Advisory board

This year’s Effective Finance & Treasury in Africa advisory board is composed of ten leading professionals across various industries. With their help, we’ve honed in on the topics and challenges that you will be facing in Africa in 2020, including FX, tax, trade finance, new technology, regulation and much more.

  • Andre Oliver
    Andre Oliver PayU
    Group Treasury Manager

  • Bohani Hlungwane
    Bohani Hlungwane Absa Group, South Africa
    Regional Head of Trade & Working Capital Africa Regional Operations

    Bohani Hlungwane is the regional head of Trade and Working Capital Finance for all Absa Group entities outside of South Africa. He is responsible for strategy, business development, profitability and overall management of the business. He manages a team based in Johannesburg and the various Trade and Working capital teams in the countries. Bohani is a senior global banker and business leader with 17 years’ experience in commercial banking, trade finance, product management, business development, business management, business strategy, operations management, working capital finance, managing profitability, and deal structuring. His immediate previous role was Director and Product Lead for Guarantees & Standby Documentary Credits in HSBC’s Global Trade Finance business where he worked in Asia (based in Hong Kong) from June 2012 until February 2018. In this role, he had responsibility for Europe, the Americas and MENA as the product lead. Bohani holds a Senior Executive Leadership Program certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MBA (Strategy & Finance) from The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Financial & Monetary Economics from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from UNISA.

  • Geoffrey Gursel
    Geoffrey Gursel Citi
    Head of Corporate & Public Sector Sales & Implementation, Sub-Saharan Africa, Treasury & Trade Solutions

  • Jason Marsden
    Jason Marsden Standard Advisory London Limited
    Transactional Products & Services / Head of Sales: Europe

  • Javier Orejas
    Javier Orejas IATA
    Head of Banking Mgmt EMEA/Americas

    Javier holds a Master’s degree in Law and business administration from the Complutense University of Madrid. A Pre-Doctorate in Law, MBA from ICAI/ICADE and a Master’s degree in finance and banking direction from AFI. In his current role as Senior Banking Manager in charge of Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas in IATA (International Air Transport Association), Javier is responsible for designing and implementing new cash management solutions which support airlines’ financial health and enables IATA to make its financial services cheaper, faster and safer. Prior to IATA, Javier held various positions at Accenture in the area of strategic banking consulting.

  • Murat Balta
    Murat Balta Heineken International B.V.
    Regional Treasury Manager (AMEE), Global Treasury & Insurance

  • Servaes Peeters
    Servaes Peeters Siemens, Portugal
    Head of Treasury South West Europe & North West Africa

    Servaes Peeters studied at the London School of Economics and has almost 30 years of financing experience gained with banks such as Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and ING as well as in various functions with Siemens in Germany and abroad. Since mid-2016, Servaes has been responsible for moving Siemens’ treasury in South West Europe and North West Africa up to the next level, with a special focus on improving both pro-active risk-management and renegotiating pricing and documentation with banks in Maghreb, Central/West Africa and Angola/Mozambique. A major challenge is balancing the providing of pro-active added value to the industrial business and its growth targets on the one hand with performing treasury’s role of governance as well as achieving productivity gain targets on the other hand.Previous functions of Servaes include that of Managing Director of Siemens AG Hong Kong Branch, where he streamlined operations and reorganised and bundled treasury activities for Asia Pacific in the Regional Treasury Centre in Hong Kong; Project Manager “One Treasury” where he structured and implemented the new global mandate and organisation of Siemens AG’s Corporate Treasurer; Head of Energy Investments at Siemens Project Ventures where he revamped the equity investment process and grew the pipeline of energy development projects worldwide; and Managing Director Siemens Consultoria Ltda., Brazil, where he successfully rebuilt the factoring/forfeiting business of Siemens Financial Services after the Argentina-crisis and structured close to USD 1 billion of vendor financings in telecom, energy and healthcare.

  • Shafina Hamed
    Shafina Hamed IATA, Spain
  • Takachida Kuhudzai
    Takachida Kuhudzai Kimberly Clark
    Corporate Treasury Manager EMEA

  • Victor Penna
    Victor Penna Standard Chartered
    Managing Director, Regional Head of Cash Management Europe & Americas and Global Head of Structured Solutions Development, Cash

  • Willem Scheepers
    Willem Scheepers Unilever
    Director Corporate Finance & Treasury –Asia, Africa, NAMET & RUB