Board of Directors


Batsho Dambe-Groth
Board Chairman, BIHL Group

Batsho Dambe-Groth was appointed to the BIHL Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of the HR Committee on 25 March 2008. Following an acting period from 01 January 2009, she was appointed Chairman of the Board in March 2010. She is the Managing Director of Resource Logic which consults to a wide range of organisations on Human Resources and business solutions.

She began her career with DeBeers Botswana, and has progressed in the human resources field working in the mining, parastatal, insurance and financial services sectors. Batsho joined BIHL in 1994 and by the time of her resignation in 2003 had worked her way up to the position of Assistant General Manager, Support Services.  

Mrs. Dambe-Groth is a Director of Botswana Oil and chairs the Human Resources and Nominations Committee. She is also a Director of Botswana Craft Marketing, Etsha Weavers Group, Boitekanelo, Gems of Kalahari, and is a Council Member of Maru A Pula School. Ms. Dambe- Groth has a BSc (Hons) Occupational Psychology from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and is a Fellow of the USA Fulbright Humphrey Programme as a Certified Global Remuneration Profession from the World at Work professional compensation body.

Catherine Lesetedi 

Catherine Lesetedi is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL), appointed in March, 2016. Catherine first joined the BIHL Group in June 1992 as a Supervisor. She was subsequently promoted twice during her period with the Group to Assistant Manager in 1998 and then Divisional Manager in 2000.

She left BLIL and joined AON Botswana as Senior Accounts Executive in October 2004 and was promoted two years later to General Manager of Life and Employee Benefits.

In 2007, she returned to BLIL as Head of Corporate and High Value Business until March 2010 when she was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of the company until she was appointed to the substantive position in July 2010, she held this position for a period until February 2017 when she was appointed to her current position. Catherine currently serves on the Boards of Funeral Services Group Limited, Bifm Unit Trusts, Botswana Insurance Company Limited, Nico Life, Nico Pensions Company and Nico Holdings.

She holds a BA in Statistics and Demography (University of Botswana), MDP from the graduate school of business (University of Cape Town,
as well as professional qualifications in Advanced Insurance Practice and a Diploma in Insurance Studies (UNISA). She has undertaken the Sanlam Executive Leadership Programme through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (July 2014). Catherine is also an Associate of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (AIISA).

Gaffar Hassam
Board Member

Gaffar Hassam is an Executive at Sanlam Emerging Markets, focused on the Southern Africa Region. He is the Former Group Chief Executive Officer of BIHL, with a tenure that ended on 29th February 2016.

Mr. Hassam became a member of the BIHL Board on 01 December 2011.He joined the Group in 2003 as Botswana Life Insurance Limited Finance Manager and BIHL Company Secretary. Within the BIHL Group, he held the positions of Head of Finance and Actuarial Services, Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance and Operations Officer at Botswana Life Insurance Limited. Mr Hassam began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malawi and was transferred to the firm’s Botswana Office in 2000. He has an MBA (Oxford Brookes); is a Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Mr. Hassam, is also a Director of Letshego Holdings Limited, Nico Holdings Limited and Grand Reinsurance Limited.

Lieutenant General Tebogo Carter Masire
Board Member

Lieutenant General Tebogo Carter Masire was appointed as an independent Non- Executive Director on 21 August 2015. Lieutenant General Masire
is the former Commander of the Botswana Defence Force and retired from the military in July 2012 after 5 (five) years as the Chief of the Defence Force. He holds a Diploma and BSc from Troy State University and an MBA from University of Southern Queensland Australia.

He is one of the founding members of the SADC Standing Aviation Committee and also a founding Board member of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) Lieutenant General Masire is the Chairman of Air Botswana Board, Stockbrokers Botswana Board and THC Foundation. He is a member of the Presidential Task Team Vision 2036 and Patron of Botswana Sports Foundation Trust.

Chandra Chauhan
Chairman, Bifm

Chandra Chauhan is a Chartered Accountant who trained and qualified with KPMG in the United Kingdom. A Zambian by birth, he became a naturalised citizen of Botswana and has over the years become a very successful entrepreneur and respected businessman. He was appointed to the BIHL Board on 20 April 2009.

He is currently the Group Managing Director of Sefalana Holding Company Limited, a listed company on the Botswana Stock Exchange, having been appointed to its Board in 2003. He was responsible for turning around and restructuring Sefalana and has seen its market capitalisation increase from P64 million in 2004 to its current capitalisation of just over P2.6 billion. He is the Chairman of the Board of Botswana Insurance Fund Management (Bifm). Mr. Chauhan has a B. Acc (Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, ACA (England & Wales) and ACA (Botswana).

John Hinchliffe
Chairman, Botswana Life & Legal Guard Chairman

John Hinchliffe heads John Hinchliffe Consultants, an accounting and consulting practice in Gaborone. He was appointed to the BIHL Board on 01 June 2010.

He is also a Director of various other companies, including Development Securities (Pty) Limited; Nsenya (Pty) Limited; Portion 84 Mokolodi Sanctuary (Pty) Limited; Mokolodi Utilities (Pty) Limited; Kalahari Conservation Society; and Camphill Community Trust.

Mr. Hinchliffe began his career as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand in London, before being seconded to the firm’s Botswana office in 1982. Thereafter, he worked for two other Botswana companies before establishing his own consultancy in Gaborone. He then joined DCDM Botswana as Managing Director before re-establishing his consulting firm in 2005.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) and Legal Guard and was recently appointed to the Board of Botswana Insurance Company Limited (BIC), where he is also Chair of the Audit Committee. He has a BA (Econ) Honours degree from Manchester University and he is a Fellow of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) as well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Andre Roux

Andre Roux was appointed as Chief Investment Officer of Sanlam Emerging Markets in 2012 and is also the Chief Investment Officer of SIM Namibia. Previously, Mr. Roux headed up the fixed interest team in South Africa for 9 years, during which he was also a member of Sanlam Investment Management’s Asset Allocation, Credit and Asset, and Liability Committees. He was appointed to the BIHL Board on 04 July 2013.

Mr. Roux is Chairman of the BIHL Investment Committee. He holds a B.Comm (hons) (Economics) from University of Stellenbosch and an EDP from Manchester Business School.

Mahube Chilisana Mpugwa
Board Member

Mahube Mpugwa is Chairman and General Manager of Puma Energy Botswana (formerly BP Botswana). He is also a Director of Master Timber (Pty) Ltd. Mr. Mpugwa began his career in Public Relations at Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and joined BP Botswana in 1998. Thereafter, he held various positions within BP Botswana and BP South Africa, before being appointed to his current position in 2008. He was appointed to the BIHL Board on 01 June 2010.

He has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Windsor, Canada; a certificate in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa; and graduated with an MBA from Stratchclyde University’s Graduate School of Business under the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarship.

Gerrit van Heerde
Board Member

Gerrit van Heerde is Group Executive: Client and Product Strategy for Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Ltd. He was appointed to the BIHL Board on 30 June 2015. Mr van Heerde is
a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK and of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. He joined Sanlam in 1993 and held various positions throughout the Group before being appointed as CFO of Sanlam Emerging Markets in 2012 and, subsequently, being appointed in his current position in 2015.

Mr. van Heerde serves as a Director on various boards in India and Botswana.

He has a B.Com degree from the University of the North West, an Honours Degree from Stellenbosch University and an EDP from Manchester Business School.