James Benoit CFA

CEO

FMCB

Biography

James Benoit, CFA, is an international banker and investor for 27 years in North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and Europe. He led and developed businesses for multinational bank HSBC for 18 years including credit cards, consumer banking and private and corporate banking.

From 2007 to 2015, he founded and led the award winning corporate and private bank, AfrAsia Bank Ltd., from startup to in excess of $3bn assets and raised $200m capital. He currently leads FCMB UK Bank Ltd in London which is a subsidiary of the 7th largest bank in Nigeria. In both roles he has worked across Africa and global markets to grow and develop client businesses with multicultural, highly skilled colleagues.

He has served as CFA Mauritius Society President and has chaired numerous CFA Institute Advisory panels globally. He is a past Chairman of YPO Mauritius. Has also chaired the Mauritius Institute of Directors, and currently serves as advisory panel member of the National Committee on Corporate Governance under the Minister of Financial Services, Mauritius.

He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta, Canada in 1988 and his CFA Charter in 1996.