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.


Prof. Shem holds a PhD in Sociology of Development, Master of Arts in Sociology, both from University of California, was a Special Graduate Student in Agricultural Economics (Michigan State University) and earned a Bachelor of Arts (University of East Africa). Prof Shem is a private consultant on agriculture and rural development, land policy reform and environmental issues based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) Nairobi and sits on the Board of the Center for Corporate Governance and is also a Director of Housing Finance Company of Kenya Ltd. He has previously served as Vice-Chairman Board of Directors Kenya Wildlife Service between 2004 and 2007 and was Lead Specialist on Land Policy and Administration for Africa Region in the World Bank Headquarters. He also served (on secondment from the World Bank) as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Kenya, where he was responsible for formulation and implementation of agricultural and rural development policy as well as general oversight of 38 state corporations. Earlier he was 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.


Mr. Gitahi is a career banker with over 24 years experience and previously worked with ABC Bank and Cooperative Bank. He has extensive banking experience in operations, marketing and customer service. Paul served previously as the General Manager in charge of marketing in Equity Bank Kenya before taking up his present position. Paul joined Equity Bank in 2006.



Dr. Spencer holds a Professional Certificate in International Trade from the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (Affiliate of International Association of Trade Training Organization) and a PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein), South Africa; a Post-graduate certificate in Practical Ecology from Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany and BSc. in Science and Applied Environmental Science from the National University of Lesotho. Dr.
Spencer is currently an Executive Chairman of Central Equatoria Vision 2040 Secretariat, Deputy Chairman of Central Equatorial Development Agency (CEDA), a local institution tasked with infusion of scientifically oriented agriculture to Central Equatoria farmers, and a board member of the Juba Media Group. He previously worked as a Deputy Director in KB Environment & Trade Consultancy in South Africa. He has executed many assignments for the World Bank and the Republic of South Sudan (RSS). Dr. Spencer recently published a world acclaimed novel –Twisted Gift.

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Mrs. Ajith holds an LL.B. degree from EL-Neelian University, Khartoum, Sudan. Mary worked with various Gender and Child Related organizations and holds a Certificate on Skill for Communicating with Children, and Advanced Certificate on Women Peace and Security Council Resolution 1325. She is currently a Legal Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Republic of South Sudan and holds Certificates on Legislative Drafting and Bills Scrutiny Training with over 10 years experience.


James Mwangi



Dr. Mwangi holds five Honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his contributions to the Kenyan society. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. James has been honoured twice with Presidential national awards; he was vested the First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) national decoration-the highest presidential award to a civilian, for outstanding contribution in economic development as well as the Moran of the Burning Spear. 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 is currently the Chairman of Kenya’s Vision 2030. Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. He serves on several international bodies as an advisor. He is a Board member of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa, the Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition among others and is the Chancellor of Meru University College of Science and Technology. He has wide experience in the banking industry and inclusive finance.

Mrs. Wamae holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is a Certified Public Secretary (Kenya). She is a graduate of Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development and has over 14 years private practice experience.


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