Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has attracted directors who have shown great commitment and enthusiasm in involving themselves in the affairs of the Bank and who have demonstrated the spirit and ethos of the organization. The Directors have supervised the delivery of dramatic growth over the years, with the Bank continuing to deliver strong financial performance. The Board has provided leadership to the Bank to become an all inclusive bank providing accessible and affordable financial services and in the process generating great shareholder value. All Board members are vetted before appointment to take into account professional qualifications, integrity and track record.

The Board also conducts a self evaluation exercise in keeping with highest international standards. The evaluation focuses on the role and responsibility of the Board, structure, composition, functions and processes, information, meetings among other critical areas.

The Board has established seven Board committees to assist in guiding the direction of the bank. These are Audit, Credit, Risk management & ALCO, Governance, Nominations and Staff Remuneration, Tendering & Procurement, Strategy & Investment, Executive Committees. All the committees are governed by charters setting out their mandates and authority.


Mr Ansell holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, another Bachelors degree in Finance from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and an Advanced Management Degree (AMP) from the Wharton School of Business. David R. Ansell was appointed as a Director of Equity Bank in 2012, and also serves as The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Equity's 100% owned subsidiaries in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the affiliated company, Housing Finance. During his working career from 1968-2001; he served in various assignments at Citibank in the Emerging Markets, including 16 years in Africa. His last assignment before retiring was as President of Citibank Russia. From 1989-1991, Mr Ansell left Citibank and served as Managing Director and the first CEO of Ecobank Transnational Inc, located in Lome, Togo, but he rejoined Citibank thereafter.

Joseph Iha


Mr. Iha holds a Bachelor of Education in Accounting and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has also attended various professional courses in banking. He has over 15 years banking and leadership experience in Credit, Corporate banking and Operations. Before joining Equity Bank (Tanzania) Limited, he worked as the General Manager, Credit in Equity Bank (Uganda) Limited and General Manager, Corporate Banking Division at Equity Bank (Kenya). Joseph joined Equity Bank in 2005. He previously worked with Co-operative Bank of Kenya for six years in various capacities.




Prof. Delphin G. Rwegasira is a Professor in Development at the University of Dar es Salaam's Economics Department. He has many years of international and regional economic experience. Until 2006, he had worked for four years as Senior Advisor at the International Monetary Fund's African Department. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Nairobi–based African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and member of its international Board of Directors. He also served in the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Senior Advisor to the President, and Director of Development Research and Policy. In the early 1980s, he served as Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam, and as staff Director at the Central Bank of Tanzania. Born in Tanzania, he holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University, U.S.A., and a first-class Bachelor's degree in Statistics and Economics from the former University of East Africa (University College Dar es Salaam). He has published internationally on development and financial issues, contributed to the work of a number of expert and policy groups, and served as a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy.

Mrs. Nuru holds a Master of Science in Managerial Economics, Quantitative Methods and Business Administration including Trade and Marketing from Hult University. She is a Policy Advisor for IHAN (International Health Awareness Network) and Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce. Previously she has worked as the Personal Assistant to the President on Diplomatic and International Affairs United Republic of Tanzania; consultant/Advisor of the United Nations Office - Special Advisor on Africa; among other capacities in the United Nations. She has also worked with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania as Permanent Secretary for Health, Community Development, Culture, Women, Youth and sports; Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Management Development and Administration and Head of Planning, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare among other capacities.


Mr. Staley has a Masters of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. A specialist in implementing cost effective ICT solutions, John worked as the CEO of Credit Indemnity (Pty) Ltd in South Africa before joining Equity Bank. He has been actively involved in the use of mobile phones to provide financial services since 1998.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 Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.


Eng. Mbilinyi is the Executive Secretary at Tanzania National Businesses Council (TNBC). He is a Professional Engineer with BSc Engineering, a Certified Project Manager, Transportation specialist and a Professional Marketer with an MBA (Marketing) and over 20 years of professional experience in Africa, he has gained extensive experience in conducting a wide range of assignments in both Public and Private organisations. Prior to being appointed as Executive Secretary of TNBC, Raymond led the following organizations at senior level; Acting – Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), First Project Director of Dar Rapid Transit (DART) at Dares Salaam City Council and Network Development Manager – Retail of BP (T) Ltd. Raymond also served as Vice President of World Investment Promotion Agencies Association (WAIPA) up to December 2012. Currently, Raymond is serving as a Board Member in the following Organisations: Tanzania Industries Licensing Board. – BRELA and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF). Raymond is also Vice Chairman of the National Hunting Block Allocation Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.


Mr. Simbeye is currently the Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)since 9th March 2012. Mr. Simbeye has a strong background in Business and Financial Management and has experience of more than 17 years in consultancy and management of finance functions. He is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and has masters degree in Information Systems Management and Technology from University of Strathclyde in the UK. Mr Simbeye is a member of the Board of Millennium Challenge Account Tanzania (MCA-T), Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Tanzania Public Service College, University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre.


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 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 Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.

James Mwangi


Prof. Ame is an Associate Professor and has served as a Director for Graduate studies at the University of Dodoma and is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Planning, Finance and Administration at the University of Dodoma. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) in Business Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam; a Licentiate in Business Administration from UMEA University in Sweden; an MBA (with a bias in Production and Operations Management) from the University of Dar es Salaam and a B.A –Statistics (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He also holds a Statistical training Diploma, with specialization in computer programming and data processing from the International Statistical Education Centre in Calcutta, India. He is a member of various local and international committees.


Mrs. Wamae holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya). 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 13 years private practice experience.


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