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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has attracted directors who have shown great commitment and enthusiasm in involving themselves in the affairs of the Bank and who have demonstrated the spirit and ethos of the organization. The Directors have supervised the delivery of dramatic growth over the years, with the Bank continuing to deliver strong financial performance. The Board has provided leadership to the Bank to become an all inclusive bank providing accessible and affordable financial services and in the process generating great shareholder value. All Board members are vetted before appointment to take into account professional qualifications, integrity and track record.

The Board also conducts a self evaluation exercise in keeping with highest international standards. The evaluation focuses on the role and responsibility of the Board, structure, composition, functions and processes, information, meetings among other critical areas.

The Board has established seven Board committees to assist in guiding the direction of the bank. These are Audit, Credit, Risk management & ALCO, Governance, Nominations and Staff Remuneration, Tendering & Procurement, Strategy & Investment, Executive Committees. All the committees are governed by charters setting out their mandates and authority.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/EVELYN RUTAGWENDA




    Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Kampala. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR). She previously worked as the Auditor General for the Republic of Rwanda; as the Secretary General of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI); consultant/project accountant for Decentralization Secretariat (Institutional Capacity Building Project); Ministry of Local Government, Uganda and also as Chief Auditor at UCA Auditing Services among others. Evelyn spearheaded the formation of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) and subsequently served the Institute in various capacities including, Chairperson of the Interim Governing Council, Ex Officio and elected member of the Governing Council. In 2009, she received an ACCA Achievements Award for her outstanding contribution to developing the accountancy and finance profession. She is currently the Chair-MTN Rwanda and Crystal Telecom Limited Boards, Vice-Chair, Rwanda Development Board and previously served on the Board of Victoria Motors Rwanda from July 2013 to September 2019.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/HANNINGTON NAMARA




    Hannington is the Managing Director of Equity Bank Rwanda. He holds a degree in Business Administration (Finance option) from Makerere University Business School, a graduate of Advanced Management Programme from Strathmore Business School. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has over 19 years of experience in banking and Private Sector Development extensive with knowledge and a track record in Strategic Leadership, Banking and Finance, Management and Communications. He has held various leadership positions while working with different reputable organisations in the past including TradeMark East Africa, Rwanda Private Sector Federation, Commercial Bank of Rwanda (BCR), Rwanda Investment Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA-now known as Rwanda Development Board). He holds several positions of responsibility in Boards of Corporates and Parastatals.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/DR. PATRICK UWIZEYE




    Patrick holds a degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the Heriot-Watt University, UK, a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the same University, MBA in Financial Management from the University of Hull, UK and Masters in Communications Management (MCM) from Coventry University, UK. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of both Institutes of CPA Kenya and Rwanda; a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM), UK and Associate Member of Kenya Institute of Management. Patrick has over 28 years working experience in business management and worked for MTN Rwanda and AACC in Nairobi. Dr. Uwizeye is currently the President of the Institute of CPA Rwanda, and a board member of Pan Africa Federation of Accountants (PAFA). Patrick currently serves as the Managing Director of BPU Consulting Ltd, a company he founded more than six years ago. 

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/ROBERT BAFAKULERA




    Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Uganda. He has served as Chairman in several investment and trading companies and has a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and business. He is currently the Managing Director for Roba General Merchants Limited.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/EMMANUEL BUTARE




    Emmanuel holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Rwanda. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in legal practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD); A fellow from the London Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Certificate in Global Arbitration from Hamline University of Law in conjunction with School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University in London. He worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Law School, a Training Coordinator in the Rwandan Judiciary and Principal State Attorney. He was part of the team that negotiated the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area negotiations between the EAC, COMESA and SADC. He served as Vice President, East African Law Society (EALS) and President of the Strategic Litigation Committee of the EALS. He is a member of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre Domestic Arbitrators and has handled several arbitrations. Robert is currently the Managing Partner and one of the founding Partners of MRB Attorneys.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/STEVEN MUTABAZI




    Steve holds Master of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate governance, as an Executive Board Member of the two companies he founded and later as Chairman of Broadband Systems Corporation Ltd, KT Rwanda Networks Ltd, and the National Industrial Research and Development Agency as well as being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Steve built his entrepreneurial business career in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He founded and led two technology innovation companies for 20 years. He also held senior positions with Telstra Corporation (Australia) and Hewlett Packard Company.

    In 2012, he joined the Rwanda Development Board, where for over 6 years, he led the Government’s effort to develop the country’s ICT sector. He led the establishment of the Government’s joint venture with KT Corporation for the rollout of 4G LTE covering 95% of the population by 2017 and developed Kigali Innovation City flagship initiative.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/MARY WAMAE




    Mary holds a Master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

    She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya, Women Corporate Directors and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists. She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 15 years’ experience in private legal practice.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/JAMES MWANGI, CBS




    James holds five honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his positive impact to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been honoured thrice with National Presidential Awards: The First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Head of State Commendation (HSC). 

    On the global front, he has won several awards including the G8 Global Vision Award, 2007. He was named among the Top 50 Emerging Market Business Leaders and the 20 most influential people in Africa in 2011; the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012; the Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2012 and was recently named in the Bloomberg 50 list of people who defined 2019 globally. He is an honoree of the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award, also described as the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’.

    On the regional front, James was also recognized as the Africa Investor Awards, CEO of the Year in 2009 and 2015; Innovation Leader of the Year in 2012; African Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and African Banker of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2017 at the African Banker Awards. He was also named the Banker of the Year during the Banker Africa (East Africa) Awards in 2017 and 2018, and named African CEO of the year by the African Business Leadership 2020 Awards. Locally, he has received the Think Business CEO of the Year award for the last 4 years.

    James has served on board and advisory roles at the Global Advisory Council for VISA Inc., the Clinton Global Initiative, The G8 New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition, US President Barack Obama’s Initiative for Global Development, the G20 Advisory Board of Agriculture and Initiative for Global Development and The Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking of the World Economic Forum from 2003-2007. He also served as the Founding Chair of Kenya’s Vision 2030 from inception in 2007 to 2019.

    He currently serves on several international bodies as an advisor and was appointed to the Nairobi Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centres. He is a member of the continent-wide PACT initiative, a Board member of the Economic Advisory Board of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Mastercard MEA Advisory Board, the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. He is also a guest lecturer at Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Harvard, IESE and Lagos Business School where Equity Bank Business Model is a case study. Locally, he is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology and the Chairman of the Health Committee of Kenya COVID-19 Fund Board.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/JAMES MUTUKU




    James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University. He has over 20 years’ experience in Treasury business having worked as a treasury dealer for Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Head of Money Markets and Fixed Income at KCB Kenya and the East Africa Head of Asset Liability Management (ALM), for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. Before joining Equity Bank, he was the immediate country Head of Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, where he also doubled up as the Co-Head SCB Uganda Wholesale Bank. He brings a wealth of experience in balance sheet management, fixed income trading and general treasury management. He joined Equity Bank in 2016.

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