Mr. Gbenga Makinde presently serves as the Managing Director/CEO of UBA Tanzania, a notable subsidiary operating under the umbrella of the United Bank for Africa (Plc).
Fondly referred to as GMak, Mr. Gbenga boasts an extensive career within the banking industry, spanning over two decades, during which he has steered pivotal departments with remarkable finesse.
Preceding his esteemed role as MD/CEO of UBA Tanzania, he held the same position at UBA Benin, where his tenure was marked by a multitude of notable achievements across varying time frames. Prior to his tenure at UBA Plc, Mr. Makinde showcased his talents in a series of managerial capacities and positions, garnering experience from Metropolitan Bank Limited, Equatorial Trust Bank Limited, and Access Bank Plc.
Mr. Makinde’s approach is distinctly people-centric, and his dedication to refining his communication skills has enabled him to effectively engage with diverse target audiences and stakeholders, thereby propelling business growth to new heights.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Ms. Flavia possesses an extensive professional journey spanning twenty-five (25) years, with a remarkable decade of service dedicated to UBAT. Her unwavering commitment has been an integral part of UBA Tanzania since 2009 to the present day.
Throughout her tenure at UBA Bank Tanzania, Flavia has embraced diverse roles within the operations department, showcasing her prowess as the Branch Operation Manager from 2009 to 2014. Her exceptional performance led to her advancement to the esteemed position of Head of Domestic Operations, a role she expertly fulfilled from 2015 to 2018.
Currently, Flavia holds the esteemed position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), a role she has diligently held since November 2018.
Prior to her tenure at UBA, spanning from 1996 to 2009, Flavia’s prowess shone as the Branch Finance Officer of Tanzania Postal Bank. Her experience and skillset are underpinned by her educational achievements, including a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, and Banking from Mzumbe University. Additionally, Flavia’s academic journey at Mzumbe University culminated in the attainment of an Advanced Diploma in Economic Planning.
COUNTRY HEAD RESOURCE
Stella Shangali serves as the Country Head, Resource at UBA Tanzania. Her journey to this role is marked by a series of progressively impactful roles. Commencing her journey as an Assistant Human Resource Manager from April 2014 to January 2017, Stella showcased her capabilities in roles that followed. She notably served as a dedicated Human Resources and Administration Officer from April 2010 to March 2013 at Britam Insurance Tanzania Limited. Prior to these roles, Stella played an instrumental part as a Human Resource Assistant at Kabanga Nickel Company Ltd from June 2008 to March 2010.
Stella’s educational foundation, a cornerstone of her success, was established at the Institute of Finance Management. Here, she diligently earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, a qualification that has been pivotal in her professional journey. Her academic pursuit continued at the University of Dar es Salaam, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration.
Stella Shangali’s career trajectory is a testament to her dedication, proficiency, and unwavering commitment to excellence.
COUNTRY HEAD AUDIT
Mr. Ringa is a distinguished Associate Certified Public Accountant (ACPA) officially registered by the esteemed National Board of Accountants and Auditors [NBAA] of Tanzania. His academic achievements include a Diploma in Accountancy earned from the Zambia Institute of Technology (now known as Copperbelt University) in Kitwe, Zambia.
Furthermore, he boasts a Diploma in Risk Management in Finance/Banking, a credential he acquired in Stockholm, Sweden. With an impressive career spanning 14 years within the banking industry, Mr. Ringa has specialized in the field of internal auditing.
His professional journey commenced in 2004 as a Senior Internal Auditor at Tanzania Postal Bank, a role from which he progressively advanced to the esteemed position of Senior Manager Audit. In November 2016, he joined the ranks of United Bank for Africa Tanzania as the esteemed Country Head Audit, cementing his reputation as a seasoned expert in his field.
CHIEF RISK OFFICER
Emanuel became an integral part of UBAT on May 16th, 2022. His extensive background in Risk Management spans a remarkable Fourteen (14) years, all within the dynamic realm of banking. His professional journey encompasses impactful roles at Exim Bank (T) Ltd and Stanbic Bank.
Emanuel’s academic achievements shine bright. He holds a distinguished MSc. in Finance and Investment from the Institute of Finance Management. Additionally, he has earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Management in Accounting from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Emanuel’s expertise is substantiated by an array of certifications. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA(T)) and holds the esteemed designation of Certified Financial Service Risk Specialist (CFRS) conferred by IRMT-Tanzania. His skillset is further enriched by an ACI Operational Certificate from the ACI Financial Markets Association, underscoring his proficiency in financial markets.
Emanuel’s qualifications, experience, and commitment make him an invaluable asset to our team.
BENSON TSETONGA MSANGI
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
Benson boasts an impressive career spanning over seven (7) years, during which he has consistently demonstrated his expertise and commitment to excellence. His previous employment at Exim Bank (T) Ltd marked a significant chapter in his journey. Prior to this, Benson made impactful contributions as a Senior Assurance Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tanzania Limited (PWC).
Benson’s proficiencies encompass a diverse range of key areas, including Strategy Formulation, Budgeting, Performance Management, Financial Reporting, and Taxation. His wealth of experience positions him as a valuable asset to any team.
Educationally accomplished, Benson holds a Bachelor of Accounts and Finance in Public Sector from Mzumbe University. His quest for knowledge and professional growth led him to attain an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business through the ACCA program, and he holds the esteemed title of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) from the UK. Additionally, Benson’s qualifications extend to Certified Strategic Management through ACCA UK, showcasing his mastery in strategic thinking.
Furthermore, his fluency in both English and Swahili facilitates effective communication across various contexts. Benson’s skills, experience, and dedication underscore his ability to contribute meaningfully to any professional environment.
IRENE PETER SWAI
HEAD LEGAL AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Possessing the status of an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and its subordinate courts, Irene holds designations as a Commissioner of Oath and Notary Public. With a remarkable career spanning over nine (9) years, Irene has garnered extensive expertise in Legal matters and Company Secretary roles.
Her proficiencies encompass a wide spectrum of legal areas, including her seasoned familiarity with Litigations, Board Secretarial duties, the art of Drafting and registration of Securities, and Legal advisory. Presently, she actively contributes as an Associate Partner and the Head of the Corporate Department at Legal Link Attorneys.
Irene’s academic background is equally impressive, boasting a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. Additionally, she is the proud recipient of a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Commercial Laws from the University of Glamorgan (South Wales) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Her bilingual fluency in both English and Swahili enhances her capacity to excel in her multifaceted legal roles.
COUNTRY HEAD INTERNAL CONTROL
Mr. Juma Musa brings a cumulative work experience of six (6) years to the table, with a notable span of five (5) years devoted to his tenure at UBAT.
Juma’s journey commenced as an Officer in the Audit /Control department at UBAT in 2011. Following his initial stint, he pursued a brief interlude at Equity Bank in 2015, only to be welcomed back into the fold of UBAT in October 2016, where he continues to contribute meaningfully.
Educationally equipped, Juma holds a coveted BCOM degree from the esteemed University of Dar es Salaam. His professional qualifications are further underlined by his membership with the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA).
His proficiency in communication extends to both English and Swahili, enhancing his ability to effectively navigate his responsibilities and interactions.
Christina’s professional journey is marked by her distinguished status as an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and its subordinate courts, as well as a proud member of the Tanganyika Law Society.
Her commitment to excellence is underlined by her designation as a Certified Compliance Specialist, a distinction conferred upon her by the International Financial Management. Christina’s academic achievements include a Master’s Degree in Laws with a specialization in Corporate and Commercial law, obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Additionally, she possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the esteemed Law School of Tanzania. Her academic pursuits also led her to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws (LLB) with Honors from the Open University of Tanzania. Christina’s credentials are further enriched by a Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Center for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam.
With a comprehensive ten years of experience in the banking industry, Christina has consistently excelled in managerial and Compliance roles, specializing in areas like Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks. Her journey began in 2003 as a Call Center Agent with NMB Bank – Head Office, where she laid the foundation of her career in banking. Her capabilities were recognized in 2010 when she was promoted to the role of Compliance Officer within the same institution. This trajectory of growth continued as she joined the United Bank for Africa (UBA) (T) Limited in June 2017 as the Head of Compliance, a role that further highlights her expertise and leadership.
Christina’s depth of experience, paired with her academic prowess, makes her an invaluable asset in her field.
HEAD CORPORATE SERVICES
Drawing from a distinguished career spanning over ten (10) years, Wensegamila has garnered valuable insights from diverse sectors including Technology Consulting Companies, Breweries, and Non-Governmental Organizations. Her profound expertise encompasses Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Logistics, and Vendor Contract Management. Notably, her journey included a pivotal role as a Procurement Consultant at Soft Tech Consultants before joining our ranks at UBAT.
Academically accomplished, Wensegamila holds a Masters of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Mzumbe University. Her foundational knowledge was laid at the University of Dar es Salaam, where she achieved a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management Science. Additionally, her professional prowess is underscored by her designation as a Certified Procurement and Supplies Professional (PSPTB).
Wensegamila’s command over both English and Swahili ensures effective communication across a broad spectrum of contexts. Her wealth of experience, combined with her comprehensive education and certification, positions her as a highly capable and versatile professional.
Faraja Augustino became an integral part of the UBAT team on February 1st, 2018. With an extensive career of over seven years focused on Treasury, Faraja’s proficiency shines through in his role. Prior to joining UBA, he also made notable contributions to other esteemed Financial Institutions.
Faraja’s commitment to excellence is underlined by his ACI certification as a Dealer, a testament to his expertise in the field. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Dar es Salaam, showcasing his educational foundation in the realm of finance.
Furthermore, his adeptness extends to both English and Swahili, allowing him to engage and communicate effectively across diverse scenarios. Faraja’s wealth of experience and qualifications make him an invaluable asset to our Treasury team.
CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER
Said became a valuable member of UBAT on April 17th, 2023.
With an impressive background in Credit Risk Management spanning over nine (9) years within the banking industry, Said’s expertise is a significant addition to our team. He has notably contributed his skills to esteemed institutions such as Ecobank Tanzania Limited and Equity Bank (Tanzania) Limited.
Said’s academic qualifications further reinforce his capabilities. He holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), underscoring his dedication to a strong foundation in his field.
Said’s journey in banking has been marked by remarkable achievements. His accomplishments encompass diverse areas, including consumer and commercial lending. His proficiency extends to pivotal aspects such as business development, portfolio management, credit analysis, loan documentation, risk management, and the formulation of effective workout strategies, all while operating within the parameters of ongoing consent orders.
Said’s prowess in these areas has paved the way for his successful career, painting a picture of a skilled and accomplished banking professional.