Speakers

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Oduetse Andrew Motshidisi

Former Deputy Governor

Bank of Botswana

Oduetse Andrew Motshidisi is former Deputy Governor at Bank of Botswana.  He retired in January 2016, having been first appointed to the position in 2001.  Prior to that appointment, he had served in various capacities in the Bank, mainly in the reserves management function, where he was Department Director until 2000.
 
Mr Motshidisi was seconded to the International Monetary Fund between 2006 and 2007 as a Special Appointee in the African Department where he contributed on financial sector development policy for Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Prior to joining the Bank of Botswana, he served as a Development Officer in the Government of Botswana and has had a brief career at United States Agency for International Development where he served as Assistant Project Officer.
 
Mr Motshidisi is a non-executive Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited.
 
He obtained Bachelors degree from the University of Botswana (1982) and Masters degree qualification from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1985.  In addition, he has attended numerous short courses on reserves management, an Advanced Management Programme (Oxford University).

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Solomon Kavuma

Deputy Director, Reserves and Investment Management Operations

Bank of Uganda

Solomon Kavuma worked previously with the Macro Economic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) where he worked extensively with member central banks in building capacity in the areas of risk, reserves and domestic financial market development. Currently he is the Deputy Director in charge of Reserves and Investment Management Operations at the Bank of Uganda. He holds a Bsc (Stat/ Econ) degree from Makerere University and an MA from Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA.

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Melvin Khomo

Head of Financial Markets

Central Bank of Swaziland

Melvin heads the Financial Markets Department of the Central Bank of Swaziland where his areas of responsibility include reserves management, government debt issuance, monetary policy implementation and treasury operations. He holds an Mcom degree in Financial Markets from Rhodes University. Prior to joining the Central Bank of Swaziland, Melvin worked at the South African Reserve Academy as Senior Lecturer responsible for Financial Markets. Mr Khomo previously worked for the South African Post Office Group and the Bank of Namibia as Treasury Asset-Liability and Fund Manager respectively. Mr Khomo has several years' experience in managing sovereign institutional assets mainly in global fixed income markets.

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Montfort Mlachila

Senior Resident Representative

International Monetary Fund

Montfort Mlachila is the Senior Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund in South Africa. Until recently, he was an Advisor in the African Department and mission chief for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the Regional Studies Division, where he was responsible for overseeing the preparation of the department's flagship publication, the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the African Department, he served in the Strategy, Policy and Review, and the Western Hemisphere Departments. Overall, he has been at the IMF for nearly 20 years. Before he joined the IMF, he was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Malawi. Mr. Mlachila has worked on a wide range of countries, and has published numerous articles in the areas of public finance, growth, international trade, and financial development. He holds a PhD in economics from CERDI, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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Chiragra Chakrabarty

Director, Financial Market, Reserve Management & Risk and Product Control

Bank of Mauritius

Chiragra Chakrabarty is Director of the Bank of Mauritius where he is in charge of the Financial Market and Operation division, Reserve Management. Responsibilities include development and supervision of the domestic financial market, which covers the internal debt management and liquidity of the country. Prior to joining the bank, he was CEO of the Nomura Research Institute FINTECH, where he headed the company’s financial and risk consultancy business.

With over 23 years of experience, and a principle focus on the development of financial markets, he specialises in the OTC market, stock and commodity exchanges, treasury and risk management, and macroeconomics. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Mumbai in 1999.

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Lesego Caster Moseki

Deputy Director, Financial Markets Department

Bank of Botswana

Lesego Caster Moseki, Deputy Director, Financial Markets Department, Bank of Botswana will be delivering an in-depth case study on day one of the conference, addressing the topic of diversifying reserves portfolios – the case of Botswana. Lesego Joined the Bank of Botswana in September 1994 in the then International Department (now Financial Markets Department), joining the reserves management team. 

Promoted to Deputy Director, Financial Markets - 2018, Lesego is responsible for the internal reserves management team - portfolio managers and risk management team.
 

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Arnab Das

Global Head of Emerging Market Macro

INVESCO

Arnab Das is Global Market Strategist in the EMEA region, based in London, and a member of Invesco’s Global Thought Leadership team. He helps develop and communicate analysis and insight on the global economy and financial markets across asset classes for clients, media, governments and central banks. He works with Invesco’s investment teams across disciplines and regions and is a member of Invesco’s Global Investor Forum Advisory Council with a focus on global macro and emerging markets. Arnab’s research interests span economic policy, performance and reform; and economic and financial history.

Arnab joined Invesco in 2015 as Head of EM macro research for Invesco Fixed Income. He began his career in finance in 1992, and has served as Co-head of Economic Research & Strategy at Roubini Global Economics; Co-head of Global Economics & Strategy, Head of Global FX Research, and Head of EM Economics & Strategy at Dresdner Kleinwort; and Head of EEMEA Research at JP Morgan. He has also been a private consultant in global and emerging markets, as well as consulting with Trusted Sources, a specialist EM research boutique.

Arnab’s studies were in macroeconomics, economic history and international political economy. He received an AB from Princeton University in 1986 and completed his postgraduate and doctoral work at the London School of Economics in 1987-1992.

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Mohammed Nyaoga

Chairman of the Board

Central Bank of Kenya

Mr Mohammed Nyaoga is the Senior Partner at Mohammed Muigai Advocates.  He was called to the Bar in 1985. He holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Nairobi and Diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He is a Certified Public Secretary (CPS); holds certificates in Corporate Governance from Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, Certificate from American Securities and Exchange Commission; a Certified Company Director and a Member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He specializes in Corporate Finance, Civil, Commercial, Litigation and Corporate Governance. In addition to the practice of Law, he has been Vice–Chairman of the Law Reform Commission, Chairman of its Business Laws Committee and Chairman of the Mining Licences Task Force. He has also been a Director of Capital Markets Authority, Chairman of International Commission of Jurists, Council member of Law Society of Kenya, Special Board Corporate Governance Advisor and Chairman of EcoBank Kenya.  He has also been Chairman at the Commission of Inquiry into the suspension of the County Government of Makueni.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Bank of Kenya.  He is also currently a PhD student researching on “The Role of Regulation and Corporate Governance of Banks in Kenya”.

In addition he is a certified training consultant in corporate governance with the Centre for Corporate Governance for over 13 years where he has trained over 10,000 directors in Kenya and in Africa at large. He has also been a consultant and Trainer for State University of New York on procurement (SUNNY Kenya) and a Lecturer (LLM Programme) University of Nairobi, School of Law (Business Law Department) on Public Procurement and accounting law.  He is currently a regular Trainer/Speaker at Central Banking Publications (UK) Governance Training Series at Windsor, Cambridge and Oxford and also one of authors and editors of Central Banking Publications.

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Steevarsen Narrainen

Senior Economic Adviser

Ministry of Finance of Mauritius

Streevarsen  Narrainen is currently the Senior Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius. His main responsibilities are to advise on macroeconomic policies and budget formulation, draft the Budget Speech and head the research department.   He is also a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Mauritius, chairman of the Treasury Foreign Currency Management Fund and a member of the University of Mauritius Senate. He also chairs the Macroeconomic Coordination Committee that comprises the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Mauritius, the Economic Development Board and Statistics Mauritius. Prior to joining the Government of Mauritius in 1989, Streevarsen had a brief career in Academia as Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada.  He has also worked in the private sector in Mauritius and Canada.

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Lesego Caster Moseki

Deputy Director, Financial Markets Department

Bank of Botswana

Mr Lesego Caster Moseki joined the Bank of Botswana in September 1994 in the then International Department (now Financial Markets Department), joining the reserves management team. Lesego started off as a foreign exchange trader and then money markets trading. He then went on to graduate within fixed income and analysis trading and did analysis of financial markets development and advised the Investment Committee on the investment strategy to adopt for the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

In 2018 Lesego was promoted to Deputy Director, Financial Marketa. Within this role, Lesego is responsible for the internal reserves management team as well as the portfolio managers and risk management team.

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Henri Fouda

Portfolio Manager

Wellington Management

Henri is responsible for the development and implementation of currency and fixed income relative-value strategies based on fundamentally derived insights. These strategies are implemented using a combination of systematic and qualitative inputs. Henri manages independent currency and government bond portfolios, which are investable by internal portfolio managers as well as by external investors. He is a portfolio manager for the team’s Developed Currencies Relative Value strategy as well as the Select Rates Relative Value strategy. 

Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2008, Henri was senior portfolio manager and managing director at State Street Global Advisors, developing quantitative strategies and responsible for the Global Macro Hedge Fund (2006 – 2008). Prior to that, he was a portfolio manager and director of Hedge Funds at Mellon Capital Management in San Francisco (2001 – 2006). Previously, he was a quantitative analyst/financial engineer at Putnam Investments in Boston (1997 – 2001). He is a former member of the faculty at McGill University (Canada) and has published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, and Actualite Economique.

Henri holds a PhD in business administration (finance) from Ecole des HEC (University of Montreal, Canada) and an MSC in management from the University of Montreal, Canada. He graduated with distinction from ESSEC of Douala University.

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Chrisdèle M’bemba

Relationship Manager, Official Institutions Coverage

BNP Paribas

Chrisdèle M’bemba is a Director for Official Institutions Coverage at BNP Paribas, with a focus on Africa.

On her position, Chrisdèle is in charge of the deployment of BNP Paribas’s solutions serving Central Banks, Supranationals and Sovereign clients in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chrisdèle has over 10 years of experience working on all the client scope of BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking arm. She held several transversal positions within the bank before joining in 2010 the Official Institutions Coverage team, to support the development of BNP Paribas OIC business franchise in Europe and Africa.

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Michelle Mutinda

Programme Manager, Financial Sector Management Programme

Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI).

Ms. Mutinda is responsible for Official Foreign Exchange Reserves Management and Domestic Financial Markets Development at the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI).

MEFMI is a regionally owned institute currently with 14 member countries; Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Institute was formed to build sustainable capacity and foster best practices in the areas of macroeconomic and financial management amongst member states.

Ms Mutinda has over ten years of experience in the Financial Sector in various roles and capacities. In her current role, she works at both a technical and advisory level with member country central banks on Reserves Management, specifically, review of policy documents to align to best practice; analysis of strategic asset allocation processes; development and implementation of tools and systems to ensure effective credit risk management, among other broad areas.

Prior to joining MEFMI, Michelle was a portfolio manager at the Central Bank of Kenya.

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Joseph Medzano

Deputy Director, Financial and Capital Markets

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Zimbabwe

Joseph Medzano is a Deputy Director, Financial and Capital Markets, within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Government of Zimbabwe. He is a holder of an MBA (Finance) from the University of Zimbabwe, B. Com (Honours) in Banking from the National University of Science and Technology Zimbabwe and a Diploma in Banking from The Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe (IOBZ). He is currently studying towards his PhD in Business Studies with the University of Zimbabwe. Joseph is a professional Commercial and Investment Banker with 14 years’ experience in the private and public Banking and Financial Services sector. Joseph has proven business leadership with exposure in the public financial and capital markets policy and regulation. 

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John W. Beck

Director, Global Fixed Income

Franklin Templeton

John W. Beck is Senior Vice President and Director of Fixed Income, London for Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group. In this role, he coordinates the London-based fixed income teams that manage the group's European Fixed Income and Emerging Markets Debt opportunities strategies. Mr. Beck is the lead portfolio manager responsible for Global Aggregate Strategies and manages portfolios for major institutions, including multinational pension funds and supranational organizations. He is a member of the Fixed Income Policy Committee.

Prior to joining the firm in 1990, Mr. Beck was with Saudi International Bank.

Mr. Beck holds an M.A. from Exeter College, Oxford University.

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Vaithegi Naidu

Senior Portfolio Analyst, Reserve Management, Financial Markets Division

Central Bank of Seychelles

Vaithegi Naidu occupies the post of Senior Portfolio Analyst within the Financial Markets Division of the Central Bank of Seychelles. Having been in the Banks employment for the past seven years, her principal responsibility involves overseeing the front office operations of both domestic money market and the reserves management. She is also affiliated with the University of Seychelles as an associate lecturer, focussing in areas within investment management and finance.