Board of Directors
150 combined years of working experience from our executive management team.
Addington Chinake has been in practice since 1993, and has been with Kantor and Immerman legal practitioners since 1994. He became a Managing Partner in 2000, and is currently a Senior Partner. He has specialised in corporate and commercial law, including mining and competition law and all aspects of tax law and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and capital raising.
Addington is a former Non-Executive Director of four ZSE listed counters; and a trustee of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. He is a resource person to the Law Society of Zimbabwe, and a recognised mediator. He is a published contributor to the Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper (Annual Quoted Companies Survey), and The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Hand Book. He has acted for a significant number of Fortune 100 Companies who have operations in Zimbabwe and the region. He was involved in a number of significant FDI transactions, including handling a bank merger on the ZSE, the biggest single FDI investment by an investment bank in a Zimbabwean company and a number of other multi-million dollar acquisitions, which included disposals by foreign companies of equity in ZSE listed entities and greenfield mining projects.
Addington is a sought after Zimbabwe counsel by certain international law firms who are involved in Zimbabwean transactions and thus he has continued to attract important corporate mandates in Zimbabwe and within the SADC region.
An experienced operator with more than 38 years of experience across multiple markets and facets of business. Zimbabwean born and raised, Basil has been with Simbisa since its inception and is a founder shareholder. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Simbisa, Basil served as a Director on the Innscor Africa Limited Board.
Basil has an exceptional understanding of the African market as well as extensive operational knowledge of Simbisa’s business processes which has led to the instrumental success of the Group’s regional fast food expansion program.
Basil has also played a key role in establishing the Group’s culture and value system; and focuses his efforts on the growing and directing the quick service restaurant business in Zimbabwe and across the greater African region.
In his capacity as Group Chief Executive Officer, Basil has overall responsibility for the business.
Baldwin is an MBA graduate from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business with extensive pan-African business experience. He commenced his professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Chartered Accountants (Zimbabwe) where he trained and qualified to be a Chartered Accountant. Prior to his appointment as Group Finance Director of Simbisa Brands Limited, Baldwin held various senior roles within the Ecobank Group, a pan-African financial institution.
These included Chief Finance Officer for Ecobank Zimbabwe, Regional Business Manager for Ecobank Southern Africa, Regional Chief Finance Officer for Ecobank East Africa and Senior Manager within Ecobank Zimbabwe’s Corporate and Investment Banking business. Baldwin was also instrumental in Ecobank’s expansion into Mozambique where he subsequently served as a non-executive Board member.
Born in Zimbabwe, Zinona (Zed) Koudounaris completed his tertiary education at Rhodes University in South Africa where he attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Business and Computer Sciences. Zed is a founder shareholder of Innscor. He was the driving force behind the initial creation and success of the Innscor’s core fast food brands. Zed has held a number of positions within Innscor, including Chief Executive Officer upon the Group’s listing in 1998. Zed remains highly active in pursuing strategic growth opportunities for the Group and providing guidance to its management team.
Amit is a seasoned professional with 18 years of varied experience. A Chartered Accountant and law graduate from India, he started his career with audit in 1997. Soon thereafter, he moved to tax advisory and litigation, representing clients at various appellate stages and at the High Court. Amit worked with the big four chartered accountants: KPMG, E&Y and PwC, in tax advisory, tax litigation and finally in Mergers and Acquisition and International tax structuring, as well as handling commercial law and advisory matters. He then joined Abax Corporate Services (‘Abax’) in 2009 as a Senior Executive. More recently, he started his own advisory firm, with focus on business consulting, including operational efficiency, structural efficiency, tax advisory and structuring commercial legal matters. He acted as Independent Director on the Board of several large companies and funds and continues to do so.
Mrs. Hussein is a Chartered Accountant CA (Z) by profession and currently operates a consulting firm of public accountants called July28, which offers risk, advisory, financial reporting and tax services to a wide array of clients. She has over 20 years’ experience including working for Ernst and Young, both in South Africa and Zimbabwe, First Mutual Asset Management as well as with firms in the manufacturing and construction industries. She is currently a Non-Executive Director and Deputy-Chairperson on the boards of FMC Finance Zimbabwe and Zambia, a microfinance institution. She is also involved with organisations that assist young upcoming entrepreneurs.