Andre Itwaru – Chairman , President and CEO
Mr. Itwaru is a seasoned senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services, technology and telecommunications industries. Mr. Itwaru has been the president and CEO of First Global since 2003. He has held senior management and executive level positions along with various directorships at small to medium sized businesses and large global organizations, including successful tenures at Sprint Canada, AT&T Canada Corp. and AT&T Solutions Mr. Itwaru held various positions at AT&T from 1989 to 1999. Some of these key responsibilities included; establishing and managing the first Operations Process and Quality group at AT&T Canada; Managing the Global Client Support Center responsible for business life cycle management for large strategic clients. Mr. Itwaru was also one of the architects of AT&T Canada’s Network Modernization Programme which involved a major shift in the way business was conducted in the company at the time.
Prior to AT&T Mr. Itwaru was Chairman and CEO of Navaho Networks Inc., a private Toronto-based company providing payment processing services, from March 2000 to February 2002.
He also held the position of President and Director of Global Managed Networks Inc., a private technology solutions company from February 2002 to March 2003, and Chairman and President of The Academy of Teaching and Training. He is also currently a director of several private companies.
Bobita Ram – Chief Operating Officer (FGMI)
Bobita Ram is a director of First Global Money Inc., First Global Data Corp and First Global Money (Guyana) Inc. and serves in the capacity of Chief Operations Officer of First Global Money Inc. and First Global Money (Guyana) Inc.
Bobita is also a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). Having started her career in the international remittances industry some 20 years ago, Bobita has a breadth of experience in all aspects of the industry including the correspondent and agent operations as well as the core operations of licensed money remitters.
Prior to joining First Global Money Inc. Bobita functioned in several senior executive roles including Chief Compliance Officer in a large international organization catering primarily to shipping and money transfers into and within the Caribbean region. At First Global, Bobita is integrally involved in the day to day management of the operations and reports daily to the Chairman and CEO. She is currently the Chair of the Internal Compliance Committee whose mandate is to address all compliance related issues of the company and reports to the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of the parent company.
Bobita has led and implemented several strategic and profitable business development ventures over the years and has built up a tremendous expertise in the money remittance business. She has attended and has spoken as various conferences and forum with respect to money remittances and the impacts of remittances on migration.
Bobita is a graduate of the University of Guyana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She is actively involved in numerous philanthropic activities
Amar Das – Chief Revenue Officer
Amar is responsible for all revenue related functions and verticals in the company including business development, global network expansion, product and service mix, strategy planning and growth-related mergers and acquisition. Amar is also helping FGD build a business and platform model which can incorporate innovation and the new technology, and which can also help the legacy businesses leverage upon the fast-evolving Fintech solutions – leading to efficiencies in revenue and profit growth.
A veteran of over 20 years in the cross border and payment industry, Amar had a pioneer role in establishing networks, in developing business and revenue infrastructure and in contributing successfully to the development of start-up ventures related to payments and cross border activities. One of his earlier achievements was to lay the foundation of the industry in South Asia, Middle East and India – as the first Region Head of Western Union. Most recently, Amar was involved as the Managing Director for Global Sales for one of the top US based cross border payments company.
Amar was also involved with three start-up ventures focused on cross border payments in the US and had a frontal role to develop their business from conception and planning to implementation stage. Amar earlier had been in assignment as Director and Head of NRI Services – American Express Bank , New York, as a Vice President of Investment Services – HSBC, New York, and as a Manager of State Bank of India (India and the US). Amar has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.
Rajeev Verma – CEO (First Global Data Indonesia)
Rajeev Verma has joined First Global Data Indonesia as the founding Director and Chief Executive Officer for Indonesia. Rajeev is responsible for the setup of operation and go-to market strategy in alignment with First Global Data’s global vision, Marketing and Business Development in local markets for the launch and growth of FINTECH products and services. He will also be instrumental in building strategic partnerships to create new revenue channels in Indonesia.
Rajeev Verma has spent 12 years in the IT and Telecom domain. He is acknowledged for a well-defined understanding of the business-technology interface and the capacity to identify and align clients’ emerging technology needs with products and services. Rajeev has worked as Country Manager TechMahindra Indonesia, and he has run start-ups in the Online Travel space.
Shahara Burch-Smith – VP Special Projects
Shahara Burch-Smith’s professional experience spans over 20 years in various capacities in the field of sales, operations management, project management, loyalty and marketing. She worked in these fields successfully for well known companies such as ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil.
Shahara has been appointed to manage the Project Management Office and the Marketing Department of First Global Data and First Global Money Inc.
As the VP of Special projects, the core of her role is to ensure that projects are managed efficiently and there is steady flow of new innovations, improving on past innovations and enhancing the interoperable mobile wallet. She will manage a team of marketers who are savvy with marketing techniques, research, digital and social media skills to make consumers aware of money transfer and fintech solutions available from our company, to make life easy and simple.
She feels very strongly about what we at First Global are doing for others, to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Tom Sanderson – Information Security Officer (ISO)
Tom Sanderson brings over 40 years in information technology, software security, and development to the First Global team. His responsibilities include, providing internal independent review and monitoring to assess the Company’s information technology and security programs including cyber security. The ISO participates in the development, maintenance, and validation of business continuity and disaster recovery plans intended to keep the Company functioning in the event of significant disruptive events such as vandalism, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and terrorism.
Ruth Fraser – VP Business Development & Client Relations
Ruth Fraser’s professional experience and exposure comes from a diverse background in International Business Management, Business Development, Marketing, Sales and International Human Resources.
Ruth has been appointed to manage the North American and International Business Development opportunities alongside the Business Development team in conjunction with managing client relations, future project expansion, and development of these projects.
As the V.P of Business Development and Client Relations, the core of Ruth’s role is to manage, prioritize and strategize the North American and International Business Development opportunities that align with and contribute to the Global Business objective and Corporate Strategy.
Ruth’s ultimate goal is to offer International Inter-operable Mobile Wallet Solutions to our Clients, Partners and Customers through the ever-changing revolutionized payment space. By encouraging innovation, it is Ruth’s desire to effectively enable anyone worldwide the lifestyle convenience of efficiency and simplicity.
Noemi Pesina CAMS, Risk Managment and Compliance Officer
Noemi Pesina is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and was appointed Risk Management and Compliance Officer of First Global on December 05, 2011. As the Risk Management and Compliance Officer Noemi is responsible for the overall management of the daily operation and monitoring of First Global’s BSA/AML/OFAC and KYC Compliance programs to ensure that First Global complies with all Federal, State and Local laws/regulations relating to a Money Service Business, specifically a Money Transmitter. Noemi has over 14 years of experience in the Money Remittances Industry and utilizes her broad based knowledge of current anti-money laundering regulations, policies and reporting requirements per the Bank Secrecy Act and USA PATRIOT Act to enhance First Global’s compliance program to meet regulatory requirements.