Board of Directors
Jeffrey Brampton Mundy – Chairman
Brampton Mundy was formerly CEO of FMFB-Tajikistan and prior to that amassed more than 30 years of experience in various divisions of HSBC Bank in Europe, various locations in South and East Asia and the Middle East, including as Chairman of the Management Board of HSBC Bank in Kazakhstan, and as Regional Director of HSBC Bank in Eastern India. He has also served on the boards of banks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and as a Trustee of several UK-based charities. Brampton holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from Oxford University and a Masters of International Law from the University of London.
Jesse Culain Fripp – Member
Mr. Fripp brings over 25 years of leadership and executive experience, and a recognized global expert in enterprise strategy & innovation with a focus on business transformation, corporate governance and risk management for inclusive finance, fintech and digital disruption, sustainable enterprise, economic growth and development, and impact capital ventures.
In this process, he has supervised direct-line reports of more than a dozen managers, and over $600 million in assets, more than 5,000 field employees, and annual local real economy investment intermediation in excess of $350 million. He has served in governance roles with nearly two-dozen public, private and non-profit organizations in the areas of impact investment, regulated commercial banking, microfinance, small business finance, digital payments, and more.
He is currently the Principal & CEO of Shining Rock Ventures USA, and has previously served in executive leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network, the Triodos Bank Group, the ShoreBank Corporation, BearingPoint, Global Communities and Vitas Finance.
Mr. Fripp is a member in good standing of the Royal Charter Institute of Directors in the UK, and holds an MPM from the University of Maryland at College Park, as well as a BA with Honors from Warren Wilson College.
George David Woods – Member
David has extensive experience in financial and non-financial boards. He is Deputy Chair of NZ Green Investment Finance, a director of Whai Rawa Fund Ltd, Te Puna Hapori Ltd and of Hiringa Energy Ltd, a trustee of The Gift Trust, former Chair of the Impact Enterprise Fund, and Deputy Chair of the NZ National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. He also sits on two overseas boards for the Aga Khan Foundation as an independent director, First Microfinance Bank Afghanistan, and First Microfinance Company Egypt.
Muzaffer Miraj Khawaja – Member
Muzaffer Khawaja has headed Banking Operations for Citibank and ABN-AMRO Bank in Greece, Pakistan, and the UAE as Chief Operating Officer for over 16 years through a career that started with Saudi American Bank (Samba) in Riyadh and has spanned 33 years and several countries. As COO, his areas of responsibility have included Operations, Technology, Risk, Finance, Infrastructure Support, Human Resources, Audit, Legal, and Compliance for corporate banking, investment banking, private banking and consumer banking businesses. During his banking career, he has worked extensively in the areas of business development, Outsourcing, Mergers and Acquisitions integration, Operational Risk and Compliance.
During his long career in Citibank, Muzaffer Khawaja was also involved in in-house consulting involving process re-engineering and efficiency improvement in various European and Asian countries. He has also held directorial positions in Citicorp Investment Bank Ltd. Pakistan, ABN-AMRO Securities Greece, ABN-AMRO Insurance Greece, ABN-AMRO Asset Management Services Greece, ANN-AMRO Investment Bank Greece and ABN-AMRO Services Company Dubai.
In 2007 Muzaffer Khawaja established a management consulting and business solutions Company in Dubai, under the name of Acumen FZ LLC, at which he held the position of Managing Director. During this period Muzaffer Khawaja worked extensively in the areas of organizational transformation, leadership, Employee Engagement and High-Performance Culture with several banks in the region.
During 2016, Muzaffer Khawaja has worked with Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) as its Chairman, and prior to that as Advisor where he worked closely with the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab and with other senior government officials and business leaders of the province with the objective of helping to further develop PBIT’s capabilities and align its objectives and capabilities with the needs and requirements of its stakeholders.
Muzaffer Khawaja has studied at the London School of Economics and University of Karachi and holds two Masters of Science Degrees in Economics and Applied Economics. During his long banking and consulting career Muzaffer Khawaja has travelled and worked extensively in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA.
He currently holds directorial positions as independent director in First MicroFinance Bank Afghanistan and Diamond Trust Bank Tanzania.
Dr. Anand Kumar Chartered FCSI – Member
Anand Kumar is a senior banker with over three decades of banking experience in the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and Middle East regions coupled with a sustained record of achievement within regulatory and compliance framework. Among other assignments in India and Singapore, he has contributed in setting up Retail Banking operations of ICICI Bank in the United Kingdom and later on spearheaded international business of ICICI Lombard UK (General Insurance services) covering GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries among others. Subsequently he worked as Advisor Strategic Initiatives & Head Retail Banking for one of the leading public sector banks of India – Bank of Baroda UK. He is credited with rolling out retail banking products such as e-banking, debit/credit cards and online bonds .As Regional Manager with ICICI Bank his responsibilities included Business growth through operational efficiency and complementarity & collaborative use of multiple channels, Audit, Risk & Compliance, innovation of products & services, private banking, periodic engagement with Regional Regulators (Reserve Bank of India), training & development and Mergers & Acquisitions. He oversaw different mergers and takeovers by ICICI bank, managing the transition of the overall operations. He was pioneer in executing 5S, an integral part of the Lean and Kaizen process, in ICICI Bank. Being board member, he worked as Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive with Union Bank of India (UK) ltd. for seven years, responsible for compliance, risk, IT among other business-related operations.
Dr. Kumar is an MBA, LLB, PhD, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Security & Investments, UK, an ICA certified Compliance functionary and has been trained at Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK on Managing Financial Services. He had undergone “Role of Director” and “Strategy of Director” progressions from the Institute of Directors, UK. He has been on the Global Financial Compliance exam panel by Chartered Institute of Security & Investment, UK. He had been Visiting Fellow with Business School, University of Greenwich, London for a period of 12 years. During his financial services career he has travelled extensively in India, the Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada and South Africa. He runs a foundation in India (www.kusumfoundation.org) aimed at vocational education, health and environment. He has also served as a Director for the Microfinance Club UK board for two years. He is now a Non-Executive Director with UBI(UK)Ltd.