Independent Chairperson, Non Resident (Appointed as Independent Director on 02.09.13 and Chairperson on 07.09.17)
Sandra Martyres has over 25 years of experience in banking at Senior Management level, overseeing all areas from front office (corporate banking, trade finance, treasury & foreign exchange trading) to support functions (Finance, HR, Admin, IT, Operations).
She retired from Société Générale as Deputy CEO – India. She is currently an Independent Director on the Boards of Novartis India Ltd, Franklin Templeton Trustee Services India P. Ltd, HNI India Office Ltd and an Executive Member of the Managing Committee of Alliance Française de Bombay. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai.
Independent Chairperson, Non Resident (Appointed as Independent Director on 02.09.13 and Chairperson on 07.09.17)
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Resident (Appointed on 01.01.14)
Ravneet Chowdhury has a long career in the banking industry,
occupying various senior positions within the Standard Chartered
Bank prior to his appointment as CEO of Standard Chartered
Bank, Oman. He possesses extensive African experience, having
worked in Southern and East Africa for a number of years and
he has also worked for ABN AMRO and American Express Bank.
Ravneet is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi and an MBA from Henley Management College.
JUAN CARLOS ALBIZZATI
Non-Executive Director, Resident (Appointed on 02.03.17, resigned on 12.06.19)
Juan Carlos Albizzati was engaged as the Head of Risk
Management, Compliance and Control with Ciel Finance Limited.
He is a seasoned banker and risk-management expert with
more than 40 years’ experience within the Société Générale
Group. He has occupied various roles as Head of Internal Audit,
Deputy Head Trade Finance Department and as Head of
Risk Division with Société Générale in Romania, Croatia,
Argentina and Russian Federation. He was a Board member in
Argentina, Executive member in Romania and Croatia and also
sat as Management Board Member in Russian Federation.
Juan Carlos holds an Academic Diploma in Finance and Administration from Buenos Aires University, Argentina and has undertaken different post-graduation studies in Economy, Finance, Accounting, Risk, Operational, Market Risk Activities, Recovery, Legal, within SG Group, in Private and State Schools.
GAURI A. GUPTA
Non-Executive Director, Non Resident (Appointed on 02.03.17)
Gauri Gupta heads I&M Group’s Corporate Advisory function.
Under Corporate Finance, Gauri’s forte lies in M&A transactions
including transaction structuring and negotiation of legal
documentation. She holds a B.Com degree and is a Chartered
Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Her experience of over 20 years in Banking covers Credit,
Risk Management, Product Development, Finance, and
She has been instrumental in enhancement of the corporate governance framework at I&M for over 15 years and oversees governance matters for I&M Holdings Plc, the parent entity for I&M Bank Group, listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. She is a Director on the board for several companies under the I&M Bank Group including I&M Burbidge Capital Limited, an East African Corporate Advisory firm.
PAUL E. LEECH
Non-Executive Director, Resident (Appointed on 26.06.19)
Paul Leech is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of CIEL
Finance Limited, the Chairman of the Strategy Committee and
a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of CIEL Finance
Limited. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the IQEQ
group companies in Mauritius. Prior to these roles, he was
Group CEO of Cim Financial Services Ltd from 2014 to 2017 and
worked for 33 years with the HSBC Group in Asia, Africa and
Europe. He held the position of Head of International at HSBC in
Asia-Pacific prior to retirement from HSBC in 2011.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham.
LEONARD C. MUSUSA
Independent Director, Non Resident (Appointed on 02.03.17)
Leonard Mususa is a Private Management Consultant with
extensive experience in transaction services including due
diligence and business valuations, business recovery and
Leonard previously worked with PwC for 36 years and developed expertise in corporate governance, financial reporting, risk management and control. He served as Country Senior Partner with PwC (Tanzania) for 14 years prior to his retirement. He also served in other roles as Head of Assurance Risk and Quality in the PwC Africa Central region for three years and Head of Risk, Independence and Quality in the East Africa Market Area for a period of two years.
Leonard also holds directorships in diverse companies in Kenya and Tanzania in financial, consumer industry and media sectors. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Fellow Certified Public Accountant (Tanzania).
IGNACIO SERRAHIMA ARBESTAIN
Independent Director, Non Resident (Appointed on 16.04.19)
Ignacio Serrahima A. has been a freelance consultant since
March 2014, advising various entities in Madrid, Barcelona,
Dubai, Riyadh, Nairobi and Mumbai in areas of strategic
development and human resources. Prior to launching his
consultancy business, Mr. Serrahima occupied various M&A
roles at Banco Popular Espanol, S.A (Madrid) and Bankinter,
S.A. (Madrid) between September 2000 to March 2014.
He holds a degree in Business Administration and an MBA at ESADE, Spain, as well as a Master in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA.
L. A. SIVARAMAKRISHNAN
Non-Executive Director, Non Resident (Appointed 07.03.16)
L. A. Sivaramakrishnan is the Head of Business Development at
I&M Bank Limited. He has over 38 years of banking experience and
has previously occupied the post of Head of Corporate Banking
at I&M Bank Limited and Head of I&M Kenya’s Main Branch in
Nairobi. He also held senior positions in Bank of Baroda in India
and Kenya. He is also a director of I&M Insurance Agency Ltd,
a fully owned subsidiary of I&M Bank Ltd.
L. A. Sivaramakrishnan holds an MSc in Agricultural Sciences and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
Independent Director, Resident (Appointed on 21.12.17)
Nikhil Treebhoohun is currently a consultant for Oxford
International Mauritius, of which he is also the Chairman.
He has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of
development at both the national level (as the Chief Executive
of such intermediary organizations like the Export Processing
Zones Development Authority and the National Productivity
and Competitiveness Council which were involved in
improving competitiveness at both industry and national level),
and at international level (as Head of the Trade Section at
the Commonwealth Secretariat in London). He was also the
CEO of Global Finance Mauritius which is the voice of the financial
services industry in Mauritius.
Nikhil holds a BSc (Hons) Econ (Industry and Trade) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a post graduate diploma in Development Planning Techniques from the Institute of Social Studies, Hague and a post graduate diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England, Australia. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Directorship in listed entities in Mauritius: Terra Mauricia Ltd.
Non-Executive Director, Resident (Appointed on 15.04.15)
Marc-Emmanuel Vives joined CIEL Finance Limited as
Chief Executive Officer in September 2014, bringing with him
more than 25 years of experience at Société Générale.
After starting within the General Inspection of the Société Générale Group, he spent the next 18 years of his career in various assignments in emerging countries, first in Argentina as Commercial Director, then Chairman & CEO of Société Générale Argentina, later in Russia, as CEO of Bank Société Générale Vostok, before becoming First Deputy Chairman of Rosbank, and finally in India as Country Manager.
Marc-Emmanuel holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Business School France, as well as a degree in History from Sorbonne University in Paris.
Directorship in listed entities in Mauritius: IPRO Growth Fund Ltd, IPRO Funds Ltd.
SALEEM UL HAQ
Chief Operations Officer
Saleem joined the Bank in December 2017 and assumed the
office of Chief Operating Officer for Bank One since March 2018.
He holds a Bachelor in Business from Karachi University and a
Masters in Business Administration from Institute of Business
Administration, Karachi, Pakistan.
He is a career banker with in depth exposure and extensive experience at the senior management level covering the entire banking operations (credit, operational risk management, administration, information technology, payments and retail banking).
Most recently, Saleem was Chief Operating Officer for Absa Cards and Payments business, Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Bank Egypt and Regional Head of Operations for Emerging Markets. His career spans over 25 years in over 24 geographies in Asia, Middle East & Africa for Barclays and Citigroup before joining Bank One.
Chief Financial Officer
Ranjeeve holds an MBA with Finance from Herriot Watt University.
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants,
he is also a Professional Accountant registered with the Mauritius
Institute of Professional Accountants.
He started his career in 1998 at the Union International Bank and has since held various senior positions and gained extensive banking experience in his different roles at Delphis Bank, First City Bank, SBI (Mauritius) and Deutsche Bank (Mauritius). Ranjeeve joined Bank One in 2008 as Financial Accountant and was appointed as CFO since 2014.
Chief Risk Officer
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce degree specializing in Financial Management. Stephen is also a certified member of the Institute of Bankers of South Africa and obtained an Associate Diploma from the Institute. Before joining Bank One, Stephen has had twenty years' experience in risk management in the South African banking and investment industries. Stephen joined the Bank in November 2014 as Chief Risk Officer.
Head of Corporate Banking
Fareed Soobadar is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Accountants (UK) and an associate - ACIB of the Institute of Financial Services (UK). He has more than 19 years of work experience in the financial services industry, having worked in auditing, accounting, offshore, HP financing, and including 14 years of banking experience gained at senior management level. He held several key positions in various organisations, namely KPMG, Deloitte, HSBC, AAMIL, Barclays over these years and was a corporate director at Banque des Mascareignes before joining Bank One. He also had international exposures with ABSA, Barclays Dubai, and Barclays Africa, where he worked principally in the credit field. Fareed was appointed Head of Corporate Banking of Bank One Limited in February 2015.
CARL STEPHEN CHIRWA
Head of International Banking
Carl is a seasoned Pan-African banking executive with a special
focus on corporate banking, structured trade and commodity
finance, project finance and financial advisory services.
He has developed deep networks on the subcontinent through
20 years of proven track record of origination, structuring and
executing of large ticket strategic transactions across a wide
variety of sectors in over 26 African countries.
A Fellow Chartered Accountant with a BSc in Applied Accounting, Carl was previously Head of Trade Finance at Citi for the Sub Sahara Africa region. Carl joined Bank One in September 2018.
Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management
Guillaume is an International School of Management (IDRAC)
graduate who has spent his entire career in the banking
sector. He started off as a Portfolio Manager at B*capital Paris,
the BNP Paribas brokerage house in 1999. In 2007, he was appointed
as Head of Sales at BNP Paribas Personal Investors Luxembourg.
He joined AfrAsia Bank in 2014 and was subsequently appointed
as Head of Private Banking.
Guillaume joined Bank One as the new Head of Private Banking in March 2017. He brought along the needed expertise to uplift the Private Banking offer. Following the setting up of the International Custody Platform, Securities Services and the External Wealth Managers Desk, our clients, both high-net-worth and institutional now have the tools for their wealth management experience. The Bank’s array of clients has also been widened to accommodate Asset Managers, Investment Funds, Pension Funds and Family Offices through a one stop shop and open architecture model.
SHEHRYAR BAKHT ALI
Head of Retail Banking
Shehryar is a seasoned banker with over 16 years of experience
at Citibank, Barclays and more recently Mashreq Bank Egypt
as Head of Assets and Personal Banking. Over his career,
Shehryar has successfully led Payments, Credit Cards Issuing/
Acquiring, E-commerce, Personal Loans, Personal Banking and
Shehryar is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin in Computer Sciences and has joined Bank One as Head of Retail Banking in May 2018.
Head of Treasury
Rishy holds an ACI Diploma, a PGCE in derivatives and financial products and a BBA from Management College of Southern Africa. Before joining Bank One in February 2014, he worked for 26 years in the Treasury division of the State Bank of Mauritius, where he covered different desks such as sales, interbank and fixed income and acquired a comprehensive knowledge of the Mauritian and Malagasy markets. Rishy held the post of Chief Dealer prior to leaving SBM.
Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Called to the bar in 1995, Valerie joined Bank One in 2008 and
acquired in depth exposure and expertise in banking operations
and legal matters.
Valerie is a versatile executive with 23 years of diversified experience. She comes with a unique mix of experience in a senior leadership position in matters pertaining to the general insurance sector and the banking sector. Her expertise ranges from handling high level claims for key general insurers of the market and advising Bank One on all legal aspects relating to the affairs of the Bank including complex recovery of assets in foreign jurisdictions. After having headed the Credit Administration Department of the Bank for 11 years, she was appointed as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs since September 2019.
Head of Human Resources
With over 20 years of experience in the human resource field,
Priscilla is a seasoned Human Resources professional who is
skilled at partnering with senior management teams to develop
and execute strategic HR plans aligned with organizational
objectives. She brings to the table her expertise in managing
the full employee life-cycle and engaging with employees.
She holds a Master in ‘Administration d’Entreprises’ from the
University of Poitiers, France.
Prior to joining Bank One, Priscilla has worked across regional and global corporations such as DCDM Consulting (Managed by Accenture) where she was responsible for HR-related consultancy assignments for a portfolio of clients in various industries including banking. Her assignments were conducted both in Mauritius and regionally (i.e. Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Djibouti, among others). From 2011 to 2014, she headed the HR department at Bramer Bank before moving to GroFin in January 2015, a development financier specialized in financing and supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) with 16 offices across Africa and the Middle East, as its Chief HR Officer. Priscilla joined the Bank in December 2017 as Head of HR.
Priscilla received The Women of Wonder Award Mauritius 2018. This patented Award is granted in recognition and appreciation to women who are constantly striving to uplift as well as inspire and empower themselves and other women. She has also been conferred the 101 Most Influential Global HR Leaders by the World HR Congress and more recently led the Bank to win the LinkedIn Best Employer Brand Award for Sub-Saharan Africa below 500 employees category.