Non-Executive Director - Andre Ross
As Head of Financial Institutions, Africa, with Barclays Africa Corporate and Investment Bank, André plays a leading role in the work done with the Group’s Financial Institutions and Central Bank clients across the continent. He has been at the forefront of numerous landmark deals in Africa and has been recognized through, amongst others, the 2013 ABSIP Dealer of the Year, and Banker’s Africa Debt Deal of the Year, Awards. Previously, he worked in development finance, based out of Israel.
With a keen and working understanding of at least 14 countries on the African continent, as well as a passion for its development, André has grown a number of financial services businesses within Barclays in Africa. Creative, unconventional and not bound, by linear thinking, to date, he has listed the first ETFs on exchanges in Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Namibia, conducted the biggest local currency debt capital markets funding transaction in Zambia, issued an award winning loan syndication in Uganda, established an annual Pan- African Central Bank conference and played a key role in the first ever local currency cross border funding exercise for one African Sovereign in another African jurisdiction on the continent.
A highly determined, driven and persistent individual, André has a keen social conscience and is passionate about having a broader impact in society as a whole. Named in the 2015 “FN Extra Mile: 40 in finance who go further for others”. He co-founded and chairs the Jala Peo Foundation, a sport-for-development NGO, whose programs have received international and national awards such as the Beyond Sport Local Impact (2014), Murray and Roberts Jack Cheetham Sport Development Program of the Year (2014) and the South Africa Sports Industry Development Program of the Year (2015) Awards.
As a leader André has a telling influence on those around him and he not only purposefully empowers those around him, but is also very comfortable to be surrounded by people who are better than himself in order to make a greater overall impact/contribution or achieve a certain goal. His leadership ability and integrity was recognized by his inclusion in the highly competitive Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Fellows (2016), where he was voted one of the strongest contributors and representatives on the prestigious AFLI Tutu Fellowship. He was named as a finalist for 2016 for the global Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping.
He holds a Bachelor of Accounting and MBA (Cum Laude, UCT) degrees, and is a sucker for punishment, having completed the Absa Cape Epic (3 times) and climbed Kilimanjaro.