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).
  • Chairman, 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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Ashish J. Thakkar

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Founder of Mara Group, Mara Foundation and co-founder of Atlas Mara.
  • 18 years of experience in Africa across multiple sectors, including IT services, real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, and finance.
  • Extensive local knowledge of African business and geopolitical landscapes.
  • Advisor to certain African Heads of State; broad and significant relationships with African governments and leading executives.

External appointments:

  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa.

African Experience:

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Tonye Cole

Relevant skills and experience:

  • Co-founder and Group Executive Director of Sahara Group.
  • Extensive management experience across Africa.
  • Deep knowledge base of commodities sector, especially energy.
  • Broad relationships with key stakeholders across Africa.

External appointments:

Non-Executive Directorships at:

Eco Aviation Fuel Support Services Limited, Enageed Resource Ltd, Energy Resource Upstream Ventures Ltd, Jet Fuel Supplies And Logistics, Kepco Energy Resource Ltd, Logistics & Petroleum Storage Services Ltd, Mangrove Petroleum Supplies & Logistics, New Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, Petroleum Warehousing & Supplies Ltd, Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities Ltd, Sahara Charitable Foundation, Sahara Energy 284 Ltd, Sahara Energy Exploration & Production Ltd, Sahara Energy Field Ltd, Sahara Energy Resource (Nig.) Ltd, Sahara Gas Line Ltd, Sahara Group Ltd, Sahara Power Resource Ltd, Sahara Trade Nigeria Ltd, Sahara Trade West Africa Ltd, Sahara Upstream 274 Ltd, Self Exploration & Production Company Ltd, Sempra Sahara Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd, So Aviation Fuel Limited, So Energy Ltd, Att Aviation Limited, Energy Resource Limited, Hankuk Plant Service Company Limited, Ng Power – Hps Ltd, Olympia Hotel Management Company Limited, Petroleum Warehousing & Supplies Ltd, Sahara Energy Africa, Sahara Energy Field Ghana Limited, Sahara Energy Field Holding UK Limited, Sahara Energy Fields Ltd, Sahara Energy Resource Ltd, Sahara Energy Resources DMCC, Sahara Gas Ltd, Sahara International Pte. Limited, So Energy Ltd, White Pearl Oil & Gas Ltd, Sahara International, Rheinoel Limited, Servant Leaders Foundation, Digital Jewels Ltd, Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative, VolunteerCorps Ltd, Excel Charity Foundation, 234 Give Nigeria, Enactus Nigeria, Egbin Power Plc, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

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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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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Arina McDonald

Arina joined Atlas Mara from The Standard Bank Group of South Africa, where she was Head of Group Central Finance.  She has been with Standard Bank since 2002 and held roles including Chief Financial Officer for the Africa business; Director of Group Finance Projects and a Director in Investment Banking.  Prior to that she worked at Goldman Sachs (UK) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (SA, UK).  Arina has extensive experience in tax compliance, advisory work, risk management, and strategic planning.  She is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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Jonathan Muthige

Jonathan joins Atlas Mara from Pick ‘n’ Pay in South Africa where he was Group HR Director. Prior to Pick ‘n’ Pay Jonathan was Head of Operations, Rest of Africa for the Standard Bank Group. In this role he led the transformation of operations in 17 countries. Jonathan brings with him international experience, having worked as an HR executive for BP in London and Coca-Cola in Turkey previously. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts post graduate degree from the University of Natal, Project Management diploma and an Advance Management Certificate from Wharton Business School.

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Eric Odhiambo

Eric joined Atlas Mara from Citigroup where was Head of Risk for Africa. He spent 15 years at Citi in Risk Management and was assigned risk oversight responsibilities in various countries and geographies. Most recently he spent 3 years in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was the Chief Risk Officer and AGM for Credit for Turkey and the CIS NPC. Prior to joining Citi, Eric was at ABN AMRO Bank for 9 years, where he held a number of senior positions in Operations and Risk Management, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years, where he worked in the audit department covering diverse companies in various countries across East Africa.

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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.