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Momentum Metropolitan Africa's Executive Leadership Team

Momentum Metropolitan's Africa Executive Leadership Team brings together a breadth of management skills and extensive insurance industry experience.

Kudakwashe Mudzengi

Momentum Metropolitan Africa CEO

Academic qualifications:

MBA, CA(SA)

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Experience:

Kudakwashe, or Kuda as he is affectionately known, joined Momentum Metropolitan in 2018 as Chief Finance Officer of the Africa segment. Prior to joining, he served various roles in several countries for Old Mutual Africa and, over the past 14 years, he has gained extensive experience in the financial services industry across Africa. Today, Kuda serves on various country-level boards within Momentum Metropolitan across the continent.

Date appointed: September 2018

Mamello Phomane

Metropolitan Lesotho CEO

Academic qualifications:

MBL, MDip (HR Management)

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Experience:

Mamello was previously the Chief Operations Officer in Lesotho. Prior to that, she was the Head of Corporate Business. For more than 16 years, Mamello has served on the Executive Committee. Her exceptional communication and analytical skills has resulted in a heavy involvement in both strategy creation and implementation.

Date appointed: September 2019

Thebe Modikwa

Metropolitan Botswana Acting CEO

Academic qualifications:

MBA

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Experience:

Thebe joined Metropolitan Life of Botswana Limited in March 2020 as Chief Operating Officer, bringing his extensive experience in the Botswana insurance industry to the Group. Thebe has previously headed the Mining & Energy Division at Aon Botswana, been Risk & Insurance Manager at Debswana, COO at both Old Mutual Short Term Insurance and Old Mutual Nigeria General Insurance Company, and the founding Managing Director of Old Mutual Life Botswana.

Date appointed: March 2021

Grant Marais

Momentum Metropolitan Namibia CEO

Academic qualifications:

BCom (Economics)

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Experience:

Grant’s outstanding leadership skills propelled him to the role of Executive Director at Standard Bank just over two decades ago. From there, he moved to Nedbank, before becoming the Director of Communications and Stakeholder Involvement at Swakop Uranium, of which he was also a founder member. Prior to joining Momentum Metropolitan Namibia, he owned his own corporate banking and financial services consultancy, Grant Marais Financial Services CC.

Date appointed: April 2019

Grant Pote

Metropolitan Cannon Kenya CEO & Regional Programme Executive

Academic qualifications:

BSc Hons Computer Science

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Experience:

Grant is a qualified Actuary with financial and business management experience. Following engagements at Old Mutual and Momentum Metropolitan, Grant used his vast experience to become a consultant, specialising in implementing strategic growth initiatives for sub-Saharan Africa financial services businesses. In 2018, he returned to the Momentum Metropolitan Group.

Date appointed: March 2018

Tawiah Ben-Ahmed

Metropolitan Ghana CEO

Academic qualifications:

MBA (Banking and Finance)

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Experience:

Tawiah’s experience in the insurance industry began in 2004, building from being executive assistant to the MD at Ghana Life Insurance Company Ltd to being the Chief Executive Officer at SAHAM Life Insurance Ghana Ltd, before becoming the Metropolitan Ghana Managing Director/Country Head in 2016. Tawiah is also the current President of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Ghana.

Date appointed: May 2016

Jacques Massingue

Momentum Mozambique, Lda Acting CEO

Academic qualifications:

BBA Hons

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Experience:

Jacques joined Momentum Metropolitan as CEO of Momentum Moçambique, Lda in September 2020. This, however, is not his first stint at the company, as he is one of the co-founders of Momentum Moçambique, Lda and has previously spent eleven years with the company. During this time, his excellent organisational and leadership skills saw him excel in the role of COO, which he held for five years, while his problem-solving and decision-making abilities served him well in the role of CFO for the other six years.

Date appointed: August 2016

Yolanda Manganye

Momentum Metropolitan Africa Human Capital Executive

Academic qualifications:

MCom (Business Management)

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Experience:

Yolanda is a highly experienced Human Capital Executive with a rich history in the financial industry, which includes being HR Business Partner at Standard Bank, Head of HR at Discovery, and Head of Talent Management at FNB. Skilled in talent management, HR consulting, organisational effectiveness, employee management and succession planning, she has been a valuable member of the Momentum Metropolitan Group since 2018.

Date appointed: February 2018

Siyasange Kashe

Momentum Metropolitan Africa COO

Academic qualifications:

MBA

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Experience:

Siyasanga is a Customer Experience expert. Having worked in more than 15 African countries, she has extensive experience across various African markets. Her role provides the leadership and management skills necessary to ensure that all businesses across Africa have the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people-systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Date appointed: November 2018

Erich Gariseb

Momentum Metropolitan Africa Products and Distribution Executive

Academic qualifications:

MSc, SLP

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Experience:

Erich has almost two decades of actuarial, distribution and strategy experience in various financial services sectors across 13 African countries. This has ensured that he is highly skilled in post M&A integration/transformation, bancassurance, as well as developing and taking value propositions to market across multiple jurisdictions. Prior to joining in 2018, he was the Head of Actuarial for Old Mutual in Ghana.

Date appointed: March 2018

Izaac Beytell

Momentum Metropolitan Africa Chief Risk Officer & Head of Capital Management

Academic qualifications:

BSc (Actuarial Sciences)

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Experience:

Izaac joined Momentum Metropolitan in 2013 to head up the capital management function of the Group’s International business division. Since 2016, Izaac has headed up the divisional risk management function, and he was appointed as Chief Risk Officer in 2018. During this time, he has also served on several Group Africa subsidiary boards and board subcommittees and is a member of various internal management and governance forums.

Date appointed: August 2016

Thando Sompeta

Momentum Metropolitan Africa CFO

Academic qualifications:

BCom Hons, CA(SA), MAP

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Experience:

Thando has more than 12 years of financial services experience, working with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and on secondment to Group Internal Audit in London. Prior to joining the Group, Thando was with Old Mutual, leading a team that consolidated results for the Rest of Africa, Asia and Latin America, and working closely with teams in East Africa, West Africa and the SADC. Thando also held a finance executive position at African Rainbow Life, part of the Sanlam Group, overseeing end-to-end finance functions of the business.

Date appointed: January 2021

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