Directors

Our Vision, Mission and Culture statements hold the keys to the philosophy on which we base ourselves on and what we do.

- Message from the Board

Our Board

Our Board Of Directors includes 9 members with diverse experience in various fields including law, banking and management.

Mr. Bonaventure Niyibizi

Mr. Bonaventure Niyibizi

Chairman

Mr. Bonaventure Niyibizi

Mr. Bonaventure Niyibizi

Chairman

Bonaventure re-joined the Bank's Board of Directors in January 2021. He holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural economics from Kisangani University and an MBA in Finance from SFB. He was the Managing Director of Cogebanque, Head of Privatization Secretariat, Director General of the Rwanda Investment Promotion Agency, Chairman of the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency, and Chairman of the Rwanda Public Service Commission. He brings on board a vast experience and knowledge having spent a significant part of his career in both public and private sectors in Rwanda where he served as Minister of Commerce,Cooperative and Industries, and Minister of Energy, Water and natural resources.
Mr. Robin C. Bairstow

Mr. Robin C. Bairstow

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Robin C. Bairstow

Mr. Robin C. Bairstow

Chief Executive Officer

Robin was appointed as a Managing Director in September 2015. He is an experienced Corporate Banker and has a successful track record with over 25 years in the financial services sector with both domestic and international banking organizations. Prior joining I&M Bank, he held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank NA, BOE Bank and Nedbank across Central Africa, East Africa and South-East Asia. Robin is a graduate of the South African Merchant Naval Academy and holds a CIBM (SA) and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Leicester.
Mr. Paul Simon Morris

Mr. Paul Simon Morris

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Paul Simon Morris

Mr. Paul Simon Morris

Independent Non-Executive Director

Simon joined the Bank’s Board of Directors in September 2018. He is a UK national, an experienced international banker who has served in various senior positions in Europe, Asia and Africa with Standard Chartered Bank Group and 2 large local banks in Mongolia and Vietnam. He has experience as a Chief executive Officer for 14 years in 6 countries in Asia, Simon also worked in Africa as the Regional head of Consumer Banking Africa for Standard Chartered Bank. Simon holds an MBA from the Henley Business School in the UK.
Ms. Crystal Rugege

Ms. Crystal Rugege

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Crystal Rugege

Ms. Crystal Rugege

Independent Non-Executive Director

Crystal joined the Board of Directors in November 2017. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Grambling State University and master's degree in information systems and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently working with Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) as the Director of Strategy and Operations. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, she worked at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab as a software engineer and also as a technology consultant providing IBM’s customers with business intelligence solutions. She joins the Board with experience in the technology and education fields.
Mr. Nikhil Hira

Mr. Nikhil Hira

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Nikhil Hira

Mr. Nikhil Hira

Independent Non-Executive Director

Hira, Director at Bowman and former partner of Deloitte East Africa, he joined the board in February 2019. He holds a BSc Joint Honours in Accountancy and Process Engineering from University of Salford, England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Kenya and also registered with similar institutes in Uganda and Tanzania He headed the tax practice for Deloitte in the East Africa region and in addition was the Technology, Media and Telecom industry leader. He has specialized in taxation since 1987 in various jurisdictions around the world including the UK and East Africa. He sits on the Advisory board of Eastern Africa Association and Nikhil is also a member of the board of I&M Bank in Kenya.
Ms. Alice Nkulikiyinka

Ms. Alice Nkulikiyinka

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Alice Nkulikiyinka

Ms. Alice Nkulikiyinka

Independent Non-Executive Director

Alice is the Managing Director of Business Professionals Network Rwanda (BPN Rwanda), a Swiss international non-profit organization that fosters entrepreneurship worldwide. Prior to returning to her home country, she worked close to fifteen years in the banking sector in the renown Swiss firms Telekurs (Six Group) and Avaloq where she held different managerial positions in Europe, America and Asia. Mrs. Alice Nkulikiyinka holds a Master of Science in Economics and Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences Worms, Germany and a Master of Science and Information Management, University of Constance, Germany.
Mr Alan Dodd

Mr Alan Dodd

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Alan Dodd

Mr Alan Dodd

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dodd has a wealth of experience having served the banking industry in various executive capacities both in Kenya, as well as Asia and the Middle East. The first 28 years of his career were spent with Standard Chartered Group, latterly in East Africa where he rose to the position of Executive Director responsible for Corporate and Service Quality. In 2006 he joined NIC Bank Kenya Ltd, which subsequently became to be known as NCBA, where he held the positions of Executive Director responsible for Corporate, Asset Finance, including Leasing, and Bancassurance until the end of 2020. Following 43 years in the Banking industry, Mr. Dodd was approved by the Central Bank as Independent Non- Executive Director of I&M Bank (Rwanda) Plc on 8th September 2021, where he will bring his significant knowledge and experience of the financial sector, governance protocols, credit and risk management disciplines as well as customer service to the benefit of the Bank. He was educated in the United Kingdom where he obtained an Honours degree in Economics from Portsmouth University and presently is a member of The London Institute of Banking and Finance.
Mr. Chris Low

Mr. Chris Low

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chris Low

Mr. Chris Low

Non-Executive Director

Chris joined the Bank's Board of Directors in February 2021. He holds a Masters degree in Arts from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. A seasoned banker having spent considerable time in the areas of international banking, digital transformation, emerging markets, risk management and financial inclusion for over 30 years, he brings on board a vast wealth of experience having served across several countries including Sub-Saharan Africa in executive roles.
Mr. Julius Tichelaar

Mr. Julius Tichelaar

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Julius Tichelaar

Mr. Julius Tichelaar

Non-Executive Director

Julius is a partner at AfricInvest Group since 2007 and seats on various board across different countries. He has a vast experience in the Private Equity industry including in the sourcing, structuring, the financial - business plan modelling and the executing of transactions. His experience covers a wide variety of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Nigeria, both for growth capital investments and buyouts. Julius moved to the Nairobi office in early 2012 where he covers the region for the AfricInvest Financial sector fund. He holds a Master’s degree in Science of Management (Msc) with a specialization in Finance from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Mr. Iddy Rugamba

Mr. Iddy Rugamba

Company Secretary

Mr. Iddy Rugamba

Mr. Iddy Rugamba

Company Secretary

Iddy has 8 years of experience in the Rwandan Banking Sector with extensive knowledge in Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, Regulatory Environment, Banking Operations and Structured Transactions and was the Bank’s legal Manager before his promotion to Company Secretary. Prior to joining I&M Bank, he worked with KCB Bank as a Legal Manager. Iddy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law, a Master’s degree in Business Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.