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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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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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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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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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.