Board Of Directors

Chandrakant Chauhan
Board Chairman  

Mr. Chandrakant Chauhan has been appointed as the Board Chairman of Botswana Life, effective immediately. He is an ambitious and driven Group Managing Director for Sefalana Holding Company Limited ("Group”), a position he has held for the past 15 years. 

Mr. Chauhan is a highly motivated and effective Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience having worked for reputable accounting firms, including KPMG in the United Kingdom and Botswana. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in the United Kingdom. A Fellow Member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) and Fellow Member of the ICAEW for over 20 years, his extensive knowledge and experience has seen him maneuver through a range of sectors. These include Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Property Development. 

In addition to his impressive achievements, Mr. Chauhan has previously held a number of Board positions including; Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited – Appointed Non-Executive Director since April 2009; Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited – Appointed Remuneration Committee Chairman for 3.5 years; Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited – Appointed Audit Committee member since April 2009;  Botswana Insurance Fund Management – Appointed Non-Executive Chairman since January 2013. 

We are confident that Mr. Chauhan in his role as Board Chairman will propel our growth further as we continue to partner with Batswana through Life and More.  

Kate Maphage 

Mrs. Catherine Kate Maphage has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 8th February 2018. Mrs. Maphage is the Executive Director at both SolarOne Energy as well as Difference Marker T/A Flight Connect Transport & Tourism. She has held the former and latter positions since 2007 and 2013 respectively. Mrs. Maphage’s role includes managing each company’s assets, aligning and implementing their business strategies, and optimising their financial operations. As part of Botswana Life’s Board of Directors, her key responsibilities include; ensuring that the business succeeds, by collectively directing Botswana Life’s affairs, whilst meeting the appropriate interest of its stakeholders and shareholders. 

Mrs. Maphage has a wealth of experience in Leadership & Business Management. Before assuming her current position, she previously worked as the Human Resource Director before being promoted to Chief Commercial Officer at Mascom Wireless. This is where she further honed her Sales & Brand Management skills, in addition to her Customer Service Management capabilities. Mrs. Maphage remains a force to be reckoned with, possessing unmatched skills in strategic planning of diverse leading companies.

Her impressive list of expertise includes being goal driven, possessing a high degree of motivation & energy and notable communication skills. Mrs. Maphage holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Masters in Business Leadership.

Kobus Vlok

Mr. Kobus Vlok has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 14 June 2019. Mr. Vlok is Sanlam’s Emerging Markets Chief Executive of Distribution Support and has held this position since January 2019. Mr. Vlok’s role includes providing Life Distribution to all the Africa businesses in the SEM cluster. 

A seasoned insurance and investments executive, Mr. Vlok has over 25 years experience of heading distribution channels and divisions in the South African financial services industry. He has served on the Boards of public and private companies in Life Insurance, Linked Investments and Unit Trusts, Health Insurance, Home Loans, Distribution Services and Brokerage businesses in various capacities such as Executive Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairperson. 

Mr. Vlok has previously worked for MCIS Insurance Berhad (Sanlam Life Insurance company in Malaysia) as a Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities included being accountable for the daily functioning and sustainability of the Life Insurance and Investments public company. In addition to this, Mr. Vlok has worked for Sanlam Personal Finance as a Chief Executive of SPF Distribution. This involved responsibilities such as managing the distribution of all middle and affluent retail products in the Sanlam Group and spearheading its Investment Management Services. Mr. Vlok was also at one point the Executive Director of Sage Life Ltd as well as the Senior Personal Research Officer of Standard Bank Group South Africa. 

With a strong business acumen and impressive leadership skills, his qualifications comprise of a Bachelor of Commerce from the University Of Pretoria, an MBL in Strategic Planning & Business Leadership  from the University of South Africa, and a Post Graduate and Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State. Mr Vlok’s hobbies include nature conservation, social golf and photography. He is a proud member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group.

Andrew Willis Cartwright 

Mr. Andrew Willis Cartwright has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 28 May 2019. He received his Bachelor of Business Science Honours degree from the University of Cape Town. He successively advanced onto the Senior Management Program at the University of Stellenbosch and the Old Mutual Leadership Program from the London Business School respectively. To add to his credentials, he attained professional qualifications from the Financial Planning Institute (South Africa). He has also received Fellowships from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) and from the Actuarial Society of South Africa, as well as the Institute of Actuaries in India.

He is a valued and highly experienced member of the finance sector, having served in various industry and professional bodies in South Africa and India. His longstanding and influential career at Old Mutual began as a Corporate Planning Assistant. He continued to add value and insight to the organization through the various roles he has performed since; from his tenure as a Product Development Actuary where he was responsible for new product development and support for the Retail “Middle Income” segment, to his position Customer Solutions Executive where he was responsible for finance, customer offering new Initiatives and risk management

During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer for Old Mutual - Group Schemes, Mr. Cartwright held a wide range of responsibilities including risk management, IT, and client services. He was appointed General Manager of Protection Solutions at Old Mutual before retiring from the corporate world in 2015.

Currently, Mr Cartwright continues to contribute and add value to the communities around him by assisting the next generation of visionaries in through volunteering in LEAP Science and Math Schools, as well as assisting in an insurance start-up.

Phillip Van Rooijen

Mr Phillip Van Rooijen has been appointed to the Botswana Life Insurance Limited Board, effective 30 July 2019 He is an esteemed Actuary having received his Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Johannesburg in 1996. He then went on to become a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2004, before participating in the Management Development Program of Bank Negara Malaysia in 2014. In addition to this, Mr Rooijen has also obtained verification from the Sanlam Executive Leadership Program in GIBS Johannesburg and the Financial Institutions Directors Education (FIDE) in 2015. 

Currently,  Mr Van Rooijen serves as the General Manager of Client and Product Strategy at Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), an organization he has been with since 2011. He began his tenure as the Head of Risk and Actuarial, where his duties included the provision of guidance and support to SEM entities as well as overseeing strategic initiatives such as capital management. 

His wide range of experience spans over 17 years and includes working at Absa as an Actuarial Assistant from 1998 – 2001. This initial role offered him the foundation in Product Development and Management that he has used throughout his career. He has also held a position as Head of Actuarial at Botswana Life Insurance Limited where he was a member of its Executive Management team, as well as Actual Portfolio Manager at Hannover Life Re Africa. 

Mr Rooijen has held Director positions at MCIS Insurance Malaysia, where he sat as a member of the Renumeration and Risk committees, and at Sanlam Vida Mozambique.