The 13-strong management team responsible for the smooth running of our operations.

  • Robin Bairstow - Managing Director

    Robin Joined I&M Bank Rwanda in September 2015. Prior to his appointment, he held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank across Central Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia. Robin has a reputation for innovation, is an experienced Corporate Banker and has a highly successful track record with over 23 years in the financial services sector with both domestic and international banking organizations. He has developed skills to grow business units in diverse markets, has corporate finance abilities and has an exemplary record in the risk and control environments.

    Robin is a graduate of the South African Merchant Naval Academy and the University of Leicester.

  • Faustin Byishimo - Executive Director

    Faustin R. Byishimo is the bank’s Executive Director and Division Head for Business Development. In his current role, he oversees all business segments of the Bank i.e. Retail Banking, Business Banking and Corporate Banking. He has served the bank for over 13 years under different managerial positions. He has in-depth operational and strategic management experience that was acquired through various top level assignments within the Bank which include his most recent tenures as the Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Retail Banking, Marketing/Products Development. He previously worked in Finance, Internal Audit and headed the Branches Network Operations. Faustin has also worked as a senior auditor with BRALIRWA Ltd, a Heineken Group Operating Company. He holds a BBA in Accounting.


  • John Gatasha - Chief Finance Officer

    John Gatashya has worked with I&M Bank Rwanda for the last 17 years. In this time he has served the bank in a variety of positions. He started out as an accountant and has gradually risen through the ranks to the position of Chef of Finance Officer. In this role his responsibility relates to ensuring financial information provided is accurate, timely and reliable; compliance with regulatory requirements; and supporting the strategic decision making process of the Bank.

  • Louise Kagaju - Chief Internal Auditor

    Marie Louise Kagaju is a Rwandese national and joined the bank in 1996 with 17 years of broad experience in banking, tax assessment and planning, accounting and finance. Proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives. Marie Louise Kagaju has joined I&M Bank Rwanda as coordinator of the management control in the accounting department. She rose through the ranks to become the head of Finance, the position she held till she was assigned the Internal Audit role in 2003. As Chief Internal Auditor, she has the mission to be a business partner that adds value and improves the organization processes by evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

  • Alfred Baguma - Head of Credit

    Alfred BAGUMA is the Head of Credit and has served the bank for over 9 years in different managerial positions. As head of credit he ensures that credit portfolio is adequately managed through independent processes, effective portfolio management, maintaining the portfolio quality and full adherence to internal and statutory guidelines and procedures.

    Prior to his current position, Alfred was Head of Leasing and Business Banking. He also worked as Credit Analyst, Account Relationship Officer, Credit Review Team Leader and Leasing Manager. As Business Banking Head, he was involved in identifying customer needs and assisting in designing, structuring and offering appropriate products to fit in their business needs. He contributed in pioneering the Leasing product offerings and Initiating and implementation of the bank’s capacity building project of Accounting skills training for SMEs.

    He Holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the National University of Rwanda (NUR)

  • Benjamin Mutimura - Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking

    Benjamin Mutimura is the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking, and has served the bank for over 10 years under different managerial positions.

    He has in-depth strategic management and operational experience that has been acquired through various top level assignments within the company that include: Finance, Internal Audit, Branches Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Retail.

  • Lena M. Militisi - Company Secretary

    Lena Militisi is the bank’s Company Secretary. She previously served the bank as Head of the Legal Department for 11 years. She is a lawyer who obtained her law degree from the University of Saint Louis in Brussels and got her master from University of Toulouse I.

    In 2004, she was recruited as Legal Advisor attaché to the cabinet of Minister of Finances and Economic Planning in this role her job involved ensuring that terms of contracts are respected and would take part in negotiations to ensure conformity to national regulations. She then moved to the position of Treasury Counselor within the same  Ministry whereby her main responsibilities included advising the Secretary General and Secretary to the Treasury on all issues related to the Treasury with legal implications, public contracts, international conventions with implications on public finance and creating obligations for the State.

  • Callixte Nyilindikwe - Head of Business Banking

    As Head of Business Banking, Mr Callixte NYILINDEKWE is responsible for the quality and growth of bank’s SME portfolio.

    He joined I&M Bank (Rwanda) Ltd  in 2002, with prior experience in banking (Bank of Kigali: 1998-2002), in UN Projects (UNDP Rwanda: 1996-1998) and in insurance (SORAS: 1993 – 1996). His focus is SME Banking for over 10 years: deals structuring, products development and SME policy set up. Prior to SME banking, he has been extensively involved in bank back office operations and bank network as branch manager. He has a strong customer focus and his experience gives to him a profound knowledge of the Rwanda market.

    He holds an MBA from The University of Eastern Africa Baraton Management and a Bachelor Degree in Management in 1993 from National University of Rwanda (NUR). Callixte is a certified Credit Analyst by OMEGA Performance UK.

  • Blaise Pascal Gasabira - Head of Treasury

    Blaise Pascal Gasabira joined I&M Bank Rwanda in 2010. Before joining I&M Bank Rwanda he was heading the treasury department at Access Bank Rwanda.

    During his Banking career, Blaise has earned immerse experience to effectively manage and control I&M Bank Rwanda’s treasury in line with local and international best practices. His abilities range from trade finance management, international banking transactions and payment related products and systems, exchange control systems, correspondent banking, treasury products’ marketing ,market research, to risk management of the bank’s liquidity, interest rates and foreign currency. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a major in International Economics, Certified in Access Bank school of Banking in Nigeria. He is currently pursuing CFA.

  • Diana Kwarisiima - Head of Human Resources

    Diana Kwarisiima has been with the bank for over 9 years and in that time has worked fundamentally within every field of HR – Training and Talent management, Administration, Payroll, Employee Relations, as well as deputizing for the Head of Human Resources. In October 2014 she was appointed as Acting Head of Human Resources following the departure of her then Manager.

    Her current responsibilities include developing and implementing the Performance Management System in order to ensure that the Bank is following best practice in terms of performance and that regular and formal feedback is provided to employees for the successful implementation of their personal development plans. The HR head is also responsible for resourcing, talent identification and developing reward structures to meet the requirements of the bank.

  • Michael Obiero - General manager: Operations & Internal Services

    Michael Obiero was appointed as the General Manager – Operations, Internal Services and Branches in November 2014. He joins the bank from GT Bank (Kenya Ltd) where he worked for 5 years as Head of Operations, overseeing all aspects of operational processes in mainstream banking including branches and other networks and managing 60% of the bank’s total staff. Michael is a professional banker with over 30 years of experience in the banking industry with special focus in operations, mitigating operational risk and ensuring organizational growth through increased efficiency and effectiveness in operational processes.

    Throughout his career he has worked with reputable banks such as Commercial Bank of Africa where he held various positions from 1980 until 1998 and then joined CFC Bank (now CFC Stanbic Bank, Kenya) where he worked from 1998 to 2009 in various managerial appointments in areas of operations, risk, compliance and strategy.

    Michael is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) London, UK. He holds an MBA- General and Certificate in Management from the Management College of South Africa (MANCOSA) and a Diploma certificate in Banking from the Kenya National Examination Council.

  • Nicolas Uwimana - Head of Legal

    Nicolas holds a Master degree and Bachelor degree in Law respectively from the University of Turin, Italia and the University of Rwanda.

    He joined the bank in 2009 and served as Deputy Head of Legal. Before joining the Bank he worked for the Public Sector where he served as Legal Advisor at Rwanda Public Procurement Authority and Legal Expert in the Procurement Reform Task Force within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

    With 13 years experiences (in both public and private) he has been involved in legal drafting (laws, Ministerial Orders and other documents); Contract drafting and reviewing (supply, service, and work contracts); take part solving conflicts, and regulatory investigations.

    With the extensive legal advisory services, Nicolas has earned required experience and skills in legal complex problem solving.

  • Cynthia Rwamamara - Head of Internal Control and Compliance

    Cynthia Rwamamara is the Head of Internal Control and Compliance with over 10 years’ experience in the Rwandan banking industry mainly in the fields of audit, compliance and risk. She joined the bank in 2009 as the Deputy Manager in the Internal Control and Compliance unit until june 2016 when she was promoted to Head of Internal Control and Compliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting Sciences from the National University of Rwanda and is pursuing ACCA currently studies.