The Board of Directors

is the corporate body with the widest powers for managing the bank, and for producing its financial, organisational and sales strategy to achieve its corporate purpose. Without prejudice to its legal remit, its role is to keep an eye on the long-term future of the organisation by promoting the rapid development of an entrepreneurial leadership while at the same time ensuring the quality of its day-to-day management, the measurement and monitoring of the risks associated with the bank’s activities and regard for the principles of good operational governance as communicated to members of staff and management since 2003. The Board of Directors appoints the Chairman and the members of the Executive Committee.

Chairman

Mazhar RAWJI

Executive Directors

Thierry TAEYMANS, managing director

ŽŽMustafa RAWJI

ŽŽJean-Pierre MUTUALE MUKADI MPAKA

Antoine KIALA

Non Executive Directors

Alain BOUCHER, chairman of the audit committee

Adrien de HEMPTINNE, member of the audit committee

Michel NOTEBAERT, member of the audit committee and credit validation

ŽŽGuy SAUVANET, member of the audit committee and credit validation

The Audit Committee,

chaired by an independent director, reports directly to the Board of Directors. It supports the Board of Directors with regard to oversight and is involved in the following: finalising the accounts, managing and monitoring risks, the system for internal control of compliance, and external and internal auditing activities.

The Executive Committee

is the operational body responsible to the Managing Director plus the five managers who report to him. Its role is to recommend the bank’s major strategic lines of development to the Board of Directors, to implement this strategy in accordance with the options taken by the Board of Directors, to be responsible for the organisation of all day-to-day management activities and to report on them to the Board of Directors on a regular basis.

Several specific committees report to the Executive Committee which, by agreement with the Board of Directors, defines the organisation, the objectives and how they function. Their purpose is to ensure that all services and departments of the bank operate with maximum efficiency, quality and security. These committees meet on a regular basis, each having its own predetermined schedule. The bank has approximately 20 of these committees.

Composition of the Executive Committee

Thierry Taeymans
Thierry TAEYMANS
Managing Director

Thierry Taeymans is a commercial engineer graduated from the St Louis Institute of Commerce in Brussels. His banking experience began in 1982 at the Belgolaise bank in Brussels where he worked in various positions within the credit department. He carries out several missions in Africa and joined in 1994 Zairian Commercial Bank (BCZ today BCDC). Back in Brussels in 1999. In 2001, Mazhar Rawji called him to take part in the creation of RAWBANK of which he became managing director. Vice-president of the Congolese Association of Banks in 2008, Thierry Taeymans is secretary of the Belgian-Congolese Chamber of Commerce and administrator of the Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC).

Mustafa Rawji
Mustafa RAWJI
Deputy Managing Director

Born in Kinshasa, Mustafa Rawji graduated from high school in London and earned a master's degree in finance in Boston. He joined the creation of RAWBANK in 2002. Two years later, he took the initiative to acquire an international banking experience and joined HSBC in Dubai, where he worked for 5 years as a sales executive in the Corporate Banking department. In September 2009, he joined RAWBANK as Deputy Secretary General. He chairs the Credit Committee, leads the Marketing & Communication Department and chairs the Quality Committee. At the end of 2013, he was appointed Director of Strategic Development. Since July 2015, he has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer to assist the Chief Executive Officer in overseeing the Bank's support functions.

Nadeem AKHTAR
Risk manager

Nadeem Akhtar holds a Masters degree in Finance & Audit, which he obtained in New Delhi. He has 13 years experience in the banking sector, initially as Credit Officer at an Indian bank in New Delhi. He joined RAWBANK in 2004 as Loans Manager and joined the Executive Committee in 2007 to take on the wider role of Risk Manager.

Christian KAMANZI
Christian KAMANZI
Operations Manager

Christian Kamanzi Muhindo holds a BA in Applied Economics and is an independent auditor; he has a Diploma from FUCAM in Mons (Belgium). His first professional experience was as a junior auditor at DRT-Cabinet Michel Vaes in Brussels (now Deloitte & Touche.) In 1993 he moved to Kinshasa where he was a Treasury assistant at Citibank. In 1996, he became Vice-Chairman at the Banque de Commerce et de Développement in Kinshasa with responsibility for Operations and Sales. He returned to Citibank in 2002 and was appointed Treasury Manager until 2004 when he became General Manager of the Union des Banques Congolaises. He joined RAWBANK in 2007 as a manager and a member of the Executive Committee.

Arvind Kumar
Arvind KUMAR
Chief technology officer

Master PGDCA (Higher Diploma in Computer Applications), Arvind Kumar also studies Computer Science and Engineering in Mumbai. He began his career in 1994 as a computer programmer and then worked as a systems analyst dedicated to banking solutions. A little later, he was appointed team manager at Infrasoft Technology Ltd., a consultant for the Indian Central Bank in the automation of the banking system. With this experience, he was recruited by RAWBANK in 2004. He has been a member of the management committee since March 2012.

Jean-Pierre Mutuale
Jean-Pierre MUTUALE MUKADI MPAKA
Secretary-General
Executive Director

Jean-Pierre Mutuale has a BA in Commerce and Finance from the University of Kinshasa. He joined the Banque Commerciale Zaïroise (BCZ, now BCDC) in 1973 where he held the posts of Branch Manager, Central Administration Departments Manager and Head of Management (Organisation & IT). He has played an active part in the various stages of the establishment of RAWBANK since 2001, becoming a member of the Executive Committee initially responsible for Organisation, IT and Human Resources. He has been Secretary-General since the end of 2009 and in addition since 2012 manager with responsibility for controlling operational risks (internal control).

Balaji
Balaji PRABAKAR
Financial director
Graduated in 1993 from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in New Delhi, Balaji PRABAKAR is a chartered accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Chennai, India. After 8 years of experience in different sectors (construction, audit, consulting, hotel), he comes to the DRC in December 2001 as an accountant of Beltexco. In 2004, he joined RAWBANK as Accounting Assistant. In 2008, he was appointed Controller and, in January 2013, Chief Financial Officer.
Didier Tilman
Didier TILMAN
Commercial Director

Didier Tilman joined RAWBANK in September 2009 after an international career with the Fortis group, among others at Banque Belgolaise. He joined the General Bank (later Fortis Bank) as a university trainee and subsequently carried on commercial activities and assumed responsibilities in the credit department. His professional career led him 3 years in Nigeria, 3 years in Spain and 3 years in Hong Kong. In the meantime he will have satisfied his passion for globe-trotting by traveling the world on foot between 1994 and 1997. International banker, he takes in hand the destinies of the bank in Katanga at the end of 2009 and joined the headquarters of the bank in Kinshasa at the beginning Of 2014.

Antoine Kiala
Antoine KIALA
Treasury Director

Is the holder of a master's degree in business administration from ICHEC/Entreprises Belgium and a degree in commercial and financial science from ISC/Gombe.

He began his banking experience in 1977 at the Banque Commerciale du Congo (BCDC), where he worked successfully in various departments: Clientele, Transactions and Financial Department and the Foreign Exchange Team. In 2001, he actively took part in the creation of RAWBANK in the capacity of Treasury Manager. He underwent training courses and internships on banking, treasury operations and trading, particularly in London, Brussels, Johannesburg, Paris and Kinshasa. In 2016, he became a director and a member of the Executive Committee. Antoine Kiala now has the functions of Deputy Company Secretary and General Treasury Manager.

Standards of Governance

Governance is described in several charters that determine how the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee work.

These standards of governance comply with the instructions of the Central Bank of Congo (instructions 15, 17 and 22) and satisfy internationally recognised banking management criteria.

In terms of the Board of Directors:

  • The memorandum of good governance
  • The charter of the Board of Directors
  • The charter of the Audit Committee

In terms of the Executive Committee:

  • The executive management charter
  • The charter of professional conduct
  • The compliance charter
  • The internal control charter
  • The internal audit charter
  • The social and environmental risk management policy

Internal Control

Internal control is defined by RAWBANK as a consistent, comprehensive system comprising a set of human and technical resources whose objectives are:

  • The security of operations, assets and people,
  • The effectiveness and excellence of services,
  • The observance of legislative and regulatory provisions and of professional and ethical standards and practices,
  • The promotion of a strong culture of control and ethics,
  • The production and distribution of reliable and quickly available information of a high standard,
  • The observance of the objectives, rules and limits set by the management.

There are three levels of internal control.

The first level is immediate, systematic and continuous control. It is intended to ensure the regularity, security and validity of all bank transactions, as well as observance of the measures connected with oversight of the risks associated with these transactions. It is carried out in every area of operations management (cash transactions, transfers, foreign exchange, documentary credit, etc.) and of functional management (human resources, office supplies, accounting, IT, etc.). It is carried out by the person responsible for the transaction and then validated by his line manager.

The second level is systematic post-monitoring of transactions grouped by type, which is of a permanent nature but is undertaken with an appropriate frequency. Its purpose is to check the regularity and compliance of transactions and to monitor certain specific types of risks.

The third level consists of periodic, ad-hoc or unexpected controls carried out by departmental staff and Internal Audit. Internal Audit is also tasked with examining and assessing the effectiveness of the level 1 and 2 control mechanisms, in particular how appropriate they are for the type of risks associated with the transactions.

Compliance

Compliance deals with 7 points in particular:

  1. Incorporating Congolese legislation and international norms concerning the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism into the bank’s procedures and instructions ;
  2. Checking requests to open an account and submitting them to the Compliance Committee for a decision ;
  3. Being responsible for ensuring that applications to open an account are in order ;
  4. Monitoring transactions to spot any that are dubious ;
  5. Providing staff training in compliance ;
  6. Checking that directives are observed by bank staff ;
  7. Acting as the focal point for communications by staff about dubious transactions and declaring these to the Central Bank of Congo.