Graham Sheward has over 30 years of financial services experience gained initially in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. Prior to joining the Cim Group, Graham was Country Director, International Banking, Barclays Bank (Mauritius Limited), where he was responsible for a diverse client proposition including Global Corporates, Intermediaries and HNW Private Clients.
His previous roles include Head of the NatWest Expatriate Service in the Isle of Man, Head of Retail Savings and Investments for Zurich Financial Services, and Managing Director of Close Brothers Group Offshore Banking Division.
Graham holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and has held multiple board directorships and regulator-approved positions. He has served as a member of several industry bodies, including the Mauritius Bankers’ Association International Sub-Committee, Global Finance Mauritius and the Financial Services Promotion Committee.
Edan is a qualified lawyer who holds a B.Com and LLB (summa cum laude) from the University of Natal, South Africa and an MBA from BPP Business School, London. After qualifying as a lawyer, Edan worked for Investec Private Bank in Durban, South Africa before moving to the UK in 2008. He worked for Legal & General in London for seven years in a variety of roles across both the insurance and retail savings businesses. He initially joined the Legal & General Group as an in-house lawyer, and progressed into more commercially focused strategy and business development positions. His last role at Legal & General, prior to joining the Cim Group, was as Head of Commercial of Cofunds, the UK’s largest digital investment platform.
Dourvesh Kumar (Vikash) Chumun
HEAD OF FUND CLIENTS
Vikash is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK and a Member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants. Vikash has been with the Cim Group for the last 11 years and has acquired extensive experience in the provision of administration and accounting services to a wide range of funds from long equity funds, private equity funds to hedge funds. He also holds directorship in several client companies including investment managers/advisors and collective investment schemes. Vikash was employed as Senior Accountant in an accounting firm based in UK for three years, he has been involved with the audit of listed and non-listed companies at Deloitte & Touche and Bacha & Co (Chartered Accountants).
HEAD OF FINANCE
Premila completed her studies in the United Kingdom and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Premila has over 20 years of experience in the world of finance and has worked for one of the leading audit firms in Mauritius. She has carried out various assignments for both domestic and global business companies operating in various sectors such as manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, agriculture and retail. Premila joined the Cim Group in July 2005 and currently leads the Finance Department of Cim Global Business. She also acts as director for a number of client companies.
She is also a member of the Business Continuity Institute.
Gyaneshwarnath (Gary) Gowrea
MANAGING DIRECTOR - (Cim Tax Services)
Gary Gowrea, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and a Fellow member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. He holds a Diploma in International Taxation.
He completed his M.Sc. in Accounting from De Monfort University in Leicester, UK. Gary is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (UK) and the International Fiscal Association.
He has more than fifteen years’ experience in international tax and advises on tax structures set up by multinational corporations, fund managers and high net-worth individuals.
Gary is also a member of the operational committee of Global Institutional Investors Forum and sits on various committees dealing with fiscal matters as well as double taxation avoidance agreements. He has been a speaker at several local and international conferences.
Rubina Hossen Ally
HEAD OF CIM TRUSTEES
Rubina holds a degree in Accounting and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants.
Rubina has gained a wealth of experience in the offshore financial services industry over the past 14 years, both locally and internationally.
Rubina started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. Prior to joining Cim Trustees, Rubina has spent over 2 years in Singapore with Asiaciti Trust Singapore Pte Limited and a couple of years in Jersey, Channel Islands, with Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Jersey Limited.
During her international roles, Rubina was handling portfolios of international clients, both corporates and HNW clients, dealing with private trusts, funds, capital market transactions, debt securitisation structures, issuance of Eurobonds, other investment holding activities, as well as pension schemes and employee share option plans. Rubina was also responsible to oversee the accounting of her portfolios, and is familiar with a number of accounting packages, Sage and Navision, to name a few.
Rubina has acquired experience in Mauritius, Switzerland, Jersey, Isle of Man and Singapore during her career span.
HEAD OF COMPLIANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT
Nagesh is a Barrister-at-Law qualified in the UK and called to the Bar in both the UK and Mauritius. He holds an LLB (Hons) and an LLM specialising in Banking and Finance Law from the University of London. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked for international organisations such as Investec Bank (Mauritius) Ltd and Standard Bank Trust Company (Mauritius) Limited. He has also practiced as a lawyer specialising in corporate and regulatory law.
HEAD OF CORPORATE CLIENTS
Sonia Lutchmiah holds a BA. Hons. in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. She is also a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. She has more than twenty years of professional experience in the Global Business Sector, with wide ranging responsibilities including structuring, setting up and administration of Global Business entities. Sonia leads several teams, which handle a well-diversified portfolio of clients, ranging from High Net Worth individuals to listed multinational conglomerates and private equity vehicles. She also acts as director of several client companies of Cim Global Business.
HEAD OF CLIENT SERVICES
Rooksana is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK). She has been a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors since 2011. She has 34 years of working experience and she started her career at the Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining Cim she worked at the Legal and Secretarial Department of the Rogers Group. She has substantial experience in structuring, setting up and administration of both global and domestic companies. The global clients include large corporates, investment vehicles and funds. She also acts as Director of numerous companies under Cim administration. She is currently Head of Client Services.
Willem van der Berg
BUSINESS HEAD AFRICA
Willem joined the company in 2016 as Business Head for Africa. He was previously employed as International Tax and Structuring Specialist at Geneva Management Group in Johannesburg and he has also worked for PWC in Johannesburg for 4 years. Willem has a LLB from University of Stellenbosch, LLM in International Tax Law from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and a HDIP in International Tax from University of Johannesburg.