Our Board of Directors

James P. M. Ndegwa

Group Chairman - Non Executive

Mr. Ndegwa has extensive experience in governance and business management. He is the Chairman of First Chartered Securities Limited and is a Director of several other companies. He also serves as Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA). Mr. Ndegwa holds an MA (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford, UK, and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK and the Insurance Institute of Kenya.

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Desterio A. Oyatsi

Deputy Chairman - Independent Non Executive

Mr. Oyatsi is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Managing Partner of Shapely, Barret & Company Advocates. He is currently the Chairman of Base Titanium, a Non-Executive Director of Metropolitan Canon and a former Non-Executive Director of KenolKobil. Mr. Oyatsi was also a non-Executive Director of the CMA between 1999 and 2002 and of Telkom Kenya Ltd between 1999 and 2003.

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John Gachora

Group Managing Director - Executive

Mr. Gachora has several years of experience in executive management positions at various global companies in Corporate and Investment Banking, Structuring and Financial Engineering, Commercial Banking and Financial services. He is a Director of several other companies and previously served as a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities and as Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Africa prior to joining the NCBA Group. Mr. Gachora holds Bachelor of Science and Masters in Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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John S. Armitage

Non-Executive

Mr. Armitage is a Chartered Accountant with considerable experience in agricultural, finance and property development sectors. He is a director of several companies operating in Kenya including Brookside Dairy Ltd, Heritage Holdings Ltd and Green Park Investments Ltd.

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George A. Maina

Non-Executive

Mr. Maina has extensive experience in Investment Banking, Business consultancy, commodity trading, project management and oil industry experience in Africa, the Caribbean and Central America. He is currently the Chairman of BAT Kenya PLC, a trustee at Starehe Boys Centre and Gertrude Gardens Children Hospital and Director of several other companies, and previously served as Managing Director of Kenya Shell and BP Kenya Limited until 2002. Mr. Maina holds a B. Tech (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design from Loughborough University, UK.

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Hon. Abdirahin H. Abdi

Independent Non-Executive

Hon. Abdi served as the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (2007 to 2012), having been a member of the Assembly from 2001. He was instrumental in significantly influencing legislative, oversight and representation activities of the assembly, charged with fostering regional integration. Hon. Abdi holds a BSc. Degree in Business Administration (Finance), has been accorded presidential awards and international appointments in legislative roles for his distinguished service to the nation and region. He is a seasoned businessman with multi-sectoral experience gained from the private and public sectors and holds directorships in various companies. Hon Abdi is currently Chairman of the Insurance Regulatory Authority.

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Andrew S. M. Ndegwa

Non-Executive

Mr. Ndegwa has extensive experience in business management and financial services. He is currently Executive Director of First Chartered Securities Limited, a Non-Executive Director at Unga Group PLC and director of several other companies. He previously served with Citibank and thereafter AMBank until 1995. Mr. Ndegwa holds an MA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, UK.

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Esther N. Ngaine

Independent Non-Executive

Mrs. Ngaine is a senior banker with over 36 years of experience and over the years has played a role in the development of the Financial Services Sector in Kenya and the East Africa Region. She is currently the Managing Director of her consultancy company, Non-Executive Director of several other companies and previously served as Director and Head of Public Sector at Citibank NA, Nairobi until 2014. Mrs. Ngaine holds a BSc. In International Business Administration, Finance option from United States International University (USIU).

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Mukeshchandra K. R. Shah

Independent Non-Executive

Mr. Shah is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA), member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS- K). Mr. Shah is a former partner of Price Waterhouse and served in various senior executive capacities within the region and in the UK. He has in-depth professional experience and knowledge of family business management, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions gained over a period of 39 years. Mr. Shah is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Kenya Revenue Authority.

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Philip R. Lopokoiyit

Independent Non-Executive

Mr. Lopokoiyit has a wealth of experience in Finance, accounting, risk management, internal controls and corporate governance, having worked for over 20 years in various senior management capacities in multinational companies, his last assignment was Area Head of Finance BAT East and Central Africa until 2017. He is also a former Non-Executive Director at CIC Insurance Group Ltd. Mr. Lopokoiyit holds a B.Com Degree (Hons.), Accounting Option from the University of Nairobi and MBA degree from the Warwick Business School, UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA).

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Isaac O. Awuondo

Non-Executive

Mr. Awuondo has over 32 years’ experience in the finance and banking sectors spanning Europe and Eastern Africa and has previously worked with BDO Binder Hamlyn, Nation Media Group and Standard Chartered Bank in various senior executive roles. He is the Chairman of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the Council of Riara University, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and a Director of Bata Shoes Company Kenya Ltd. He is also Chairman of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music, WWF Kenya, The Rhino Trust and a Trustee of Zawadi Africa Education Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

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David Abwoga

Executive

Mr. Abwoga has over 25 years regional experience in Audit, Operations and Finance, having worked for several years in various executive management positions at Citibank N.A., Marshalls (E.A.) Ltd. and Deloitte and is currently the Group Director, Finance at NCBA Group PLC. Mr. Abwoga holds a BA degree in Economics from Moi University and an MBA, Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, CPA (K) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) as well as a Certified Secretary and member of the Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya (ICS-K)

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Jeremy I. Ngunze

Executive

Mr. Ngunze has wide experience in banking having worked with the Standard Chartered Bank for 18 years where he held various top management positions in Africa and Asia and is currently the Group Director, Corporate Development and Regional. Mr. Ngunze is a board member of PACT Kenya. He holds an MBA in Financial Management (University of Wales and Manchester Business School) and Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Nairobi.

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Livingstone Murage

Group Company Secretary

Mr. Murage has a B.Com (Hons) degree from University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Secretary. He is also a member of ICPAK and ICS-K. Mr. Murage has over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector. He previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mobil Oil, before joining the Mercantile Finance Company in 1986. In 1990, he was part of the team that led to the formation of The African Mercantile Banking Company Limited (AMBank) and was subsequently involved in its merger with National Industrial Credit Bank in 1997. After the merger, he held several senior leadership positions including Head of Treasury, Head of Operations, Head of Human Resources and Head of Finance and Administration. In 1999, he was appointed Company Secretary, a position he holds to date.

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