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

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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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Eduardo C. Mondlane

Relevant skills and experience:

  • 30 years of commercial experience in southern Africa across numerous sectors, including energy, infrastructure, aerospace and banking.
  • Significant experience serving in governance roles in financial services in the southern Africa region.
  • Exceptionally well developed knowledge base of operating in Lusophone Africa.

External appointments:

  • Non-Executive Directorships at Signature, Project Materials Moçambique, Logistique Lda, I.M. Trading/MCM Investimentos, Mincor Mozambique Lda, Signature Grupo Imboliara Lda/Signature Property Group Lda, Ilha Quilalea Lda, Tutudesk Company.
  • Senior strategic advisor to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Mozambique.

Past roles:

  • Non-Executive Directorships at ABSA Group and ABSA Bank Limited (Barclays Africa Group), ABSA Financial Services, Barclays Bank Mozambique and Banco Commercial Angolano SA.
  • Non-Executive Directorships at Ninham Shand Moçambique Lda, Pick n Pay Supermarket Group (Mozambique) and Sabacor UK Limited.
  • Strategic advisor to Boeing, Siemens, Sinohydro and Essar Global.

African experience:

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Funke Opeke

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Founder and CEO of Main One Cable Company.
  • Extensive experience in technology and telecommunications in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Broad relationships with key stakeholders across West Africa.

External appointments:

  • Non-Executive Directorships at Main One Cable Company, Main Street Technologies, Main One Service Company, MainData, Main One Cable Company Ghana, Main One Cable Company Nigeria, Main One Cable Company Portugal.

Past roles:

  • Chief Operating Officer, Nitel in Nigeria.
  • Chief Technology Officer, MTN Nigeria.
  • Executive Director, Verizon Communications New York.

African 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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Richie Boucher

Relevant skills and experience:

Richie Boucher was, until October 1, 2017, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Bank of Ireland Group having taken up that role in February 2009. Prior to assuming the role as Group CEO, Mr. Boucher was Chief Executive of Retail Banking at Bank of Ireland from 2006 – 2008 and had been Chief Executive, Corporate Banking from 2004 – 2006. Before that, Mr. Boucher worked in Ireland, the UK and the US in various roles for Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest Bank, Ulster Bank and the Industrial Credit Corporation. He also serves as a non – Executive Director of Eurobank Ergasias. Mr. Boucher was born in Zambia and educated in Southern Africa before obtaining an Economics Degree from Trinity College Dublin in 1980.

 

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Hisham Ezz Al-Arab

 

Relevant skills and experience:

Hisham Ezz Al-Arab has been Chairman and Managing Director of Commercial International Bank of Egypt (CIB) since 2002. He today leads a team of more than 6,450 professionals who have transformed the institution from a wholesale lender into Egypt’s largest private-sector bank, leading the sector on key metrics including revenue, profitability, net worth and market share of deposits. Mr. Ezz Al Arab leads the Federation of Egyptian Banks as chairman, is a member of the Institute of International Finance’s Emerging Markets Advisory Council, and serves as a director of MasterCard Middle East’s Regional Advisory Board. He is also the chairman of Board of Trustees of the CIB Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo. He is also a director of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation.

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Quinn McLean

 

Relevant skills and experience:

Quinn McLean is a Vice President and a member of the investment committee of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel (the investment advisor of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Mr. McLean has over 12 years of experience in investment management and currently manages the investment float for Fairfax Financial in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. McLean is also a director of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation. He is a director of Gulf Insurance Group (Kuwait), AFGRI Limited (South Africa), APR Energy (Jacksonville, United States), FarmersEdge (Winnipeg, Canada) and Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation (Toronto, Canada).

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Beatrice Hamza Bassey

Beatrice Hamza Bassey joined Atlas Mara as Group General Counsel after almost two decades representing a roster of corporate entities in compliance and corporate governance matters.  Prior to joining Atlas Mara, Beatrice was a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed where she was chair of the firm's Africa Practice Group and member of their Executive Committee.  Beatrice has garnered many accolades for her work by various US and International media, and has been profiled by Forbes Africa and CNN's African Voices, as a top African lawyer.  Beatrice's expertise in Africa, corporate governance and compliance provides Atlas Mara a great resource in navigating the continent and today's heightened regulatory and compliance environment.

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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.

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Mike Christelis

Previously at Barclays Africa and Absa Capital for 7 years, serving the last 3 years as Head of Markets for Sub-Saharan Africa, managing the markets area of the 12 Barclays Africa businesses. Prior to joining Atlas Mara, Mike spent 11 years at Rand Merchant bank in various roles as well as in corporate treasury at Bayer and Siemens.

 

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Chidi Okpala

Chidi Okpala joined Atlas Mara from Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) B.V., where he established and grew the Mobile Financial Services business in 17 African countries as Director and Africa Head for Airtel Money. Prior to joining Bharti Airtel, he was the Division CEO of Retail Banking Business for United Bank for Africa with responsibility for Consumer Banking business across 19 countries. Chidi earlier worked with Accenture as a Senior Strategy & Business Architecture Consultant in the Financial Services Industry Group, where he worked on Banking and Payments industries projects in Nigeria and South Africa.