Intercontinental University London (Magna Cum Laude)and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has over 15 years of international financial services experience covering Financial Reporting, Corporate Planning, Corporate Finance, Performance Management, Strategy and Transformation. Anthony joined Equity Bank as the Finance Director in 2014 from UBA Capital Plc (Nigeria) where he served as the Group Chief Finance Officer. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse Investment Bank (London) in Strategic Finance Transformation and UBS Investment Bank (London) in Strategic Business Transformation.

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GERALD WARUI - DIRECTOR OPERATIONS & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE


Gerald holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is also a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K) and a graduate of Advanced Management Program offered by Strathmore- IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain. A career banker, Gerald has vast experience in operations and customer service. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Human Resource and Customer Service. He has served in Equity Bank for 18 years.

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ELIZABETH GATHAI - DIRECTOR, CREDIT


Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K). She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore-IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Management Executive Programme (Maastricht School of Management (MSM)-Netherlands). She has 15 years of banking experience. Elizabeth joined Equity Bank in 2001.

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ALLAN M. WAITITU - DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS


Allan is a graduate in Business Information Technology, and a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore-IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). He has over 26 years’ experience in Information Technology and banking and previously served as Equity Bank’s General Manager of Operations. Allan joined Equity Bank in 2004. He is undertaking a Master in Business Administration Degree at Strathmore Business School.

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BILDARD FWAMBA - CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR

Bildard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Kenyatta University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a member of ICPAK. He has over 18 years’ experience in Audit, Accounting and Finance. He joined the Group in 2004 from Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) where he served for 7 years as a Bank Examiner. He previously worked with Britam before joining CBK. At Equity Group, Bildard has served in various roles including Compliance Manager, Internal Audit Manager, Head of Internal Audit, General Manager – Finance and General Manager – Internal Audit before his current role.

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ANTHONY KITUUKA - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 


Anthony holds an MBA in Oil and Gas from Middlesex University, London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Applied Economics from Makerere University, Uganda. He holds a professional accountants certificate (ACCA) and is a fellow of the Professionals Accountants Certificate (FCCA). He has over 7 years banking experience and has previously worked with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) as the head of Global Corporates. He joined Equity Bank in 2014.

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JAMES MUTUKU - DIRECTOR, TREASURY


James has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University. He has 19 years experience in the Treasury business having worked for Co-operative bank, KCB and most recently as the Head of Financial Markets for StandardChartered Bank Uganda. Before that, James was the East Africa Head of Asset Liability Management (ALM), for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. James brings a wealth of experience in balance sheet management and fixed income trading, having been one of the founding members of the CBK market leaders forum. James joined Equity in 2015.

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JOHN WAWERU - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN - FINSERVE AFRICA LIMITED

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is the former Director-General of Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), renamed to Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), from 2005 to 2008. John joined Finserve in 2014.

 

 

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NEIL DWYER - CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, FINSERVE AFRICA


Neil holds an MSc in Project Management from George Washington University. He has over 27 years in-depth internationalexperience in the Telco and Financial Services sectors. With a broad array of roles spanning IT service management, Service Delivery, Project Management, Strategy, Operations, Customer Experience, IT outsourcing, Vendor Management and Consultancy. Neil previously worked for NatWest Bank, AT&T and EDS, in the UK; IBM and NCR covering the EMEA region; and had a global responsibility at Vodafone. Neil’s immediate previous role was the Head of Global Services and Operations for MPESA at Vodafone. From its infancy in 2008 to 2015. Neil joined Equity in 2015.

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SAMUEL KIRUBI - MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY BANK UGANDA

Mr. Kirubi holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Moi University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Statistics from Egerton University. He is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore- IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). Since joining Equity Bank in 2001, Samuel has gained vast experience in operations, marketing and customer service. Samuel was previously the Chief Operations Officer in Equity Bank South Sudan and most recently the Managing Director, Equity Bank Rwanda.
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PAUL GITAHI - MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY BANK SOUTH SUDAN


Paul is a career banker with over 24 years experience and previously worked with ABC Bank and Cooperative Bank. He has extensive banking experience in operations, marketing and customer service. Paul served previously as the General Manager in charge of marketing in Equity Bank Kenya before taking up his present position. Paul joined Equity Bank in 2006.

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ADDIS ABABA OTHOW - DIRECTOR OPERATIONS, EQUITY BANK SOUTH SUDAN


Addis holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Master’s degree in Economic Development and a PhD in political economics from Al-Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan. He also holds Bachelor Degree in Finance and Accounting from Hanze University, Groningen, Netherlands. He has a wide range of experience in banking, accounting, finance, and information system. Prior to joining Equity Bank, Dr. Addis initially worked as a teaching assistant at Al Neelain University, Khartoum and was later appointed as a banking inspector, Central Bank of Sudan in 1997. He worked as an assistant accountant and auditor at Dubois & Co Chartered Accountants Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He has also worked as head of non-banking Division before he got transferred to be the Head of planning, regulation and licensing, central bank of south Sudan (BSS). He joined Equity Bank in February.

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HANNINGTON NAMARA - MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY BANK RWANDA


Hannington has over 15 year of experience as a Senior Private Sector Development specialist. He has extensive track record in Strategy, Leadership and Programme Management, Finance and Communications. Hannington is currently the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Equity Bank Rwanda. Before joining the Bank he was the Country Director of TradeMark East Africa – Rwanda Country Programme leading a large ($65 Million) Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration Programme. Prior to joining Trademark in 2012, Hannington served as the Chief executive officer of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation, an umbrella organization that coordinates, promotes and represents the interests of the Business community in Rwanda. He worked with Commercial Bank of Rwanda (BCR) - a private commercial bank where he served the bank for over eight years in various capacities including heading the bank’s corporate banking division, marketing and business development functions. He also served as a senior officer in charge of Special Projects at the Rwanda Investment Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA-now known as Rwanda Development Board). Hannington is a graduate of Makerere University Business School with a degree in Business Administration – Finance and has received various trainings in corporate banking, credit, structured finance and hold several positions of responsibility in Boards of Parastatals and Corporates. Hannington is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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JOSEPH IHA- MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQUITY BANK TANZANIA


Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education in Accounting and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has also attended various professional courses in banking. He has over 15 years banking and leadership experience in Credit, Corporate banking and Operations. Before joining Equity Bank (Tanzania) Limited, he worked as the General Manager, Credit in Equity Bank (Uganda) Limited and General Manager, Corporate Banking Division at Equity Bank (Kenya). Joseph joined Equity Bank in 2005. He previously worked with Co-operative Bank of Kenya for six years in various
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CELESTIN MUKEBA MUNTUABU - MANAGING DIRECTOR, PROCREDIT BANK (DRC)


Celestin holds a Degree in Business Administration from the Protestant University of Congo. Has also a degree in Banking Administration at ProCredit Academy – Germany. Prior joining the banking sector, he was an assistant trainer of public and private companies managers in internal control systems and internal audit. He was at PWC in 2006. Since he joined the bank in 2006, he has contributed in building this institution and held various top level positions in ProCredit Bank Congo including Deputy CEO (2008 – 2014).

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PHILIP SIGWART - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROCREDIT BANK (DRC)


Philip holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and a Master’s in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools. He is a specialist of MSME banking in transition and developing countries. Prior to joining Equity Group he was he was Executive Chairman of ProCredit Bank in the DR Congo, CEO of ProCredit Bank Kosovo and chairman of the Kosovo Banking Association, and CEO of ProCredit Bank Georgia. He stared this career as a bank adviser with the Russia Small Business Fund of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.