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Senior Management

The Bank’s management comprises of highly skilled and experienced personnel. The Bank has continued with aggressive capacity building through staff training and development programmes. The first critical success factor of the bank is about an organization culture that values people, enhances performance and supports the business. This is grounded on seven core values namely Professionalism, Integrity, Creativity, Teamwork, Unity of Purpose, Respect and Dignity for Customers and Effective Corporate Governance.

A lot of emphasis is laid on developing leadership capabilities at all levels of the organization by sponsorships to some of the worlds leading programmes. These include Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Strathmore Business School, Bolder Microfinance Leadership Programme and Ireland Development Institute among others.

The leadership team of the Bank consists of the following persons:-

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Dr. James Mwangi, CBS

    Dr. James Mwangi, CBS

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director


    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. James has been honoured twice 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 as well as the Moran of the Burning Spear. 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 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. He serves on several international bodies as an advisor. 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.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Bhartesh Shah

    Bhartesh Shah

    Chief Operations Officer


    Bhartesh holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor Of Science (Hons.) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University. He has over 18 years of banking experience with multiple financial institutions in various capacities and in different locations. Bhartesh has in-depth experience in the financial services industry covering corporate finance,corporate banking, transaction banking, wealth management, bancassurance, product management and retail banking. He previously worked for Midland Bank (HSBC), UK; Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya, Botswana and Singapore; and Citibank, Africa. Bhartesh’s immediate former roles were Head of Retail Banking SCB Kenya and East Africa and Head Of Digital banking, Africa. Bhartesh joined Equity bank in 2015.


  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Mary Wamae

    Mary Wamae

    Director of Corporate Strategy and Secretary to the Board


    Mary holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Nairobi, Masters in Leadership, Innovation and Change from York St. John’s University, UK, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) (CPS Registration Number 1753). She is an Advocate of the High Court and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 13 years of private practice experience.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/John Staley

    John Staley

    Chief Officer – Finance, Innovation and Payments


    John has a Masters of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. A specialist in implementing cost effective ICT solutions, John worked as the CEO of Credit Indemnity (Pty) Ltd in South Africa before joining Equity Bank. He has been actively involved in the use of mobile phones to provide financial services since 1998.


  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Reuben Mbindu

    Reuben Mbindu

    Chief Officer - Human Capital and Administration


    Reuben holds a BSc. in Computer Science from Germany and is a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya. He has expertise in various fields including technology, auditing, communication and human resources having worked at senior management levels in various organizations. Reuben joined Equity Bank in 2013 from Standard Chartered, where he was the Director of Human Resources for East Africa. He has also held other senior positions within Standard Chartered including Head of Corporate Affairs - East Africa, Chairman of the Nairobi Marathon, Head of Human Resources - Tanzania and Regional Head of Human Resources Operations for Africa. While at Standard Chartered, he had the opportunity to work in different markets including United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. He made a major contribution in the design and automation of global HR processes in Standard Chartered. Reuben has also worked in other sectors including public sector (UNEP), consultancy (Deloitte) and ICT (Siemens, Germany).

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Rohit Kumar Singh

    Rohit Kumar Singh

    Chief Officer - Corporate and SME Banking


    Rohit holds a MS (Finance) degree from Boston College, USA, an MBA from Cardiff Business School, UK and a Bachelor degree in Technology with Honours (Civil Engineering) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, India. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Strategic Leadership Program from IESE Business School, Barcelona and has completed an advanced technology program from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Prior to joining Equity Bank in 2014, Rohit held senior management positions at Emirates NBD Bank in Dubai, Business Development Asia in Mumbai, Private Capital Management in Naples and McKinsey & Company in New York. He has extensive experience in corporate banking, SME banking, investment banking, private equity, capital markets and investment management. In an international career spanning more than 15 years, Rohit has not only worked in developed economies of North America and Europe but also quite extensively in emerging economies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In May 2015, Rohit was named the “Corporate Banker of the Year” in the Think Business Banking Awards.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Anthony Emeka Ogbechie

    Anthony Emeka Ogbechie

    Group Finance Director


    Anthony holds an MBA (Strategy and Finance) from INSEAD, France. He also holds an MSc in Management from The London School of Economics UK, BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the American Intercontinental University London (Magna Cum Laude)and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has over 15 years of international financial services experience covering Financial Reporting, Corporate Planning, Corporate Finance, Performance Management, Strategy and Transformation. Anthony joined Equity Bank as the Finance Director in 2014 from UBA Capital Plc (Nigeria) where he served as the Group Chief Finance Officer. Prior to that he was at Credit Suisse Investment Bank (London) in Strategic Finance Transformation and UBS Investment Bank (London) in Strategic Business Transformation.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Gerald Warui

    Gerald Warui

    Director - Operations and Customer Experience


    Gerald holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is also a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K) and a graduate of Advanced Management Program offered by Strathmore- IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain. A career banker, Gerald has vast experience in operations and customer service. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Human Resource and Customer Service. He has served in Equity Bank for 18 years.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Elizabeth Gathai

    Elizabeth Gathai

    Director, Credit


    Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant CPA (K). She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore-IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Management Executive Programme (Maastricht School of Management (MSM)- Netherlands). She has 15 years of banking experience. Elizabeth joined Equity Bank in 2001.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Allan M. Waititu

    Allan M. Waititu

    Director, Special Projects


    Allan is a graduate in Business Information Technology, and a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore-IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). He has over 26 years’ experience in Information Technology and banking and previously served as Equity Bank’s General Manager of Operations. Allan joined Equity Bank in 2004. He is undertaking a Master in Business Administration Degree at Strathmore Business School.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Bildard Fwamba

    Bildard Fwamba

    Chief Internal Auditor


    Bildard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Kenyatta University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and a member of ICPAK. He has over 18 years’ experience in Audit, Accounting and Finance. He joined the Group in 2004 from Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) where he served for 7 years as a Bank Examiner. He previously worked with Britam before joining CBK. At Equity Group, Bildard has served in various roles including Compliance Manager, Internal Audit Manager, Head of Internal Audit, General Manager – Finance and General Manager – Internal Audit before his current role.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Anthony Kituuka

    Anthony Kituuka

    Executive Director


    Anthony holds an MBA in Oil and Gas from Middlesex University, London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Applied Economics from Makerere University, Uganda. He holds a professional accountants certificate (ACCA) and is a fellow of the Professionals Accountants Certificate (FCCA). He has over 7 years banking experience and has previously worked with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) as the head of Global Corporates. He joined Equity Bank in 2014.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/James Mutuku

    James Mutuku

    Director, Treasury


    James has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University. He has 19 years experience in the Treasury business having worked for Co-operative bank, KCB and most recently as the Head of Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank Uganda. Before that, James was the East Africa Head of Asset Liability Management (ALM), for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. James brings a wealth of experience in balance sheet management and fixed income trading, having been one of the founding members of the CBK market leaders forum. James joined Equity in 2015.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/John Waweru

    John Waweru

    Executive Chairman - Finserve Africa Limited


    John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is the former Director- General of Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), renamed to Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), from 2005 to 2008. John joined Finserve in 2014.

  • http://ke.equitybankgroup.com/Neil Dwyer

    Neil Dwyer

    Chief Technical Officer, Finserve Africa


    Neil holds an MSc in Project Management from George Washington University. He has over 27 years in-depth international experience in the Telco and Financial Services sectors. With a broad array of roles spanning IT service management, Service Delivery, Project Management, Strategy, Operations, Customer Experience, IT outsourcing, Vendor Management and Consultancy. Neil previously worked for NatWest Bank, AT&T and EDS, in the UK; IBM and NCR covering the EMEA region; and had a global responsibility at Vodafone. Neil’s immediate previous role was the Head of Global Services and Operations for MPESA at Vodafone. From its infancy in 2008 to 2015. Neil joined Equity in 2015.