Corneille Karekezi

Group Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

Mr Corneille Karekezi was appointed to this position on 1July 2011 after a transition period of 2 years.
After serving on the Board of Africa Re from 2003 to 2005, he later joined Africa Re in July 2009 initially as the Deputy Managing Director and subsequently as Deputy Managing Director / Chief Operating Officer in 2010.

His professional career started in 1991 as Chief Accountant /Reinsurance Manager of the leading insurance company in Burundi (SOCABU s.m.), where he rose to the position of Head of the Finance Department. In 1995 he joined the leading insurance company in Rwanda (SONARWA s.a.) as Deputy Head of the Commercial & Technical Department. Since 1996, he successively headed all the Technical Departments (Motor, Fire, Accidents & Miscellaneous Risks, and Life) and was appointed Deputy Managing Director early in 2001. In February 2008, after conducting a successful strategic transformation from a state-controlled company to a private company with an equity strategic partnership, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SONARWA s.a.

Mr Karekezi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Burundi), a Master’s Degree in Management (Burundi) and a Master’s in Business Administration (UK). He speaks English, French and Swahili fluently and has contributed significantly to the development of the industry in Africa.

He currently sits on several Boards of continental companies and institutions. He is the current Vice Chairman of Africa Re South Africa Ltd. (SA) and Africa Retakaful Corporation (Egypt), Member of the Board of Shelter Afrique, the leading pan-African housing finance company, and Member of the Executive Committee of the African Insurance Organization (AIO).