Board chairman

Richard Balenzi

Richard is a Partner with Trust Law Chambers, a leading law firm in Rwanda. His practice focuses primarily on corporate finance and banking. Richard holds a Corporate and Finance Law Masters from the University of Glasgow (First Class Honours) and is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for future political and business leaders. He also holds a BA Hons Law with French from the University of Nottingham (UK) and the Universite de Nantes (France) in addition to a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (Uganda). Richard is an accredited Arbitrator with...

Board Member

Julika Breyer

Julika Breyer has been a Director of the Supervisory Board of AB Bank Rwanda since December 2014. She was nominated by AccessHolding Microfinance AG. Ms. Breyer is Senior Consultant at LFS Financial Systems and has been working for LFS since 2008. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as Chief Credit Officer at AB Bank Zambia. Before that, she was part of the LFS Advisory Services Team at LFS Head Office and fulfilled Credit Advisory Roles at AB Microfinance Nigeria and AccessBank Tanzania. Prior to joining LFS, she worked 3 years as Technical Officer in the Social Finance Unit of the...

Board Member

Markus Baer

Markus Baer has been a board member since January 2016. Before joining the Board, Markus was a Principal Project Manager at KfW (based in Frankfurt) from 2011 to 2015, managing equity investments in the field of micro finance, micro insurance, micro pensions and other impact sectors, holding several board seats. Before that he had worked over 12 years for Commerzbank’s asset management, investment banking and investor relations divisions. He also coordinated African subsidiaries for a German pharmaceutical company. He is currently serving as the Director of KfW’s office in Kigali. Markus...

Board member

Albert Kinuma

Albert is currently the African Partnerships Lead at Segovia, a Fintech company based out of New York focusing on payments and international remittances. He was previously at the IFC (World bank group) where he was a Digital Financial Services specialist supporting financial institutions with their mobile money operations. Albert served at VISA Inc as the senior director, emerging digital markets in charge of MVISA the first interoperable branchless banking mobile solution in the world. He also served at MTN where he held various managerial positions with the last one being General...

Board member

Nick Barigye

Nick is currently a Managing Partner at Karisimbi Business Partners, a management consulting firm based in Rwanda. He brings extensive strategic, operating and general management experience. In addition, Nick is an advisory board member to the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and ADC (Rwanda’s premier handbag manufacturing factory that supplies exclusively to Kate Spade & Company). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Green Hills Academy, Chairing the Finance and Investments committee. In the past, he served as CEO of the largest soy processor in Rwanda, Group Operations...

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