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.

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PETER MUNGA, CBS

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Dr. Munga is a Certified Public Secretary with vast experience in both public and private sector management. He holds two Honorary doctorates, Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from The University of Nairobi, and Entrepreneurship (Honoris Causa) from Kenya Methodist University. He has a diploma in Human Resources and Financial Management. He has received the highest presidential award to a civilian, the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and also the Second Class Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (EGH) national decoration, for his outstanding contributions in economic development. Dr. Munga is the Chairman of Pioneer Group of Schools, Equatorial Nut Processors Ltd, Freshco Seeds Ltd and Murang’a Water and Sewerage Company (MWASCO). He is the current Chancellor of Pioneer International University. He is a Director with Britam Holdings Ltd and Housing Finance Group.
 

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DAVID R. ANSELL

NON-EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN

Mr. Ansell holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, another Bachelors degree in Finance from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and an Advanced Management Degree (AMP) from the Wharton School of Business. He was appointed as a Director of Equity Bank in 2012 and also serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Boards of Equity Bank Tanzania, Equity Bank Congo and Equity Investment Bank Ltd. Mr. Ansell also serves as a Non-Executive Director in Equity Bank Kenya and Equity Bank Uganda. During his working career from 1968-2001, he served in various assignments at Citibank in the Emerging Markets, including 16 years in Africa. His last assignment before retiring was as President of Citibank Russia. From 1989-1991, Mr. Ansell served as Managing Director and the first CEO of Ecobank Transnational Inc, located in Lome, Togo, but he rejoined Citibank thereafter.

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JAMES MWANGI, CBS

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
 

Dr. Mwangi holds five honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been honoured thrice with Presidential national awards; he was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) national decoration – the highest presidential award to a civilian, for outstanding contribution in economic development, 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 at the 8th Annual Africa Investor (Ai) CEO Investment Summit held in New York. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board, charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. Dr. Mwangi serves on several international bodies as an advisor and has recently been appointed to the Economic Advisory Board of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to offer leadership advice, innovative ideas and partnership. He is a Board member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition among others and is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance. Dr. Mwangi is also the founding Executive Chairman of Equity Group Foundation (EGF), the social impact investment arm of Equity Group, an innovation and creative vehicle that has fully transformed the concept of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

MARY WAMAE

MARY WAMAE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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 and a 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 Bank in 2004.

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DENNIS ALUANGA

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Aluanga holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School, UK and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a partner at Helios Investment Partners and serves as a Non-Executive Director at Nation Media Group, Vivo Energy Kenya and Helios Towers Tanzania. Mr. Aluanga was the Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Promotion Services (East Africa) between 2008 and June 2011. Prior to joining IPS, he served in several capacities at Nation Media Group rising to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

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HELEN GICHOHI, MBS, OGW

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Gichohi holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Leicester in the UK, Master of Science degree in Biology of Conservation and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University respectively. She joined Equity Group Foundation in 2012 from the African Wildlife Foundation where she served for 11 years from 2001, as the President from 2007, Vice President from 2002 and Director of the Conservation Program from 2001 when she joined AWF. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director of the African Conservation Center. Dr. Gichohi is a recipient of the Charlotte Wyman Trust’s Women in Conservation Program, the Order of Great Warrior and the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) awarded by the Kenyan Government in recognition of her outstanding contribution in conservation. She won the Giai Environmental Award for 2012 at The WIFTs Foundation International Visionary Awards. Dr. Gichohi serves on the boards of Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Africa Wildlife Foundation and previously served on Kenya Wildlife Service.                

 

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EVELYN KAMAGAJU RUTAGWENDA

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mrs. Rutagwenda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Kampala and is a Certified Public Accountant. She was appointed as a Director of Equity Group Holdings Plc in 2014 and also serves on the Boards of Directors of Equity Bank Rwanda Limited, which she chairs, and Equity Bank Uganda Limited. 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 in Decentralization Secretariat (Institutional Capacity Building Project), Ministry of Local Government, Uganda and also as Chief Auditor at UCA Auditing Services among others. Mrs Rutagwenda spearheaded the formation of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR). Mrs. Rutagwenda chaired the Steering Committee that was charged with organizing the accounting profession in Rwanda 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, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Rwanda Development Board, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Victoria Motors Rwanda.

DEEPAK MALIK

DEEPAK MALIK

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Malik holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants India. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Arise, boasts extensive experience in the financial services sector on the African continent. Prior to spearheading Arise, he was part of the management team at Norfund and served as the Head of Department of Financial Institutions, where he was tasked with overseeing the organisation’s investment portfolio in Africa. Previous positions that Deepak has held include being appointed as the CEO of the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ). In addition, he has also held several senior executive positions at Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Limited (ZCCM) and serves on various boards of financial institutions across Southern and Eastern Africa.

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VIJAY GIDOOMAL

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Gidoomal qualified as a lawyer from Clifford Chance in the UK in 1992. He returned to Kenya in 1993 and was responsible for establishing Car & General operations in Uganda and Tanzania as Executive Director. He became the Managing Director of Car & General in 1996 and oversaw a complete restructuring of the company’s revenue base, gradually introducing new product lines that included the pioneering of the introduction of three wheelers and two wheelers as taxis in East Africa. Mr. Gidoomal has seen the company grow regionally with representation in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Seychelles, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia. In 2017, C&G entered a joint venture agreement with Cummins Inc to represent Cummins products in Eastern Africa. He has also seen C&G expand its franchise representation that include Doosan construction equipment, Kubota tractors, Garmin GPS devices, Toyota forklifts, Cummins diesel generators, Briggs & Stratton power equipment, TVS and Suzuki motorcycles, Piaggio three wheelers, Mercury outboard engines, Ingersoll-Rand air compressors, Motorol lubricants and MRF tyres. The company has won a number of awards – it has been named Cummins distributor of the year, TVS distributor of the year, Piaggio distributor of the year and also received Kenya Revenue Authority’s distinguished taxpayer award in the motorcycle registration category. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Association, its past Chairman (Kenya Chapter) and regional board member.
 

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ISAAC MUTHURE MACHARIA

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Prof. Macharia holds a Master of Medicine in Otorhinolaryngology, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Nairobi and is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). He is a Professor of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Nairobi and has a depth of experience in the medical field for over thirty (30) years. He is the East African regional advisor for CBM in Ear and Hearing Care as well as being the Regional Secretary for Africa and the Middle East, International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (IFOS). He is a past President of the Pan African Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (PAFOS). He is a member of The Starkey Hearing Foundation Global Initiative Advisory Board. Prof Macharia was the founder Chairman of the Allergy Society of Kenya and is also the founder Chairman of the Cochlear Implant Group of Kenya (CIGOK). He is Chairman of Savannah Informatics, Jadala Investments and Co-founder and Chairman, Otolaryngology Associates and Nairobi ENT Clinic.