Air Namibia Board of Director

Air Namibia is proud to introduce its new Board of Directors entrusted to lead the national airline for the next three (3) years effective 01 January 2019.  Air Namibia management and staff are looking forward to work with you during your tenure to elevate our national airline to greater heights.

Your diverse knowledge, leadership and commitment to excellent service delivery will be our guiding force, as we carry the spirit of Namibia to destinations locally, regionally and internationally.

(FLTR) Mr. Escher Luanda, Mr. Willy Mertens, Adv. Deidré L. Sauls- Deckenbrock (Chairperson), Ms. Nangula Kauluma (Vice-Chairperson), Capt. Alois Garai Nyandoro and Ms. Heritha Nankole Muyoba

Adv. Deidré L. Sauls-Deckenbrock (Chairperson)

As a renowned legal practitioner, her core focus is on corporate and commercial law and commercial litigation. She holds BA (Law) & LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and an LLM degree in Commercial & Corporate Law (specialisation IP) from the University of London.

Adv. Sauls-Deckenbrock is the managing partner of Sauls Jacobs & Co and has held numerous influential senior leadership roles over the past 24 years’ in the public- and private arenas as a business- and legal professional. She is well-known in the legal spheres of banking, payment systems, investments, mergers, project and corporate finance, diamond mining, PPP’s, public enterprises, and health professions for her pragmatism. She previously served as President of the Law Society of Namibia, and is chairperson of the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund Board of Control. As a previously racially disadvantaged Namibian, she is passionate about “getting things done” and creating opportunities for the advancement of committed and driven Namibians.

Mrs. Nangula Kauluma (Vice-Chairperson)

Kauluma is a seasoned financial services executive, employed by FirstRand Namibia with dual responsibility as Executive Officer responsible for Premium Banking at FNB Namibia and CEO for OUTsurance Namibia. Prior to her current role, Nangula enjoyed a successful tenure with the Old Mutual Group, occupying a number of senior leadership roles within their Namibian, South African and Emerging Markets businesses, including Mutual & Federal SA – now Old Mutual Insurance.

She returned to Namibia to head up Old Mutual’s local short-term insurance business in 2016, shortly after which she was awarded the prestigious Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Award in late 2017. She is well-known in the sales and marketing arena across a diverse range of economic sectors such as retail, hospitality, aviation, pharmaceutical and tourism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Spelman College) and a Masters in Business Administration (Stellenbosch University).

Mr. Willy Mertens (Board Member)

With close to 20-years in the diamond mining industry and in the last 6 years steering the financial ship of Debmarine Namibia and recently Namdeb Holdings as Chief Financial Officer. Mertens is vastly knowledgeable when it comes to financial prudence and managing the financial affairs of the various entities.

He is a certified Internal Auditor and Chartered Accountant and has since 2010 served on several boards for private and public firms in the financial services, electricity distribution, medical and educational industries.  He is also a former part-time lecturer at the University of Namibia. Despite his dominant financial background, in 2013 he completed a postgraduate mining engineering diploma at the Witwatersrand University and the Senior Executive Programme through the London Business School.

Mr. Escher Luanda (Board Member)

A governance and ethics practitioner. Luanda holds B.Juris, LLB, Postgraduate Diploma in Compliance and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership. An admitted attorney in Namibia, he leads the Governance and Ethics Division at the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), where he is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Luanda gained vast knowledge during his time as Deputy Chief of the Law Reform and Development Commission and has served as Chairperson and held directorships at several institutions. He is a former member of the Governance and Advocacy committee of the African Corporate Governance Network, former Member of the Remuneration Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network, where he continues to serve as the country’s (Namibia) correspondent.

Mrs. Heritha Nankole Muyoba (Board Member)

A seasoned Human Resources Practitioner with 27 years of experience of which 20 years were spent in management inclusive of executive management. During that period, she has worked in government as a civil servant, parastatals, local authority, maritime and financial sectors. She owns her own HR Consultancy, RMZ Consulting cc.

Muyoba is certified talent economist, change management and remuneration practitioner. served on several Boards in Namibia. She holds a B Com (honors) specialising in Industrial and organisational psychology. She is currently Acting CEO for EBH Namibia (Ship yard in Walvis Bay).

Captain Alois Garai Nyandoro (Board Member)

His career in the aviation sector spans over 35 years, making him the most knowledgeable board member when it comes to aviation affairs. Nyandoro has worked for several commercial passenger and cargo airlines. He currently serves as the Chief Pilot/Director of Training for the Government Air Transport Services (VVIP Flight Department) and has been the Presidential Pilot since 1999 to date.

Nyandoro has a long history of service to the Namibian airline industry; during the period 2002 – 2004 he was the Chief Flight Instructor for the Namibia Aviation Training Academy. He was also the head of training for Air Namibia from 2008 – 2012. Nyandoro obtained a Master of Business Administration in Aviation (Magna Cum Laude)Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (USA), Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Namibia and has completed several aviation training courses.