Mr. Tsheole was appointed CEO of the BSE in January 2016. Prior to that, he was the Deputy CEO since February 2014. Mr. Tsheole joined BSE in February 2007 as Product Development Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Single Major Economics) from University of Botswana and a Master of Commerce in Financial Markets from Rhodes University (RSA). Further, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (RSA). Mr. Tsheole has also completed several financial markets programmes which include Registered Person Examination (RPE) conducted by South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM) and SAFEX, and the Enforcement and Market Oversight programme by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has also attended a Leadership Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA).
Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange
Mr. Onyema has been CEO and member of the National Council of The Exchange since April 2011. In this role, he is responsible for superintending the general working of The Exchange. He is Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS), the clearing, settlement and depository for the Nigerian capital market; Chairman of NG Clearing, which is in the process of developing a CCP; and Chairman of the subsidiaries of The Exchange.
He is a member of several advisory boards including London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) Africa Advisory Group (LAAG) and Thomson Reuters Africa Advisory Network.
Mr. Onyema was the President of African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) until November 2018. He has served as a Council member of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Global Agenda Council member of World Economic Forum (WEF); board member of FMDQ OTC PLC and National Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM). Prior to relocating to Nigeria, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at American Stock Exchange (Amex). He also ran the NYSE Amex equity business after the merger of NYSE Euronext and Amex in 2008.
He holds the Nigerian national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Associate of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) in the UK; Holder of FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 in the USA.
Mr. Onyema completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2015. He got his MBA from Baruch College, New York in 1998; and BSc degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 1991.
Amongst several accolades, Forbes Magazine listed him as one of the ten most powerful men in Africa in 2015.
Tiaan Bazuin is the Chief Executive Officer of Namibian Stock Exchange since 2013. He is an admitted Legal Practitioner in the High Court of Namibia and a business executive primarily focused on governance, regulatory and legal aspects in telecommunications, banking and capital markets and regulated exchanges. He has extensive experience in start-up business planning and execution as well as finance arrangement. Before joining Namibian Stock Exchange, he served as an executive in the Telecommunications and Banking industries. Tiaan currently also serves on the board of the Community Conservation Fund of Namibia and the Risk and Audit Committee of the Law Society of Namibia, he is a previous Chairman of the Namibia Employers Association.
Chief Executive Officer, The World Federation of Exchanges
Nandini Sukumar is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global association for exchanges and CCPs. The WFE represents more than 250 exchanges and clearing houses globally, educating stakeholders on the vital role played by market infrastructures in the real economy and as a standard setter, finding the consensus on issues among the global membership. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, the market capitalization of these entities is over $82.5 trillion and around $81.8 trillion in trading annually passes through the infrastructures that the WFE members safeguard. Ms. Sukumar is Vice Chair of IOSCO’s Affiliate Members Consultative Committee and Chair of the AMCC’s DLT Workstream.
Ms. Sukumar has been CEO of the WFE since March 2015. Prior to this, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer from November 2014, having been recruited by the WFE Board as Chief Administrative Officer in May 2014 to run the Federation on a daily basis and work with its global network of members as a proponent of the benefits of fair, orderly, public markets. Ms. Sukumar came to the WFE after a 14-year career at Bloomberg where she created, grew and ran their coverage of market structure, exchanges and UK regulation.
Collen is founder and CEO of Escrow Group, a finance and technology group comprising Financial Securities Exchange (FINSEC); Escrow Systems and Corpserve Registrars and which provides capital markets solutions across Africa. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the technology platform for M-Akiba, the world’s first mobile retail bond in Kenya. He was also behind the C-TRADE innovation, a mobile and USSD platform that opened securities trading to thousands of local and diaspora investors in Southern Africa. Collen founded FINSEC, an alternative trading platform and a licensed securities exchange in Zimbabwe, and is a board member of CDSCR Kenya – a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Depository and Settlement Corporation of Kenya. Collen holds an MBA; MSc Finance and ACCA DipFM.
Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, a Rwandan national, is the current Chairman of the East African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Stock Exchange Ltd. He was the Co- founder and Chairman of Kigali Cement Company, a private company that produces, Markets and sells cement in Rwanda and neighboring countries. He is also a non Executive in a number of institutions in finance and business development, hospitality and industry in Rwanda and beyond. The list include the Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI East Africa) where is serves as Chairman, The Executive Committee of the African Securities Exchanges Umbrella Organization (ASEA), The New Faces New Voices – Rwanda and others. He is also involved in different investment projects ranging from Real Estate, Poultry and Agro – processing to Energy.
Mr. Rwabukumba started his career in financial services in New York City more than a decade ago after graduating from the University of Buffalo (UB), New York in the United States with A Bachelors Degree in Economics. He worked in different professional positions as a stock broker, in Compliance and Operations and Institutional Investors’ Sales before he joined the Central Bank of Rwanda in 2004 to help start the Capital Market Development Project in Rwanda. Mr. Rwabukumba is a seasoned negotiator as he has been instrumental in different negotiations on regional integration of the East African Community. He has served on different Capital Market Committees both at the national and the regional level; the latest being the High Level Task Force negotiating the EAC Monetary Union. He completed an international post Graduate Advanced Management Program (AMP) for Executives at Strathmore Business School.
Chief Executive Officer, Local Enterprise Authority
Dr. Racious M. Moatshe is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Local Enterprise Authority, a position he assumed in October, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Botswana, where he was instrumental in driving strategy and engaging in Research, Policy and Advocacy that improved the private sector participation in the economy of Botswana.
Dr. Moatshe is a Transformational Leader who has over the years served in various sectors of the economy, and demonstrated his strategic capacity, innovation and broad understanding of entrepreneurship and accelerated SMME development. Of note is his service spanning over 20 years in middle and senior managerial positions at several SMME development, banking, developmental finance and training institutions, including the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), where he was the founding Lecturer and Head of Department for the Centre of Management and Entrepreneurship Studies (CMES).
His trajectory also includes working with Standard Chartered Bank of Botswana, Barclays Bank of Botswana, the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), and the Botswana Building Society (BBS).
As a respected thought leader, Dr. Moatshe has previously served in various Boards including the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA), Botswana Accountancy Oversight Authority (BAOA) and the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC). He continues to serve in high level strategic committees across all sectors of the economy.
He has concluded research work and presented at various conferences both locally and internationally, and in the process forging networks that advance the promotion of entrepreneurship and SMME development in Botswana. Dr. Moatshe holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD), specializing in E-government, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree.
Nerina Visser is an ETF Strategist and Advisor with a specialist focus on exchange traded products and benchmark indices. She serves as President on the board of the CFA Society South Africa and as chairperson of the ASISA ETF Standing Committee. She is a member of the JSE Issuer Regulation Advisory Committee and the Nigerian Stock Exchange ETF Product Advisory Committee. She is a regular market commentator in the media, co-host of the TV program “The ETF Investor”, and a seasoned speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops, in South Africa, throughout Africa and on the global stage
Etienne Nel is founder and CEO of ZAR X, the first newly licensed stock exchange company in more than 70 years in South Africa. ZAR X uses the latest Fintech to create a more efficient market for all, whilst growing the capital markets offering. His career spans more than two decades in capital markets, Etienne entered the financial services industry in 1993 at First National Bank and subsequently held senior executive positions at HSBC Securities, Barnard Jacobs Mellet and Investec Securities Ltd. He later pioneered the “restricted over-the-counter (OTC) market" as MD and co-founder of Equity Express where he developed and established their existing OTC trading platform and pioneered the concept of controlled liquidity in traded securities. Etienne founded ZAR X in Jan 2015. He is a Certified Stockbroker of the SA Institute of Stockbrokers CSb(SA) and holds a B Comm degree from University of Johannesburg. In his spare time, he farms pomegranates.
Tiago Fernandes is the managing director at SRP. He joined SRP as a global head of data. SRP is a part of Euromoney Group, and provides highest quality market intelligence and investor education to the structured product market helping the players to be in the vanguard of the derivatives industry. Previously, Tiago spent four years at Caixa Geral de Depósitos as an analyst for the structured product offering in the Portuguese market. Tiago has also worked at BNP Paribas and DIF Broker.
Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE holds a PhD in Administration and Finance from Laval University in Canada (1995) after an MBA (1992).
Before taking office as CEO of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) and the Central Depository/Settlement Bank (DC/BR) in October 2012, Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE was from September 2003 to September 2012 Secretary General of the Regional Council for Savings and Financial Markets (CREPMF), the financial market regulation authority of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
Dr. AMENOUNVE is the Past Chairman of the West African Capital Markets Integration Council (WACMIC).
Since November 2018, Dr. AMENOUNVE is the Vice-president and member of the Executive Committee of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA).
Dr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE is considered as one of the most influential finance specialists in Africa.
Portfolio Manager and Director, Allan Gray Botswana
Tapologo Motshubi joined Allan Gray in 2004. He is the Portfolio Manager of Allan Gray Botswana and his responsibilities include researching Botswana capital markets and selecting suitable offshore products to ensure that Allan Gray optimally manages its clients’ portfolios. In January 2011 he was appointed Managing Director of Allan Gray's operations in Namibia and Swaziland until 2014. Tapologo was the Managing Director of Allan Gray Botswana from 2007 to 2017. In 2016, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Allan Gray Kenya and Head of Allan Gray’s businesses outside South Africa in 2018.
Prior to joining Allan Gray, Tapologo worked at Grant Thornton in their Cape Town office. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Universities of Cape Town and Natal, is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. Tapologo is also a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA).
Mr. Odundo holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics. He is an Advanced Management Program (AMP) graduate from Strathmore Business School.
Mr. Odundo was appointed Chief Executive of the NSE on March 3, 2015. He is an accomplished Investment Banker having been in the financial services sector for the last 27 years, 21 of which have been in the Capital Markets.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Coop Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.
Mr. Odundo has advised on a number of corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors; he has also managed key mandates in the asset management industry. He has contributed to the growth of the Capital Markets in his previous role as a Director/Board Secretary - Kenya Association of Stock Brokers and Investment Banks, Chairman of the Financial Standards Committee - Kenya Bureau of Standards as well as the Board Director of the Nairobi Securities Exchange PLC. Mr. Odundo serves as a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC) Limited, Director of the NSE Clear Limited; and a trustee of the NSE Fidelity Funds.
He is a member of the Central Bank Consolidative Forum for Domestic Debt Market (CFDDM) and a Council Member of the Institute of Certified Investment Financial Analysts (ICIFA). Mr. Odundo is also a board member of the Africa Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), a Director of the East African Securities Exchanges Association and a Member of the Thomson Reuters Africa Customer Advisory Network.
Director - Financial Sector Development Department, The African Development Bank
Stefan Nalletamby is the Director for the Financial Sector Development Department at the African Development Bank. He oversees divisions spanning Trade Finance, Capital Markets Development, Financial Inclusion and Intermediation.
Prior to that he was the Coordinator of the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) Partnership, a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent. Prior to his position at MFW4A, he spent 10 years in the Finance complex of the African Development Bank (AfDB). During his tenure as Advisor to the Vice President, Finance he designed and launched the African Financial Market Initiative (AFMI), which is designed to further develop local currency bond markets on the continent.
Before joining the AfDB, he spent 12 years in the international capital markets as a Bond Trader and Head of Bond Trading and Sales with BNP Paribas in Paris, Tokyo and Madrid.
Director – Capital Markets, Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority
Ms. Juliana White is a qualified regulatory lawyer with over 19 years of track record in rendering board secretarial work, reviewing regulatory frameworks and rendering legal and compliance advisory services to assist business partners’ track and mitigate legal and regulatory risk. She has 11 years of experience as attorney which was gained in both private practice and as in-house lawyer of the Botswana Stock Exchange. Juliana holds a Masters’ Degree in Law in Corporate Law from the University of London and is currently pursuing an MBA.
Mr. Merafhe is a member of the Executive Management team of the CBH Group, responsible for business development and special projects. Prior to this he was head of Business Development for Momentum Africa responsible for the growth of Momentum Africa subsidiaries in 10 countries and new opportunities in Africa and emerging markets. Before that he was General Manager of Momentum Botswana, the administrator of Botsogo Health plan, since the inception of the company. He oversaw the growth of the Botswana business to a well-respected and successful medical aid company with over 20,000 lives under administration. Before joining Momentum he was Chief Executive Officer of the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana after spending 12 years in the Airline industry in Botswana and South Africa. Mr. Merafhe is Chairman of Metropolitan Health Botswana and a former Chairman of Junior Achievement Botswana, director of Botswana Development Corporation, MRI Botswana Limited, Botswana Tourism Board, Botswana Business Coalition on HIV AIDS. He is a Board member of Business Botswana.
Chief Executive Officer, Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM)
Sunil Benimadhu joined the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) as Chief Executive in May 1998. He was appointed Executive Director of the SEM in October 2008. Sunil is the Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius (GFM), the apex body of private sector operators in the Financial Services Industry in Mauritius. He was re-elected in September 2017 for a three-year term on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges. Sunil was the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), an association of 28 Stock Exchanges operating on the continent, from August 2010 to November 2014. From 2002 to 2004, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), which comprises twelve Stock Exchanges of the South Asian region. From 2001 to 2003, he chaired the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE), an association of ten Stock Exchanges of the Southern African region.
Sunil is a regular speaker on Emerging and African Financial Markets in international conferences. He holds a M.B.A. in Finance and Investment from the University of Illinois, United States. He also holds a D.E A. in Development Economics and a Maîtrise in Macro-Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.
Executive Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ; Chairman, Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE)
Mohamed Farid Saleh was appointed as the Executive Chairman of EGX since August 2017 as per the Prime Ministerial Decree No.1759/2017. Currently, he is the acting Chairman of The Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE) and the Chairman of the Federation of Euro‐Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) working Group. Prior to his appointment as EGX chairman, Farid served as the Chairman and CEO of Dcode EFC, a leading economic forecasting and advisory firm in Egypt.
Furthermore, between 2013 & 2016, Farid was an external consultant on venture Capital and Financial Leasing for the World Bank Group in Egypt, and was a Member of the Capital Market Advisory Committee established by the Financial Regulatory Authority Board & Investment committee member of the state owned Insurance Holding Company. Additionally, he was the Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange in 2010‐2011.
Farid holds a BSc in Foreign Trade and Economics from Helwan University, Egypt, he also holds an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (ASST), an MSc in Economics, Finance & Investment from York University, UK, an MSc in Quantitative Finance from CASS Business School, City University of London, UK and a certificate in Venture Capital form UC Berkley, USA. He also served as a part time lecturer on Financial Markets, International Finance, and Financial Derivatives at the American University in Egypt (AUC) and at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (ASST).
Mrs. Priscilla Chikuni Sampa has extensive professional experience and leadership and diplomatic skills. Has a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, facilitating and building consensus among diverse people, applies qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for progress to strategic governance efforts. She has provided legal expertise and presided over the Regulatory and Compliance functions of several Companies. In the regulation and listings division, Mrs. Priscilla Sampa has provided services to enable the listing of securities, regulated Listed Companies to ensure that their information disclosure complies with the Stock Exchange regulations with the ultimate objective being to enhance investor confidence and during this time, she provided the Company with legal expertise and presided over the Regulatory and Compliance functions of the Company.
In the regulation and listings division, she provided services to enable the listing of securities, supervised Companies to ensure that their information disclosure complies with the Stock Exchange regulations with the ultimate objective being to enhance investor confidence and encourage long term funding. She has also been involved in the approval of a number of structured transactions including Medium Term Note Programmes, Securitizations, Depository Receipts, Claw back and Rights Issues, Capitalization Issues, Issues for cash, Merges and Acquisitions and Initial Public Offers (IPO’s).
Mrs. Sampa’s practical experience in the Capital Market, both locally and regionally, is extensive and well grounded, conferring upon her a functional knowledge and understanding of the Market’s complexities which is an invaluable asset. As a Lawyer, Mrs. Sampa is also certified in Regulation, Risk Management and Capital Markets with the US Securities and Exchange Commission – Thomas A. Biolsi International Institute for Compliance and Examination.
Executive: Head, Corporate and Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank Botswana Limited
With over 15 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the financial services sector, Sheperd is an astute corporate leader with an elite track record of driving shareholder value and operational efficiency in the financial services sector. In recent years he has been an integral part of deal teams in project finance; mining finance; pre and post shipment export finance; corporate finance and managing teams of professionals in banking.
Mr. Sheperd Aisam was appointed Executive &Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Stanbic Bank Botswana in April 2016. In this role he is accountable for Investment Banking; Transactional Products and Services; Global Markets; Corporate Banking/Client Coverage and Investor Services & Custodial businesses whilst reporting to the country CEO and regional CIB head.
His journey with the Stanbic Bank Botswana began in November 2008 where he joined as a Relationship Executive and quickly progressed to Head Corporate Banking in August 2009. In 2013, the role elevated to a more client centric, strategic and senior role as Head of Client Coverage within CIB. In the same year, Sheperd was sent on an assignment in Standard Bank Mauritius for a period of 3 months where he supported the team in the capacity of Head of Client Coverage and TPS whilst the operation had just undertaken shifts in strategic direction.
Before joining Stanbic, Sheperd had worked in Absa Corporate and Business Bank in Johannesburg as well as Barclays Africa Head office also in Johannesburg in South Africa where he did an array of Regional Roles in the Africa business unit looking after portfolios in corporate credit, country risk, sovereign risk, specialised credit, retail credit and operational risk. He has also spent time living and working on these portfolios sitting in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique to mention a few countries in the sub region. His career started at Barclays Bank of Botswana in 2003 when he joined that institution on the Barclays Africa Leadership Programme which was an accelerated Management development programme.
Sheperd has a Masterclass in Strategic Client Management (MCM) from UCT Graduate School of Business, Master of Science (MSc) Strategic Management from Derbyshire University (Merit) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from University of Botswana. He is currently doing an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) with the Graduate School of Business (GSB).
Sheperd Aisam is a board member of Stanbic Bank Nominees and Board Member of Liberty General Botswana.
Director, Rand Merchant Bank - A Division of FNB Botswana Limited
Olebile Makhupe is the Director of Rand Merchant Bank in Botswana, heading up the Corporate and Investment Banking division of First National Bank Botswana, and also in charge of the Bank’s Merchant Services business. Her extensive banking experience includes roles in various countries across the world including New York, China, Mauritius and Tanzania, spanning various areas within banking which include foreign exchange markets, corporate and investment banking and leadership roles across various banking disciplines. As an influencer and game changer, in 2012 Olebile was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, in recognition of her efforts to improve financial inclusion through literacy initiatives, as well as her role in optimization of the Africa-China trade corridors.
Karim Hajji is the CEO of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, the second largest Exchange in Africa by market cap, and a member of the World Federation of Exchanges.
Prior to joining CSE in April 2009, he was Chairman and CEO of Atlas Capital Group, a well respected, independent Investment bank, active in both corporate finance and asset management, which he had founded in 1999.
After an eight years international career in various management roles at Eli Lilly and Co in the US then in Italy and Switzerland, Mr Hajji had joined the ONA group, Morocco’s largest conglomerate, in 1990 as advisor to the Chairman, then General Manager of an affiliate in Monaco and finally Group CFO in 1994.
In November 2018, Mr Hajji was appointed chairman of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA).
Mr Hajji is also a board member of Operation Hope, a US nonprofit delivering economic empowerment programs to the underserved and a member of the Advisory Board of Silatech, a nonprofit focused on creating employment opportunities for Arab youth.
Karim Hajji holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School, a diploma from “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris” and a Master’s degree in capital markets from the University of Paris-IX Dauphine.
Former Chief Executive Officer, Absa Group Limited
Maria Ramos served as Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group Limited until 28 February 2019 when she retired from the business. Absa is a diversified financial services group with operations in 12 African markets. During her tenure Ms Ramos led the Group through a number of significant milestones including the acquisition of Barclays Plc’s Africa subsidiary banks to create Barclays Africa Ltd in 2013 (Barclays Plc was the majority shareholder with 62.3%). Following Barclays Plc decision 2016 decision to sell down their controlling share, she negotiated the sell down transaction and started the complex separation process involving multiple regulators. She also developed the new strategy for the standalone pan-African institution as well as the brand refresh in South Africa, the name change of the listed company.
Before joining Absa (previously Barclays Africa Group Ltd) as Group Chief Executive in March 2009, she served as the Chief Executive of Transnet Ltd, the state-owned freight transport and logistics service provider, for five years. This followed an eight-year tenure as Director-General of the National Treasury.
Ms. Ramos led Transnet through a massive financial, cultural and operational turnaround. This included a substantial infrastructure investment programme, strengthening of the balance sheet, improved profitability, and culture change.
During her tenure as Director-General of the National Treasury (formerly the Department of Finance), she played a key role as part of the team that merged the departments of Finance and State Expenditure to establish the NT. This was also a period of significant change in all aspects of South Africa’s public finances from fiscal reform to large scale institutional reforms including legislative reforms. As DG she also represented South Africa on a number of key international institutions including the G22 ( The Willard Group) 1998; the G20 Deputies 1997-2003 as well as the relevant committees of the IMF and WB, AfDB, SADC.
She has successively been ranked in Fortune magazine’s annual survey of the 50 most powerful women in business for a number of years running.
Her contribution has been recognized through numerous awards. She was named CNBC Africa Woman Leader of the Year (2011), and was awarded the Wits Business School’s Management Excellence Award (2010). She was named the Sunday Times Business Times Business Leader of the Year in 2005 and Businesswoman of the Year by the SA Businesswomen’s Association in 2001.
Ms. Ramos obtained an Institute of Bankers’ Diploma (CAIB) in 1983. She followed this with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1986, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics (also from Wits) in 1987 and a Master of Science (Economics) from the University of London (SOAS) in 1992. Ms. Ramos has taught at a number of academic institutions.
She is also a recipient of honorary doctorates from the Universities of Stellenbosch and Free State.
She has in the past served as a non-executive and independent director on the boards of Sanlam Ltd, Remgro Ltd and SABMiller PLC. Ms Ramos currently serves on the Board of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA and has recently joined the boards of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Saudi British Bank and the Public Investment Corporation.
She is also a member of the Group of Thirty; the Global Board of Advisors, International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University; Co-Chair Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Paul Bwiso is the Chief Executive Officer and has overseen the Exchange for over 04 years, offering strategic guidance to the Management team and successfully leading it through a corporate rebrand and restructuring and the demutualization process that has seen it transform into a Public Company. Paul has a wealth of experience spanning over 18 years and vast exposure in Financial Management, Business Analysis, Mergers and Acquisition and regional Capital Market operations.
Prior to joining to the Exchange Paul was a General Manager of Dyer & Blair Investment Bank Uganda Office.
Paul holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree (Hons) in Accounting and has skills in Valuation, Business Analysis, and Wealth Management. He sits on the Board as an Executive Director, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, London.
Prior to being appointed COO, she served as Botswana Life’s Premium Administration Manager for 5 years. Here she was responsible for the collection of over P90 Million monthly premium income as well as the relationship management of over 250 collection partners through a team of 25 people. Her work experience spans over a decade where she has worked in various positions in the financial services industry mainly life insurance, pension fund administration and asset management. One of her key achievements during her career with Botswana Life is redesigning the Premium Administration Processes and cutting costs by 22% up to June 2015. She holds an MSc in Strategic Management from the University of Derby, has completed The Leadership Development Program with Stellenbosch University and she has a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the University of Botswana. Priscillah is a Licentiate of the Insurance Institute of South Africa and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration, with the Paris School of Business.
Mr. Faycal Belyazid, Associate Vice President, Head of Business Development & Sales, Middle East and Africa, Market Technology, Nasdaq
Mr. Faycal Belyazid is Associate Vice President, Head of Business Development & Sales, Middle East and Africa, Market Technology, Nasdaq. Nasdaq is one of the world’s leading providers of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services.
In his current role, Mr. Belyazid, who is based in Dubai, is responsible for managing Nasdaq’s relationship with the regional capital markets players and influential financial entities. His work focuses mainly on technology provisions spanning surveillance, trading, settlement, clearing and depositories, as well as advisory services and capital market development through the promotion of best practices and implementation of international standards to the region.
Prior to Nasdaq, Mr. Belyazid has been involved in a wide spectrum of sectors including international trade, telecommunications, financial markets and technology.
Mr. Belyazid holds a BSc. Degree in Internal Business and Finance from AUI University in Morocco and a M.Sc. Degree in International Business from Gothenburg University in Sweden. He is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Swedish.
Thato Matsafu, head of primary markets in the Capital Markets division at the JSE, leads a dynamic team that drives new listings - by local and international issuers – which include equity, debt, specialist securities such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), warrants and hybrid instruments.
Before joining the JSE, Thato was the head of treasury at the City of Ekurhuleni for two years. He assisted the city with liquidity management, capital raisings of the capex programme funding and managing the city’s investment portfolio.
Thato’s vast past experience, prior to joining the City of Ekurhuleni, includes senior roles at Africa Rising Capital, Deloitte and the National Treasury.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Business Finance as well as Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of South Africa (Unisa), which were completed in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
Managing Principal Corporate and Investment Banking, Absa CIB
George Asante manages the Markets business across Africa excluding SA. He joined the Corporate and Investment Banking team in SA from Ghana where he was the Director: Country Treasurer & Head of Markets for Barclays Ghana. Prior to that he worked in the Emerging Markets Structured Products Group at Barclays Investment Bank (Barclays Capital) based in London with focus on Africa Rates, FX and credit structuring.
George is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc. Accounting degree and an MBA both from the University of Ghana Business School.
Ms. Tshepidi Moremong is the Head of Client Coverage at Rand Merchant Bank, one of Africa’s leading corporate and investment bank. In her role as Head of Client Coverage, she is responsible for teams across 12 markets in the rest of Africa, who are focused on business development and client relationship management.
Prior to Rand Merchant Bank, Tshepidi, spent a significant portion of her career in private equity where she worked for institutions such as Aureos Capital and 8 Miles where she drove capital raising, deal structuring and investing. Tshepidi has spent approximately 18 years in financial services in investment banking and private equity.
She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School in New York and a BA in Economics and Public Policy from Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. She has sat on numerous boards, including as Chairperson of the Africa Venture Capital Association and Investment Committee Member of BIFM.
Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration and also Member of Parliament for Chobe.
Hon. Shamukuni is the current Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration and also the Member of Parliament for Chobe Constituency. He is a Bachelor of Science in Ecology graduate from the University of Botswana.
An active member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Hon. Shamukuni started his political career as a nominated Councilor for Chobe District, and later progressed to become the Council Chairman for the Chobe District.
Hon. Shamukuni’s current portfolio responsibilities as the Minister for the Office of the President include among others overseeing the Poverty Eradication Programme as one of the key priorities of Government, meant to eradicate poverty, support food security, improve Rural and Peri-urban livelihoods and increase investment in the country.
Furthermore, the Minister is responsible for the following Departments: Broadcasting and Information Services, National Disaster Management, Office of People with Disability, The Independent Electoral Commission, The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime, The Ombudsman among others.
The Hon. Minister also serves as a member of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee.
He has served and continues to serve in different Parliamentary committees such as Wildlife, Tourism, Natural resources and Climate Change, Communications, Works, Transport & Technology, Standing Orders and reforms, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive, as the Regional representative for Central Africa.
Head of Market Development, Botswana Stock Exchange
Ms. Thapelo Tebogo Moribame is the Head of Market Development at the Botswana Stock Exchange after joining the company on the 1st August, 2016.
Ms Moribame is an Economist with a Master of Commerce in Economics and an Honours Degree in Economics, both from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree specializing in Economics and Public Administration from the University of Botswana. Ms Moribame has studied International Trade and the Multilateral Trading System at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan after being accepted with fellows from countries around the world. Ms Moribame recently completed a Management Development Program with the Stellenbosch University. She sits on the Board of Nabo Capital, an Investment Firm based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ms Moribame has a strong commercial focus and is a firm believer in the economic diversification of Botswana and partnerships across different stakeholders.
Vimal's work experience of over 15 years spans across Africa, Middle East and global firms responsible for Africa and Frontier Market funds. His expertise lies in financial sector, capital markets, climate finance, sustainable development, Fintech and research. His specialities range from technical assistance, grants, investments in sustainable development capital, financial integrity, advisory and research.
At FSD Africa, Vimal is responsible for leading and managing the implementation of financial sector and capital markets development initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), including green bonds. He supports the execution of strategies for strengthening African capital markets, financial market infrastructure, capacity building and enhancing access to growth finance in the region. He is involved in facilitating transformative development and growth of debt/equity markets, climate/green finance, Islamic and long-term finance, alternative finance, financial integrity together with knowledge management. He is also involved in development capital and fintech work at FSD Africa.
Vimal has presented at global conferences on thought leadership in various sectors.
Assistant Professor in Finance, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Mr. José Albuquerque de Sousa is an Assistant Professor in Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and consultant for the Africa Long-Term Finance Initiative, a joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) and the German Development Cooperation (BMZ/GIZ). He holds a PhD in Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on International Financial Markets and Institutional Investors.
Chief Financial Officer, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana
Mbako Mbo is the Chief Financial Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana. He carries over 15 years of experience in Finance, Banking, Risk and treasury accumulated from various industries in different markets within Africa. By Training, Mbako is Chartered Accountant with additional Professional Qualifications in Corporate Treasury. He also holds a PhD in Business Management and Administration from the university of Stellenbosch (South Africa).