Prudential Committee Members Biographies

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Mr E L (Lesetja) Kganyago
Governor

Mr Lesetja Kganyago was appointed Governor of the SARB with effect from 9 November 2014. He was reappointed by the President of South Africa for a second five-year term effective 9 November 2019. He is the Chairperson of the Monetary Policy Committee, and the Financial Stability Committee. Prior to his appointment as Governor, Mr Kganyago served as Deputy Governor of the SARB from 16 May 2011 until his elevation to Governor.

Mr Kganyago chairs the Committee of Central Bank Governors of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), co-chairs the Financial Stability Board’s Regional Consultative Group for Sub-Saharan Africa, and chairs the Financial Stability Board’s Standing Committee on Standards Implementation. In addition, Until recently he served as the Chairperson of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, which is the primary advisory board to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Board of Governors, from 18 January 2018 – 17 January 2021

Before joining the SARB, Mr Kganyago was the Director-General of the National Treasury. He represented South Africa at international organisations such as the World Bank, the IMF, the G20 and the African Development Bank.  In this role, he served as the Chair of the Development Committee Deputies and also co-chaired a G20 Working Group on the reform of the IMF.

He holds an MSc in Economics from SOAS University of  London and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of South Africa. He also received various training in Finance, Economics and Management.

Mr K (Kuben) Naidoo
Deputy Governor and CEO of the Prudential Authority

Mr Kuben Naidoo is a deputy governor of the SARB, the CEO of the Prudential Authority (PA) and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. He is an activist and a public servant committed to achieving a socially just society. Mr Naidoo joined the SARB as the advisor to the Governor and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. After serving as the Registrar of Banks, Mr Naidoo was named the first CEO of the PA, a financial sector regulator operating within the SARB administration. The PA regulates banks, insurers, cooperative financial institutions, financial conglomerates and certain market infrastructures.

Before joining the SARB, Mr Naidoo was the Acting Head of the Secretariat for the National Planning Commission between 2010 and 2013. Mr Naidoo also worked at National Treasury, where his responsibilities included education finance, public-sector personnel policy, intergovernmental fiscal relations, capital budgeting, budget reform and fiscal policy. He spent two years at the Treasury of the United Kingdom where he worked on capital budgets and biannual spending reviews.

Mr Naidoo holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Ms Nomfundo (Fundi) Tshazibana
Deputy Governor

Ms Fundi Tshazibana is a deputy governor of the SARB and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Before her appointment, she served as the advisor to the Governor of the SARB and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Ms Tshazibana is an economist with extensive experience in public policy analysis and formulation. She has worked for National Treasury, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and the IMF.

At the IMF, she was an alternate executive director on the Executive Board, which runs the day-to-day operations of the IMF. Prior to joining the IMF, Ms Tshazibana was a deputy director-general at National Treasury, where she was responsible for macroeconomic policy and economic forecasting. At Nersa, she worked as a senior policy analyst. Ms Tshazibana holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree and a Master of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr R (Rashad) Cassim
Deputy Governor

Dr Rashad Cassim is a deputy governor of the SARB and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. He has recently been appointed Chairperson of the Irving Fischer Committee on Central Bank Statistics within the Bank for International Settlements. Before his appointment as a deputy governor, Dr Cassim was the Head of Economic Research and Statistics at the SARB.

Prior to joining the SARB, Dr Cassim served as the Deputy Director-General for economic statistics at Statistics South Africa, which included responsibility for the production of inflation and gross domestic product statistics. Before that, he was a professor and Head of the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Cassim has also held various research and academic positions at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds a Master's degree in Economic History and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from UCT.

Mr Denzel Bostander
HOD: Financial Conglomerate Supervision

Denzel Bostander is currently the Head of the Financial Conglomerate Supervision Department in the PA. This department is tasked with supervising both the largest and systemically significant banks and insurers in South Africa. Prior to this position, he was a Deputy Registrar of Banks.

Denzel played a key role in establishing the PA from a merger of banking and insurance supervisory bodies. He also served as chairperson of the Committee of African Banking Supervisors, a technical committee of the Association of African Central Banks. He represents the SARB on regional and international committees such as the Financial Stability Board’s Correspondent Banking Coordination Group. Denzel is also a member of SARB’s Financial Stability Committee and has played a pivotal role in helping to resolve failing financial institutions.

Denzel was previously employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was involved in several auditing, accounting and due diligence assignments. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree and a Master of Business Leadership degree from the University of South Africa. He has also completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Mr Faizel Jeena
HOD: Risk Support

Faizel Jeena has 25 years of experience in banking and finance, with exposure to supervision and regulation, data management, investment banking as well as commercial and retail asset finance.

He is the Head of the Risk Support Department in the PA. This department provides regulatory and supervisory support as well as technical expertise on all prudential risk types for banks, insurers and market infrastructures. In addition, it provides quantitative analysis, actuarial analysis and financial institution statistics for the PA. 

Faizel has represented the SARB at a number of Basel Committee on Banking Supervision working groups. He is a registered chartered accountant.

Ms Suzette Vogelsang
HOD: Banking and Insurance

Suzette Vogelsang is currently the Head of the Banking, Insurance, Co-operative Financial Institutions and Financial Market Infrastructure Supervision Department in the PA. Suzette’s current supervisory responsibilities include the prudential supervision, on both a solo and group basis, of small to medium-size insurance companies and banks, and the solo prudential supervision of securities and derivatives financial market infrastructures. Suzette also managed the team that finalised the technical requirements of the new risk-based solvency regime that was legislated in South Africa in 2018.

Suzette represents the PA on various industry forums in South Africa. She is currently the third Vice Chair to the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) Executive Committee representing emerging and developing markets. She is also the IAIS Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mr Unathi Kamlana
HOD: Policy, Statistics and Industry Support

Unathi Kamlana is the Head of the Policy, Statistics and Industry Support Department of the PA. He started his career in banking, holding various roles in the Standard Bank Group. Subsequently, he joined the public sector and spent over six years at National Treasury, starting in tax policy and later moving to financial sector policy. Immediately prior to his appointment to the SARB, he was the Chief Director: Financial Markets and Stability in National Treasury. He joined the SARB in 2011 to champion the regulatory reform project as part of implementing the “Twin Peaks” model of financial sector regulation.

The Minister of Finance appointed Unathi as a member of the Standing Committee on the Revision of the Banks Act from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Standing Committee for the Revision of the National Payments System Act and co-chair of the Financial Markets Implementation Committee. He is a member of the Policy Development Group of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the Policy Development Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. He chairs the Financial Stability Board’s Peer Review of the United Kingdom 2020.

Unathi studied economics and taxation at Rhodes University, and holds Master of Commerce and Master of Science (Finance in Economic Policy) degrees from Rhodes University and the University of London, respectively. In 2018, he was chosen as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

 

Ms Bonisile Ntutela
Scribe: Prudential Authority

Bonisile Ntutela is a Divisional Head within the Policy, Statistics and Industry Support Department in the PA. Her portfolio includes:

  • the Supervisory Framework Division, which supports the PA in developing and implementing an integrated, pre-emptive, outcomes-focused and risk-based supervisory framework for overseeing the regulated financial sector; and 
  • the PA Project Management Office, which steers regulatory projects that aim to implement the PA’s legislative mandate as outlined in the Financial Sector Regulation Act 9 of 2017.

Prior to this role, Bonisile was a Divisional Head in the SARB’s Internal Audit Department. She has also served as a member of the SARB’s Procurement Committee. She is currently the secretary of the Prudential Committee and is a member of the SARB Employment Equity Forum.

Bonisile is currently the SARB’s Chartered Accountant Training Officer and oversees the execution of the training programme in line with he training regulations of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Before joining the SARB, Bonisile completed her articles at Ernst & Young and went on to become an audit manager at another firm. Bonisile is a chartered accountant as well as a certified internal auditor. She also holds a Masters of Finance (Economic Policy) degree from SOAS University of London.