Chris Louw has headed up the Western Cape Regional Office of the National Empowerment Fund since January 2012. Chris has brought with him a wealth of experience from his 24 year banking career. Prior to joining the NEF, Chris was employed at Standard Chartered Bank for 9 years, a leading international bank operating in emerging markets. Chris was one of the founding relationship managers of the bank at its opening in 2003, as was part of a successful team that has built a highly successful corporate banking operation in South Africa. He held the position of Director of Local Corporates and was responsible for the global banking requirements of SA’s large local corporates.