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Ebenezer ESSOKA

Chairperson of the Board

Ebenezer Essoka is Executive Chairman of IBURU, an advisory firm focused on Economic Development across Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). He retired from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Group as Vice Chairman, Africa in November 2015 after over 30 years of banking experience. Prior to becoming Vice Chairman, he was CEO South Africa and Southern Africa (2008-2013) and CEO Central and West Africa (2004-2008).

In addition to his responsibilities at IBURU, he is an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life insurance Limited, South Africa, Independent Non-Executive Chairman United Bank for Africa (UBA) Cameroon SA, INED and Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Mobile Money Corporation of Cameroon, Senior Advisor to the President of the Africa Development Bank, working on the Africa Investment Forum. Mr Essoka had served on Boards in other jurisdictions including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan etc. He was a member of the Global advisory council of the London business School (2000-2016).

Mr Essoka holds a BS Degree in Finance an MBA in Finance and a Diploma in International Business from Seton Hall University USA, and has attended Senior Executive development programs at INSEAD, London Business School, Templeton College, Oxford University and Cambridge University.

Ebenezer ESSOKA

Chairperson of the Board

Ebenezer Essoka is Executive Chairman of IBURU, an advisory firm focused on Economic Development across Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). He retired from Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Group as Vice Chairman, Africa in November 2015 after over 30 years of banking experience. Prior to becoming Vice Chairman, he was CEO South Africa and Southern Africa (2008-2013) and CEO Central and West Africa (2004-2008).

In addition to his responsibilities at IBURU, he is an Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) Sanlam Limited and Sanlam Life insurance Limited, South Africa, Independent Non-Executive Chairman United Bank for Africa (UBA) Cameroon SA, INED and Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Mobile Money Corporation of Cameroon, Senior Advisor to the President of the Africa Development Bank, working on the Africa Investment Forum. Mr Essoka had served on Boards in other jurisdictions including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan etc. He was a member of the Global advisory council of the London business School (2000-2016).

Mr Essoka holds a BS Degree in Finance an MBA in Finance and a Diploma in International Business from Seton Hall University USA, and has attended Senior Executive development programs at INSEAD, London Business School, Templeton College, Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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Jeanine MUNYESHULI

Vice Chairperson of the Board

After a decade working in the most sophisticated financial institutions of Switzerland as hedge fund manager, asset manager and strategist, Jeanine Munyeshuli joined Southbridge Group, a panafrican banking company, as Chief Operating Office of the Kigali office in 2018. 

Currently Munyeshuli sits on the newly appointed African advisory board of the University of Global Health and Equity, co-chaired by Her Excellency Mrs. Jeanette Kagame. Since 2010 to date, Ms. Munyeshuli sits as a board member on the board at the Azahar foundation. She holds a master degree in Econometrics and Statistics from University of Geneva. 

Jeanine MUNYESHULI

Vice Chairperson of the Board

After a decade working in the most sophisticated financial institutions of Switzerland as hedge fund manager, asset manager and strategist, Jeanine Munyeshuli joined Southbridge Group, a panafrican banking company, as Chief Operating Office of the Kigali office in 2018. 

Currently Munyeshuli sits on the newly appointed African advisory board of the University of Global Health and Equity, co-chaired by Her Excellency Mrs. Jeanette Kagame. Since 2010 to date, Ms. Munyeshuli sits as a board member on the board at the Azahar foundation. She holds a master degree in Econometrics and Statistics from University of Geneva. 

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Jotham MAJYALIBU

Director

Mr. MAJYALIBU joined the board in 2017. He is currently the Principal Advisor to the SP Group Chairman with an overall responsibility to coordinate and monitor the various Projects of the organization.

Prior to this appointment, he was the General Manager of RMT and held the role of the Finance Director as well in the same company. He also worked in the Accounting and Budget Department in charge of Accounts Reconciliation at the National Bank of Rwanda.

He currently serves on various Boards, including the Chairperson of the Executive Committee at Rwanda Tea Association, Director at the East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA), and Chairman of the EATTA Finance and Administration Committee.

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) degree from the Maastricht School of Management; and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences from the National University of Rwanda.

Jotham MAJYALIBU

Director

Mr. MAJYALIBU joined the board in 2017. He is currently the Principal Advisor to the SP Group Chairman with an overall responsibility to coordinate and monitor the various Projects of the organization.

Prior to this appointment, he was the General Manager of RMT and held the role of the Finance Director as well in the same company. He also worked in the Accounting and Budget Department in charge of Accounts Reconciliation at the National Bank of Rwanda.

He currently serves on various Boards, including the Chairperson of the Executive Committee at Rwanda Tea Association, Director at the East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA), and Chairman of the EATTA Finance and Administration Committee.

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) degree from the Maastricht School of Management; and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences from the National University of Rwanda.

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Bruno Jean Louis Marie CHARUEL

Director

Mr CHARUEL Bruno has previously been in charge of trade finance activities on the board of directors of Credit Agricole in Geneva, Switzerland from 1992 and 2018.

His experience in banking span over 40 years. In addition to working in Switzerland, he also worked in  Luxembourg and France where he held managerial and directorial roles respectively. He was also entrusted to be the advisor of Lord Energy SA, a petroleum trading company in Switzerland. He also won a “life achievement award” from the World Rice Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

He additionally holds a Master’s degree in management sciences from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a Master’s degree in private law from the University of Paris II-Assas

Bruno Jean Louis Marie CHARUEL

Director

Mr CHARUEL Bruno has previously been in charge of trade finance activities on the board of directors of Credit Agricole in Geneva, Switzerland from 1992 and 2018.

His experience in banking span over 40 years. In addition to working in Switzerland, he also worked in  Luxembourg and France where he held managerial and directorial roles respectively. He was also entrusted to be the advisor of Lord Energy SA, a petroleum trading company in Switzerland. He also won a “life achievement award” from the World Rice Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

He additionally holds a Master’s degree in management sciences from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a Master’s degree in private law from the University of Paris II-Assas

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Philippe WATRIN

DIRECTOR

Philippe WATRIN is the Deputy DG in charge of Funds Management of the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), the public institution mandated to administer social security in the country which is the largest Rwandan investment fund with more than bn 1.4 USD AuM (fixed income, real estate, and public and private equity). Prior to joining RSSB, he used to work for the French sovereign wealth fund, Bpifrance, as a Deputy Head of the assets and liabilities management department, and for Mazars in the Transaction Services and Financial Audit Departments.

He holds a Master of Science (MS) in Economic Research, Finance and Insurance from Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France) and Master of Science (MS) in Mathematical Finance and Strategy from Ecole Centrale de Marseille (France).

Philippe WATRIN

DIRECTOR

Philippe WATRIN is the Deputy DG in charge of Funds Management of the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), the public institution mandated to administer social security in the country which is the largest Rwandan investment fund with more than bn 1.4 USD AuM (fixed income, real estate, and public and private equity). Prior to joining RSSB, he used to work for the French sovereign wealth fund, Bpifrance, as a Deputy Head of the assets and liabilities management department, and for Mazars in the Transaction Services and Financial Audit Departments.

He holds a Master of Science (MS) in Economic Research, Finance and Insurance from Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France) and Master of Science (MS) in Mathematical Finance and Strategy from Ecole Centrale de Marseille (France).

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Robert Makuza

Director

Robert MAKUZA is a successful entrepreneur with extensive managerial and corporate governance experience; he demonstrates a high sense of responsibility, vision, strong coordination and supervision qualities as well as interpersonal skills.

He is currently the General manager of TECHNICO TRADING Ltd, operating in the general trading area; He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMEGERWA Ltd one of leading furniture manufacturing companies in Rwanda; RWANDAFOAM Ltd; MARKET SHOPPING CENTER Ltd; he is also a sitting Directors in Boards of RWANDA PLASTIC INDUSTRIES Ltd and served previously in COGEAR.

He holds Bachelor degree in Law from Institute of Lay Adventists (Rwanda) and is efficient in computer skills

Robert Makuza

Director

Robert MAKUZA is a successful entrepreneur with extensive managerial and corporate governance experience; he demonstrates a high sense of responsibility, vision, strong coordination and supervision qualities as well as interpersonal skills.

He is currently the General manager of TECHNICO TRADING Ltd, operating in the general trading area; He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMEGERWA Ltd one of leading furniture manufacturing companies in Rwanda; RWANDAFOAM Ltd; MARKET SHOPPING CENTER Ltd; he is also a sitting Directors in Boards of RWANDA PLASTIC INDUSTRIES Ltd and served previously in COGEAR.

He holds Bachelor degree in Law from Institute of Lay Adventists (Rwanda) and is efficient in computer skills

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Marie Rose UWASE

Director

Marie Rose UWASE has experience of more than 13 years in Audit and Finance. She is currently working as Head of Internal Audit for both SONARWA General Insurance Company Ltd and SONARWA Life Assurance Company Ltd.

Before that, she worked as Head of Internal Audit of SONARWA General Insurance Company Ltd. 

She worked for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as Finance Associate. She also worked for the Office of the Auditor General for State Finances as an external auditor in Government Institutions and Projects. 

Marie Rose UWASE is an ACCA qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from National University of Rwanda.

Marie Rose UWASE

Director

Marie Rose UWASE has experience of more than 13 years in Audit and Finance. She is currently working as Head of Internal Audit for both SONARWA General Insurance Company Ltd and SONARWA Life Assurance Company Ltd.

Before that, she worked as Head of Internal Audit of SONARWA General Insurance Company Ltd. 

She worked for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as Finance Associate. She also worked for the Office of the Auditor General for State Finances as an external auditor in Government Institutions and Projects. 

Marie Rose UWASE is an ACCA qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from National University of Rwanda.

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Pie HABIMANA

Director

Pie HABIMANA is a practicing lawyer and Managing Partner of Amilex Chambers, a boutique law firm based in Kigali. He was called to the Bar in 2011. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), and a Director on the Board of the Rwanda Bar Association (RBA). He is also a member and on the panel of arbitrators of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and the International Bar Association (IBA).

In academia, Pie is a Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (since 2010) where he teaches Tax law and Private international law. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Legal Practice and Development where he teaches Corporate law practice, Commercial transactions, and Practice management. Pie is an active researcher with a good record of research papers published in well-reputed journals.

Pie Habimana holds a Master’s degree in business law (cum laude) and a Bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from the National University of Rwanda. He also holds a Postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, and he is currently finalising a Ph.D in international tax law at Leiden University. 

Pie HABIMANA

Director

Pie HABIMANA is a practicing lawyer and Managing Partner of Amilex Chambers, a boutique law firm based in Kigali. He was called to the Bar in 2011. Currently, he is the Vice-President of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), and a Director on the Board of the Rwanda Bar Association (RBA). He is also a member and on the panel of arbitrators of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and the International Bar Association (IBA).

In academia, Pie is a Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (since 2010) where he teaches Tax law and Private international law. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Legal Practice and Development where he teaches Corporate law practice, Commercial transactions, and Practice management. Pie is an active researcher with a good record of research papers published in well-reputed journals.

Pie Habimana holds a Master’s degree in business law (cum laude) and a Bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) from the National University of Rwanda. He also holds a Postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, and he is currently finalising a Ph.D in international tax law at Leiden University. 

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Arlette RWAKAZINA

Director

Arlette RWAKAZINA is currently General Manager Cybersecurity and Strategic Integrations at Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority – RURA in charge of Cybersecurity within the utilities RURA is regulating as well as emerging and innovative technologies and Big Data

She previously worked at ERICCSON as Senior Business Technical Analyst – Mobile Financial Services among her duties were to ensure a well operating and complaint Mobile Money System. She was also part of solution architects pool team in charge of Mobile Money Projects in Sub Sahara Region.

She holds Masters of Science in Communications, Control and Digital Signal Processing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. She holds various Certificates among others Certificate in Regulation in Digital Finance (2019), Certificate in Digital Money (2018) Cybersecurity in Digital Finance (2020) and finally she is currently working on final paper to be Chartered Digital Finance Practitioner/Digital Frontier Institute/Tufts University.

Arlette RWAKAZINA

Director

Arlette RWAKAZINA is currently General Manager Cybersecurity and Strategic Integrations at Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority – RURA in charge of Cybersecurity within the utilities RURA is regulating as well as emerging and innovative technologies and Big Data

She previously worked at ERICCSON as Senior Business Technical Analyst – Mobile Financial Services among her duties were to ensure a well operating and complaint Mobile Money System. She was also part of solution architects pool team in charge of Mobile Money Projects in Sub Sahara Region.

She holds Masters of Science in Communications, Control and Digital Signal Processing from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. She holds various Certificates among others Certificate in Regulation in Digital Finance (2019), Certificate in Digital Money (2018) Cybersecurity in Digital Finance (2020) and finally she is currently working on final paper to be Chartered Digital Finance Practitioner/Digital Frontier Institute/Tufts University.

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