Mentor to DaMina's Advisors Leadership
Lord Boateng is a former British High Commissioner (ambassador) to South Africa, a former British Member of Parliament for Brent South, a former British Cabinet Minister and Chief Treasury Secretary in the Blair government. He is currently a peer in the British House of Lords as Baron Boateng of Wembly and Akyem. Lord Boateng was also a former UK minister in the Department of Health, a minister of State in the Home Office and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Lord Boateng has been privy councilor to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II since 1998. He is a solicitor and barrister at laws admitted in England & Wales (Gray's Inn) and is involved in many charitable organizations including a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation and Feed the Hungry.
Banking, Finance & Economic Development
His Excellency Dr Babacar Ndiaye is the honorary president of the multibillion dollar African Development Bank, which he led as president from 1985 until 1995. Between 1980 and 1985, he was vice president of finance of the same institution. As president of the AfDB, Ndiaye moved the once conservative institution into a more proactive posture and pushed it to finance several multibillion dollar projects throughout Africa. Dr Ndiaye remains one of Africa's most seasoned bankers and has been appointed to many high level panels of the UN, AU and NEPAD. Dr Ndiaye is a graduate of the University of Toulouse and Sciences Po in France and has received many high honors and awards throughout Africa.
Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies
Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, former president of the Republic of Malawi, Africa’s second ever head of state has joined DaMina Advisors as a ‘Senior Advisor, Effective Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies.’ H.E. Dr Joyce Banda, a lifelong gender and rural economic empowerment advocate was President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012 – 210; Vice President from 2009 – 2012; Foreign Affairs Minister from 2006 – 2009 and Minister for Gender, Child Welfare and Community Affairs Minister from 2004 – 2006. Previously H.E. Dr Joyce Banda had set up numerous economic empowerment organizations throughout Africa and is currently the president of the Joyce Banda Foundation. H.E Dr Joyce Banda holds an M.A in Leadership from the Royal Roads University of Canada, a BSS in Gender Studies from the Atlantic International University, USA, a Diploma in Management of NGOs from the International Labor Organization (ILO) Centre in Turin, Italy and a doctorate degree, honoris causa from Jeonju University of South Korea. H.E. Dr Banda, drawing on her nearly four decades of serious engagement on CSR strategies in Africa will help provide wise counsel to companies and foundations who seek to bring greater effectiveness to their CSR activities on the continent.
Francophone Africa, Finance, Mining
His Excellency Kabine Komara is Guinea's former Prime Minister (2008 - 2010). He previously had held several senior executive positions at the Africa-Export-Import Bank in Egypt, and the African Development Bank as well as several high positions within Guinea. Mr Komara assists DaMina clients with commercial interests in Guinea and elsewhere in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa.
Former Prime Minister of Mozambique
H.E Luisa Dias Diogo was prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004 to 2010, while concurrently holding the Finance Minister portfolio. Diogo has had an extensive career in public administration and finance having held senior positions at Mozambique’s Ministry of Finance as Staff Officer in the Department of Economics and Investment, Head of the Budget Department, Deputy National Budget Director, National Budget Director, Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance and the World Bank’s Program Officer for Mozambique. Diogo is currently Chairman of Barclays Bank Mozambique, a member of the Advisory Board of The Brenthurst Foundation, member of the African Commission’s Advisory Council for Peace and Security, and the UN’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. H.E. Luisa Diogo will be drawing on her unique insights on public finance and administration to strengthen DaMina’s risk research and frontier markets risk mitigation consulting capacities with special focus on Angola and Mozambique.
Great Lakes; CSR; Foreign Policy, DaMina Guggisberg Foundation
Ambassador Chabala is Zambia's former ambassador to the United Nations, France, the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Portugal. A three-decade veteran of the Zambian diplomatic service, Ambassador Chabala was also an under-secretary at the Zambian Ministry of Finance, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Economics and Finance), and speech writer to the Prime Minister of Zambia. Ambassador Chabala is currently CEO of Visionary Consulting Associates, a non-profit organization which has helped educate hundreds of HIV-AIDS orphans in central Africa. Chabala is also a member of several advisory boards: Global Alliance for Women's Health, Voices of African Mothers, International Youth Council, United Nations Ambassadors, United States Foundation for Peace In The Middle East and Jewish Heart for Africa (innovation Africa).
DR Congo, Great Lakes, Extractive Commodities
Honorable Victor Kasongo Shomary is the Democratic Republic of Congo's immediate past vice minister of mines and natural resources. He was until his departure from the government of President Joseph Kabila the principal architect of Congo's recent mining sector reforms. Prior to taking up the post of vice minister of mines and natural resources, he was a senior advisor to President Kabila on mining issues. Honorable Kasongo Shomary also served as the head of the Center for Evaluation, Expertise & Certification in Kinshasa and as the CEO of Okimo, the country's state owned diamond conglomerate. Formerly he worked as a senior consulting executive with Ernst & Young in South Africa.
Burkina Faso, Francophone West Africa, Trade, Extractive Commodities
Respected Burkina Faso former foreign minister and former senior advisor to President Blaise Compaore (1994-1999), His Excellency Dr Ablasse Ouedrago joined DaMina Advisors as Senior Advisor in its West Africa natural resources practice. Dr Ouedraogo is also the first African to hold the position of Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization. Dr Ouedraogo, currently executive chairman of Zoodo International, an Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso based international consultancy that assists DaMina Advisors clients with critical regulatory and political risk advice to global mining clients with investments in Burkina Faso and in the surrounding Franco-Sahelian nations. Dr Ouedraogo holds a PhD in economics from the University of Nice, France and was for many years a senior United Nations Development Program (UNDP) officer. Dr Ouedraogo has been decorated with the highest state honors of Gabon and of his native Burkina Faso.
Trade, Uganda, East Africa Politics
Ambassador Chris Katsigazi joined DaMina Advisors with over 30 year's experience at the highest levels of the Ugandan government and diplomatic posts. Katsigazi served as Permanent Secretary at the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and earlier at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry. Katsigazi also served as Uganda's permanent representative and ambassador plenipotentiary to the United Nations.
Guinea, Francophone Africa
His Excellency Max Bangoura is Guinea's former minister for private sector development. Mr Bangoura asists DaMina clients with commercial interests in Guinea and elsewhere in francophone Africa, especially in mining.
Ms. Johnson is currently an independent management consultant and has previously held director positions at Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse, Coopers & Lybrand and Eurasia Group. She has over 20 years of international corporate strategy, advisory and business development experience and is an active advisor to, and member of, several non-profit boards.
Nigeria, Policy Risks, Financial Services
Mr. Rewane is CEO of Nigerias preeminent market research and consulting firm, Financial Derivatives. He was an informal advisor to former Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua's economic management team on economic and financial regulation issues. Bismarck worked with the First National Bank of Chicago, where he rose to the level of a General Manager and Treasurer of the Bank. Other executive stints were with International Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited, Lion Bank of Nigeria and Intercity Bank Limited. In addition to sitting on the board of the First City Monument Bank Nigeria, he also currently sits on the boards of the First City Group, FCMB (UK) Ltd, Top Feed Nigeria Limited, Delta Packaging Nigeria Limited, Seepec Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Modant Marine Limited, Virgin Nigeria Airways Limited, Nigeria LNG Foundation, UBA Custodian Limited, UNIC Insurance Plc, Navgas (a Vitol subsidiary), and Guinness Nigeria Plc. Bismark holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Ibadan and is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Bankers, (England and Wales).
Risks Methodologies and Analytics
David Ensor most recently held the position of Chief Credit Officer of Chartis, the general insurance business of American International Group (AIG), where he had responsibility for all credit-related risk assumed by Chartis worldwide. Prior to David's role at AIG-Chartis, his extensive international career in the UK, US, Canada and South Africa helped to build a number of senior business and risk management roles for major financial institutions such as: AIG, ANZ, Barclays and General Re. David holds a LLB in Law and an MA from Cambridge University (St. John's College), and is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London.
Energy Finance, Caribbean & Latin American Frontier Markets
Conrad Enill, a respected former minister of energy and finance of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago has joined DaMina Advisors senior advisory team to strengthen the firm's LatAm and Caribbean frontier markets energy and public finance consulting and research capabilities. Mr. Enill was previously a governor for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the International Development Association, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and Chair of the IMF G-24. Enil, who is a former chairman of a major political party of Trinidad, and a former senator was at various times also acting Foreign Affairs minister, Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment, Minister of National Security, Minister of Education, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, Minister of Public Administration and Information, Minister of Agriculture. Enil is one of the Caribbean's most experienced and respected public servants.
M&A Transaction Advisory; African Capital Markets
Mr Korman is the CEO of mid-market US private equity firm Nashone Inc. Korman has over two decades of senior finance and deal structuring experience in the US, Israel and Africa. Scott assists DaMina clients who are active participants in the African capital markets. Scott is a graduate of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Col (Rtd) James Hall was until recently the British Defence Adviser at the UK High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. Now retired from the UK Armed Forces after three decades of service he provides strategic analysis and security advice, specializing in Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through his advisory company Sandwick Advisers Ltd, security consultants to DaMina Advisors clients.
Capt (Rtd) Ogwuegbu-Stephens is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve. He recently left active duty service after spending almost a decade as an intelligence analyst in the US Special Forces and the 82nd All American Airborne Unit. He is currently working towards his law degree and provides strategic security analysis and advice specializing on Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States. Born in the southwest city of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.