Barely 24 hours after a colorful event launching the new brand of Equity BCDC which was presided over by the DRC Minister of Portfolio, the Board of Directors of Equity BCDC announced its inaugural leadership team to carry the organization into the future.
The Board named a new Chairman of the Board with the appointment of Mr. Nestor Ankiba, who has replaced the interim Chairman, Pierre Chevalier. Mr. Chevalier had been serving as interim Chairman of the Board since Equity’s acquisition of the Bank in August 2020 and has stepped down. He will however continue to serve on the Board as a Director.
“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to serve as the inaugural Chairman of the newly merged Equity BCDC,” said Mr. Ankiba.
“To be taking the reins of the Board of Directors at a time when Equity BCDC will be working to deliver on its ambitious development plans for the DRC which will see the bank reach out to a population that is largely financially excluded in an effort to support the transformation of lives and livelihoods in the DRC is an extraordinary moment. I am proud to be able to standby Equity as they strive to support the Congolese people to achieve their highest potential aspirations.” He added
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Mr. Ankiba brings to the role a unique set of experiences from both the private and philanthropic sectors, perfectly aligning him to steer Equity’s twin engine business model of both social and economic initiatives in the DRC.
An economist by background, Mr. Ankiba holds an MBA in Marketing Communications from the UK. He has held various positions at ExxonMobil and in international development, supervising projects with international organizations.
He has previously been a long-serving Managing Director with ExxonMobil in Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Togo, and the DRC. Prior to entering the private sector, he was an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kinshasa.
Finalizing the new Board structure, the Board has named Mr. Auguste Kanku to be its Company Secretary. Mr. Kanku had been serving as the General Counsel and Deputy Managing Director of the former Equity Bank Congo since its acquisition as Procredit by Equity Group Holdings in 2015 and he brings many years of legal experience in the Congolese market to the new Board.
With the naming of a new Board Chairman of Equity BCDC and Company Secretary, the Board also appointed a new Managing Director and new Deputy Managing Director for Equity BCDC.
Mr. Celestin Mukeba Muntuabu, an experience banker, industry veteran and former Managing Director of Equity Bank Congo prior to the merger, has been chosen by the Board of Directors as the new Managing Director of Equity BCDC.
Mr. Mukeba Muntuabu, who was appointed in 2015 as the MD of EBC previously served as the CEO of Procredit, the German microfinance institution which Equity Group Holdings acquired in the same year.
During his 5 years in his term of EBC Mr. Mukeba Muntuabu steered the Bank to move from position 8 in the marketplace to be the 4th largest bank in the country, growing its customer base nearly five-times from 136,000 customers to 650,000, while increasing the asset base 6-fold from USD 150 million to over USD 900 million and earning the bank the reputation of the fastest growing and most innovative bank in the DRC.
In making the announcement, Equity BCDC’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Nestor Ankiba stated, “Mr. Mukeba Muntuabu is extraordinarily equipped to build on the legacy of 112 years of corporate banking success of BCDC and has spent the last five years building a new heritage financial institution in Equity Bank Congo.
With Mr. Mukeba Muntuabu’s experience, skills and track record, the newly combined Bank, Equity BCDC, will be in good hands as the organization works to support the transformation of the lives and livelihoods of the citizens of DRC, and to fulfill the dreams of its clients across all spectrums of society while helping to develop and transform the DRC.”
Mr. Mukeba Muntuabu is also President of the DRC UN Global Compact Network and is one of the few Congolese ranked in the top 100 African leaders of Club Choiseul. He is a graduate of the Protestant University of Congo and is a professional accountant by training.
Mr. Jean-Claude Tshipama has been named the new Deputy Managing Director and Commercial Officer of Equity BCDC, overseeing Commercial, Operations and IT. He has extensive experience in Distribution, Business Development, Strategic Sales Planning, Relationship Management gained in Telecommunications, Pay Tv and Satellite Industries across the world mainly in Africa but in the Caraibes, in the Americas and Europe.
Mr. Tshipama has built his reputation in a strong career in telecommunications, most notably while as the first Managing Director of Pay TV provider CANAL+ in the DRC, and in his current role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadband Unit of EUTELSAT in France.
Mr. Allan Waititu, who has 17 years of experience working with Equity Bank Kenya (EBK), Equity Group Holdings Kenya Subsidiary since 2004 was appointed as the new Operations and IT director. A veteran passionate banker and ICT practitioner, Mr. Waititu has 33 years of experience in banking and information technology.
He has held various roles within Equity Bank Kenya providing team leadership and strategic direction in ICT and operational strategic transformation and his current role within the Bank is as Director of Operations for EBK’s 180 branches and the Head Office Central Operations and Group Processing Centre where he transitioned EBK’s operations to IT as part of Equity Group’s transformation.
Mr. Waititu also serves as a member of the Humanitarian System of the Future on the Global Future Council (GFC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and his special projects work in the humanitarian space in five countries in East Africa was recognized with a Resilience Award by the RESCON conference in 2017. He is a 2011 CIO 100 Honouree in Excellence and IT Deployment.
Yet to be named among the new management team within Equity BCDC will be a newly created Director of Social Impact Investments who will serve to champion the Bank’s social initiatives within the DRC to include work in Health, Education and Leadership Development, Energy and the Environment, Enterprise Development and Financial Inclusion, Food and Agriculture and Social Protections.