Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Karim Wissanji


Mr. Karim Wissanji operates at the helm of several hospitality, real estate and tourism investment in East Africa and is Group Managing Director at Sopa Lodges and CEO & Chairman at the Elewana Collection, Sky Safari, and Trilogy Africa Group. He studied in Canada and thereafter attended the Executive Business Program & Executive Leadership Development Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Wissanji was appointed as the DTB Tanzania Board Chairman on 14th June 2019 after serving in the Board for 6 years.

Mr. Wissanji is aged 47 years.

Shaffiq Dharamshi

Vice Chairman

Mr. Dharamshi was appointed to the Board in April 2015. He is a professional banker with over twenty years of senior management experience in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Dharamshi is the Head of Banking for the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), and responsible for providing oversight on operations of financial institutions in the AKFED portfolio across Asia and Africa. He also services as a director on the boards of DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya, Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan, Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank, Kyrgyzstan, Frist Microfinance Bank, Tajikistan, and DCB Bank, India. Prior to taking this position with AKFED, he was Senior Vice President, Wholesale Credit Risk Management at Mashreq Bank in Dubai. Before joining Mashreq Bank, Mr. Dharamshi spent 17 years with Citibank in a wide range of positions across different areas of the bank in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Dharamshi holds an MSc. in Economics/ Information Systems from the London School of Economics. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya).

Mr. Dharamshi was appointed as the DTB Tanzania Board Vice Chairman on 14th June 2019 after serving in the Board for 4 years.

Mr. Dharamshi is aged 54 years.

Nasim Devji


Mrs. Devji joined the DTB Group in 1996 following which she was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Trust Bank in East Africa in 2001. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (Kenya) and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation (United Kingdom). Mrs. Devji is a director of DTB Tanzania. DTB Uganda. DTB Burundi, Jubilee Insurance Burundi, Diamond Trust Insurance Agency Limited and the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. She has also previously served as a member of the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Mrs. Devji is aged 65 years.

Fayaz A. Bhojani


Mr. Bhojani is Managing Partner of FB Attorneys, a law firm based in Dar es Salaam. He holds a B. Com from MCGill University, Canada and a LLB (Hons) from the University of London and a LLM from University of California, Berkeley

Mr. Bhojani is a corporate litigator, Advocate of the High Court in Tanzania, a Member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East Africa Law Society.

Mr. Bhojani is aged 41 years.

Xavier Lucas


Mr. Xavier Lucas was appointed to the DTB Tanzania Board as a Director on 12 December 2017. Mr. Lucas is a finance professional with over 22 years of experience and a strong background in audit and finance. He has worked with Ernst & Young as an auditor for 7 years in France and Japan, Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) for 6 years under various roles and for 5 years as Chief Financial Officer of a state company in Dubai. Currently, Mr. Lucas has been working with AKFED as a Consultant in Banking Services since September 2016.

Mr. Lucas is aged 48

Zahir Jivani


Mr. Zahir Jivani is the Managing Director of Tunakopesha Limited, a Microfinance enterprise. He was past President of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imam Ismaili Council for Tanzania, Board Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Services, Tanzania and a Member on the Aga Khan Foundation committees of Tanzania and East Africa.

Mr. Jivani is a BSc Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Calgary, Canada, with academic exposure in management, governance and other technical fields. Mr. Jivani was appointed to the DTB Tanzania Board on the 16th of August 2013.

Mr. Jivani is aged 63 years

Mrs. Zulobia Dhala


Mrs. Zulobia Dhala was appointed to the DTB Tanzania Board as a Director on the 16th December 2018. Mrs. Dhala is a prominent business woman in Tanzania with extensive experience in logistics and warehousing.

Mrs. Dhala holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from University of Liverpool, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and Bachelor of Science in Economics, both from London School of Economics (LSE).

Mrs. Dhala is a prominent member of the Rotary Club of Bahari Dar-es-Salaam where she has served as a President of the Club for 2 years and is at present an Assistant Governor for the Rotary District 2011.

Mrs. Dhala is aged 60