Global Finance’s First Annual List Of Who’s Who In African Finance.

Author: Gordon Platt

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Jaiz Bank

Muhammad Nurul Islam | Managing director and CEO

Islam has more than 30 years of experience in Islamic banking. He joined Jaiz Bank, the first non-interest bank in Nigeria, in 2013. Under his leadership, Jaiz Bank has grown from 10 to 18 branches and plans to expand nationwide. Previously, Islam was deputy managing director of Islami Bank Bangladesh. He holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration.


Kestrel Capital (East Africa)

Andre DeSimone | Executive director and CEO

DeSimone has twice been CEO of Kestrel Capital, an investment bank based in Kenya. He was CEO from 1995 to 1997, after working for Blackstone Group in New York as vice president in acquisitions and restructuring. In 1997, he became a portfolio manager at Zurich Scudder Investments in New York. He also worked for Kenol/Kobil Petroleum before returning to Kestrel Capital as executive director and CEO.


Millennium bim (Mozambique)

José Reino da Costa | Vice chairman and CEO

Da Costa assumed his current position in May 2015 after having served as senior managing director of investment banking at Millennium bcp in Portugal. Before that, he was CEO of Millennium Bank Romania. Da Costa also served four years as CEO of Banco Millennium Angola. He was CEO of Macau Insurance from 2002 to 2006, and senior manager of insurance projects at Millennium bcp in Portugal from 1999 to 2001.



Brett Goschen | Group CFO

Goschen was named to his current position in 2013. He has been with South Africa–based MTN, a multinational telecom services provider with operations across the Middle East and Africa, for more than a decade. Goschen previously was CEO for MTN Nigeria and MTN Ghana, as well as CFO for MTN Nigeria.



Mike Brown | Group CEO

Brown became CEO of South Africa–based Nedbank and Nedbank Group in 2010. Previously, he was CFO of both. Before that, he headed property finance at Nedbank. Earlier, Brown was executive director of BoE, the former Board of Executors bank, which was taken over by Nedbank in 2002.


NIC Bank

John Gachora | Group managing director

Gachora joined Kenya-based NIC Bank in 2013. He was formerly managing director and head of corporate and investment banking at Barclays Africa. Before that, Gachora held several executive positions at Absa Bank in South Africa. He also worked at Bank of America and Credit Suisse First Boston in the US.


Nestlé Nigeria

Syed Saiful Islam | Head of finance and control

Islam joined Nestlé Nigeria in 2014, after serving as country controller for Nestlé in Sri Lanka. He began his career at Ericsson in Bangladesh and worked for Citi for a brief period. Islam joined Nestlé Bangladesh in 1999 as financial accounting manager. In 2000, he moved to Nestlé India, where he worked for six years.


Nigerian Breweries

Mark Rutten | Finance director

Rutten has been finance director of Nigerian Breweries since 2014. He oversaw its merger with Consolidated Breweries. Previously, he was finance director of Heineken’s Bralima breweries in Kinshasa, DRC Congo. Prior to that, Rutten was finance manager of France Boissons, the distribution division of Heineken France.



Leon Crouse | CFO

Remgro, an investment holding company based in South Africa, has more than 30 companies in its diversified portfolio. Crouse joined the company in 2008, following a 15-year career at Vodacom, where he served as general manager (finance) and CFO. Crouse is a chartered accountant.


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