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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.










  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/SHEM MIGOT ADHOLLA




    Shem holds a PhD in Sociology of Development and a Master of Arts in Sociology from University of California. He is a Special Graduate Student in Agricultural Economics (Michigan State University) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of East Africa). He is a private consultant on agriculture and rural development, land policy reform and environmental issues based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously he was the Lead Specialist on Land Policy and Administration in the World Bank. He also served in the Government of Kenya (on secondment from the World Bank) as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. He served as an Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi and has numerous publications focusing on land issues, pastoralism, farmers’ institutions and rural development. He has working experience in many African countries as well as Haiti, Kyrgyz Republic and several Asian countries. He is currently the Chairman of the Council of Kenyatta University and has also served as Chairman of Kibabii University, Chairman of Board of the Centre for Corporate Governance and was a Director of Housing Finance Company of Kenya Ltd and Vice-Chairman Board of Directors of Kenya Wildlife Service.


  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/ADDIS ABABA OTHOW




    Addis Ababa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Master’s degree in Economic Development and a PhD in political economics from Al-Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan. He also holds Bachelor Degree in Finance and Accounting from Hanze University, Groningen, Netherlands. Prior to joining Equity Bank, he initially worked at Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Central Bank of Sudan in 1997, Dubois & Co Chartered Accountants Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/MARY JAMES AJITH




    Mary holds an LL.B. degree from EL-Neelian University, Khartoum, Sudan and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights University of Juba. Mary has worked with various Gender and Child Related Organizations and holds a Certificate in Skill for Communicating with Children, Certificate on Gender and Development and an Advanced Certificate on Women Peace and Security Council Resolution 1325. She serves on the board of the Ethicapl University, Juba and is currently Head of Directororate of Legistlation, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Republic of South Sudan and holds certificates of Legislative Drafting and Bills Scrutiny training with over 14 years’ experience.  

  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/ KENYI SPENCER




    Kenyi holds a Professional Certificate in International Trade from the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (Affiliate of International Association of Trade Training Organization), a PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) in South Africa, a Post-graduate certificate in Practical Ecology from Technische Universitat Berlin in Germany and BSc. in Science and Applied Environmental Science from the National University of Lesotho. Equity Group Holdings Plc and Subsidiaries Integrated Report & Financial Statements He previously worked as a Deputy Director in KB Environment & Trade Consultancy in South Africa and has executed many assignments for the World Bank and the Republic of South Sudan (RSS). Kenyi is currently an Executive Chairman of Central Equatoria Vision 2040 Secretariat, Deputy Chairman of Central Equatoria Development Agency (CEDA) and a board member of the Juba Media Group. He is also the Chairman of the South Sudan Media Development Institute. He recently published a world acclaimed novel – Twisted Gift. 


  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/MARY WAMAE




    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 Harvard 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.



  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/ JAMES MWANGI, CBS




    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.

  • http://ss.equitybankgroup.com/ALLAN WAITITU




    Allan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Information Technology and is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore- IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). He has a Master's in Business Administration from Strathmore University Business School. He has over 30 years experience in Information Technology and banking having previously served as Equity Bank's General Manager, Operations; Director, ICT and Innovations and Director, Special Projects. He is a member of the World  Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on the Future Humanitarian System 2019/2020. He is currently the Director, Operations- Equity Bank Kenya

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