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 worlds 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:-




Hannington Namara
Managing Director
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.
Stanley Wahethu
Stanley Wahethu,
General Manager Operations

Stanley holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Moi University & a Diploma of Banking from Kenya School of Monetary Studies. Stanley has over 13 years’ experience in Banking, with vast experience in the Equity Bank Banking Model having served Equity Bank in various departments.
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Athanasie Niragira,
Head of Marketing & Communication 

Athanasie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing from National University of Rwanda and a Masters degree in Leadership from Oklahoma Christian University. Prior to joining Equity Bank, Athanasie worked in marketing and sales roles in Agaseke Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, The Edge Ltd and Rwandatel SA.

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Eugene Higiro,
Head of Legal
Eugene holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the National University of Rwanda. He is currently pursuing his Masters program in Business Law at the National University of Rwanda. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Eugene worked for Fina Bank Rwanda in various positions including Legal Advisor, Head of Credit and Administration and Team Leader of security and documentation.
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Fernand Kamanzi,
Head of Treasury

Fernand holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences and Management from Kigali Independent University (ULK) and is an ACI certified dealer. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Fernand worked in Access Bank Rwanda Ltd for 5years in various positions including Team Leader Treasury 2011 – August 2013, Acting Treasurer 2010 -2011 and Card & Channels Officer 2008 - 2010.
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Seth Shyirakera,
Human Resources Manager

Seth holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration Accounting from the National University of Rwanda. He is a Certified Human Resources Manager (CHRM). Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda, he worked with KSK Associates.
Paul Sewe Omany
Paul Sewe Omany,
Head of ICT & Channels

Paul holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Paul was a resource person for the NICI – 2010 Plan for the Government of Rwanda's Integrated ICT-Led Socio-Economic Development Plan 2006 – 2010. He also has vast experience in the banking industry having worked for RSwitch Ltd, Ecobank Kenya, Barclays Bank Kenya, and in the telecommunications industry having worked for RSL Communications and International Telecommunications Clearing Corporation (ITCC), both based in the UK.
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Chantal Mukandoli Kayijamahe - Head Of Credit

Chantal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting option. Prior to joining Equity Bank 4 years ago, Chantal worked at the Commercial Bank of Rwanda (now I&M) in Credit Department for more than 11 years; As an Analyst in SME and Corporate Banking, Security Perfection Manager, Personal Lending and Mortgages Manager.

Javan Sangano

Javan D. Sangano, Head- Risk Management

Javan holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from University of Pretoria – South Africa and an international diploma in Risk Management from KPMG Financial Services-Sweden Stockholm. He has over 8 years’ experience in banking with specialization in Risk Management and Compliance. Before joining the banking sector, Javan held managerial positions in different institutions in Rwanda including the Ministry of Education.Javan joined Equity Bank Rwanda from KCB Bank Rwanda, and before that the Central Bank of Rwanda (BNR) where he headed the Risk Management and Compliance Departments respectively.

Javan Sangano

Joseph Mutuma - Finance Manager

Joseph holds a bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K) and a Certified Securities and Investments Analyst (CSIA). He is currently pursuing his master’s programme in Business Administration at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Joseph worked as a senior account officer at Equity Bank Kenya.

Javan Sangano
Martin Ndagijimana - Internal Audit Manager

Martin is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and Certified Forensic Investigation Professional. He has 3 years of experience in Internal Audit from I&M bank Rwanda Ltd and 3 years work experience from Ernst & Young Rwanda Limited. He has been audit team leader in charge of audit services in banking and financial services, manufacturing, construction, telecoms and Governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Martin holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Amity University, a bachelor degree in Accounting Sciences from Former National University of Rwanda, he holds advanced Diploma in business and accounting from ACCA, and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR).


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