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

Author: Gordon Platt

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Societe Generale de Banques de Côte d’Ivoire

Hubert de Saint Jean | Managing director

De Saint Jean has been managing director of this Ivory Coast bank since 2013. During his career, he has acquired 10 banks in Central and Eastern Europe and in Africa on behalf of Societe Generale. He began his banking career in France at retail branches in Avignon and Nice. He has held several positions in Societe Generale’s subsidiaries in Eastern Europe.


Standard Bank

Sim Tshabalala | Joint CEO

Tshabalala is joint CEO of Standard Bank Group and CEO of Standard Bank South Africa. He joined the project finance division of Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank in 2000, and became managing director of Stanbic Africa in 2001. In 2006, he was named chief executive of personal and business banking, South Africa. He holds a master of law degree from the University of Notre Dame in the US.



Seelan Gobalsamy | CEO and chairman

Stanlib, a subsidiary of Liberty Holdings, is a pan-African investment company based in South Africa, with a presence in 10 African countries, and about $56 billion in assets under management. Gobalsamy was named CEO in March 2014. Previously, he was chief executive of Liberty’s corporate business. Before that, he held senior roles at Old Mutual corporate, including financial director.


United Bank for Africa

Phillips Oduoza | Group managing director and CEO

Nigeria-based UBA has operations in 19 African countries, as well as New York, London and Paris. The bank is a leading provider of e-banking solutions across Africa. Oduoza assumed his current position in 2010. He previously was deputy managing director of UBA Nigeria South. He also served as executive director of retail financial services at UBA.


Vetiva Capital Management

Chuka Eseka | Managing director and CEO

Chuka Eseka co-founded Vetiva Capital Management, a Nigeria-based investment bank, in 2003. Previously, he was executive director and chief operations officer at BGL, an investment bank in Lagos. Eseka is chairman of the Nigerian Capital Markets Committee’s fixed-income subcommittee. He also served on a committee that advised the president of Nigeria on a new pension system for the country.


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