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 
BIHL CEO

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).

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, Botswana Life

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 Life (BLIL). Mr. Chauhan has a B. Acc (Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, ACA (England & Wales) and ACA (Botswana).

John Hinchliffe
Chairman, BIFM

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 Investment Fund Management (BIFM) 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.

Kudakwashe Mukushi

Group Chief Financial Officer

Kudakwashe Mukushi joined the BIHL Group in 2013 as the CFO of Botswana Life Insurance Limited and was promoted to the position of Group CFO at the BIHL Group in April 2017. He has over 18 years of experience across various industry sectors including Banking, Reinsurance, Pension Funds, Life Insurance and Retail & Energy Sectors. He represents the BIHL Group on various Boards and Board Committees in investee companies. Mr. Mukushi is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder, one of approximately 20 in Botswana, and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

 

Kobus Vlok 

Mr. Kobus Vlok has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 14 June 2019. Mr. Vlok is Sanlam’s Emerging Markets Chief Executive of Distribution Support and has held this position since January 2019. Mr. Vlok’s role includes providing Life Distribution to all the Africa businesses in the SEM cluster. 

A seasoned insurance and investments executive, Mr. Vlok has over 25 years experience of heading distribution channels and divisions in the South African financial services industry. He has served on the Boards of public and private companies in Life Insurance, Linked Investments and Unit Trusts, Health Insurance, Home Loans, Distribution Services and Brokerage businesses in various capacities such as Executive Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairperson. 

Mr. Vlok has previously worked for MCIS Insurance Berhad (Sanlam Life Insurance company in Malaysia) as a Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities included being accountable for the daily functioning and sustainability of the Life Insurance and Investments public company. In addition to this, Mr. Vlok has worked for Sanlam Personal Finance as a Chief Executive of SPF Distribution. This involved responsibilities such as managing the distribution of all middle and affluent retail products in the Sanlam Group and spearheading its Investment Management Services. Mr. Vlok was also at one point the Executive Director of Sage Life Ltd as well as the Senior Personal Research Officer of Standard Bank Group South Africa. 

With a strong business acumen and impressive leadership skills, his qualifications comprise of a Bachelor of Commerce from the University Of Pretoria,  an MBL in Strategic Planning & Business Leadership  from the University of South Africa, and a Post Graduate and Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State. Mr Vlok’s hobbies include nature conservation, social golf and photography. He is a proud member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group.

 

Andrew Willis Cartwright

Mr. Andrew Willis Cartwright has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 28 May 2019. He received his Bachelor of Business Science Honours degree from the University of Cape Town. He successively advanced onto the Senior Management Program at the University of Stellenbosch and the Old Mutual Leadership Program from the London Business School respectively. To add to his credentials, he attained professional qualifications from the Financial Planning Institute (South Africa). He has also received Fellowships from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) and from the Actuarial Society of South Africa, as well as the Institute of Actuaries in India.

He is a valued and highly experienced member of the finance sector, having served in various industry and professional bodies in South Africa and India. His longstanding and influential career at Old Mutual began as a Corporate Planning Assistant. He continued to add value and insight to the organization through the various roles he has performed since; from his tenure as a Product Development Actuary where he was responsible for new product development and support for the Retail “Middle Income” segment, to his position Customer Solutions Executive where he was responsible for finance, customer offering new Initiatives and risk management. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer for Old Mutual - Group Schemes, Mr. Cartwright held a wide range of responsibilities including risk management, IT, and client services. He was appointed General Manager of Protection Solutions at Old Mutual before retiring from the corporate world in 2015.

Currently, Mr Cartwright continues to contribute and add value to the communities around him by assisting the next generation of visionaries in through volunteering in LEAP Science and Math Schools, as well as assisting in an insurance start-up.