Dr. James Gatera
Dr. James Gatera serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Kigali – a position he has held since 2007. During his tenure, the Bank has witnessed record growth in size, profitability and all key balance sheet metrics. Prior to being the Chief Executive Officer, James was the Deputy Managing Director of the Bank of Kigali. In December 2012, James received an Honorary Doctorate from the Commonwealth University of Belize in recognition of his exemplary leadership of the Bank and his tremendous achievements in the banking sector in Rwanda. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and a Bachelor of Commerce from National University of Lesotho.
Kristen M. Holtzman previously served as Communications Director for Colorado Attorney General John Suthers where she established and implemented a communications strategy for the Attorney General and the Department of Law. In this role, she also developed, executed and secured funding for several public outreach programs including the Attorney General’s Safe Surfing Initiative. From 2002-2004, she served as Deputy Press Secretary for Colorado Governor Bill Owens. In addition to her work, Kristen has also been extensively involved with community and philanthropic endeavors. From 2005-2007, she served on the Board of Safe2Tell, an anti-bullying non-profit designed to help Colorado students prevent and report violence. As the Grand Marshall Honoree of the 2013 Beaux Arts Ball, Kristen helped raise more than $2 million for National Jewish Hospital, the leading respiratory hospital in the United States. She is also committed to her work with the Point Foundation – a UK based charity, which supports Rwandan orphans. Inspired by her four-year-old daughter Ava’s vision, Kristen launched “Ava’s Jammies,” a non-profit initiative designed to provide young orphans with pajamas. Kristen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Marc Holtzman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest financial institution. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Bank of Kigali in Rwanda. Previously, Marc served as Chairman of Meridian Capital HK, a Hong Kong based private equity firm. Prior to joining Meridian, Marc was Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and Vice Chairman of ABN Amro Bank. He also served in the Cabinet of the Governor Bill Owens as Colorado’s first Secretary of Technology and was President of the University of Denver. Previously, as co-founder and President of MeesPierson EurAmerica (a firm that was acquired by ABN Amro) and as Senior Adviser to Salomon Brothers, Marc lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Russia from September 1989 until October 1998. Currently, Marc is a Member of the Board of Directors of TeleTech (NASDAQ: TTEC), the world’s leading provider of analytics-driven technology-enabled services. Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Lehigh University.
In 2006, Charles founded the Point Foundation following some harrowing visits to Bulgaria, South Africa and then Rwanda, where he saw abject poverty and children in dire need of support and a future. He committed his help there and then over the past eight years has been responsible for helping almost 5,000 children and young adults in orphanages and schools. Projects have included rebuilding and refurbishments works including building a library and computer school, monthly food and medical aid, paying for their education including primary, secondary and university fees. Recent projects include opening a nursery school at the Noel Orphanage in Northern Rwanda and helping some 40 mentally ill children. Charles, who is based in the UK, is also Managing Director of Hallmark Vending Ltd., K.T. Associates Ltd., and Vice Chairman of the GLL Foundation – all of whom are major partners of the Point Foundation.