Finserve - Board of Directors


Non-Executive Chairman

Dr. Uwizeye holds a Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the Edinburgh Business School- Heriot- Watt University, UK; Masters of Science (MSc) in Strategic Planning from the same University; MBA in Financial Management from the University of Hull, UK; 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, and is also an affiliate member of the Institute of Risk Management UK; and Associate Member of Kenya Institute of Management. Dr. Uwizeye has over 28 years of working experience as business management professional at senior level positions. He worked with MTN Rwanda in various positions including Chief Finance Officer (CFO), and the General Manager in charge of Business Risk Management. He also worked in Kenya with AACC in Nairobi, and held senior positions of the Director of Finance and Administration and the Chief Accountant. Currently, Dr. Uwizeye is the Managing Director of BPU Consulting Ltd, the company he founded. He has been engaged as Consultant for a number of major companies and other institutions in Rwanda in areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit Assurance strengthening and mentoring on the latest methodologies, Corporate Governance, Competitive Strategies and Financial Management.


Equitel Jack


Managing Director

Mr. Ngare holds an ALM in Management from Harvard University, an MSC in Advanced Computer Science (Distinction) and BSC in Computer Science from the University of Leicester. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management from Harvard University, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He previously worked for British Telecom (Global Services) with assignments in UK, Saudi Arabia, Peru and a joint venture with NTT Docomo in Japan. He subsequently worked at Stanbic Bank and NIC Bank (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). Jack has in depth experience in management, the telco industry, mobile financial services and emerging technology risks and security.

Equitel Erick Gikonyo


Executive Director

Mr. Karobia holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi. He has over 10 years of experience in Banking and Mobile money covering systems and Operations, Project Management, customer management, Mobile Money product development, Operations and general agent administration. He previously worked for Bharti Airtel Group International Netherlands B.V, as the Senior Manager, IT Products and Systems for 8yrs in various capacities. His immediate former role was Head of Department- Product Development and Operations Financial Services Division (M-PESA) from 2012-2014 at Safaricom Ltd, Senior Manager- Product Development and Operations, Strategic projects for the Financial Services Division (M-PESA) at Safaricom Ltd a position he held for 8months before being promoted to HOD. Eric joined Equity Bank in 2014 as General Manager Innovation, Product development and mobile payments a position that was held from July 2014 to Dec 2016. Currently he is the Group Director- Strategic Execution, PMO and ICT Governance.

Equitel Isis NYONG’O


Non-Executive Director

Ms. Nyong’o is the Founder and Principal of Asphalt and Ink, which provides strategic advisory services to broad range of clients including corporations, governments, non-profit organizations and start-ups. She is also an independent advisor to Kenyan Banks on mobile products strategies for new business lines. She has previously held senior positions in various companies including INMOBI, Google, MTV Networks and My Jobs Eye. She holds a Masters Degree in BusinessAdministration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.

Equitel Joanna Bichsel


Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Bichsel holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kasha, Inc. in Rwanda, a mobile E-commerce company for women’s health. Prior to founding Kasha, she was the Principal Technology Advisor for Global Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on Technology, Strategy and Investments across Africa and Asia. She also worked as an engineer, business leader and a manager of an international cybersecurity team at Microsoft Corporation headquarters for 11 years.

Equitel James Mwangi


Non-Executive Director

Dr. Mwangi holds five Honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. James has been honoured twice with Presidential national awards; he was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) national decoration-the highest presidential award to a civilian, for outstanding contribution in economic development as well as the Moran of the Burning Spear. He was named the World Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2012, the Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2012 and is a holder of the 2007 Global Vision Award. He was also recognized as the 2015 Ai40 CEO of the year at the 8th Annual Africa Investor (Ai) CEO Investment Summit held in New York .He is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. He serves on several international bodies as an advisor. He is a Board member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition among others and is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.

Equitel Mary Wamae


Non-Executive Director 

Mrs. Wamae holds a Master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya) and member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists. She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 14 years private legal practice experience. She joined Equity in 2004.

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