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Senior Management Team

Meet the people who set AfrAsia’s strategy and run your bank day-to-day

Our senior management team consists of an Executive Committee and a Management Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for setting AfrAsia Bank’s strategy, while the Management Committee is responsible for implementing it. Sanjiv Bhasin, our CEO, has overall responsibility for the Bank’s operational activities and functions.

  • SANJIV BHASIN
    SANJIV BHASIN
    Chief Executive Officer

    Qualifications: MBA in Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur (India), B.Com (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi (India)

    Appointed: 19 November 2015 

     

    Sanjiv has over 40 years of banking experience, having held senior positions in Asia, Africa and UK markets. He has headed international banks for more than 20 years as the CEO. He started his career with HSBC in 1979 and has worked in various capacities in corporate and investment banking, credit and risk management divisions in India, UK and Mauritius until 2004. His last role at HSBC was Chief Operating Officer at HSBC India. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Managing Director and CEO of Rabobank in India, growing the franchise to become the largest one in all Asia. He thereafter took office as CEO of DBS India, leading them to be the fourth largest foreign bank in the country. During his tenure, he launched DBS India’s Digital Banking locally.

    He is a successful leader of change, and has a deep intercultural understanding and astuteness in leveraging on his team’s individual and collective efforts to drive growth, both at corporate and operational levels. Sanjiv continues to build beneficial customer and staff relationships by being a facilitator in designing the ideal people-technology combination for a successful transformational change anchored on an innovative mindset. Sanjiv is also a council member on the AfrAsia Foundation.

  • THIERRY VALLET
    THIERRY VALLET
    General Manager

    Master of Business Administration - International Finance
    HEC School of Management, Paris

    Date joined AfrAsia: 20-Aug-07

    Engineer by trade, Thierry brings 20 years of experience to the Banking and Finance Industry since he is specialised in International Finance during his MBA at the prestigious School HEC. Thierry joined AfrAsia Bank as Founding Executive and Head of Strategic Development in 2007 and has been instrumental in shaping the Bank from the ground up whilst contributing to a commendable performance that has earned AfrAsia Bank accolades in the private banking and innovation space over the years. Leveraging on regional and international roadshows, Thierry has actively promoted the Mauritian Private Banking jurisdiction with the aim to position the Island as one of repute and substance. In 2012, Thierry was promoted to General Manager and has been the acting CEO of AfrAsia Bank and AfrAsia Capital Management as and when required. Thierry is also a Director of AfrAsia Group subsidiaries. As a golf enthusiast, Thierry has been a key contributor in launching and making a success the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open since its inception.

  • NICOLAS FABIEN HARDY
    NICOLAS FABIEN HARDY
    Chief Technology and Operations Officer

    Master of Business Administration
    University of Cape Town

     

    Bsc Mathematics
    University of Natal


    Date joined AfrAsia: 03-Jun-19


    Nicolas brings over 15 years of technology, treasury and operations experience to AfrAsia Bank from Investec Bank (Mauritius) where he held various senior positions. Treasurer by trade, he has cumulated many responsibilities whilst directing the strategic operations and technical development, encompassing the online/digital banking system and the currency cards programme. Nicolas’ background includes serving in other leadership roles at Natwest Markets, Robert Fleming & Co, Rogers Group, Tomfin Asset Management and Digi-Strat.

     

  • PARIKSHAT TULSIDAS
    PARIKSHAT TULSIDAS
    Senior Executive – Treasury & Markets

    ACI Dealing Certificate
    ACI

    Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and HR
    Middlesex University London

    Date joined AfrAsia: 21-Jan-13

    Parik, a Mauritian national, has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Markets. He worked at the Standard Bank where he held the post of Head of Sales - Global Markets (Mauritius) for approximately 5 years. He then moved to Beijing as the General Manager, Global Markets Advisory (China) for the same company.

  • ROBIN BRYAN SMITHER
    ROBIN BRYAN SMITHER
    Senior Executive – Head Corporate Banking

    Master of Business Administration
    University of Witwatersrand (WITS) South Africa

    Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management
    University of Witwatersrand (WITS) South Africa

    Degree in Social Science (PPE)
    University of Cape Town

    Date joined AfrAsia: 07-Jan-13

    Robin has over 19 years' experience in Corporate and Investment banking with an extensive knowledge in global markets, investment banking and lending products. Robin was with Standard Bank for more than 11 years, spent 3 years in Mauritius as Head of Corporate Banking, followed by some time in South Africa as a senior banker to Standard Bank’s large global multinational clients where he developed an extensive knowledge of Africa related banking and business. Robin currently heads up the domestic and international corporate banking activities for the Bank. Robin also acts as a non-executive director on some of the AfrAsia Capital Management investment funds.

  • YOGESH GOKOOL
    YOGESH GOKOOL
    Senior Executive – Head Global Business

    Member
    Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
    International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
    Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM)
    Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD)

    Postgraduate certificate in the Mechanics of Private Equity
    Middlesex University

    Date joined AfrAsia: 03-Jul-08

    Over 25 years of experience in financial management gained whilst working for International Financial Services Ltd (now Sanne
    Mauritius), a leading local offshore management company, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 clients including mutual funds and private equity funds. Yogesh also worked for Deutsche Bank (Mauritius) where he headed the fiduciary services division. He sits on the Board of STEP Mauritius, which promotes private clients work and liaises with the Government of Mauritius on current issues and the implementation of fiduciary legislation.

  • JENNIFER JEAN-LOUIS
    JENNIFER JEAN-LOUIS
    Chief Financial Officer

    Fellow Member
    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
    Chartered Tax Advisor

    Date joined AfrAsia: 30-Jul-07

    A Chartered Accountant with 20 years plus of experience, having practised locally and internationally in auditing, taxation and advisory, Jennifer returned to Mauritius in 2007 and joined AfrAsia Bank at its very inception stage to build the foundation of the financial framework and structure of the Bank. Apart from the responsibilities of overseeing the accounting team and in charge of the financial affairs of the Bank, Jennifer has participated in numerous strategic initiatives, including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) transitions.

  • SEVAMI MOONIEN
    SEVAMI MOONIEN
    Head of Credit Risk

    Qualifications in Management 
    University of Mauritius


    Date joined AfrAsia: 28-Oct-2013

     

    Sevami has an extensive career in the banking sector counting more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining AfrAsia, Sevami held several senior positions within the field of credit risk at Standard Bank (Mauritius) Limited and Absa Bank (Mauritius) Limited (Formerly known as Barclays Bank PLC Mauritius). During her career, she has developed a broad knowledge of both local and international markets, providing leadership and guidance in all matters relating to credit risk management, credit approvals, monitoring and controlling the credit portfolio.

  • SUNEETA MOTALA
    SUNEETA MOTALA
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Pre Associateship
    Chartered Institute of Bankers

    MSc in Marketing
    Salford University

    International Certificate for Financial Advisor
    Chartered Insurance Institute

    General Management Certificate
    ESSEC Business School, France

    Date joined AfrAsia: 01-Jul-07

    Suneeta is an experienced marketer in the banking sector, with more than 25 years of experience. She started her career at HSBC in 1994 spearheading responsibilities in sales and marketing, credit and risk, credit risk management and branch operations. In July 2007, she joined AfrAsia, a Bank that she contributed to building since inception with a unified branding, marketing and communications strategy, reckoned today as a key financial services player. She is a member of CMO Club, the world’s most innovative and engaged member-based community of Chief Marketing Officers.

     

  • RAKESH SEESURN
    RAKESH SEESURN
    Head of Risk

    Member

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK)

    Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD)

    The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA)

     

    Date joined AfrAsia04-Sep-16

    Rakesh was appointed Head of Risk in October 2018. He was previously Business Manager reporting to the Senior Executive – Corporate Banking and to the Chief Executive Officer. He currently oversees the Market Risk, Asset and Liability Management, Recovery, AML, Operational Risk and IFRS9 implementation divisions.


    Prior to joining AfrAsia, Rakesh accumulated extensive experience through various senior roles driving change across the Audit & Finance divisions with Deloitte & Touche Qatar, Deutsche Bank and Standard Bank. He brings over 20 years of onshore and offshore expertise in key areas such as Risk Appetite, Budgeting, Strategic planning and other fundamental projects

  • MAUREEN TREANOR
    MAUREEN TREANOR
    Head of Human Resources and Change Management

    Member
    Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD)

    Qualifications in Human Resources (ABE UK) and Project Management
    University of Mauritius

    Master of Business Administration
    Edinburgh Business School

    Date joined AfrAsia: 01-Jun-2010

    Maureen started her career with Barclays Bank (UK) approximately 25 years ago. She joined AfrAsia as Head of Human Resources and Change Management in 2010 and has experience in the UK and African markets.

  • LUVNA ARNASSALON-SEERUNGEN
    LUVNA ARNASSALON-SEERUNGEN
    Head of Corporate Sustainability and CSR

    Master droit, economie, gestion

    University Clermont Auvergne, France

     

    Advanced Certification in Sustainability

    Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE)

     

    MSc in CSR and Corporate Governance

    University of Technology Mauritius

     

    BA in Arts (English, French with Communication)

    UNISA

     

    Date joined AfrAsia: 22 September 2014

     

    Luvna has over 10 years’ experience in Sustainability and CSR in Private Sector Organisations and Banking. Prior to joining AfrAsia Bank, Luvna has been responsible for MEF Foundation (now Business Mauritius) and has worked on communication and development programmes with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

     

    She has represented business organisations and companies in many international meetings and conferences in more than 25 countries in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia with organisations like ILO, UN Habitat, ITC, GRI, UNGC and Federation of Employers. Well versed in the integration of sustainability in the implementation of business strategies and with a demonstrated history of corporate communication in organisations, she has developed for AfrAsia Bank and its subsidiary the CSR and Sustainability department.

     

    Luvna chairs the Global Compact Network-Mauritius since 2018 and has been invited on many conferences around the globe to speak about Corporate Sustainability. 

     

  • KRISTY BALLAH
    KRISTY BALLAH
    Head of Internal Audit

    Kristy Kumar Ballah is a fellow member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and also holds a bachelor degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Birmingham. He has many years of audit experience and was previously a Group Internal Audit Manager in MCB. Before joining MCB, Kristy worked in the assurance department of PwC for more than 7 years where he managed external audit and advisory assignments.

     

    Kristy brings with him valuable knowledge and experience in the banking, Global Business, insurance, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. He has a track record for managing assignments involving multi-disciplinary teams in several countries comprising amongst others Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mozambique and Seychelles.

  • DAVE DUSORUTH
    DAVE DUSORUTH
    Group Head of Operations

    Dave Dusoruth joined AfrAsia Bank Limited as Head of Internal Audit in July 2015 and became Group Head of Operations in May 2017.

    He has extensive experience in auditing having spent four years working as an external auditor at De Chazal Du Mee and 11 years in the Internal Audit Department at the Mauritius Commercial Bank.

    Dave is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA). He is a recognised Professional Accountant of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants (MIPA), a registered trainer (audit fields) with the Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA), a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA Mauritius) as well as the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD).

  • LOTESWAR FANGOO
    LOTESWAR FANGOO
    Group Head Compliance and MLRO

    Loteswar Fangoo (Anil) has more than 30 years in banking including at senior management level, with a solid experience in legal, operations, recovery, compliance, financial crimes, and anti-money laundering amongst others.

    He started his banking career in 1990 at SBI Mauritius and prior to joining AfrAsia Bank Ltd in 2009, Anil was heading the Legal and Compliance Department at SBI Mauritius.

    He is currently the Group Head Compliance and MLRO and has been responsible for establishing a robust enterprise-wide compliance framework for the Bank. He ensures that the Bank adheres to all regulatory guidelines by continuously evaluating and improving the effectiveness of internal controls and governance processes. He is the primary point for regulatory and investigative authorities. As the MLRO he has also assisted management of the Bank in developing and maintaining an effective anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing compliance culture.

    Anil is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD) and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

  • COLIN GRIEVE
    COLIN GRIEVE
    Chief Representative Officer - South Africa Representative Offices

    Colin Grieve has over 25 years' experience in local and international banks and financial markets.

    He has held roles including Head of Treasury, Head of Corporate Banking and General Manager of investments and has acted as a mandated lead arranger in pan-African banking transactions throughout his career.

    Colin is the author of a book on investment strategy and holds a Master’s of Commerce from one of South Africa's leading universities.

  • ATISH GUNGADUR
    ATISH GUNGADUR
    Head of ICT Security

    Atish was appointed Head of IT Security in February 2020. He joined the Bank in 2008 as Systems Analyst and during his tenure with the Bank, he worked as IT Infrastructure Manager and IT Security Manager. Atish holds a BSc in Information System and has over 15 years' experience as an Information Technology (IT) professional with strong expertise in IT management, IT security management, and IT enterprise architecture.

  • SURUJ NAWOSAH
    SURUJ NAWOSAH
    Head of ICT

    Suruj joined AfrAsia Bank as Head of ICT in October 2019. His rich career comprises a diversity of roles within the Standard Bank Group in Mauritius, Botswana, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia and Ivory Coast.

    He has extensive experience in IT Application, Infrastructure operations as well as Core Banking systems and Business Process transformation projects. Suruj  possesses a proven track record in driving IT strategy with a focus on innovation and strategic change.

  • DWEJENDRANATH RAMANAH
    DWEJENDRANATH RAMANAH
    Head of Treasury

    Jen’s banking career began at the Bank of Mauritius in 1980, where he eventually became a Senior Dealer in the Financial Markets Department.

    Prior to joining AfrAsia Bank Limited in September 2007, he worked for the Mauritius Commercial Bank as the Chief Money Market Trader. Jen holds a BSc (Hons) Management and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.

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