Meet the Board

Doubell Chamberlain

Doubell is the founder and Managing Director of Cenfri and theme manager to the FinMark Trust, responsible for their work in microinsurance and retail payment systems. He is a development economist by training, specialising in financial inclusion innovation, financial sector policy and regulatory strategy for development, access to financial services and supporting governments on making markets work for the poor. Doubell has extensive experience in microinsurance, AML/CFT, distribution of financial services, optimal regulation for market development and has worked across the developing world including Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico), South and Southeast Asia (India, Pakistan, Indonesia).

 

Previously he was employed as a freelance consultant to the FinMark Trust and an engagement manager at Genesis Analytics.

Doubell holds a Master Degree in Economics (cum laude), BComm Honour in Economics (University of Stellenbosch/Free University of Amsterdam) and a Bachelor in Mathematics (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).


Hennie Bester

Hennie Bester is a director at Cenfri. He specialises in the analysis of markets for financial inclusion purposes and designing policy and regulation to advance financial inclusion. Hennie studied economics and law at the University of Stellenbosch and also holds an LL.M degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is a qualified attorney and practiced for a number of years. He served as a member of the National Parliament of South Africa (1991 – 1994) and later in the Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape (1994 – 2001).

 

He served in the cabinet of the Western Cape provincial government, first as the Minister for Business Development and Tourism, and subsequently as Minister for Community Safety. He participated in the negotiations that paved the way for South Africa’s first democratic constitution. He also chaired the Constitutional Committee which drafted the Constitution for the Western Cape Province, the only provincial constitution in South Africa.

 

Hennie has advised governments in Africa, Latin America and Asia on financial inclusion policy and regulation. Amongst others, he was the legal drafter of the regulations for mobile payment service providers (including M-Pesa) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya. He is currently involved as the policy and regulatory adviser to the team implementing the Making Access Possible diagnostic of financial access for the government of Myanmar and has worked on similar projects in multiple African countries in. Hennie lives with his wife and three children on a sheep farm in the Karoo, South Africa.


Craig Churchill

Craig Churchill has over twenty years of microfinance experience, in both developed and developing countries. In his current position in the ILO’s Social Finance Programme, he focuses primarily on the role of financial services that the poor can use to manage risks and reduce their vulnerability, including savings, insurance and emergency loans. He serves as the Chair of the Microinsurance Network (formerly the CGAP Working Group on Microinsurance) and teaches at the Boulder Microfinance Training Programme in Turin. In 2008 he launched the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation designed to stimulate the development of insurance to help promote decent work for tens of millions of low-income people in the developing world.

 

Craig has authored and edited over 40 articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on various microfinance topics including microinsurance, customer loyalty, organizational development, governance, lending methodologies, regulation and supervision, and financial services for the poorest of the poor. The publication, Protecting the poor: A microinsurance compendium (Geneva: ILO, Munich Re Foundation), which he edited, is the most authoritative book on the subject.


Frik Landman

Frik Landman is the Chairman of the Cenfri Board. In January 2005, Frik was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED). He is on the board of Cenfri, the EPAS Accreditation Board of the European Foundation for Management Development [EFMD], and on the Academic Council of the Madinah Institute for Learning & Entrepreneurship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Frik’s passion for people and his longing for business adventure took him on a journey of a variety of positions via the ministry, the insurance industry, the motor industry, agriculture, education and consulting. He spent the last 23 years consulting to a range of SME’s and Corporates on issues of Strategic Leadership, Transformation and Organizational Development.

 

Frik holds a BA in Hebrew, Philosophy and Psychology from the Universities of Port Elizabeth and the University of Johannesburg and a BTh in Theology from the University of Stellenbosch. He earned his MTh in Theology and Ethics from the University of Stellenbosch and his MCert in Development from the University of Johannesburg.


Andrew le Roux

Andrew is a qualified actuary who spent 20 years at Old Mutual before more recently moving to Mutual & Federal to head up the iWYZE direct valuables insurance business. His career started in life insurance product development and has also included a variety of executive roles. In his last role at Old Mutual he supported the creation of new Mass Market insurance businesses in Mexico, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Andrew is passionate about using his skills and experience to achieve maximum positive impact and sees his membership of the Cenfri board as a valuable opportunity to give back to society.

He enjoys spending time with his family, is involved in a variety of church activities and, to keep sane, plays golf or runs marathons.


 

Meshach Aziakpono

 

Meshach Aziakpono (PhD) is a Professor of Development Finance and was Head of Development Finance Programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) until April 2013. Before joining the USB he was Associate Professor of Economics and the Coordinator of Master’s Programme in Financial Markets in the Department of Economics and Economic History at Rhodes University, South Africa.

 

Meshach Aziakpono has worked as a consultant among others for the OECD Centre and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). In
2009 he was a visiting scholar to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, USA and in 2012 a visiting scholar to the INSEAD, in Singapore.

 

He obtained his PhD degree in Economics from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein in South Africa. His PhD Thesis titled: “The Depth of Financial Integration and its Effects on financial Development and Economic Performance of the Southern African Customs Union Countries” won the Founders’ Medal for the best PhD dissertation in Economics in South Africa. He has vast experience in teaching, research, consulting and postgraduate research supervision.


 

Lesiba Mothata

 

Lesiba Mothata is the Chief Economist at Investment Solutions. He joined Investment Solutions in 2013 as Head of Market and Economic Research, after being a risk specialist at the SA Reserve back for two years, holding responsiblility for the strategic asset allocation of the foreign-exchange reserve portfolio (about $50 billion). Before that, he spect five years at Investec Bank in the private wealth business as a global macroeconomist. In his earlier career included working at Bedbank Treasury and Coris Capital (which bought Prodigy Asset Management).

 

Lesiba Mothata has a BCom (Hons) in Economics from Wits Universiy and an MCom in Finacial Economics from the University of Johannesburg.


 

 

Meet the Board

Doubell Chamberlain

Doubell is the founder and Managing Director of Cenfri and theme manager to the FinMark Trust, responsible for their work in microinsurance and retail payment systems. He is a development economist by training, specialising in financial inclusion innovation, financial sector policy and regulatory strategy for development, access to financial services and supporting governments on making markets work for the poor. Doubell has extensive experience in microinsurance, AML/CFT, distribution of financial services, optimal regulation for market development and has worked across the developing world including Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico), South and Southeast Asia (India, Pakistan, Indonesia).

 

Previously he was employed as a freelance consultant to the FinMark Trust and an engagement manager at Genesis Analytics.

Doubell holds a Master Degree in Economics (cum laude), BComm Honour in Economics (University of Stellenbosch/Free University of Amsterdam) and a Bachelor in Mathematics (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).


Hennie Bester

Hennie Bester is a director at Cenfri. He specialises in the analysis of markets for financial inclusion purposes and designing policy and regulation to advance financial inclusion. Hennie studied economics and law at the University of Stellenbosch and also holds an LL.M degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is a qualified attorney and practiced for a number of years. He served as a member of the National Parliament of South Africa (1991 – 1994) and later in the Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape (1994 – 2001).

 

He served in the cabinet of the Western Cape provincial government, first as the Minister for Business Development and Tourism, and subsequently as Minister for Community Safety. He participated in the negotiations that paved the way for South Africa’s first democratic constitution. He also chaired the Constitutional Committee which drafted the Constitution for the Western Cape Province, the only provincial constitution in South Africa.

 

Hennie has advised governments in Africa, Latin America and Asia on financial inclusion policy and regulation. Amongst others, he was the legal drafter of the regulations for mobile payment service providers (including M-Pesa) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya. He is currently involved as the policy and regulatory adviser to the team implementing the Making Access Possible diagnostic of financial access for the government of Myanmar and has worked on similar projects in multiple African countries in. Hennie lives with his wife and three children on a sheep farm in the Karoo, South Africa.


Craig Churchill

Craig Churchill has over twenty years of microfinance experience, in both developed and developing countries. In his current position in the ILO’s Social Finance Programme, he focuses primarily on the role of financial services that the poor can use to manage risks and reduce their vulnerability, including savings, insurance and emergency loans. He serves as the Chair of the Microinsurance Network (formerly the CGAP Working Group on Microinsurance) and teaches at the Boulder Microfinance Training Programme in Turin. In 2008 he launched the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation designed to stimulate the development of insurance to help promote decent work for tens of millions of low-income people in the developing world.

 

Craig has authored and edited over 40 articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on various microfinance topics including microinsurance, customer loyalty, organizational development, governance, lending methodologies, regulation and supervision, and financial services for the poorest of the poor. The publication, Protecting the poor: A microinsurance compendium (Geneva: ILO, Munich Re Foundation), which he edited, is the most authoritative book on the subject.


Frik Landman

Frik Landman is the Chairman of the Cenfri Board. In January 2005, Frik was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED). He is on the board of Cenfri, the EPAS Accreditation Board of the European Foundation for Management Development [EFMD], and on the Academic Council of the Madinah Institute for Learning & Entrepreneurship in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Frik’s passion for people and his longing for business adventure took him on a journey of a variety of positions via the ministry, the insurance industry, the motor industry, agriculture, education and consulting. He spent the last 23 years consulting to a range of SME’s and Corporates on issues of Strategic Leadership, Transformation and Organizational Development.

 

Frik holds a BA in Hebrew, Philosophy and Psychology from the Universities of Port Elizabeth and the University of Johannesburg and a BTh in Theology from the University of Stellenbosch. He earned his MTh in Theology and Ethics from the University of Stellenbosch and his MCert in Development from the University of Johannesburg.


Andrew le Roux

Andrew is a qualified actuary who spent 20 years at Old Mutual before more recently moving to Mutual & Federal to head up the iWYZE direct valuables insurance business. His career started in life insurance product development and has also included a variety of executive roles. In his last role at Old Mutual he supported the creation of new Mass Market insurance businesses in Mexico, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Andrew is passionate about using his skills and experience to achieve maximum positive impact and sees his membership of the Cenfri board as a valuable opportunity to give back to society.

He enjoys spending time with his family, is involved in a variety of church activities and, to keep sane, plays golf or runs marathons.


 

Meshach Aziakpono

 

Meshach Aziakpono (PhD) is a Professor of Development Finance and was Head of Development Finance Programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) until April 2013. Before joining the USB he was Associate Professor of Economics and the Coordinator of Master’s Programme in Financial Markets in the Department of Economics and Economic History at Rhodes University, South Africa.

 

Meshach Aziakpono has worked as a consultant among others for the OECD Centre and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). In
2009 he was a visiting scholar to the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, USA and in 2012 a visiting scholar to the INSEAD, in Singapore.

 

He obtained his PhD degree in Economics from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein in South Africa. His PhD Thesis titled: “The Depth of Financial Integration and its Effects on financial Development and Economic Performance of the Southern African Customs Union Countries” won the Founders’ Medal for the best PhD dissertation in Economics in South Africa. He has vast experience in teaching, research, consulting and postgraduate research supervision.


 

Lesiba Mothata

 

Lesiba Mothata is the Chief Economist at Investment Solutions. He joined Investment Solutions in 2013 as Head of Market and Economic Research, after being a risk specialist at the SA Reserve back for two years, holding responsiblility for the strategic asset allocation of the foreign-exchange reserve portfolio (about $50 billion). Before that, he spect five years at Investec Bank in the private wealth business as a global macroeconomist. In his earlier career included working at Bedbank Treasury and Coris Capital (which bought Prodigy Asset Management).

 

Lesiba Mothata has a BCom (Hons) in Economics from Wits Universiy and an MCom in Finacial Economics from the University of Johannesburg.


 

 

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