Combining the best of global institutional knowledge with extensive local insights and experience.

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Michael Wilkerson

Relevant skills and experience:

Mr. Wilkerson is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation (TSX: FAH.U), an Africa focused investment holding company. Prior to joining Fairfax Africa, Mr. Wilkerson served as the Managing Partner of AgriGroupe Limited, an Africa focused private investment firm which he co-founded in 2013 and whose core investment thesis was Food and Energy Security for the African Century. Previously, Mr. Wilkerson served as Global Co-Head of the Consumer, Food & Retail Group and as a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard. He was also a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he led the Financial Institutions M&A effort in New York.

 

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Robert E. Diamond, Jr.

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Merchant Capital and co-founder of Atlas Mara.
  • Over 30 years of global banking experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of banking regulatory frameworks and relationships with regulators in US, UK, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  • Deep experience growing and integrating banks in Africa.
  • Extensive risk management expertise.

External appointments:

  • Founder and CEO Atlas Merchant Capital LLC.
  • Diamond Family Foundation and Mayor’s Fund for London (Trustee).
  • Board of Trustees of Colby College.

Past roles:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Plc
  • President of Barclays and Chief Executive of Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth Management.

African Experience:

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Rachel F. Robbins

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Three decades of global financial services institution experience as general counsel at the NYSE and JP Morgan and economic development experience at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
  • Extensive experience in corporate governance and compliance.
  • Well versed in international banking and emerging markets, including sub-Saharan Africa.

External appointments:

  • Non-Executive Directorships at FINCA Microfinance Holdings LLC and New York University School of Law.
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Past roles:

  • Vice President and General Counsel of the IFC.
  • Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Euronext.
  • Managing Director, General Counsel and Secretary, JP Morgan & Co.
  • Managing Director and General Counsel, Citigroup International.

African Experience:

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Amadou Raimi

Relevant skills and experience:

  • President of Croissance sud Conseils.

  • Over 35 years of international accounting, audit and risk management experience across multiple sectors and regions including financial services and Africa respectively.

  • Relationships with key stakeholders in Francophone Africa

External appointments:

  • Non-Executive Directorships at Citizen Capital, IMS – Entreprendre Pour Member La Cité, I&P Development (IPDEV) and BGFI Benin.

Past roles:

  • Vice Chairman of the global Deloitte Board.

  • Chairman of Deloitte France.

  • Various senior management roles at Deloitte France.

African experience:

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Simon Lee

 

Relevant skills and experience:

Former Group Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 financial services company.

Extensive banking experience having fulfilled a number of senior roles over 20 years for NatWest Group both in the U.K. and internationally.

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Omar Khan

Previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Commercial International Bank ("CIB").  Mr. Khan has over 24 years of banking experience in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Canada with Citibank, ABN AMRO, Royal Bank of Scotland and CIB, among others.  During this time Mr. Khan has developed expertise in a multitude of areas of banking, including Finance, Asset & Liability Management, Service & Quality, Retail, Operations, Human Resources, Project Management and Administration.

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Kenroy Dowers

Previously headed the IFC’s Financial Markets Global Retail unit, overseeing investments in capital markets, insurance and agrifinance. Spearheaded the IFC’s expansion into housing finance, distressed assets and insurance, and managed the IFC’s global client relationships with banks including Citibank, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. Kenroy has 15 years of financial services experience, including senior positions at Inter-American Development Bank and Freddie Mac prior to joining the IFC.

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Sanjeev Anand

Previously Managing Director of BPR since January 2016 after Atlas Mara’s acquisition of BPR and the merger of BRD-Commercial Bank with BPR. Prior to joining Atlas Mara, Sanjeev was the Managing Director of I&M Bank Rwanda Limited where he managed the transition of ownership of the bank from Actis to the I&M consortium, comprising I&M Bank, DEG and PROPARCO. Before joining BCR/I&M, Sanjeev had a long career of 25 years with Citibank, where he held a number of senior roles across Asia, Europe, America and Africa.