Our Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors

Danny Balluck

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Virginie Corneillet

Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Chairperson of the Corporate Governance Committee

Sheila Ujoodha

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Chairperson of the Audit Committee Forum, Chairperson of the Directors Forum

Anuradha Appadoo

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mohamed Baboo

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dev Hurkoo

Independent Non-Executive Director​

Roshan Koonja

Independent Non-Executive Director​

Thiwantee Ramgutty

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline Sauzier

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kevina Takoordyal

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kevin Teeroovengadum

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee

Mark Watkinson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Danny Balluck

Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Danny Balluck is the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Mauritius. As CFO and member of the board, he actively contributes in the creation and delivery of sustainable shareholder value. Strategy, performance, capital, liquidity, governance, culture and values are the areas which are embedded in his day-to-day responsibilities. He travels regularly to other units of Standard Chartered Bank and work closely with the network, mainly UK, Singapore, Dubai, India and South Africa. Danny is also a Director of Standard Chartered Private Equity companies Mauritius and Chairman of the Financial Reporting Monitoring Panel of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also an alternate Director at the Mauritius Bankers Association. Danny is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant UK, member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants and also a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. He has more than 22 years of experience in Finance, Auditing, Banking and Investment. Danny has been working in different key sectors of the economy, mainly Textile, Hospitality, Auditing and Financial services.

Virginie Corneillet

Independent Non-Executive Director

Virginie Corneillet is the Group Head of Governance and Legal Affairs at ENL. She oversees the legal, internal audit as well as risk and governance functions within ENL Corporate Services. She provides expert guidance to the group’s leadership team with regards to mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and corporate governance matters. Virginie holds a Maitrise Droit des Affaires and serves as director for companies engaged in various sectors namely: property, global business, agribusiness and fintech. She previously worked at Groupe Mon Loisir (now IBL) where she was mainly responsible for the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions within the Group. She started her career at Soulier & Associés, a French law firm based in Paris and Lyon, France.

Sheila Ujoodha

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee, Chairperson of the Directors Forum
Sheila Ujoodha is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) with 21 years of hands-on experience in internal audit, risk management, corporate governance and process improvement on both the local and international market. Sheila Ujoodha holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting. As a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and the MIoD, Sheila’s membership extends to the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants. Sheila’s participation extends to the Audit Committee Forum (ACF) and the Directors Forum, where she is presently the Chairperson. Sheila was awarded the CMO Africa Woman Leadership Award in 2017 for her contribution as a business leader displaying her best in the professional field. In 2019, she was conferred the Africa Impact Leadership Award at the SADC Women Forum and was induced into the SADC Women Leaders Hall of Fame. She joined British American Tobacco (Mauritius) as the Internal Audit Manager in 2001. In March 2005, she was employed as General Manager of the Risk & Audit Department of Rogers Group and was subsequently appointed as Chief Risk & Audit Executive in 2007. Sheila joined the Cim Group in the same capacity in October 2012 to February 2018. She was recently the Managing Director of SmarTree Consulting Ltd from March 2018 to November 2020. She is a Board member of Innodis Ltd, Alteo Ltd and Smartree Consulting Ltd and acts as Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee at Alteo Ltd and Innodis Ltd.

Anuradha Appadoo

Independent Non-Executive Director
Anuradha Appadoo, also known as Vimi, is the Managing Director of Dale Carnegie of Mauritius with over 25 years of leadership experience as a Business Leader in several sectors such as the shipping, housing and insurance industry. She has been a multi-course certified facilitator for more than 20 years and a Master trainer and an executive coach for more than 5 years in numerous sectors from manufacturing, media, banking, pharmaceutical, technological, engineering, among others. Vimi is a public speaker, Keynote speaker and TEDx speaker and hold an MBA from Birmingham University in the UK. Her certified curriculum areas are human relations, conflict management, leadership, presentation skills, process improvement, communications, change management, employee engagement, stress management, innovation, time management.

Mohamed Baboo

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mahomed Baboo is the owner and Director of Mabco Consulting Ltd, a professional firm of business development consultants providing Corporate and Business Consulting Services to companies in various sectors of the economy. He is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), Member of The Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants and a Licensed Auditor with nearly 40 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and Management Consultancy. Adding value and development of human capital are his guiding principles in his professional life. Mamed is a Past District Governor of Rotary International who also served as Regional Coordinator for Africa and is now a Member of Leadership Development and Training Committee of Rotary International.

Dev Hurkoo

Independent Non-Executive Director
Dev Hurkoo is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the telecom and technology sector. At Rogers Capital, Dev has led major projects namely driving thought leadership on cybersecurity, accelerated digital transformation and innovation with disruptive technologies. After his graduation in IT at Ecole Superieure d’ Electricite (Supelec ) in France, Dev joined Orange Mauritius Telecom where he gained over the years a strong technical expertise in Technology, Telecom networks and Cybersecurity. He was the main architect in the setting up of the first national broadband Internet infrastructure in Mauritius and as CIO of Orange Mauritius Telecom, he completely transformed most of the IT infrastructure and application systems of the company. Dev also worked as General Manager of Telecom Plus and Teleservices, making them the leading companies in the Internet and advertising businesses before founding his own IT company. He joined Rogers Capital Technology as Managing Director in 2018 to spearhead innovation and accelerated digital transformation in fintech and other key industries in Mauritius and the region. Over the years, Dev has always been working closely on cybersecurity aspects at both macro and micro level with his long experience in different domains ranging from Rogers Capital, Telecom & Internet Services, Cloud & Data Centre Services, IT & Digital Transformation Services for medium to large businesses.

Roshan Koonja

Independent Non-Executive Director
Roshan Koonja is the CIO of Constance Hospitality Management. He is an innovative, results-driven, and self-motivated senior executive with 25 years of experience in the technology sector. He actively provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of business-focused technology initiatives. He has strong track record in successfully developing and implementing innovative IT solutions in the hospitality, banking, customer relations, and market intelligence sectors. Roshan holds an MBA from University of Birmingham as well as an MSc from University of Lancaster He actively speaks at hotel technology conferences worldwide and has won a number of technology awards, including the CIO Leadership Excellence award in 2020.

Thiwantee Ramgutty

Independent Non-Executive Director

Thiwantee Ramgutty, also known as Pooja, holds an MSc in Total Quality Management and Performance Excellence, a BSc(Hons) in Food Science and Technology and, a Nebosh National Diploma in Health and Safety. Pooja is the Regional Quality and HSE Manager at Equipements & Services BIA and works closely with entities based in Belgium, DRC, Mauritius, Netherlands and Zambia. She has more than 10 years’ of international experience in monitoring and advising on the performance of the quality and HSE management systems.

Jacqueline Sauzier

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline Sauzier is the Secretary General of the Chamber of Agriculture of Mauritius since April 2012. She is the first woman to hold this position since the creation of the association in 1853. Jacqueline Sauzier is also the President of the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society (MMCS).

Her work is recognized by the French state when she was made a Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit in July 2016.  And in 2022, it is the turn of the Republic of Mauritius to honor her by conferring on her the title of Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK), for her contribution in the field of Agriculture.

After studying in Reunion Island and France, followed by a sabbatical year for a world tour, Jacqueline Sauzier joined the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society and committed herself to the protection of the marine environment and marine mammals.  After a year of militant action within the NGO, she worked for the Mauritius Deer Farming Cooperative Society Ltd, then for the Mauritius Meat Producers Association while still engaging herself to the defense of the marine environment and marine mammals in the midst of the MMCS to which she is the President.

In 2012, Jacqueline Sauzier started at the Chamber of Agriculture and the challenges of the agricultural sector are for her a new source of inspiration in her commitment to a better agriculture.

Jacqueline Sauzier remains faithful to her philosophy on sustainability whether in the agricultural sector, renewable energy or the marine environment. Her passion is communicative and limitless. Over the years, she has distinguished herself and gained experience in several areas such as project management, administration and governance.

 

Kevina Takoordyal

Independent Non-Executive Director
Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from University of Glamorgan, UK,with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General( with distinctions) , PMP Certified and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with 20 years proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry and Heath Care Industry .In a Senior leadership roles with an international foot-print across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross functional skills. Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment in uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through highly engaged – diverse team and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation. Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in few companies, Ceridian, International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in US. Award Winner in various fields and at national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018. Kevina also serves on few Boards for NGOS on a voluntary basis, a coach at MIoD and a mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevin Teeroovengadum

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kevin Teeroovengadum has a BSc in Economics, MBA and MSc in Finance from Leicester University, UK. He worked for KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young in corporate finance and strategic consultancy before moving to Loita Capital Partners Group based in South Africa. He joined Actis in 2007, the leading Emerging Market Private Equity Firm, as a Director as part of their Africa real estate team where he led a number of transactions and exits. He was the co-founder and CEO of AttAfrica in 2013 which became the premier investor of shopping malls in Africa. He is a frequent writer and speaker at conferences globally and currently serves on numerous boards of companies in Mauritius and also advises a number of companies in Africa leveraging his 20 years of experience in Africa in financial services, real estate/hospitality sector. He is also the co-founder of ProptechAfrica.

Mark Watkinson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Watkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank One since April 2020. He has been a career banker with the HSBC Group for 33 years, during which time he held senior leadership roles in 10 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In particular, Mark was CEO and Main Board Director for HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited (2015-2018), CEO and Main Board Director for HSBC Bank Malta Ltd (2011-2015), Executive Vice President Commercial Banking Canada and North America (2010-2011), President and CEO for HSBC Bank Philippines (2006-2010), Senior Vice President Commercial Banking HSBC Bank USA (2004-2006) and Senior Manager Commercial Banking HSBC Bank United Arab Emirates (2001-2004).
Mark holds a law degree and is a Barrister at Law in the United Kingdom, he is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, holds a MBA (with Distinctions) from the University of Warwick and is also a qualified Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors, United Kingdom.