Acting Head of Corporate Secretariat

  • Moussa BAKAYOKO

    Director of Finance & Accounts

  • Yvonne PALM

    Director of Risk Management and Compliance

  • Silifat Akinwale

    Director of Internal Audit

  • Guy Blaise FOKOU

    Director of Human Resources & Acting Director, Adminstration and General Services

  • Christopher SAIGBE

    Director of Life Operations

  • Phocas NYANDWI

    Director of Central Operations and Special Risks


    Director of Information and Communication Technology




Mr. Moussa BAKAYOKO was appointed Director of Finance & Accounts in September 2022.

Prior to this position, Mr. BAKAYOKO was Director of Internal Audit. Before then, he was Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, in the Regional Office of Africa Re in Mauritius since 2014. He joined Africa Re in 2006 as Financial controller. He later on held the positions of Group Acting Director, Finance and Accounts, and Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, for the Lagos Regional office.

Mr. Bakayoko started his career in Uniconseil, an audit firm, in 1988 and moved later to Protection Ivoirienne, an insurance company, where he was the Chief Accountant for five years, before joining Chronopost International Côte d’Ivoire in 1999 as Administrative and Financial Director.

He has acquired more than 30 years of experience in finance, audit and administration in the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

Mr. BAKAYOKO holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters’ degree in accounting and finance (MSTCF/DECF). He also holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in finance. The three certificates were awarded by the University of Abidjan. He has attended various trainings in finance and accounting.

Award: Mr. BAKAYOKO was the Best Employee of the African Reinsurance Corporation in 2014.

Yvonne PALM

Ms Yvonne Naa Korkor PALM joined Africa Re as Director of Risk Management, Compliance and Actuarial Services on 27 November 2019.

Prior to joining Africa Re, she served as the Lead Corporate Actuary at Travelers Syndicate Management in London, overseeing reserving, technical provisions, business planning and reporting of results to regulators and management.

She started her career at Ernst & Young in the USA, serving as the lead actuarial analyst for multinational clients including (re)insurers, captives and entities that self-insure their exposure. She went on to hold senior actuarial positions at Markel International and ACE European Group in London (UK). Her experience spans the United States, Europe and Latin America, as well as exposure to African, Middle Eastern and Australasian business through the Lloyd’s platform.

Yvonne is a Fellow of both the Casualty Actuarial Society (USA) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College in the USA, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honours in both Mathematics and Economics

Silifat Akinwale

Mrs. Akinwale is a highly experienced professional with over 30 years of diversified experience in audit, accounting, finance and administration. Her professional experience started with Deloitte, where she worked for 12 years providing assurance and advisory services to both private and public sector organisations.

She joined Africa Re in August 2003 as Senior Accountant. Within her first year, she developed the first accounting manual for the Corporation. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Director, Financial Reporting in January 2006. In that capacity, she led the Corporation’s first-time adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and played a key role in developing the Group’s accounting policies and guidelines on financial reporting. She has served in this position at the Head Office and two of the regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Cairo Egypt. During her experience at the regional offices, Mrs. Akinwale also had overall responsibility for the financial reporting, budgetary control and administrative functions.

Mrs. Akinwale was appointed the Director of Internal Audit in September 2022.

Mrs. Akinwale holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Postgraduate degree in International Business Management from the University of London. She is a Chartered Accountant, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

Guy Blaise FOKOU

Mr Guy B. FOKOU has over 20 years of experience in human resource management at managerial level.

He started his career as HR Management Trainee at SAGA Cameroon (now Bollore Africa Logistics). He worked as HR & Legal Manager in Multiprint Sérigraphie (leading printing and communication company in Cameroon) where he rose to become the Group Director of Human Resources.

Mr FOKOU has also served as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Ecobank Cameroon and Regional HR & OD Advisor in the Central and West Africa Regional Office of SOS Children’s Villages covering 13 countries in West and Central Africa.

He has equally occupied the following positions: Director of Human Resources at ACTIVA Assurances Cameroon and Director of Human Resources & Administration/Company Secretary at Total Cameroon.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Douala, Cameroon, a Postgraduate Degree in Human Resource Management from ESSEC Business School of Douala and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the African Leadership University (ALU) School of Business, Kigali, Rwanda.

Mr FOKOU joined Africa Re in 2014 as Assistant Director, Human Resources & Administration before rising to the position of Deputy Director, Human Resources & Administration.

In 2019, Mr Guy B. FOKOU was appointed Director of Human Resources. Since May 2022, he is acting in the capacity of the Director of Administration & General Services.

Christopher SAIGBE

Mr Chris SAIGBE worked as a life insurance specialist in Nigeria for several years before moving to the African Reinsurance Corporation in January 2009. His experience in life insurance and reinsurance management spans over twenty-five years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Lagos both in Nigeria. Mr SAIGBE obtained a Master of Business Administration from Moi University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and a Certified Personal Financial Planner. His wealth of experience in direct life assurance operations and reinsurance comes in handy in leading the life team to fashion appropriate life reinsurance treaties and manage the reinsurance expectations of clients.


Mr Phocas NYANDWI holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Burundi, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance from the African Insurance Institute of Tunisia (IAA). He is a Certified Expert in micro-insurance (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) and was an active member of the technical committee of the Association of Kenyan Reinsurers (AKR) from 2011 to 2019.

Mr NYANDWI started his career in direct insurance in Burundi, where he worked for over 10 years in various managerial positions in non-life and life. In 2008, he joined the Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) as non-life underwriter in charge of francophone markets.

He was recruited in Africa Re in 2010 as treaty and facultative underwriter in the Nairobi Regional Office, which covers twelve countries in East and Southern Africa. With effect from 1 January 2017, he was appointed Assistant Director, Underwriting and Marketing in the Nairobi Office.

Mr Phocas NYANDWI was appointed Director of Central Operations and Special Risks in the head office on 1 August 2019.


Mr Adil ESSOUKKANI has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Programme Management from ESC Lille, France. He has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Prior to joining Africa Re, Mr ESSOUKKANI was Chief Information Officer of Saham Angola Seguros (2017-2019).

He has equally worked as Project Director at Saham Finances, Director of the software factory of SAHAM Finance Group, Head of IT in a leasing company (WAFABAIL), Project  Manager and business analyst at AXA insurance Morocco.

Mr Adil ESSOUKKANI started his professional career in 1999 as an engineer in software development.

Mr ESSOUKKANI joined Africa Re in September 2019 as Director of Information and Communication Technology