United Africa Group subscribes to the corporate governance principles of
transparency, accountability, excellence, innovativeness and
We believe that pursuing efficiency while effectively managing
business risks is essential to achieving sustainable improvement in
corporate value.Besides our sound business acumen, our Board of Directors
possesses a range of skills and understanding that enables the Group to
deal with various business issues and have the ability to review and
critique management performance.
The Directors also make sure that their roles and responsibilities are
clearly defined and simple procedures such as internal and external
auditing are implemented to independently verify the integrity and
accuracy of the company’s financial systems on a yearly basis.
Each Group subsidiary has a responsible manager accountable to
the Group Chief Executive Officer and ultimately the Directors and
of command ensures sound and transparent management and accountability.
Founder & Executive Director
The group's phenomenal success over the years has been due to Mr. Haddis Tilahun's mantra of "growth through quality, innovation and market consolidation". His focus on growth and development has enabled the group to develop projects that have improved and enhanced both the country and the human experience in Africa.
Dr Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun
Dr Namundjebo-Tilahun's focus is to pull together and leverage the strengths of large
and small businesses both nationally and regionally. Her love for
people has given her a name even in philanthropic activities in Namibia.
Donations, education grants and the administration of pension grants
have been part of her contributions into the society.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Willem’s specific competencies include business management and new
business development from start-up to sustainability. He is also well
experienced in the field of corporate finance after spending more than
eleven years at Standard Bank and the BFS collectively.
Brian Robert Rubinstein
Chairman Group Executive Committee
Brian currently serves as the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee (ExCo). He previousy served as the United Africa Group Chief Executive Officer for nine years and has been instrumental in the conversion of the Group from being a diverse business to a strategic well poised tightly-run Group.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Lloyd Nzou was appointed as the Group CFO in 2014 after working in various strategic positions within the Group for over 10 years. Lloyd is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), with over 12 years experience in corporate finance.
Group General Manager: Special Projects
Graham Howard, is a seasoned hotelier with over 30 years experience. Graham is responsible for assisting in the development and expansion of the United Africa Hospitality & Gaming portfolio.
Group General Manager: Property Development & Real Estate
Philip is a Professionally Registered Engineer with property, engineering & construction experience through Southern Africa, East Africa and West Africa. Philip is a project focused manager with deep technical and project experience across a variety of disciplines and project types.
Group General Manager: Sales & Marketing
Karen Vollenhoven a hotelier by training, has over 12 years sales and marketing experience. She is responsible for providing sales and marketing services to each business unit within the Group.
Group Business Development Manager
Celeste has over 8 years experience in Business Administration and holds a MBA from Heidelberg University. Celeste is responsible for new and existing business development for the Group.
Group Legal Advisor
Natangwe Asser is an admitted legal practitioner, who is responsible for providing the Group and its subsidaries with legal advice as well as ensure corporate governance principles are adhered too.
Group Human Resources & Compliance Manager
Halima is responsible for ensuring compliance within the Group as well as strategically managing the day-to-day Human Resource portfolio.
General Manager: Services
Tobias currently oversees the Group Services Portfolio which includes United Fire & Safety and United Travel Express.