Corporate Secretary and General Counsel

  • Seydou Kone

    Director of Internal Audit

  • Marie Agnes Sanon

    Director of Risk Management and Compliance

  • Raphael Uhunoma Obasogie

    Director of Administration and General Services

  • David Muchai

    Director of Finance and Accounts

  • Guy Blaise FOKOU

    Director of Human Resources

  • Christopher Saigbe

    Director of Life Operations

  • Phocas Nyandwi

    Director, Central Operations and Special Risks


    Director of Information and Communication Technology


Mrs. Linda Bwakira joined Africa Re in October 2019 as Corporate Secretary & General Counsel in the Corporate Secretariat Department.

Mrs. Bwakira has over 18 years of diverse and progressive experience in international financial institutions and Legal services gained from Global Corporate and Investment banks (Natixis Group and IXIS in France); Africa based Development Financial Institutions (AfDB and TDB Group) and Law Firms in France and Brussels; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Landwell Brussels (PwC Legal arm); and Jansen & Associés Brussels. Her expertise includes Financial Services , Corporate Governance and Legal services.

Prior to joining Africa Re, she was the Corporate Secretary of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) where she ensured the integrity of the governance framework and statutory requirements, provided legal advice/services and handled legal matters of great complexity.

Mrs. Bwakira qualified to practice as a French avocat and a solicitor of England & Wales at the Paris Bar School and BPP Law School in London. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law and a Postgraduate Degree in International Business Law both from the University of Toulouse (France). 

Seydou Kone

Mr Seydou Kone joined the Corporation in 2010 as Director of Finance and Accounts after 15 years of relevant experience in the insurance industry. He started his career in Deloitte as Auditor of insurance and reinsurance companies. He then joined NSIA and worked in different capacities including Director of Internal Audit. As Group Director of Internal Audit, he was also in charge of the account consolidation process.In his current position, Mr Kone oversees implementation of the corporation’s decisions regarding 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 University of Côte d’Ivoire.

Mr. Kone is currently the Director of Internal Auit

Marie Agnes Sanon

After completing her master in economics in 1983, Ms SANON Marie Agnes worked with the Insurance Regulatory Board from July 1983 to June 1988. During same period she completed her post-graduate degree in Insurance, from November 1984 to June 1986 in the Institut International des Assurances in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

In June 2008, she joined Foncias, the Allianz Group subsidiary in Burkina Faso, as Head of the Reinsurance and Marine department, in charge as well of Corporate risks.

In January 2001, she was appointed in CICA- RE, the Francophone Regional Reinsurance company, in Lomé (Togo) as Treaty Underwriter in charge of the French speaking West African countries.

Six years later, in February 2007, she joined Africa Re in its Nairobi office, as senior Underwriter in charge of both treaties and facultative, basically for the French speaking countries of the Eastern Africa but also some Kenyan insurance companies.

She has been raised at the position of Regional Director in the Mauritius regional Office in July 2010. The office is in charge of the African Indian Ocean Islands, Asia (except Middle East), Brazil and the African Portuguese countries

Amongst other activities, she has been lecturer in Burkina Faso in economics and Reinsurance in Togo.

She is a founder-member of the Soroptimist club in Burkina Faso.

Raphael Uhunoma Obasogie

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 at various times the Head of HR/ 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 degree in Industrial Psychology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a distinguished 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 Administration and Human Resources.

David Muchai

Mr. David Muchai joined the Corporation in October 2016 as Director of Internal Audit. Prior to joining Africa Re, he was a Senior Finance Manager in the Group Reinsurance Unit at Aviva Plc, London. He also worked as 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 specialising in asset management & insurance companies, including The Society of Lloyds and captive insurance entities.

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. Muchai is currently the Director of Finance & Accounts.

Guy Blaise FOKOU

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.

Christopher Saigbe

Chris is the Director of Life Operations of the Corporation. He is a Nigerian and has 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-four years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Master degree also in Economics from the University of Lagos both in Nigeria. He also obtained a Masters 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 handy in leading the Life team to fashion appropriate Life Reinsurance Treaties and manage the reinsurance expectations of our Clients.

Phocas Nyandwi

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. He has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Prior to joining Africa Re, Mr ESSOUKKANI was Chief Information Officer in Saham Angola Seguros. He has equally worked as Director of the software factory of SAHAM Finance Group developing insurance software for all subsidiaries of the Group, Project Director in Saham Finances, Head of IT in a leasing company and Project Manager in AXA insurance Morocco.

Mr Adil ESSOUKKANI joined the African Reinsurance Corporation in September 2019 as Director of Information and Communication Technology.