Our History

Equity Bank Rwanda began its operations in 2011 and is registered as a commercial bank by the National Bank of Rwanda. The Bank has its Head Office located in Kigali, with a foot-print of 14 branches and is supported by 2421 agents, 1074 merchants and a network of 21 ATMs. ... Read More

Our Philosophy

We exist to transform the lives and livelihoods of our people socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities.

Purpose

We exist to transform the lives and livelihoods of our people socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities.

Vision

To be the champion of the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Africa.

Mission

We offer inclusive, customer focused financial services that socially and economically empower our clients and other stakeholders.

Positioning Statement

Equity provides Inclusive Financial Services that transform livelihoods, give dignity and expand opportunities.

Tagline

Your Listening, Caring Partner.

Motto

Growing Together in Trust.

Our Core Values

We are guided by and strive to uphold the following core values in all the activities we undertake.

 
 

Board Of Directors

Evelyn Kamagaju Rutagwenda

Evelyn Kamagaju Rutagwenda

Non-executive Chairperson

Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Kampala. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR). She previously worked as the Auditor General for the Republic of Rwanda; as the Secretary-General of Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI); consultant/project accountant for Decentralization Secretariat (Institutional Capacity Building Project); Ministry of Local Government, Uganda and also as Chief Auditor at UCA Auditing Services among others. Evelyn spearheaded the formation of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) and subsequently served the Institute in various capacities including, Chairperson of the Interim Governing Council, Ex Officio and elected member of the Governing Council. In 2009, she received an ACCA Achievements Award for her outstanding contribution to developing the accountancy and finance profession. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Equity Bank Uganda Limited, Chair of the Boards of Equity Bank Rwanda Plc, MTN Rwanda and Crystal Telecom Limited, Vice-Chair, Rwanda Development Board, and previously served on the Boards of Total Uganda Limited and Victoria Motors Rwanda Limited.

Hannington Namara

Hannington Namara

Managing Director

Hannington is the Managing Director of Equity Bank Rwanda. He holds a degree in Business Administration (Finance option) from Makerere University Business School, a graduate of Advanced Management Programme from Strathmore Business School. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has over 19 years work experience in banking and Private Sector Development with extensive knowledge and a track record in Strategic Leadership, Banking and Finance, Management and Communications. He has held various leadership positions while working with different reputable organizations in the past including TradeMark East Africa, Rwanda Private Sector Federation, Commercial Bank of Rwanda (BCR), Rwanda Investment Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA-now known as Rwanda Development Board). He holds several positions of responsibility in Boards of corporates and parastatals.

Dr. Patrick Uwizeye

Dr. Patrick Uwizeye

Non-executive Director

Patrick holds a degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the Heriot-Watt University, UK, a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the same University, MBA in Financial Management from the University of Hull, UK and Masters in Communications Management (MCM) from Coventry University, UK. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of both Institutes of CPA Kenya and Rwanda; a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management (CMIRM), UK and Associate Member of Kenya Institute of Management. Patrick has over 28 years of working experience in business management and worked for MTN Rwanda and AACC in Nairobi. Dr. Uwizeye is currently the President of the Institute of CPA Rwanda, and a board member of Pan Africa Federation of Accountants (PAFA). Patrick currently serves as the Managing Director of BPU Consulting Ltd, a company he founded more than seven years ago.

Robert Bafakulera

Robert Bafakulera

Non-executive Director

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University, Uganda. He has served as Chairman in several investments and trading companies and has a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and business. He is currently the Managing Director for Roba General Merchants Limited and the Chairman of the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda.

Emmanuel Butare

Emmanuel Butare

Non-executive Director

Emmanuel holds a Masters Degree in Law from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Rwanda. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in legal practice from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD); A fellow from the London Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (FCIArb) and holds a Certificate in Global Arbitration from Hamline University of Law in conjunction with School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University in London. He worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Law School, a Training Coordinator in the Rwandan Judiciary and Principal State Attorney. He was part of the team that negotiated the launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area between the EAC, COMESA and SADC. He served as Vice President, East African Law Society (EALS) and President of the Strategic Litigation Committee of the EALS. He is a member and on the panel of arbitrators of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), member of CIArb, RBA, EALS, and a court accredited mediator. Emmanuel is currently a Partner, MRB Attorneys.

Steven Mutabazi

Steven Mutabazi

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Steve holds a Master of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate governance, as an Executive Board Member of two companies he founded, and later as Chairman of Broadband Systems Corporation Ltd, KT Rwanda Networks Ltd and the National Industrial Research and Development Agency as well as being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Steve built his entrepreneurial business career in Australia and the Asia Pacific region where he founded and led two technology innovation companies for 20 years and also held senior positions with Telstra Corporation (Australia) and Hewlett Packard Company (Asia Pacific).

In 2012, Steve accepted invitation by the Government of Rwanda to lead key initiatives to develop the country’s ICT sector, and over 6 years led the rollout of 4G LTE, the establishment of the Rwanda Innovation Fund to accelerate growth of the technology sector, and developed Kigali Innovation City flagship initiative to position Rwanda as a pan-African talent and innovation hub. Steve currently provides executive advisory services to global technology companies establishing operations in Africa.

Mary Wamae

Mary Wamae

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mary holds a Masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya, Women Corporate Directors and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 15 years’ experience in private legal practice.

James Mutuku

James Mutuku

Non-executive Director Alternate to Dr. James Mwangi

James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University. He has over 20 years’ experience in treasury business having worked as a treasury dealer for Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Head of Money Markets and Fixed Income at KCB Kenya and the East Africa Head of Asset Liability Management (ALM), for Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. Before joining Equity Bank, he was the immediate country Head of Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, where he also doubled up as the Co-Head SCB Uganda Wholesale Bank. He brings a wealth of experience in balance sheet management, fixed income trading and general treasury management. He joined Equity Bank in 2016.

Senior Management

Hannington Namara

Hannington Namara

Managing Director

Hannington is the Managing Director of Equity Bank Rwanda. He holds a degree in Business Administration (Finance option) from Makerere University Business School, a graduate of Advanced Management Programme from Strathmore Business School. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has over 19 years work experience in banking and Private Sector Development with extensive knowledge and a track record in Strategic Leadership, Banking and Finance, Management and Communications. He has held various leadership positions while working with different reputable organizations in the past including TradeMark East Africa, Rwanda Private Sector Federation, Commercial Bank of Rwanda (BCR), Rwanda Investment Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA-now known as Rwanda Development Board). He holds several positions of responsibility in Boards of corporates and parastatals.

Athanasie Niragira

Athanasie Niragira

Head of Marketing & Customer Experience

Athanasie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing from National University of Rwanda and a Masters degree in Leadership from Oklahoma Christian University. Prior to joining Equity Bank, Athanasie worked in marketing and sales roles in Agaseke Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB /Rwanda), The Edge Ltd and Rwandatel SA.

Fernand Kamanzi

Fernand Kamanzi

Head of Treasury

Fernand holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences and Management from Kigali Independent University (ULK) and is an ACI certified dealer. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Fernand worked in Access Bank Rwanda Ltd for 5years in various positions including Team Leader Treasury 2011 – August 2013, Acting Treasurer 2010 -2011 and Card & Channels Officer 2008 - 2010.

Chantal Mukandoli Kayijamahe

Chantal Mukandoli Kayijamahe

Head of Credit/risk and Administration

Chantal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting option and pursuing Master’s Degree in Business Administration University of South Wales, UK.Prior to joining Equity Bank 5 years ago, Chantal worked at the Commercial Bank of Rwanda (now I&M) in Credit Department for more than 11 years; As an Analyst in SME and Corporate Banking, Security Perfection Manager, Personal Lending and Mortgages Manager.

Joseph Mutuma

Joseph Mutuma

Finance Manager

Joseph holds an MBA Finance option from Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology and a bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA K) and a Certified Securities and Investments Analyst (CSIA). He is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst certification-CFA. Prior to joining Equity Bank Rwanda Ltd, Joseph worked as a senior accountant at Equity Bank Kenya Limited.

JEAN PAUL NGABONZIZA

JEAN PAUL NGABONZIZA

HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT

Jean Paul holds a degree in Business Administration-Accounting Sciences from National University of Rwanda (now UR). He is ACCA certified, a member of The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) and a member The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He has over 12 years of experience in Audit with 10 years spent in Internal audit in Banking Industry. He joined Equity Bank Rwanda Plc in April 2020 as Head of Internal Audit. He has previously worked for BPR Bank (an Atlas Mara subsidiary) for over 2.5 years as Senior Audit Manager; I&M Bank Rwanda Plc as Senior Internal Auditor for 7 years and Auditors General’s Office of Rwanda as Auditor of Public Business Enterprises for 2 years.

Carole Karema Jeni

Carole Karema Jeni

Head of IT & Projects

Carole holds an MBA from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, a MIT from the University of Pretoria, a BCOM Honor’s degree for the same University, and a BA from Adventist University of Central Africa.

Having lived in different countries, Carole has gained a diverse range of experiences in Telecoms, Investments, Construction, Security services, Building materials, Insurance brokerage, _as well as in Food and Beverage and Agribusiness. She is fluent In English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda. Her IT acumen and leadership make her a great asset of any organization she relates too.

Carole is a passionate IT specialist with nearly 20 years of experience. She has specialized herself as a Solution Architecture who conceptualizes, designs and implements IT Strategies and Solutions that drive innovation, businesses efficiency and continuity in different areas of operations.  She had achieved automation of different business processes, allowing companies to focus on their core businesses and concentrate on turning companies into profitable business. She has also managed and delivered various IT projects that require integration of various Vendors and Solutions following IT standards and Processes like PMP, COBIT and ITIL. She is currently working on various digitization projects that embody cybersecurity, mobility and data analytics.

She enjoys reading, travelling and innovating. She is also engaged in various benevolent causes that empower children and women.

Carole is currently Head of IT at Equity Bank Rwanda where she oversees the digital transformation of the bank and runs different Business projects. Prior to that she was the Group IT Director of Crystal Ventures for 8 years and IT Project manager and Solution Architect of MTN Rwanda.

She also serves in different Boards as a Non-Executive Director.

Aline Kagoyire

Aline Kagoyire

Head of Hr and Administration

Aline holds a degree in Business Administration from Université de Mons – Hainaut (Belgium University), with more than 10 years’ experience in Human Resources Management. She has previously worked for Bralirwa (a Heineken subsidiary) and U-COM Burundi. She joined Equity Bank in July 2017 as head of HR and Administration.

JEAN BIZIMUNGU

JEAN BIZIMUNGU

RISK AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Bizimungu Jean Nepomuscene holds a bachelor’s degree in Monetary economics from Former National University of Rwanda and he holds an International certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from Institute of Risk Management in United Kingdom (IRM) and He is CAMs certified & ACCPA certified. He is a member of the Institute of Institute of Risk Management UK and a member of ACAMs. He has 8 years’ experience in banking industry specifically in Risk and compliance management.

Our Achievements

Here are some of the recent accolades and recognitions that Equity Bank Limited has received include.

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