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).


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.

Hatem Ibrahim

Assistant Sub Governor – Head of Risk Management

Central Bank of Egypt

Mohamed Araar

Deputy Director of External Private Financing

Central Bank of Tunisia BCT

Melvin Khomo (PhD)

Head of Financial Markets

Central Bank of Swaziland

Melvin heads the Financial Markets Department of the Central Bank of Eswatini where his areas of responsibility include foreign exchange reserves management, government funding & debt issuance, monetary policy implementation and treasury operations. He holds an Mcom degree in Financial Markets from Rhodes University and a Phd in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University. Besides the Central Bank of Eswatini, Melvin has worked for other institutions that include the South African Reserve Bank, South African Post Office Group and the Bank of Namibia in various areas within Financial Markets, Investment Management and Treasury. In addition to Financial Markets, Dr Khomo has a passion for research and has published and presented some of his work in academic journals and international conferences. He currently serves as Chairperson of the SADC CCBG Financial Markets Subcommittee.

Abba Salihi

Director of Reserve Management

Central Bank of Nigeria

Henri Fouda PhD

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.

Daniel Palotai

Executive Director for Economic Sciences and Priority Matters

Central Bank of Hungary

Chrisdèle M’bemba

Director, Official Institutions, Europe & Africa

BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking

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.

Steevarsen Narrainen

Senior Economic Adviser

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank 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.

Leon Myburgh

Former Head of Financial Markets

South African Reserve Bank