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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 KAMAGAJU RUTAGWENDA

    EVELYN KAMAGAJU RUTAGWENDA

    NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON

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    Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Kampala and is a Certified Public Accountant. 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 also 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 of Directors, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Rwanda Development Board and also serves on the Board of Directors of Victoria Motors Rwanda.

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

    HANNINGTON NAMARA

    MANAGING DIRECTOR

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    Hannington holds a degree in Business Administration – Finance from Makerere University Business School. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and has received various trainings in corporate banking, credit, structured finance. He has over 15 years of experience as a Senior Private Sector Development specialist. He has extensive track record in Strategy, Leadership and Programme Management, Finance and Communications. He is currently the Managing Director of Equity Bank Rwanda. He has held various positions while working for TradeMark East Africa – Rwanda Country Programme, 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 Parastatals and Corporates. 

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

    DR. PATRICK UWIZEYE

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Patrick holds a degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the Heriot-Watt Business School Edinburgh, UK, a Masters of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the same University, a MBA in Financial Management from the University of Hull, UK and a 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 of working experience in business management working for MTN Rwanda and AACC in Nairobi. Currently, Patrick is the Managing Director of BPU Consulting Ltd, a company he founded.

     

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

    ROBERT BAFAKULERA

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Robert holds a BComs 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 of Acacia Developers Ltd, Rwanda.

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/JOANNA BICHSEL

    JOANNA BICHSEL

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Joanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kasha, an ecommerce company for women’s health operating in Kenya and Rwanda. Prior to founding Kasha, she was the Principal Technology Advisor for Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on technology strategy and investments across East and West Africa and South Asia. She also spent 11 years at Microsoft Corporation headquarters working as a software engineer, business leader and a senior leader of an international cybersecurity team.

     

     

     

  • https://rw.equitybankgroup.com/JULIUS KAYOBOKE

    JULIUS KAYOBOKE

    GROUP DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

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    Julius holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham, UK including a year spent at the Pepperdine George Graziado Business School in California. He has vast experience in Marketing, Brand Management and Project Management both in Europe and throughout Africa. He worked at Heineken Rwanda where he rose from Project Manager to Marketing Director. He is currently the Group Director of Customer Experience and Product Management.

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

    EMMANUEL BUTARE

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Emmanuel holds a Master’s Degree in law from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Laws 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 Membership Certificate from the London Institute of Chartered Arbitrators 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 a 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/MARY WAMAE

    MARY WAMAE

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    Mrs. Wamae 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, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists. She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 14 years private legal practice experience. She joined Equity in 2004.

     

     

     

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

    JAMES MWANGI, CBS

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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    James holds five honorary doctorate degrees from various universities, including Jomo Kenyatta and Kenyatta University. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has wide experience in the banking industry including finance. He is a recipient of 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). 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 was also recognized as the 2015 Ai40 CEO of the year. He was named the Banker of the Year during the 4th Banker Africa - East Africa Awards 2017. James serves on several international bodies as an advisor such as the Nairobi Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centres. He is a Board member of the Economic Advisory Board of the IFC, the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa and the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. He is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology and serving as the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

     

     

     

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

    JAMES MUTUKU

    NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALTERNATE TO JAMES MWANGI

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    James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Treasury working for Co-operative Bank of Kenya, KCB Kenya and Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. Before joining Equity Bank he was the immediate Country Head of Financial Markets and Co-Head Wholesale Bank for Standard Chartered Bank, Uganda. James is the currently the Group Director, Treasury.  

     

     

     

     

     

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