Board of Directors
Orient Bank Limited (OBL) is committed to conducting its operations in conformance to good governance practices and the Bank’s Board of Directors in liaison with the shareholders and Bank’s management team provide the governance framework which guide the operations of Orient Bank Limited.
Kumaran Pather
Managing Director and CEO

Kumaran is a seasoned banking executive with experience in Retail Business Banking spanning over two decades across seven countries.  He is reputed with building winning Banking strategies that have led to transformative business performance throughout his career. He was most recently the Retail Business Banking Director at Barclays Uganda.

He started his banking career in South Africa before he moved to Botswana as Barclays’ Retail Director. He then took on the role of Head of Retail Sales at BMI Bank in Bahrain and would later serve as General Manager, Retail Banking Services at Teba Bank in South Africa. He returned to Barclays as Retail Business Banking Director, serving in Mozambique, Tanzania and most recently, Uganda.

Kumaran holds an MBA from the University of Johannesburg and has attended Executive Leadership Programs in South Africa and at Cass Business School in London.

Michael Cook
Chairman of the Board

Michael Cook was a senior career diplomat and a former British High Commissioner to Uganda, with a wide range of political and commercial experience in Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Turkey and Africa. After retiring from the Diplomatic Service he was a member of a commission established by David Cameron before he became British Prime Minister, to advise on future aid policy. He has been Chairman of Orient Bank since April 2005.

Ketan Morjaria
Vice Chairman

Mr. Morjaria was born in Uganda and has a lifetime commitment to the development of trade, investment, and financial services in the East African sub-region. He is a founder and Board Member of both Orient Bank and Credit Bank in Kenya, and a strategic shareholder in both institutions, and has wide experience in commerce and property development in Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. He has served on the boards of several successful commercial companies. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda.

Hemen Shah
Non Executive Director

Mr. Hemen Shah is a graduate of Harvard University and an MBA graduate of Stanford University USA. He is a professional Banker with over 23 years’ experience. Hemen started his banking career in 2002 working for Standard Chartered Bank, London UK as the Group Head of Strategy and thereafter became the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Tanzania (2004 – 2008) and thereafter joined Standard Chartered Bank Ghana, as Chief Executive Officer and Area General Manager, for West Africa from 2008 – 2010.

Mr. Shah has held several Board memberships from 2008 to 2010. These included Directorships on the Boards of SCB Sierra Leone, SCB Gambia, SCB Cameroon, SCB Ghana and Chairman, Board of Directors for Standard Chartered Bank Cote d’Ivoire.  Mr. Shah is currently a Partner at 8 Miles LLP, an Africa focused Private Equity firm where he is one of the founding partners and Board members.

Joram Kahenano
Non Executive Director

Mr. Kahenano is a fellow of the Uganda Institute of Bankers and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He has held various director positions in the Bank of Uganda where he worked for 36 years. He was Executive Director Administration, Executive Director Operations, Director Banking, Director Foreign Exchange and Director Exchange Control among others.

He has in addition served on various Boards including Uganda Institute of Bankers, Makerere University, Mengo Hospital, Church of Uganda and Uganda Christian University. Joram is currently a trustee of Uganda Small Scale Industries.

Jay Karia
Alternative Non-Executive Director

Mr. Karia is a business magnate with over 25 years diversified exposure in London, Kenya and Uganda. He has served in several managerial capacities as Manager Lloyds Exports UK, Manager Kabril Limited UK.

He has also severed on several boards including Lloyds Exports and, Kabril Limited- in London UK, Orion FXB Ltd and Credit Bank in Nairobi Kenya.

Francis Magembe Byaruhanga
Non Executive Director

Mr. Byaruhanga holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of Management, Finance, Accounting, Procurement and Logistics Management with excellent knowledge of government and International agencies procedures and practices.

His knowledge, experience and skills have earned him recognition as a management specialist, and he is regularly consulted on Public Sector Management issues. He has over time developed and maintained professional and business relationships with a wide range of agencies and organizations within the private and public sector. He has worked with rural water and sanitation projects on an executive level and was a Director of the Road Agency Formation Unit.

Non Executive Director

Mr. Zhong Shuang Quan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management from the Sichuan Normal University, China. He is a prominent businessman with diversified interests in East Africa, Asia and other parts of the world specializing in the fields of manufacturing household plastics, large scale rice farming, import trade in household goods and road transport. He has Managerial experience in Trade and Manufacturing Enterprises spanning over several years.

Nicholas Ecimu
Company Secretary

Nicholas Ecimu is Orient Bank’s Company Secretary. He practices with Sebalu & Lule Advocates, a premier corporate and commercial law firm, where he is a partner. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal practice from the Law Development Centre. He has previously served with the Privatization and Utility Sector Reform Project in Uganda’s Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. He is a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in London. He is also a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law society.