Board Members


African Risk and Insurance Services Ltd (ARiS) is the leading risk service provider in Tanzania.

Hon (Rtd) A. O. Kinana – Chairman

A Harvard University (Uganda) graduate, Hon. Abdulrahman Omar Kinana holds a number of key leadership positions, apart from being a successful businessman. He is the current Secretary General of the ruling party, CCM and the Chairman of Tanzania Pharmaceutical Industries, Diamond Shipping Company, Tanzania Red Cross, Tanzania Red Cross the Board of Trustees – Muhimbili National Hospital, and a Board Member of Tanzania Tobacco Leaf Company.

Previous positions: Speaker of E. A. Legislative Assembly, Commission Member – Disaster and Relief Commission of Inter Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Member – Development Commission of International Federation of Red Cross, Board Member – Mellicom International Company, Special Envoy of the President to the Great Lakes, Minister of Defence and National Service.

Others include service as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Member of Parliament for Arusha, Co-chair – Rwandese Peace Process, Deputy Minister of Defence and National Service.

He is a Retired Army Colonel. He has been the Chairman – Committee of the Ministers of Defence and Security of the SADC States and Head of Delegations to Conferences of the Front-Line States, SADC, OAU, UN, and The Non-Aligned Movement.

Sanjay Suchak – Founder and Director

ARiS is the personification of the dream and toil of Mr Sanjay Suchak, its Founder and Director. He has diligently, with the assistance of a committed team, made it a name to reckon with.

Sanjay is a local Tanzanian with a special talent in strategic management and has a wide exposure in varied businesses in Tanzania spanning over 35 years, 22 of it in insurance. He held various leadership positions in a number of organizations and trade associations including as Chairman of the Insurance Technical Committee under the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP), a World Bank sponsored project. He is the past President of the Insurance Institute of Tanzania (IIT), Former Board Member of FNB Tanzania Ltd, and a past President of the Tanzania Insurance Brokers Association (TIBA), among others.

Sanjay is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Housing Finance (Tanzania) Limited, the first mortgage company of its kind in Tanzania.

Sanjay is also on the Board of Governance of Shaban Roberts Secondary School, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Dominic Osumo – Group Managing Director

A Fellow (FCII) and Chartered Insurance Risk Manager of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London with over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. Started his career in Kenya with Pan Africa Insurance Company Ltd (now APA Insurance), one of the oldest composite insurance companies in East Africa. Subsequently worked with Jubilee Insurance Co. (K) Ltd and later Royal Insurance Company of East Africa from where he was seconded to Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, Tanzania Ltd (now Britam Insurance Tanzania Ltd). He has been part of the liberalized insurance industry in Tanzania from its very inception.

Has been Chair of the Technical Committee of the Tanzania Insurance Brokers Association (TIBA), which guides TIBA on technical matters affecting the brokers, and by extension the service to clients.

Darshan Ruparelia – Director

A Fellow of the London Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (FIA), he holds a BSc (Hons) First-Class Degree in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School (City University) in London.

He is founder and Managing Director of a private actuarial company in Kenya, Ruparelia Consultants Limited (RCL), providing actuarial, financial modelling and risk management advice to occupational pension schemes, (re)insurance companies, government departments, public institutions, banks and other corporations. Darshan has also established and is one of the Directors of African Reinsurance Services Limited (“AReS”) – a reinsurance brokerage company under formation in Kenya.

Previously, Darshan worked for the London Government Actuary’s Department advising some of the largest occupational pension schemes in the World, including the Local Government Pension Schemes in England and Wales which collectively has over 4 million members and assets in excess of London£150 billion. Darshan also worked for Capita Employee Benefits in the London advising private sector occupational employee benefits’ schemes.

Tanisha Channiyara – Non-Executive Director

Tanisha is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and also a graduate in Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University.

Tanisha has a wide experience spanning over a decade having worked at senior positions in several reputed organizations, including as a senior auditor at Grant Thornton and Chief Accountant at Nyali International Beach Hotel.

Surekha Suchak - Director

A holder of a Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute London, London. She has an experience of 10 years in the insurance industry and has been with ARiS since its inception. She was in charge of aviation business; underwriting and placements at ARiS.

Manoj Shinde – Director

Manoj holds a Master’s degree in Business Management (MBM) from India and is a resource of diversified experience of over 31 years. He holds a licentiate of the Insurance Institute of India and is a qualified stock broker and one-time authorized dealer on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. He has been a pillar of our administrative discipline and financial management as well as adept in industry research and analysis.

Mithun Suchak – Finance Director

A Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) from London, as well as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Tanzania. After completing his Masters in Commerce from University of Pune in India, he started his career as an Auditor with Deloitte & Touché. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Audit Senior. He later joined Business Connexion Tanzania Limited where he served as Head of Finance for 7 Years within the IT Industry.

Mithun joined ARiS in October 2015 where he takes on the role of Finance Director bringing along his experience having served within the Service Industry space.

The Late: Sir J. K. Chande – Ex. Chairman

Sir Chande held many high positions in Tanzania and received several awards. In 2003, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred on him a Knighthood. He was honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the President of India.

Served as a member of the National Assembly Executive Council from 1958-1961. He had previously served as Chairman of: Barclays Bank Tanzania Limited, Air Tanzania Corporation and Tanzania Harbours Authority among many others.

He was chairman of ARiS Limited, Kioo Limited and Emco Industries Limited among others.

A fellow of International Academy of Management and the British Institute of Management, he also held an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from International Management Centres, England. He was a member of the World Business Academy and a Consulting Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (International Multi-disciplinary Research Group). He was elected to the court of Honorary Members of International Management Centres, Buckingham and nominated International Man of the Year 1998/99 by the International Biographical Centre, England. He had received the “Service Above Self” Award of Rotary International in 1998.

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