Livingstone Takudzwa Gwata

Independent Non-Executive Chairman



Livingstone (Zimbabwe  1950, Bachelor of Administration from the University of Zimbabwe) has 37 years regional and international banking experience, spanning all facets of Corporate, Retail and Merchant banking at various executive director positions with among others Standard Chartered PLC in Zimbabwe, Europe, the Far East and several African countries.


In 1998, Livingstone joined the then First Banking Corporation Limited as Managing Director and steered the privately owned bank to a profitable public listed diversified financial services group, FBC Holdings Limited. (retired as Group CEO in 2011). Livingstone was appointed to the Board of ABC Holdings Limited ("ABCH"), in September 2015, and became Chairman in December 2018. He is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Board Credit Committee.


Livingstone has held Directorships and leadership positions in several Zimbabwean and multinational companies, including founder Chairmanship of the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited, and University of Zimbabwe Council, Vice Chairman of MasterCard International Limited, Middle East and Africa and President of the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe. He is currently the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe and the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Open Golf Committee.

 
 

Jacob Jones Sikazwe

Independent Non-Executive Director



Jacob (Zambia 1948, MBA, BA degree in Economics, postgraduate diploma's in Business Finance Management + Business Strategy Management) has over 40 years of experience in international corporate leadership like Senior Manager Administration Human Resources, Training and Government Affairs for BP Africa, BP Group Offices in London and BP Amoco in the USA; After his role of General Manager BP Southern Africa, he became Regional Executive Director Corporate Affairs in BP Africa, Board member for BP Southern Africa and Board member of SAPREF Refinery Durban.

 

Jacob is currently the Chairman of Marsh Zambia Ltd and has held several prestigious Board positions including Director of Workmen's Compensation in Zambia, and numerous Chairman positions for BP Zambia Plc, Puma Energy Zambia Plc., Alexander Forbes Zambia Ltd, Tourism Task Force, the Working Group under PSD Program, the Tourism Council Zambia, Barclays Bank Zambia PLC, the Zambian Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission.

 

Jacob was also appointed by the South African Government as a member of the Task Force to develop the Black Economic Empowerment Charter in the petroleum Industry. Jacob was appointed to the ABCH Board in November 2017. He is the Loans Review Chairman and member of the Risk & Audit Committee.

 
 

Naran Maharajh

Independent Non-Executive Director



Naran (South Africa 1966,  Chartered Accountant + Bachelor of Accountancy Degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy) has more than 30 years executive experience in financial, corporate and advisory services within Africa and has worked in Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe in companies like KPMG, Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd and JSE listed Masonite Africa Limited.

 

Naran is the Managing Director of BCA Chartered Accountants, a firm that inter alia offers financial management advisory services, assistance with acquisitions and disposals of business, corporate finance, risk management and corporate governance, accounting services and liquidations and corporate recoveries in the southern African region. Naran has had oversight over a number of key projects, in particular, the restructure of the internal audit function and the roll-out of Sarbanes Oxley compliance for Masonite Africa Limited.

 

Naran was appointed to the Board of ABC Holdings Limited ("ABCH") as an Independent Director in November 2017 also being Chairman of ABCH Risk and Audit committee, and a Member of the Loans Review Committee. He is non-executive Director of JSE listed Hulamin Ltd and Comair Ltd. Naran is also the Chairman of the Audit Committees of South African Sugar Association and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

 
 

Mark Martijn Schneiders

Non-Executive Director



Mark (Netherlands 1956, Bachelor's and Master's Degree in law) has over 30 years' experience as international financial-sector professional in private equity, banking and consulting in various (emerging) markets like Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Zambia.  Mark has set up retail banking businesses in a variety of countries, including Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Curaçao, Argentina, Venezuela, Hong Kong and the USA for among others ING, Amicorp and African Development Corporation

 

Mark is since 2014 CEO of KIT Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands ("KIT") overseeing the independent centre of expertise and education for sustainable development. This includes assisting governments, NGOs and private corporations around the world to build inclusive and sustainable societies. He is also co-founder of the first Sustainable Development Goals ("SDG") House in the world, housed at the KIT premises.

 

Mark was appointed to the Board of ABCH as a representative of ADC in 2011 and reappointed to in 2014. He is currently the Chair of the Board Credit Committee, and a member of the Risk and Audit, and Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Mark is also a Board member of CEPD, a Central European pharmaceutical retail group.

 
 

Sanjeev Anand

Executive Director, Group Managing Director



Sanjeev (New Delhi 1957, First-Class Honors degree in Commerce and Chartered Accountant) has over 35 years' experience as Executive banker, of which 25 years with Citibank (since 1982) where he held a number of senior positions across Asia, Europe, America and Africa like CEO of Zambia and Uganda and Executive Director of Citibank Nigeria besides being an industry specialist in airlines and aerospace,

 

Sanjeev Anand was Managing Director of I&M Bank Rwanda Limited (previously Banque Commerciale du Rwanda - BCR) and. managed the transition of ownership of the bank from Actis to the I&M consortium, comprising I&M Bank, DEG and PROPARCO with many awards like 'Best Bank in Rwanda' for four years 'Most Technology Innovative Company', etc. Early 2016 he became Managing Director BPR Rwanda followed by his current position since mid-2017 of Group Managing Director for Banking Operations Atlas Mara.

 

Sanjeev is also deputy Chairman of Rwanda Sovereign Fund and has been Chairman of Rwanda Bankers Association, President of the Rwanda Leasing Association, deputy President of Uganda Institute of Bankers, a member of the Steering Committee of East African Community and membership of the BASEL task force to set up stock exchanges in Zambia and Uganda.

 
 

Tinotenda Gwen Muteiwa

Executive Director, Group CFO



Gwen (Zimbabwe 1975, MBA, Honors degree in Accounting Science, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting degree) has over 20 years' experience in financial, corporate and advisory services. With a focus on strategy and its translation into financial performance.

 

Gwen's career encompassed various roles in Finance, Administration, Advisory Services and Operations, mainly in the banking sector. She was previously the Head of Finance Transformation for the ABCH Group, and was instrumental in the implementation of a financial controls framework, standardization of financial controls systems and processes across the Group, during the period April 2016 to May 2017. Gwen has worked mainly in other local Zimbabwean banks, including ReNaissance Merchant Bank, where she was the Managing Director and Finance Director prior to that. Gwen is the Group Chief Finance Officer for ABC and was appointed to the Board of ABCH in 2018.

 

Gwen is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). She has completed an Executive Leadership Program with Stellenbosch University and is a Committee member of the Women Chartered Accountants Network under the Institute of Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe.

 
 

Dr. Sharron Laverne McPherson

Independent Non-Executive Director



Sharron (American 1966, Doctorate in Juris Prudence Columbia University School of Law, Honours Degree in International Trade & Finance University of Toulon, and a BA in Economics, College of William & Mary) is one of Africa's leading experts on the impact of technology disruption for emerging market growth and development, future work and the disruption of education. A former Wall Street investment banker / attorney turned serial social impact investor, Sharron is an advocate for the disruption of corporate and traditional educational systems.  Sharron was appointed to the Board of ABC Holdings Limited ("ABCH"), on 28 May 2019, and is the Remuneration and Nomination Committee Chair, and a member of the Loans Review Committee.

Sharron was one of the first African American women to become a Vice President in a commercial bank that leads a capital markets division, an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton, a global Top 10 law firm, based in New York City and she has clerked for Justice Albie Sachs at the South African Constitutional Court. She teaches Project Finance at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and is a member of the Faculty of Singularity University (Silicon Valley).

A noted advocate for gender smart investing and smart city development in Africa, Sharron is a founding director of WINDE, Africa's largest women's investment company, Co-founder and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Technologies, and she sits on a number of high level UN Committees on sustainable public private partnerships.