Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
Director of Internal Audit
Director of Risk Management, Compliance and Actuarial Services
Director of Administration and General Services
Director of Finance and Accounts
Director of Human Resources
Director of Life Operations
Director of Central Operations and Special Risks
Director of Information and Communication Technology
Mrs Linda Bwakira has over 18 years of diverse and progressive experience in international financial institutions and legal services. Her expertise includes financial services, corporate governance and legal affairs.
She has worked in global corporate and investment banks, namely Natixis Group and IXIS in France, Africa-based development financial institutions including the African Development Bank and the Trade & Development Bank. She also worked in different law firms in Europe including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Landwell Brussels (PwC Legal arm) and Jansen & Associés, Brussels.
She joined Africa Re from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) where she was the Corporate Secretary. In TDB, she ensured the integrity of the governance framework and handled institutional legal matters. Mrs Bwakira is qualified as a French lawyer and a solicitor of England & Wales. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Law and a Postgraduate degree in International Business Law both from the University of Toulouse (France).
Mrs Bwakira joined Africa Re as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in October 2019.
Mr Seydou KONE joined the Corporation in 2010 as Director of Finance and Accounts after 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. He started his career with Deloitte as Auditor of insurance and reinsurance companies. He then joined NSIA Assurance and worked in different capacities including Director of Internal Audit. As Group Director of Internal Audit, he was also in charge of the accounts consolidation process.
As Director of Finance and Accounts until 2019, Mr KONE oversaw finance, investments, dividends and the consolidation process of accounts in accordance with IFRS.
Mr KONE holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Université de Côte d’Ivoire.
Mr Seydou KONE was appointed Director of Internal Audit on 1 July 2019.
Ms Yvonne Naa Korkor PALM joined Africa Re as Director of Risk Management, Compliance and Actuarial Services on 27 November 2019.
Prior to joining Africa Re, she served as the Lead Corporate Actuary at Travelers Syndicate Management in London, overseeing reserving, technical provisions, business planning and reporting of results to regulators and management.
She started her career at Ernst & Young in the USA, serving as the lead actuarial analyst for multinational clients including (re)insurers, captives and entities that self-insure their exposure. She went on to hold senior actuarial positions at Markel International and ACE European Group in London (UK). Her experience spans the United States, Europe and Latin America, as well as exposure to African, Middle Eastern and Australasian business through the Lloyd’s platform.
Yvonne is a Fellow of both the Casualty Actuarial Society (USA) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College in the USA, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honours in both Mathematics and Economics
Mr Raphael OBASOGIE started his career at the Port Harcourt Refinery in 1985 where he did his compulsory national service and was subsequently retained on a short-term contract.
He was HR Director designate at Elder Dempster Nigeria, Acting Head of HR at Nestle Nigeria, Corporate Industrial Relations & Employee Communication Manager at Shell Petroleum Nigeria and General Manager Human Resources at Addax Petroleum Nigeria.
Mr OBASOGIE holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (Nigeria), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK) and a member of the National Labour Advisory Council of Nigeria.
Mr OBASOGIE joined Africa Re in November 2013 as Director of Human Resources and Administration and on 1 June 2019 he was appointed Director of Administration and General Services.
Mr David MUCHAI joined the Corporation in October 2016 as Director of Internal Audit and was appointed Director of Finance in July 2019. Prior to joining Africa Re, he was a Senior Finance Manager in the Group Reinsurance Unit at Aviva Plc, London. He also worked as the European Accountant for ACE Life (a subsidiary of ACE Group) with responsibility for the United Kingdom and seven branches across the European Union. Mr MUCHAI also served as a Senior Audit Executive with Ernst & Young in London where he focused on the audit of Insurance and Asset Management Companies (including The Society of Lloyds).
Mr MUCHAI is a qualified Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He also holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from Kingston University (United Kingdom).
Mr Guy B. FOKOU has over 18 years of experience in human resource management at managerial level.
He started his career as HR Management Trainee at SAGA Cameroon (now Bollore Africa Logistics). He worked as HR & Legal Manager in Multiprint Sérigraphie (leading printing and communication company in Cameroon) where he rose to become the Group Director of Human Resources.
Mr FOKOU has also served as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Ecobank Cameroon and Regional HR & OD Advisor in the Central and West Africa Regional Office of SOS Children’s Villages covering 13 countries in West and Central Africa.
He has equally occupied the following positions: Director of Human Resources at ACTIVA Assurances Cameroon and Director of Human Resources & Administration/Company Secretary at Total Cameroon.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Douala, Cameroon, a Postgraduate Degree in Human Resource Management from ESSEC Business School of Douala and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the African Leadership University (ALU) School of Business, Kigali, Rwanda.
Mr FOKOU joined Africa Re in 2014 as Assistant Director, Human Resources & Administration before rising to the position of Deputy Director, Human Resources & Administration.
In 2019, Mr Guy B. FOKOU was appointed Director of Human Resources.
Mr Chris SAIGBE worked as a life insurance specialist in Nigeria for several years before moving to the African Reinsurance Corporation in January 2009. His experience in life insurance and reinsurance management spans over twenty-five years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Lagos both in Nigeria. Mr SAIGBE obtained a Master of Business Administration from Moi University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and a Certified Personal Financial Planner. His wealth of experience in direct life assurance operations and reinsurance comes in handy in leading the life team to fashion appropriate life reinsurance treaties and manage the reinsurance expectations of clients.
Mr Phocas NYANDWI holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Burundi, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance from the African Insurance Institute of Tunisia (IAA). He is a Certified Expert in micro-insurance (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) and was an active member of the technical committee of the Association of Kenyan Reinsurers (AKR) from 2011 to 2019.
Mr NYANDWI started his career in direct insurance in Burundi, where he worked for over 10 years in various managerial positions in non-life and life. In 2008, he joined the Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) as non-life underwriter in charge of francophone markets.
He was recruited in Africa Re in 2010 as treaty and facultative underwriter in the Nairobi Regional Office, which covers twelve countries in East and Southern Africa. With effect from 1 January 2017, he was appointed Assistant Director, Underwriting and Marketing in the Nairobi Office.
Mr Phocas NYANDWI was appointed Director of Central Operations and Special Risks in the head office on 1 August 2019.
Mr Adil ESSOUKKANI has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Programme Management from ESC Lille, France. He has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry.
Prior to joining Africa Re, Mr ESSOUKKANI was Chief Information Officer of Saham Angola Seguros (2017-2019).
He has equally worked as Project Director at Saham Finances, Director of the software factory of SAHAM Finance Group, Head of IT in a leasing company (WAFABAIL), Project Manager and business analyst at AXA insurance Morocco.
Mr Adil ESSOUKKANI started his professional career in 1999 as an engineer in software development.
Mr ESSOUKKANI joined Africa Re in September 2019 as Director of Information and Communication Technology