THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

From left to right
Robert John, Arnaud Lagesse, Michèle Anne Espitalier Noel, Louis Mynhardt, Kevindra Teeroovengadum, Christine Marot,
Jean Claude Harel, Christophe Barge, Christian de Juniac (absent)

 

The Board is responsible for promoting the long-term success of the Company. Through sound leadership, the Board seeks to promote a culture of openness and innovation, relying upon a framework of corporate governance and internal controls which are designed to protect the Company’s assets. The day-to-day management of the business is delegated to the Executive Directors and the Senior Management, apart from matters reserved for the Board as set out in the Constitution of the Company. The Board has also specific matters reserved to it for decision, such as strategic long-term objectives and delegates some of its duties and powers to Committees, each of which has clearly written terms of reference.

 

Christine Marot
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Christine Marot, born in 1969 and an accountant by profession, joined BlueLife Limited in May 2015. She started her career De Chazal Du Mée & Co, Chartered Accountants in Mauritius before joining GML. She acquired vast experience working at GML Management Ltée, where she acted as Finance Executive – Corporate and Accounting, up to April 2015. She has been a member of the Board of Directors as well as Committees of the Board of several quoted as well as unquoted companies, involved in the financial services industry, human capital management, telecommunication and property management. Christine Marot is still a member of the governing committees of GML Pension Fund.

 

Christian de Juniac
Independent Non-Executive Director

Christian de Juniac is of French nationality. He has spent most of his working life in international surroundings. He studied at Cambridge in the UK followed by an MBA at Harvard University. He is a Barrister-at-Law and was with Boston Consulting Group for 28 years, based mostly in the United States, England, Holland and Switzerland, specialising in financial services and mass distribution. Christian is an independent non-executive Director of Ireland Blyth Limited and is the current Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of BlueLife.

Directorship of companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd:

  • Ireland Blyth Limited

 

Michèle Anne Espitalier Noel
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director

Michele Anne is presently the Chief Finance Officer of BlueLife Limited. She joined IOREC in January 2010 as Corporate Finance Executive to provide direction to the financial function of the company, including corporate finance, planning and administration and as CFO upon amalgamation of IOREC with BlueLife. She is a graduate from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (E.S.C.A.E) of Clermont Ferrand, France with specialization in audit, accounting and finance management and passed the Mauritius Stockbrokers Examination organised by the Stock Exchange Commission (now the Financial Services Commission) and the Mauritius Examination Syndicate. She recently completed the One-Year ESSEC General Management Program designed for GML Executives.

 

Jean Claude Harel
Non-Executive Director

Jean Claude Harel, born in 1943, holds a Diploma in Sugar Cane Technology.

 

Robert John
Non-Executive Director

Robert has over 30 years of real estate experience. A consultant to Actis since 2005, he advises on real estate investments and strategy in Sub Saharan Africa and is a member of the relevant Actis Investment Committee. Prior to Actis, he was instrumental in setting up County NatWest’s integrated property team in the 1980s, providing innovative finance for major office and retail schemes in the UK. Robert was a director and Deputy Chief Executive of Olympia and York Canary Wharf between 1987 and 1992, rejoining The Canary Wharf Group as an advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive between 1996 and 2004. He has been a non-executive Director on a range of public and private companies many involved in the development sector.

Robert has had extensive involvement with the UK Government and its agencies on strategic development issues in London. A qualified barrister and former partner of KPMG, Robert read Economics, Politics and Law at Cambridge University.

 

Louis Mynhardt
Non-Executive Director

Louis Mynhardt is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Actis Real Estate team. Louis joined Actis in 2009 with a focus on sub-Saharan investments. He has worked across multiple asset classes and transaction types including LBO’s, growth capital deals and restructurings. Louis has previously served on the Boards and associated subcommittees of Tracker Technology Holdings (Pty) Ltd, RTT Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Paycorp Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Savcio Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Prior to Actis, Louis completed his articles in Ernst and Young’s private equity transaction support group in London and Johannesburg.

 

Kevin Teeroovengadum
Non-Executive Director

Kevin has spent his career working in partnership with African companies to help them build their respective countries. After gaining his BSc in Economics, MBA and MSc in Finance from Leicester, England, he moved back to Mauritius and worked for KPMG, Deloitte and EY in corporate finance and business consultancy before moving to the pan-African advisory and investment banking boutique, Loita Capital Partners Group in Johannesburg. There he assisted clients in fundraising activities in various African countries and covered multiple sectors including banking, telecoms, commodities and logistics. In 2007, Kevin joined the Pan Emerging Market Private Equity Firm Actis as a director and was part of the 1st African Real Estate Fund for Sub-Saharan Africa with focus in investing equity in new developments across a number of African jurisdictions. In Mid-2013, Kevin left Actis to become the Founder Chief Executive Officer of African Land Investments with focus of buying out of completed yielding properties from Private Equity firms and developers in key markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In September 2014, African Land Investments was merged with Atterbury Africa, rebranded into AttAfrica and Kevin is the CEO of AttAfrica, the biggest shopping centre property fund in Sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa. He sits on various boards of companies in Mauritius and Africa and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
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Christophe Barge
Independent Non-Executive Director

Expert in new information technologies, Christophe Barge is the CEO of a Smart City Group, company specializing in Smart Cities. He is a graduate of Sciences Po, Aix en Provence and holds a Master of information systems Paris 8. Christophe Barge worked for 20 years in both public affairs, with a ministry and private companies.

Christophe Barge is now an expert in the field of smart cities and in the digital business transformation. He accompanies many cities in France on these subjects and collaborates with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and Roland Berger strategy firm on these issues.