BRL People
Name Position
Oladele Ajayi Chairman
Jonathan Hall Executive Director/Vice Chairman of the Board and Managing Director
Chantal Mubarure  Non-Executive Director
George Gakuba   Non-Executive Director
Maarten Schuurman  Non-Executive Director
Sonia Kubwimana   Human Resource Director
Pascal Karangwa Technical Director
Philip Ejiofor Financial Director
Daaf van Tilburg Sales Director
Jan van Velzen Marketing Director
Josué Peñaloza Quispe Logistic Director
Oladele Ajayi Dr. Oladele Ajayi joined the board in October 2013. He started his career in HEINEKEN N.V. through Nigerian Breweries Plc in 1989 as a trainee brewer. He has since held several poswithin HEINEKEN in the Technical, Marketing and Sales functions; Brand Manager Star (Nigeria, 1996 – 1998), Business Consultant (The Netherlands, 1998 – 2001) and Area Export Manager HEINEKEN Canarias (Spain, 2001 – 2004). This led to senior management roles as Sales Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc. (2004 – 2010), Managing Director of HEINEKEN Hungary (2010 – 2013) and he is currently the Managing Director East Central Africa for HEINEKEN International.
Jonathan Hall Jonathan Hall joined Heineken in Asia in 1997,where he was Marketing Director at Asia Pacific Breweries. From 2000 – 2007, he was marketing Director in Ireland and Indonesia. Prjoining Heineken, Jonathan worked in East Africa from 1979 -1987 and Asia from 1987 – 2004. He joined Bralirwa Ltd in January 2012, after four years as Managing Director of the Heineken brewery in St. Lucia.
Chantal Mubarure Chantal Mubarure joined the Board of Bralirwa Ltd in 2005. She is Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) and Kirk Patrick certified. She has more than 15 years of experience wwith the Government and Development Partners. She is currently Public Sector capacity building consultant and member of various Boards in Rwanda.
Geroge Gakuba George Gakuba joined the Board in 2005 representing the Government of Rwanda. He has held various leadership positions in the wider Rwanda, African and the Global Arena. He wasothers, Executive Secretary for the Rwanda Economic and Social Development Council (RESC) in the Prime Minister’s Office and high level task force negotiator for East African Common Market Protocal. Currently he is Public Private Dialogue expert in Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
Maarten Schuurman Maarten SCHUURMAN, joined the Board on 9 November 2011. He joined the Heineken Company in 1996 as a Management Trainee. He is based in Burundi where he is Managing Director of BRDuring the past years, Mr. Schuurman has occupied several positions in the Company as Financial Controller, Import & Export at Vrumona (Netherlands) and most recently Mr. Schuurman was the General Manager of the Heineken operations in Surinam.
Sonia Kubwimana Sonia Kubwimana joined Bralirwa Ltd in January 1995 as Treasury Manager. She served in this position for eight years after which she moved to the position of Training and DevelManager within the HR department. Sonia is currently the Human Resources Director of the Company since January 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Administration from National University of Burundi and is pursuing an MBA program from Maastricht School of Management (ESAMI).
Pascal Karangwa Pascal Karangwa joined Bralirwa Ltd in 1995 as Mechanical Maintenance Engineer. He pursued his career as Fleet and Garage Manager then as Soft Drink plant Manager. He startinternational career in Tchad where he worked as Supply Chain Manager / Site Manager from 2002 to 2004 and at Sierra Leone Brewery Limited as Supply Chain Manager from 2009 to 2011. He rejoined Bralirwa Ltd as Technical Director in 2011.
Philip Ejiofor Philip Ejiofor joined Bralirwa Ltd in September, 2012 as Finance Director. He started his career with Heineken NV in Nigerian Breweries Plc in November 1990 as a Management AccouHe has held various positions in Nigerian Breweries Plc in the Treasury, Logistics, Planning and Control and Accounting departments. He has over twenty-five (25) years working experience in logistics, Tax, Finance and Accounting. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Daaf van Tilburg Daaf van Tilburg, Sales Director as of 15 April 2013, joined Bralirwa Ltd in 2011 as Logistics Director. He started his career as project implementation manager within LekkNederland BV in 2004. In 2005, he joined Heineken Group Supply Chain in Zoeterwoude in the role of Consultant Corporate Distribution and Logistics. In 2010, Daaf was Manager Inbound and Domestic Logistics within Heineken Netherlands Supply. He holds a master degree in Science from Twente University in the Netherlands and a Professional Doctorate in Logistics from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands.
Jan van Velzen Jan van Velzen, Marketing Director as of 15 April 2013, he holds a Master degree in Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He joined Bralirwa Ltd in August 2Sales & Marketing Director, prior to this position he worked in several sales and marketing positions in the Netherlands and Greece.
Josué Peñaloza Quispe Josué Peñaloza Quispe joined Bralirwa Ltd in September 2013 as Logistics Director. He started his career with Heineken NV in Global Supply Chain offices in January 2010, leadiexpansion of the TPM program to the Logistics areas in 34 Operating Companies. Before, he was working more than 11 years in Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard in several Supply Chain, IT and Account Management roles in Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Romania and Egypt. He is Industrial Engineer (Peru), holds a Master degree in Business Administration (Spain) and two post-graduate specializations in Organizational Development (USA) and International Business (China).