Mr. Niyongabo Louis was appointed to the Board of Directors of Sanlam Vie Plc (Rwanda) in September 2021. He is currently Managing Director of ITS Ltd, an IT firm providing IT Services mainly to the banks. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Taslimu Capital, a credit-only financial Institution based in Kenya.
He is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Management from Adventist University of Central Africa (Rwanda).
He has over 20 years’ experience in Banks’ IT Systems, and his IT Consultancy firm has provided IT services to various banks in Rwanda and in the region for Core Banking Systems, Payment Systems’ Integration, IT Projects Implementation, and IT Advisory Services. The list of clients includes, but not limited to I&M Bank Rwanda, Fina Bank Group (now GT Bank Group), BPR, Bank of Kigali, and DFCU Bank.
Beyond the region, his firm was hired in the US (Boston) to develop a payment system Rwanda Automatic Payment System to link the local banks and the service providers through a shared payment switch.
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Mrs. KAGAJU Marie Louise has a robust experience of over 25 years in banking sector and broad experience in taxes assessment, planning, accounting, and finance. Mrs. Kagaju joined BCR (Currently I&M Bank) in 1996 where she occupied several positions including Accounting Department Manager, Head of Finance Division and Chief Internal Auditor.
Prior to joining I&M Bank), Mrs. KAGAJU worked for Bank of Commerce, Development, and Industry (BCDI) currently Ecobank as Internal Audit Manager has been a Chief Internal Auditor. She also worked Congo Revenues Authority as Tax Inquiries Team Supervision before returning to Rwanda.
In board directorship, Mrs. Kagaju sits in the board of UNGUKA Bank Rwanda Plc since July 2019 as Audit Committee Chairperson and Member of Risk Management Committee since December 2020. She is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Economics obtained in Kinshasa University in 1988.
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Mr. Regis is a qualified Professional Accountant and an Accredited Professional Trainer and holds a bachelors’ degree in BBA (Finance) with ten years of working experience in the Rwandan and regional insurance sector.
Prior to joining SANLAM Vie Plc, he spent three and a half years in Prime Insurance Ltd where he served as Head of Internal Audit and later promoted to the position of Commercial Director, a position he occupied for two (2) years. During this period, he played a major role in introduction of medical insurance where he extensively worked on its design and implementation from scratch to its success.
Mr. Regis started his career at KPMG where he spent four years and a half as Senior Auditor, where he specialized in the audit of Financial Institutions (Insurance) and Consumer Industry Market in the East African Region and. He also served as Group Internal Auditor Manager at UAP-OLD MUTUAL Insurance.
He is also a seasoned CMA university Judge Panel member from 2019 and he participated in the process of revamping the RTQF Curriculum with CAT ICPAR Qualification.
Legal Advisor and Company Secretary
Mr. Aloys Niyibizi has 10 years in legal and insurance industry. He started his professional career as Legal Claims Manager and later Procurement Officer at Special Guarantee Fund. He has been appointed by the Government of Rwanda as State Attorney in 2016 with a mandate to represent the Government of Rwanda in courts where he handled an array of litigation and legal matters, representing the interests of corporate on complex issues, transactions, agreements, and lawsuits. Later, Mr. Aloys occupied the position of Legal Specialist in Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) where he shifted to private sector to occupy the position of Head Claims & Legal Advisory Department in Soras Vie Ltd, and later the Legal Advisor and Company Secretary since November 2019 up to date.
Mr. Aloys is a holder of a master’s degree in international law and bachelor’s degree in law obtained from National University of Rwanda. In addition to this, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice obtained from the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD).
Head of Internal Audit
Ms. Helene is the head of Internal Audit of Sanlam Vie Plc. Ms. Helene has an outstanding experience of twelve (12) years in audit function. Prior to joining Sanlam Vie, she worked at Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) for ten years, where she served as the manager in charge of internal audit, and the tax auditor team leader for large taxpayers.
Helene is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Rwanda. Helene holds a master’s degree in taxation and a bachelor’s degree in finance. She also possesses a certificate in Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT), Advanced Certified Risk Based Auditor (CRBA) and a certificate in Quality Management system (QMS).
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With more than 10 years of experience in internal auditing and underwriting, Mr. Barakagwira Nelson is an experienced insurance professional. He has a diploma in insurance and a Master of Business Administration in Business and Administration from the Independent University of Kigali, Rwanda. He has shown during his career that he has significant abilities in contract management, risk assessment, and offering excellent customer service.
Mrs. UWIMANA Claudine is a Director of HR and Administration. She has a lot of experience first as founding member of “ Programme d’identification et d’Ecoute des enfants de la rue ”
and she started her insurance career at Saham Assurance Rwanda Ltd (Former CORAR S A) from May 2010 to April 2019 in different departments. From April 2019 to February 2021, she was a HR Manager of Sanlam AG.
She is responsible, diligent at work and show strong communication skills. Her knowledge and ability in several disciplines as well as her general understanding of insurance, enable her to approach the business words with insight and solid judgement.
Under Administration, Claudine is also responsible for procurement where her key mandate is directing all strategic sourcing for alignment with the company’s strategy.
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