SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM PROFILE
Deputy ceo, Head of Global Banking Treasury and Markets
Ben Padayachy is one of the Founding Executives of AfrAsia Bank Limited; he has a vast experience in banking, having successively worked with institutions such as BNP Paribas (BNPI), Barclays Bank and Standard Bank. He has throughout his career held senior management roles at both retail and corporate banking levels and also originated investment banking transactions from debt capital markets to structured trade finance. Ben holds a Master in Monetary Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine and a post-graduate degree in Banking and Finance; he is also a Director on the Board of AfrAsia Capital Management Limited, AfrAsia Special Opportunities Fund, AfrAsia Investments Ltd and AfrAsia Bank Zimbabwe Limited.
General Manager, Head of Domestic Banking Relationships and Sales
Rouben started his career in 1992 with the State Bank of Mauritius where he acquired extensive experience in credit and corporate banking before moving to Standard Bank (Mauritius) in 2006. In 2007, he joined AfrAsia Bank Limited as a Founding Executive member of the management team. With over 20 years of experience, along with qualifications in Business Administration and Banking Studies, he continues to develop the Bank’s domestic client base.
General Manager, Executive Director of AfrAsia Private Bank
Thierry started his career as an engineer and worked for companies such as LONRHO, ILLOVO and IBL. In 2000, he travelled to Paris to undertake an MBA in International Finance; his financial career started in 2002 when he worked for Groupe Generali as an Insurance Inspector. In 2005 he returned to Mauritius and joined the Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited (MCB) as Corporate Banker. He left in 2007 to join AfrAsia Bank Limited. As well as being one of the founders, Thierry is responsible for strategic development and heads AfrAsia Private Banking.
Head of Information Communication Technology (Ict)
Soodesh holds an MBA (IS) from University of Technology Mauritius, a Certificate in Banking Studies from University of Mauritius, an Oracle DBA and WEB programmer’s Certificates from NIIT Mauritius. He started his career at IOIB Ltd in 1987 and has more than 20 years of experience in the Banking/IT sector. In 1994, he moved from Banking to Agriculture when he joined F.U.E.L as Assistant Planters’ Adviser. In 2000, he returned to the financial industry to join SBI Mauritius Limited as Head of ICT and, in March 2009, Soodesh joined AfrAsia Bank Limited as Head of ICT.
DESHMUKH-RAO (Vinod) DHONDEE
Head of Group Internal Audit
Deshmukh-Rao (Vinod) Dhondee has extensive banking experience in the Global Business and Domestic Banking environment mostly acquired at middle and senior management level at HSBC, where he started his career. At HSBC, he occupied various managerial positions in the Personal Banking and Corporate divisions, Sub Custody business as well as several roles in risk management functions (namely Credit Risk and Recovery, Operational Risk, Compliance and Internal Control). Vinod also served as Director for several HSBC Global business companies and is currently acting as Deputy CEO for AfrAsia Zimbabwe Holdings Limited.
LOTESWAR (Anil) FANGOO
Head of Compliance
Anil started his career at Indian Ocean International Bank Ltd (now SBI Mauritius) in 1990. He joined AfrAsia Bank Limited in July 2009 as Head of Compliance. He gained extensive experience in the Legal Department before moving on to master both Retail and Corporate Banking. Prior to joining our team, Anil headed the Legal and Compliance Department at SBI Mauritius. Legal, compliance and credit recovery are his fortes. He is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Head of International Banking, Trusts and Custody
Yogesh has over 20 years of experience in financial management gained whilst working for International Financial Services Limited, a leading International Management Company in Mauritius. He also worked for Deutsche Bank (Mauritius) where he headed the fiduciary services division. In 2008 he joined AfrAsia Bank Limited. Yogesh is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM) and the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD).
Head of Finance and Treasury Back Office
Jennifer joined AfrAsia Bank Limited in 2007 as Head of Finance and Treasury Back office. She is responsible for the Bank’s financial management frameworks incorporating finance, taxation and treasury back office. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience gained on the local and international market. She holds a Master degree in Applied Finances, is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.
Head of Group Operations
Bishwajit is a banker of about 30 years standing and has international exposure working in various capacities. In addition to being an accomplished international speaker, he has a strong educational background. He is a Chartered Accountant, MBA holder, has a Bachelor of Law as well as many other international certifications. He joined AfrAsia Bank Limited from State Bank of Mauritius Limited where he occupied the post of Head of Operations. Prior to this he held key positions at ING Vysya Bank (India), Central Bank of Oman and IDBI Bank (India).
Head of Marketing and Public Relations
Suneeta has 20 years of banking experience. She started her career at HSBC in 1994, undertaking several key responsibilities in Sales & Marketing, Credit & Risk, CRM as well as branch operations. Before joining AfrAsia Bank Limited in July 2007, she was Head of Marketing at MPCB Limited. Suneeta holds a Pre Associateship from the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an International Certificate for Financial Advisors from the Chartered Insurance Institute as well as a General Management Certificate from ESSEC Business School, (France).
JOELLE NG FOONG LEE
Head of Credit and Risk
In September 2007, Joelle left the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd (MCB) to join AfrAsia Bank Limited. As Head of Credit & Risk Management she is responsible for Credit Administration and overall Risk Management for the Bank. She has more than 17 years of experience in banking, 7 of which are at middle and senior management level. Joelle started her career in 1994 with HSBC in Personal Banking before moving to Credit & Risk Management as Credit Recovery & Credit Risk Manager. She held the role of Special Assets Manager at MCB before joining AfrAsia Bank Limited. Joelle holds an International Certificate for Financial Advisers of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and a certificate in Banking Studies from the University of Mauritius.
DWEJENDRANATH (Jen) RAMANAH
Head of Treasury
Jen’s banking career started in 1980 when he joined the Bank of Mauritius where he gained wide ranging experience culminating as 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.
Head of Human Resources and Change Management
Maureen started her career with Barclays Bank (UK) approximately 25 years ago. In June 2010 she left Bramer Bank and joined AfrAsia Bank Limited as Head of Human Resources and Change Management. Maureen has experience in the UK and African markets, with qualifications in Human Resources and Project Management. She is currently undertaking an MBA and is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD).
South Africa Representative Offices
Chief Representative Officer
Colin has over 25 years of experience with local and international banks and financial markets in various roles including Head of Treasury, Head of Corporate Banking and General Manager of investments. During his career, he has acted as mandated lead arranger in Pan-African banking transactions, is the author of a book on investment strategy and is a Master of Commerce graduate from one of South Africa’s leading universities.
AFRASIA CORPORATE FINANCE (PTY) LIMITED
Charles graduated from the University of Cape Town with a First Class Honours degree in Finance and subsequently qualified as a CFA charter holder while working in London for Close Brothers Corporate Finance. At Close Brothers, Charles worked on a wide range of M&A and Restructuring transactions and following his return to South Africa in 2008 established AfrAsia Corporate Finance to focus on the provision of independent advisory services to clients in the SADC region. Charles has also served as CEO of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company Torre Industries Limited since August 2012.
AFRASIA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
Swadicq holds an MSc in International Business & Finance from the University of Reading, UK, with specialisation in international financial markets and risk management. He is also holder of a BSc (Hons) in Economics and is an affiliate member of the CFA Institute. Swadicq has more than 16 years’ experience as fund manager. He started his career with AXYS in 1998 and was, until September 2013, the Managing Director of Axys Capital Management. He has also worked as a consultant for a risk management consultancy firm in Mauritius and has performed several risk management assignments for parastatal bodies and companies operating in different sectors of the economy. Swadicq joined the AfrAsia Group as Chief Executive of AfrAsia Capital Management Ltd in October 2013.
AFRASIA ZIMBABWE HOLDINGS LIMITED
Chief Executive Officer
Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Zimbabwe, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Nottingham Trent University, Euromoney training on Bank Operations and Asset and Liability Management from Riskflow Institute South Africa. Prior to joining Kingdom as the Group Human Resources Director and her appointment as the Group Chief Executive Officer, she worked for TA Holdings Limited, The Coca-Cola Company and IBM covering Central and Southern Africa. She has extensive leadership and management experience and a global perspective combined with significant international market experience gained from working in leadership positions across the African continent and Indian Ocean Islands.