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Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

Setting AfrAsia’s Direction of Travel

AfrAsia Bank’s Board is responsible for signing off on the Bank’s strategy, ensuring its governance standards are upheld, while monitoring and assessing the Bank’s operations.

  • LIM SIT CHEN (MAURICE) LAM PAK NG
    LIM SIT CHEN (MAURICE) LAM PAK NG
    Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    Master of Business Administration
    Graduate School of Business of Columbia University, USA


    Date first appointment as director: 12-Feb-07
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 9 years 6 months

    Maurice is the founding partner of Stewardship Consulting, a company based in Singapore, providing strategy consulting services to family owned companies and government organisations. Prior to Stewardship Consulting, Maurice was in banking, advising public and private sector clients in treasury and risk management, financial strategy and investment management. He has worked in London, Montreal, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

  • SANJIV BHASIN
    SANJIV BHASIN
    Chief Executive Officer

    Master of Business Administration in Finance - XLRI Jamshedpur
    B.Com (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance - Delhi University, India

    Date first appointment as director: 19-Nov-15
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 1 year 7 months

    Sanjiv has over 38 years of banking experience having held senior positions in Asia, Africa and UK markets and has headed international banks over the past 18 years as CEO. He started his career with HSBC in 1979 and, over the years, worked in various capacities mainly in the Corporate Banking, Investment Banking and Credit & Risk Management divisions in India, UK & Mauritius until 2004. His last role at HSBC was Chief Operating Officer HSBC India. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Managing Director & CEO of RaboBank in India growing the franchise to become the largest one in all foreign Asia. He thereafter joined DBS India, leading them to be the fourth largest foreign bank in India during his tenure while conceiving their digital banking array.

    He is a successful leader of change and a major driver of growth at both corporate and operational levels, with a track record of delivering results in competitive markets. Sanjiv continues to build beneficial customer and staff relationships while driving banks to embrace the digital change.

  • JEAN-CLAUDE BÉGA
    JEAN-CLAUDE BÉGA
    Non-Executive Director

    Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

    Date first appointment as director: 28- Oct-11
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 5 years

    Jean-Claude joined GML in 1997 and has been nominated as Group Head of Financial Services and Business Development of IBL Ltd on 1 July 2016 following the amalgamation between Ireland Blyth Limited and GML Investissement Limitée. He started his career in 1980 and spent 7 years as external auditor. He then joined a sugar group and performed various functions within accounting and finance. Jean-Claude currently oversees IBL Group's financial services activities as well as business development activities including M&A, strategic initiatives and integration.

  • HENRI CALVET
    HENRI CALVET
    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
    University degree in Economics Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne

    Date first appointment as director: 23-Mar-15
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 2 years 3 months

    Henri is the founder of H2C CONSEIL, a company offering advisory and training services to credit institutions and securities firms in the main following fields: banking accounting, prudential rules, internal control (including risk management and compliance control). Prior to setting up his own business, Henri had worked for numerous banks, namely, BRED BANQUE POPULAIRE, Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque and Compagnie Parisienne de Reescompte, inter-alia.

  • PHILIPPE JEWTOUKOFF
    PHILIPPE JEWTOUKOFF
    Independent Non-Executive Director

    ENSAE Paris - Université Paris-Saclay
    DEA - Mathematics - Université Paris VI
    Masters in Economic Sciences - Université Panthéon Sorbonne

    Date first appointment as director: 16-May-17
    Length of service as director: 1 month

    During his 33 years long career in the banking sector, Philippe has got a wide experience in the finance, asset -management and audit fields. He retired as CEO of the "Credit Cooperatif", a nationwide retail bank in France. Since 2011, he became an independent consultant specialised in restructuring. Philippe has also created a micro- finance network in West-Africa (Mali) in the nineties and has a strong knowledge of Madagascar where he had lived after his student life.

  • LUC PAIEMENT
    LUC PAIEMENT
    Non-Executive Director

    Bachelor of Commerce - Concordia University Montréal

    Date first appointment as director: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 6 months

    With 35 years of experience in the banking industry, Luc is recognized for his strong interpersonal skills and his ability to foster a culture of customer service excellence within his teams. He has held a variety of strategic positions in the wealth management and investment banking and institutional equity sectors. During his time at National Bank, he has been a key contributor to a series of transactions that have profoundly changed the organization and positioned it as a leader in Canada in a range of disciplines and in 1999 was named one of Canada's Top 40 under 40. Luc has been ranked among the Top 25 of Quebec’s financial industry five times.

  • GRAEME ROBERTSON
    GRAEME ROBERTSON
    Non-Executive Director

    Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
    BA Sociology - University of New South Wales

    Date first appointment as director: 16-Aug-11
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 5 years 11 months

    Educated in Sydney, Australia, Graeme has lived in Southeast Asia since 1972 and has been responsible for pioneering the development and managing internationally world class mining, energy and infrastructure operations. He is a recipient of the ASEAN Development and the Millennium 500 Awards in 1996 and 2000 respectively for his contribution to growing significant commercial operations in developing nations in Asia. Graeme is a humanitarian with interests in poverty alleviation and health improvement. He also acts as an Advisor to the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities in relation to the energy future of Mauritius.

  • ARVIND MADAN SETHI
    ARVIND MADAN SETHI
    Independent Non-Executive Director

    MA Hons in Philosophy, Politics & Economics
    Keble, Oxford University, UK

    Date first appointment as director: 20-Apr-16
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 1 year 2 months

    After a brief career in financial journalism, as Assistant Editor for the Economic Times from 1979 to 1980, Arvind joined Grindlays Bank in 1981. He spent virtually all his career in foreign exchange, fixed income and derivatives, occupying senior roles in India such as Manager Treasury HSBC, General Manager Global Markets ANZ Grindlays and Managing Director Global Markets at Bank of America. Arvind was also the Head of Retail Banking at HSBC India in 1995/96 and during his career he had assignments with the ANZ treasury in Melbourne and HSBC's Debt Capital Markets in London. From 2001 to 2012, he was a Financial Advisor and Trainer in Financial instruments and Derivatives. He started the Fixed Income & Money Market Association of India (FIMMDA) and was its Chairman in 1999 & 2000. He was also part of the RBI’s Committees on Foreign Exchange and Bond Market. He led a turnaround of Tata Asset Management as its MD & CEO from 2012 to 2015 and has also served as an Independent Director on the Board of Rabo India Finance Limited and Canara Robeco Asset Management.

  • NICOLAS WEISS
    NICOLAS WEISS
    Non-Executive Director

    Master of Business Administration degree
    Cranfield University (UK); ESSEC Business School; Ingenieur Telecoms

    Date first appointment as director: 01-Nov-13
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 3 years 7 months

    Nicolas is a Telecommunications engineer. He started his career in 1988 at Deltabanque, where he developed an interest rate risk management system. He later developed portfolio insurance and market arbitrage models. In 1991, he joined M.Philippe Oddo and helped raise the clientele of Institutional Investors for mutual funds actions, bonds and derivatives. In 1993, he joined Mr. Le Baron Edmond de Rothschild and was General Manager and Shareholder to the creation of AssMgt subsidiaries of the Rothschild Group in Europe: Rothschild Asset Management (EUR20bn), E.de AssMgt Rothschild Investment Services (USD4bn), and Rothschild Multi Management (EUR5bn). Nicolas Weiss was also director and treasurer for ‘Rothschild Foundations’ since 1997. He left the Rothschild Group in 2010 to settle in Mauritius. Nicolas Weiss has been teaching finance at ESSEC, at Paris Dauphine and at Arts et Métiers. He is a jury member at ESSEC since 1987.

  • YVES JACQUOT (Alternate Director: Dominic Joseph Pierre Jacques)
    YVES JACQUOT (Alternate Director: Dominic Joseph Pierre Jacques)
    Non-Executive Director

    Master of Business Administration - ESSEC Business School

    Date first appointment as director: 16-Jan-15
    Date of last re-appointment: 19-Dec-16
    Length of service as director: 2 years 5 months

    Yves has a wide experience in the banking sector. He is presently the First Vice-President of International Development for the National Bank of Canada Group and the Deputy Chief Executive of NATCAN INVESTISSEMENTS INTERNATIONAUX SAS which is a subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of BRED BANQUE POPULAIRE and Managing Director of COFIBRED.

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