Jenny Luesby is a former FT and BBC journalist, and EIU analyst. She authored the FT’s guide to business writing, The Word on Business, and has worked globally as a media consultant and educator. In Kenya, she was the launch consultant for the country’s daily business newspaper Business Daily, and pioneered the country’s first real estate index. Jenny is a widely cited commentator on the role of market information in development, on market infrastructure and inclusion, and on real estate, and has worked as an analyst and publicist on many of the region’s largest real estate projects and initiatives.
David Kinyua is a career Investment Advisor and a prolific connector, with various certifications in Banking and Project Finance. His career in the investment sector spans 14 years, with Citibank Investments in Zurich and London. Most recently Kinyua was the Regional Managing Director for Stanlib Eastern Africa , managing over USD 1 billion, in institutional and regional government investment funds.
Esham Park provides services in the infrastructure and building sectors and with a key focus on both capital raising and structuring infrastructure and property consortium’s in the region.
Gerhard Zeelie is a chartered accountant with a cum laude Master’s degree in financial management (specialising in tax) which he completed at the University of Pretoria. Gerhard began his career in the financial services sector 16 years ago and has held various senior executive roles over this period, with the last 11 years focused on the real estate sector.
Gerhard is currently the Head of Real Estate Finance (Rest of Africa) at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking. He is responsible for all Real Estate debt funding outside of South Africa, driving the strategy to grow this business across sectors and jurisdictions. In addition to his Africa role, Gerhard is also the Head of Residential Development Finance and a member of the Real Estate Finance EXCO.
Standard Bank has the largest dedicated real estate finance platform of any financier in sub-Saharan Africa. The Real Estate Finance division provides funding in all areas of the real estate sector and is committed to providing funding via a variety of solutions specific to the needs of their clients. The bank’s ability to tap into the vast resources and expertise within the Group also enables seamless access to other specialist financing areas within Standard Bank further enhancing the delivery of flexible and comprehensive financing solutions for their clients.
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries. He is the Principal of the W Hospitality Group, and Chairman of Hotel Partners Africa, with offices in the UK, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.
He started his consultancy career in 1983, having previously completed a university degree in hotel management at the University of Surrey, and worked in hotel management positions in the UK. From the late 1980s he has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria, advising clients there and throughout Africa.
His international experience includes advising clients on hotel and tourism development in more than 90 countries in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. With a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he is working with many of the international hotel groups who are seeking a presence there, from the oil-rich countries of the west to the tourism hotspots of the south and east. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, owner’s representation and asset management, valuations, financing, development management, procurement and agency.
In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is an active member of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including Africa Investor and BT Africa
A member of the Institution of Surveyors in Kenya where he has held committee and chair positions, Nabutola is a former Chair of the Commission 8 of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and a trustee at Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA). He completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Land Economy at the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science (MSc) degree at Reading University in the United Kingdom. Mr Nabutola is currently the Regional director for RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Godfrey Tapela is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for investments in the commercial property including affordable housing, retail and tourism sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Godfrey joined IFC in 2001 and previously worked for ABSA Bank, Eskom as a Projects Engineer and for DLV Consulting Engineers and Stewart Scott Consulting Engineers as a Consulting Engineer. He holds a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA, a BSc Electrical Engineering(Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Malcolm is the Group CEO of Broll Property Group, a leading commercial property services provider operating across Sub Saharan Africa. He joined Broll in March 2003 and was promoted from being Managing Director of Property Management to Group CEO in August 2010. Malcolm is a director of Broll’s subsidiary companies throughout Africa and is also a director of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and an immediate past director of SAPOA.
With his legal background and under Malcolm’s leadership, Broll has built up a great team and has relentlessly followed a strategy to establish a presence across sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the group operates and provides a full bouquet of services in eight countries and works in a further nine African countries with the ultimate end goal of opening offices in these countries with local partners. Broll currently employs 1400 property specialists, with 300 staff operating beyond South Africa’s boarders.
Broll manages third party assets worth $10 billion, of which $2 billion is outside of South Africa’s borders. Assets under management exceed 15 million sqm. The group has enjoyed a 10 year affiliate partnership arrangement with the world’s largest property services provider CBRE.
What excites Malcolm most about Africa are the people of Africa. “Our business is to empower local people situated in their country of origin. There are vast opportunities for the property industry with the massive infrastructure development plans across the continent which will see Africa being the continent of growth into the future,” he says.
“At the heart of all we do is the love for the African people and our passion to see Africa develop and take its rightful place on the international stage. While each country is different – with its own opportunities and challenges – Africa is an exciting place to be and is most definitely positioning itself for future growth,” says Malcolm.
Joao Terlica is the co-founder of Sagaci Research.
Sagaci Research is the leading African provider of data and market research. With 13 offices across the African continent, the company serves most multinational clients operating in Africa.
Prior launching Sagaci Research Joao was an advisor with the Office of Tony Blair and started his career with the Boston Consulting Group and as a consultant with Arthur D. Little.
During his consulting career he had a focus on emerging markets, including Africa, with most of the assignments related to corporate strategy and turnarounds. Industry expertise in Financial Services, Transportation and Retail Joao is an Industrial Engineer from IST (Lisbon) 1999, MBA from IESE (Barcelona) and Columbia University (New York) 2005.