Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mr. Abdul Samji

Mr. Abdul Samji

Chairman

Mr. Samji became the Chairman of the DTB Group in May 2010 after having been appointed to the Board in 1997. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Management Consultant by profession and is a former Managing Partner of PKF Kenya, a firm of Certified Public Accountants. He is a B.Com (Hons) graduate, Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya). Mr. Samji is a past District Governor of Rotary International, District 9200, and is a Trustee for several institutions involved in charitable and service activities. Mr. Samji is also the Chairman of the PDM Group of Companies.

Mrs. Nasim Devji

Mrs. Nasim Devji

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mrs. Devji joined the DTB Group in 1996 following which she was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Trust Banks in East Africa in 2001. She is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, an Associate of the Institute of Taxation (United Kingdom) and a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya). Mrs. Devji is a director of DTB Tanzania, DTB Uganda, DTB Burundi, Jubilee Insurance Burundi, Diamond Trust Insurance Agency Limited and the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. She has also previously served as a member of the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Mrs. Pamella Ager

Mrs. Pamella Ager

Director

Mrs. Ager was appointed to the Board in May 2013. She is a partner in Oraro & Company Advocates and holds a First Class Honours LLM Degree from Auckland University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Waikato – Hamilton, New Zealand. She also holds a diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Besides being an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Mrs. Ager is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, Federation of Women Lawyers, East African Law Society and Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya) and sits on various boards for education and non-profit organisations.

Mr. Guedi Ainache

Mr. Guedi Ainache

Director

Mr. Ainache, was appointed to the Board in April 2017. He holds a Master Degree in Economic Science and Management from the University of Le Mans, France and a Post Graduate Degree in Audit and Risk Management from the University of Angers, France. He is currently the Corporate Finance Director for MMD Group in Nairobi. He has also previously served as the Head of the Syndication for The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) in Nairobi and as the Regional Director for East Africa for PROPARCO (French Development Agency) in addition to having held diverse positions with PROPARCO and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking both in Paris.

Mr. Shaffiq Dharamshi

Mr. Shaffiq Dharamshi

Director

Mr. Dharamshi was appointed to the Board in April 2015. He is a professional banker with over twenty years of senior management experience in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Dharamshi is the Head of Banking for the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), and responsible for providing oversight on operations of financial institutions in the AKFED portfolio across Asia and Africa.  He also serves as a Director on the Boards of DTB Uganda and DTB Tanzania, Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan, Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank, Kyrgyzstan and DCB Bank, India. Prior to taking this position with AKFED, he was Senior Vice President, Wholesale Credit Risk Management at Mashreq Bank in Dubai. Before joining Mashreq Bank, Mr. Dharamshi spent 17 years with Citibank in a wide range of positions across different areas of the bank in Africa and the Middle East.  Mr. Dharamshi holds a MSc. in Economics/Information Systems from the London School of Economics. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

Mr. Linus Gitahi, MBS

Mr. Linus Gitahi, MBS

Director

Mr. Gitahi, MBS, was appointed to the Board in April 2017. He holds a B.Com (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and an MBA from the United States International University. He is also a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management. Mr. Gitahi is currently the Chairman of Tropikal Brands (Africa) Limited, Chairman of Oxygene Communication Limited and a Trustee of the Management University of Africa. In addition, he is a director of Simba Corp, Outspan Hospital and Medical College as well as Allianz Insurance (K) Limited. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nation Media Group and prior to that was the Group Chief Executive Officer for West Africa for GlaxoSmithKline after having held diverse management positions with them.

Mr. Rizwan Hyder

Mr. Rizwan Hyder

Director

Mr. Hyder was appointed to the Board in March 2016. He is a seasoned banker with over thirty years of diverse banking experience, in senior management positions, with local and International banks. He is currently the Chief Risk Officer for Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Pakistan’s largest bank. Mr. Hyder also serves on the Boards of HBL Asset Management Limited – Pakistan, Habib Finance International Limited – Hong Kong and Habib Financial Services Limited – Pakistan. He has previously served as the Regional General Manager – Far East and Africa regions and Head of International and Market Risks at HBL. Prior to joining HBL, Mr. Hyder was with Credit Agricole, where he held senior management positions in Corporate and Investment Banking and Risk Management. He holds a degree in Commerce from University of Karachi, Pakistan. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

Mr. Irfan Keshavjee

Mr. Irfan Keshavjee

Director

Mr. Keshavjee was appointed to the Board in May 2013. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK and a Bachelors’ Degree in Civil-Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada. He also holds a certificate in Housing Finance from the Wharton Real Estate Centre, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Keshavjee has had over 20 years of commercial experience in East Africa as a Director of the White Rose Group of Companies. He is also the Founder of Karibu Homes, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to hardworking Kenyans, with over 1,000 homes currently under development in peri-urban Kenya. He was awarded the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellowship for having co-founded award-winning enterprises that impact on the livelihoods of low-income Kenyans. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

Mr. Moez Jamal

Mr. Moez Jamal

Director

Mr. Jamal was appointed to the Board in December 2009. He has vast experience in banking and is currently a Director of Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan, Marcuard Family Office, Switzerland and Jubilee Holdings Limited, Kenya. He is also a Partner in JAAM AG in Zurich. Mr. Jamal has previously worked in various senior positions with Credit Suisse and Lloyds Bank International London/New York and his last assignment was as the Global Treasurer, Credit Suisse. Mr. Jamal holds an MBA in Finance from Stern Business School, New York University and a BA (Hons.) from Manchester University in England. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

Mr. Ismail Mawji

Mr. Ismail Mawji

Director

Mr. Mawji was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He is the founder and Senior Partner in Mawji Sennik and Company, Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Mawji is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and a Chartered Accountant from United Kingdom and the Institute of Directors (Kenya). For many years Mr. Mawji has served on the Insurance Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and on the Corporate Governance Committee of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

Mr. Jamaludin Shamji

Mr. Jamaludin Shamji

Director

Mr. Shamji was appointed to the Board in March 2010. He holds a B.A. (Honors) in Business Administration from Washington State University, U.S.A. and has undertaken courses towards an M.B.A. (Strategic Management) from Drexel University, U.S.A. He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers and a prominent businessman based in Kisii. Mr. Shamji is a director of various companies including Diamond Trust Bank Burundi S.A., A. Jiwa Shamji Limited and Sansora Bakers & Confectioners Limited. He has previously served on the Boards of the Aga Khan Health Services, Kenya, the Aga Khan Education Services, Kenya and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Kisii Special School for the Mentally Handicapped. He is a member of the Kisii County Public Private Partnership Committee, Kisii County Budget & Economic Forum Committee and Board of Directors – Kisii Teaching & Referral Hospital and the Institute of Directors (Kenya).