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 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

Joanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kasha, an ecommerce company for women’s health operating in Kenya and Rwanda. Prior to founding Kasha, she was the Principal Technology Advisor for Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focusing on technology strategy and investments across East and West Africa and South Asia. She also spent 11 years at Microsoft Corporation headquarters working as a software engineer, business leader and a senior leader of an international cybersecurity team.

Equitel James Mwangi


Non-Executive Director

James holds five honorary doctorate degrees from various universities, including Jomo Kenyatta and Kenyatta University. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has wide experience in the banking industry including finance. He is a recipient of the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) and Head of State Commendation (HSC). 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. He was named the Banker of the Year during the 4th Banker Africa - East Africa Awards 2017. James serves on several international bodies as an advisor such as the Nairobi Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centres. He is a Board member of the Economic Advisory Board of the IFC, the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa and the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. He is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology and serving as the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

Equitel Mary Wamae


Non-Executive Director 

Mary 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 and a 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, Women Corporate Directors and the Kenya Section of International Commission of Jurists. She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and Advanced Management Programme at Havard Business School. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development. She has over 14 years’ experience in private legal practice.

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