API is privileged to host some of the foremost professionals working in property investment today. As the goal of our summit is to enrich the working experience of our delegates through relevant information and insights, we take great care in selecting a high calibre of speakers, who, in many respects, set the tone for the summit. Futhermore, as a speaker you get the most visibility and the most significant corporate brand exposure. If you would like to get in touch with us about speaking at API, please contact Kfir Rusin [email protected]
Derrick Roper, a qualified actuary, co-founded Novare in October 2000. With he’s tendency to innovate in product development, he saw Novare launch the first South African Fund of Hedge Funds in 2003, and subsequently, the first Novare Africa Property Fund in 2010. With 25 years’ experience in the industry, Derrick is CEO of Novare Equity Partners, the sub-advisor to the funds regarding investments exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa. He was listed amongst the top 50 most influential, innovative and powerful figures in African asset management by Africa Asset Management magazine for 2013 and 2014. Derrick is also an executive director on the board of Novare Holdings.
Peter Maila is an Investment Director at CDC Group Plc. CDC has a mandate to invest over $2billion in Africa and South Asia in private equity and infrastructure transactions.
Prior to joining CDC in 2012, Peter worked in private equity, investment banking and finance for over 15 years. He was the Investment Director at HSBC Principal Investments investing in Africa. He worked as Investment Banker for Rand Merchant Bank and Standard Bank responsible for project finance and leverage finance transactions across Africa. He began his career in 1995 with Vodacom in South Africa and later moved to Tanzania to join a new operation as Finance Manager. Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Mr Tsheole is a seasoned Financial Markets expert with a cumulative experience of 15 years having worked for Bank of Botswana and Botswana Stock Exchange.
Mr Tsheole holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Single Major Economics) from the University of Botswana and a Master of Commerce (MComm) in Financial Markets from Rhodes University (RSA). Further, he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (RSA). He has also completed several financial markets programmes as well as a Leadership Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA).
Mr Tsheole has extensive financial markets experience in Capital Markets, Forex, Structured Products and the Financial Market Regulation. He was appointed CEO of the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) in January 2016 following a short stint as Deputy CEO at BSE since February 2014. His career at BSE began in February 2007 when he was appointed Product Development Manager.
Mr Tsheole is a firm believer in the development of the financial market in Botswana and Africa, as well as their importance to economic growth and stability. It is against this backdrop that he has led initiatives to increase activity in the financial market in Botswana.
Dr. Friedemann Roy is leading IFC’s offering in Housing Finance Advisory Services and is involved in IFC’s investment transactions in the area of housing finance. His background is in banking and finance. Having worked in more about 50 countries (emerging markets and developed countries), he has been involved in banking and housing finance transactions at different levels: advice to governments on regulatory issues and capital market instruments, investments in financial institutions, securitization transactions, consulting to lenders on the management of retail and mortgage lending operations.
Previously he worked for the World Bank (Capital Markets Practice) and the IFC at their Johannesburg Office, being responsible for the design and implementation of investment and advisory programs in housing finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.
From 2004 to 2007, he set up and directed the Housing Finance Competence Centre at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Germany) and was responsible for the development and implementation of advisory projects in the area of housing finance and banking. Prior positions included the Management of the International Relations Department at the Association of Private Bausparkassen and at the Department for International Bank Relations with special focus on central and Eastern Europe at Commerzbank AG in Paris, London and Frankfurt. In addition, he worked as an editor for the “Housing Finance International” Journal which is published by the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF). He holds a PhD in business administration. He is a lecturer at Harvard University, Executive Education Program, Graduate School of Design (USA). He has published several articles and research papers on banking, housing finance and capital market development.
Bronwyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Mara Delta Property Holdings, the largest pan African focused real estate fund listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and in Mauritius.
Corbett has significant corporate finance and deal making experience. She played an instrumental role in the JSE listing of Delta Property Fund Limited in 2012 where she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to taking up the leadership role at Mara Delta.
During her tenure at Delta Limited, Corbett spearheaded the diversification of the REIT’s funding sources into the debt capital markets, leading to the establishment of a ZAR2 billion Domestic Medium Term Note Programme (DMTN programme). She led the team responsible for obtaining a national scale issuer rating from Global Credit Ratings as part of the DMTN programme. In addition, Bronwyn co-headed the team responsible for growing assets under management from ZAR 2.2 billion at listing to ZAR 11.8 billion in May 2016.
Bronwyn is a founder member and served as non-executive director on the board of Delta International Property Fund Limited where she played a significant role in the listing and conversion of the Fund to its current pan-African focus, underpinned by dollar based leases. She assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in the lead-up to the fund’s merger with Pivotal/Mara to form Mara Delta. She has grown the fund from $220 million to $463 million in under 2 years.
NJ Ayuk is the CEO of Centurion Law Group. The firm has grown from two to 67 lawyers thanks to his leadership, with offices in South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon, and Mauritius, and two liaison offices in Houston and Toronto. His experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing and related tax, OHADA, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters.
Drawing from his past experience in his job with the United Nations, he continuously advises governments on judicial modernisation, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda and Niger on a pro bono basis.
He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).
He is recognised as a leading oil and gas lawyer in Who’s Who Legal (WWL): Energy. WWL says: NJ Ayuk is “a certain inclusion” according to clients, who praise his “outstanding work” relating to the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining and LNG projects.
The Oil & Gas Year recognised him as “a shrewd, street-smart, savvy dealmaker and major asset”; and Chambers and Partners, drawing from interviews with his peers in the industry, described him as an “important player” and a “tremendous resource”.
Forbes magazine named him on its 2015 list of Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa, and he is a global shaper with the World Economic Forum.
NJ Ayuk has a B.A. in Government & Politics from University of Maryland, College Park; a JD from William Mitchell College of Law; and an MBA in Finance & Strategy from New York Institute of Technology.
Paul is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Group. He began his career in the ‘built environment’ with a formal education in Architecture, Property Development and Construction Management, together with a London Business School MBA merit in “Value Engineering”. Paul has over 20 years in the professional experience of design and execution of projects in Africa, USA and Europe. He served as Development Director with Beacon Housing, in UK. Paul was the Executive with responsibility for the Property and Logistics team of Regus Plc during its rapid expansion years, which oversaw the opening of 190 business centers globally. He has expert knowledge of commercial property and workplace management and led Landmark’s expansion into America, Europe and Africa, has raised in excess of $100m of funding for Landmark and grown the company to achieve a PWC endorsed book valuation in excess of $200M. Paul is an African business magnate, with a deep and passionate interest in real estate in Africa driven by his goal to create the first pan African real estate and service organization. He sits on the Board of several institutions in Europe, America and Africa and has significant charitable interests in Health and Education as well as mentors a young leadership group. Paul is focused on adding value to the region through the creation of job opportunities in several African cities.
In 2007 Michael formed Westport Property Holdings, a property development management company for retail and mixed-use projects in Nigeria and other African countries. Prior to this, he co-founded and served as Managing Director of Profund Properties – a property development and facilities management company in Nigeria operating in the residential, retail, office and hotel sectors.
Michael is a qualified architect and was for some years Managing Director of Stauch Vorster Architects – one of the largest architectural firms in Africa. Michael spent the past 20 years working on retail and mixed-use project in 12 African countries.
Michael’s property development experience in Africa includes:
♣ Bulawayo Centre (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) (completed 1995) 25,000m²
♣ Fourways Crossing (Fourways, Johannesburg) (completed 1998) 60,000m²
♣ Riverwalk Mall (Gaborone, Botswana) (completed 2001) 25,000m²
♣ Francistown Mall (Francistown, Botswana) (completed 2003) 20,000m²
♣ Farmers House Office Park (Lusaka, Zambia) (completed 2003) 10,000m²
♣ Joina Centre Mixed-Use (Harare, Zimbabwe) (ongoing) 80,000m²
♣ DFID Office (Kinshasa, DRC) (completed 2004) 2,000m²
♣ Osborne Road Townhouses (Lagos, Nigeria) (ongoing) 1,500m²
Alagbon Towers Apartments (Lagos, Nigeria) (ongoing) 21,000m²
Mike Collini was appointed Vice President of Development for Hilton in June 2006.
Since January 2017, Collini has been based in Cape Town and responsible for driving Hilton’s development activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. His priority lies with the implementation of Hilton’s ambitious expansion strategy with a focus on rolling out Hilton’s portfolio of brands throughout the region.
Previously, Collini was based in Istanbul and responsible for launching Hilton’s presence in a number of new markets, including the debut of the Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton by Hilton brands in Turkey and Russia. Furthermore, he was responsible for the establishing Hilton’s presence into Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan & Ukraine. He now leads a development team of four full-time development professionals.
Under his leadership he has successfully delivered a number of strategic development alliances in emerging markets like Turkey and Russia where the company now enjoys the largest development pipeline of any global hotel chain.
During a Hilton career spanning twenty years Collini has held a number of positions within the company, from overseeing major capital expenditure projects to asset management, acquisitions, disposals and technical support.
Collini is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has a Master’s degree in Property Business and Management and a BSc Degree (Hons.) in Quantity Surveying.
Aged 54, Civil Engineer, Masters in Business Management and Transport, AMP (Harvard Business School), IEP (INSEAD), Alumni Association (EPFL, INSEAD, HBS). As Chief Executive Officer of the Realestate Group, he has been involved in property development and investments for over 26 years in Africa. In 1992 he set up RDC Properties Limited, the first Botswana Listed Property company. Has been awarded the Order of Merit by The King of Spain. He is the Honorary Consul of Italy and Spain in Botswana and actively involved in community works as a Paul Harris Fellow
Andrew is currently a Real Estate Executive within the Massmart Holdings Limited group, a subsidiary of Walmart Inc. He has been with Massmart since February 2016. He is primarily responsible for the management of the Massmart owned real estate portfolio, Africa site origination for the various Massmart brands store expansion into Sub Saharan Africa as well as construction and development of all owned real estate both within SA and SSA. He is also integrally involved with Walmart International on all real estate related aspects.
Andrew was previously a senior transactor in the Real Estate Investment Banking (“REIB”) team within the RMB Investment Banking Division (“IBD”). In this role he is primarily responsible for deal origination, structuring and execution, as well as deal implementation. He led the Development & Corporate Lease Discounting Team within REIB for many years.
Andrew joined the FirstRand Group in 2002 and has over 14 years of corporate and investment banking experience. His experience ranges from acquisition and leveraged finance to real estate finance which was his focus area for the last 10 years at RMB up until 2015.
Prior to joining the FirstRand Group, Andrew spent 2 years in Sydney Australia with Ernst & Young’s Banking & Finance Group where he was a manager in the audit department. He was responsible for the audit of several large listed Australian banks as well as numerous private equity firms. He also spent 4 months in New York with Ernst & Young working on the audits of large mutual funds and private equity firms.
Andrew is a CA (SA) and a qualified stockbroker. He previously completed his articles with Ernst & Young South Africa where he was in the Financial Services area responsible primarily for banking and financial service related audits.
Malcolm Fair is the Managing Director of RisCura. He is an exceptionally rational and multi‑talented individual, with an actuarial training background and his experience in the investment industry spans almost 20 years. This includes investment consulting, specialist fund management, quantitative research and risk and performance analysis. Clients of many different profiles and business disciplines leverage his depth of experience and his voracious thirst for knowledge, across a variety of fields. Malcolm has also been heavily involved in the establishment of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investing in South Africa. He is as passionate about how the money is being invested, as he is about seeing beneficiaries meet their ultimate investment goals.
Graduated from the University of Northumbria (Newcastle, UK) in 1998
Gained initial property surveying (estate management) experience with Knight Frank Botswana
This experience comprised analysis, appraisal, acquisition, sale and management across the traditional areas of property valuations, management, Investment and commercial agency
From 2004 to 2007, ventured into strategic management of property facilities in support of academic excellence at the University of Botswana. This also involved benchmarking for the development of new facilities with leading institutions in Southern Africa and elsewhere
In the last 10 years focused purely on wealth creation for clients through property asset management and development, both in the listed and unlisted environments
The purpose being to maximise property returns to align with owner’s investment objectives
In 2012 appointed Chief Executive Officer of Khumo Property Asset Management with responsibility for driving the business and property asset management and development
Served and continue to serve in the following Boards; Real Estate Advisory Council (Ministerial appointment); University of Botswana Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Board; Real Estate Institute of Botswana (as vice president and subsequently as president); Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Botswana Branch (as secretary); University of Botswana Campus Services Board (as secretary); DBN Developments (as chairman) and NBC Developments (both partnership entities between Botswana Development Corporation, Botswana Insurance Fund Management, Debswana Pension Fund and others), Limkokwing University Industry Advisory Board and Real Estate Sector Chairman of Business Botswana.
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to governments in South Africa in the development of national, provincial and local housing policy for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Under her direction, CAHF was appointed as the Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, an association of about 40 mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing across Africa. CAHF’s work is represented on its website: www.housingfinanceafrica.org
As Housing Finance Theme Coordinator for FinMark Trust, and now as the Director of CAHF, Kecia has developed a focused research and advocacy programme to promote increased investment in affordable housing across Africa. Through this work, housing finance is increasingly recognised as an important component of financial inclusion and private sector development policy.
Kecia’s expertise in the housing sector is broad. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues. A key line of research started in 2003 when she coordinated a study into the performance of township residential property markets in South Africa. More recently, in 2010, the findings of this study were updated in a further analysis of the asset performance of government subsidised housing in South Africa.
Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, in Philadelphia, USA, in 2007. She holds a Masters of Management degree (1998), earned from the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand. She obtained her Bachelors Degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies (1990), from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where she was a Morehead Scholar.
Nick is a Chartered General Practise Surveyor with 25 years’ experience of real estate development in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia where he managed the early stage delivery of some major projects.
Most recently Nick lived in Moscow responsible for the leasing of Avia Park, Europe’s largest shopping and Entertainment Centre and before this in Vietnam delivering the Masterplan of Green Tech City, Hanoi.
His development experience covers the whole range of property sectors with the main focus on residential, offices, retail and hotels.
Nnenna Alintah is Head of Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) at Broll, Nigeria. She has a wealth of international and regional expertise in solving client’s real estate problems, focusing on strategic portfolio analysis and long-term real-estate strategies for enhanced operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Alintah has 15 years of experience in global real estate working as both a consultant, providing solutions for a myriad of clients, as well as a CRES executive overseeing a regional portfolio (in Africa) with 22 different locations. Prior to her relocation to Africa in 2010, she worked for Cushman & Wakefield’s Business Consulting Group, where she honed her expertise in assisting clients in rationalising their real estate portfolios and aligning that with their business goals and initiatives, often leading to reduced costs, better efficiencies and enhanced operations.
She graduated from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Architecture.
Somik V. Lall is the World Bank’s Global Lead on Territorial Development Solutions and its Lead Economist for Urban Development in Africa. He has been a core team member of the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography, Senior Economic Counselor to the Indian Prime Minister’s National Transport Development Policy Committee, and Lead Author of the World Bank’s flagship report on urbanization “Planning, Connecting, and Financing Cities Now” as well as the recent ‘Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World’. Somik heads a World Bank global research program on urbanization and spatial development and previously founded the Urbanization Reviews program. He is a recognized expert on development policy related to urban and territorial competitiveness, agglomeration and clusters, infrastructure, and impact evaluation, with over 18 years’ global experience, most notably in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.. His research and policy advisory interests focus on “place shaping policies”, around cities, clusters, and corridors and the functioning of factor and product markets, with more than 40 publications featured in peer-reviewed journals including the “Journal of Development Economics” and “Journal of Urban Economics”, edited volumes including the “Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics”, and working papers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, master’s in city planning, and doctorate in economics and public policy.
Maurice is a property executive with over 25 years’ real estate experience. He has been involved in various retail real estate roles at Woolworths where his responsibilities include the expansion, design and build of the retail footprint for Africa, as well as the development of the industrial and office assets. Maurice is a qualified Quantity Surveyor and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Prejelin Naggan is Head of Primary Markets in the Capital Markets division of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). His role entails leading teams that drive new listings by local and international issuers across all the JSE markets. This includes focusing in particular on new equity and debt listings and related products such as ETFs (exchange traded funds), warrants and hybrid instruments.
Before joining the JSE, Prejelin was with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank for almost 8 years where he worked initially as the bank’s M&A and ECM lawyer, then as a client coverage banker within the Investment Banking division advising client in different industries on M&A and ECM transactions. Before leaving J.P. Morgan, Prejelin was the Sub-Saharan Investment Banking Business Manager supporting the development and implementation of the firm’s Investment Banking strategy.
Prior to J.P. Morgan, Prejelin worked as a corporate finance executive at Java Capital (2005 to 2008) where he advised several clients on, among other things, listing on the JSE. He began his career at Werksmans Incorporated in 2003 as a candidate attorney, before becoming an associate in the commercial department.
Prejelin obtained Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 and he completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the same university a year earlier. He has also obtained a certificate in Management Development through the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management in 2014.
Mr Ogunniran is the Managing Director of uacn property development co plc. A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he holds LL.B, LL.M and MBA degrees of the University of Lagos.
A former Law Lecturer at the University of Lagos, he joined UACN Plc as Manager, Legal Services and later worked in several functional areas such as Marketing, Sales and Corporate Planning and Supply Chain Management.
He was a former Divisional Managing Director, MDS Logistics Division of UACN, Past President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, and Council Member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A former Fullbright Scholar at Yale School, USA, he has attended various Senior Management and Leadership programmes at Ashridge Management College, UK, Cranfield University, U.K, Harvard Business School, and London Business School.
He is a regular speaker at International Conferences including the African Property Investment Summit, and IFC/IMN African Capital Markets Conference; South Africa and a Lead Speaker for Africa at the International Conference on Corporate Governance, Shanghai in 2010.
Mr. TAMBA is currently Director-General of Economics, Programming and Public Investment at the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon. His administrative experience is various. At the University of Yaounde II, where he is a teacher, he has been Vice-Dean, Divisional Head and Head of the Special Task Cell. Since 2011, he has also served as Technical Advisor to the Minister of the Economy.
Regarding his scientific work, he published three collective works and dozens of papers and he held the post of Head of Department at the University of Yaounde II-SOA. He supervises students with a focus on economic analysis and public policy.
He is a member of several Committees, Boards of Directors and Research Centers both nationally and internationally.
Nick Allan is the Chief Executive Officer for Control Risks Europe and Africa Region and sits on the company board and executive committee. Prior to this role Nick led the Asia Pacific region for a number of years. Nick started in the company in the area of political and country risk analysis, leading project teams dealing with a range of issues across multiple geographies.
Djoko has been in professional planning practice for over 25 years. He is one of the very few urban planners, who has hands-on experiences in executing, managing and implementing large scale regional, city planning and housing projects in Asia, Middle East and Africa. Some of the projects he personally directed include the Master Plan Concept for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in India, Master Plan for the City of Kigali in Rwanda, Master Plan for the Rustenburg Municipality in South Africa and Master Plan for Al Wakra and Al Khor Municipalities in Qatar.
He is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Surbana Jurong Planning Group (SJPG), overseeing the planning and urban design projects in Africa, South Asia and Indonesia.
He is also a member of Kigali City Advisory Committee and lectures on urban planning in School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.
David Duke joined SMEC South Africa (formerly Vela VKE Consulting Engineers) in 1993.
He was appointed Functional Head for Urban Development at SMEC in 2012 after serving as a Technical Director and Section Manager in the Durban office of SMEC (formerly Vela VKE consulting Engineers).
In 2014 David was appointed General Manager for Urban and Social Development, Africa Division.
He has 24 years’ experience in master planning, design, implementation and project management of civil infrastructure for high profile large urban mixed use, commercial, residential and resort developments in South Africa and internationally.
David holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Civil Engineering from Durban University of Technology (Formerly Technikon Natal). David is a professionally registered engineering technologist with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a member of the South African Institute of Civil Engineers. David is also currently busy with a masters degree in Urban Infrastrucure Design at the University of Cape Town.
Michael is the Regional Head of Debt Finance for East Africa, responsible for originating, structuring and executing corporate debt transactions. This includes managing the Debt Finance business in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in addition to building Barclays’ East African region as a regional hub. He has over 17 years of banking experience.
Michael, based in Kenya, joined Barclays in the latter part of 2014 from Citigroup in Chicago, where he spent 4 years advising on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions for Global Industrials clients. Prior to Citigroup, Michael spent 9 years with JPMorgan in Chicago as a Vice President in the Asset Based Lending and Corporate Banking divisions. Michael also spent some time in South Africa with Mecene Investment, advising on private equity transactions in the microfinance industry throughout Africa.
Michael is an accomplished investment banker, having advised and executed over $15 billion of Capital Markets and M&A transactions. Notable transactions include Government of Kenya’s $1 billion syndication, Kenya Power’s $500 million syndication, Kenya Pipeline’s $350 million syndication, East African Breweries Limited’s KES 6 billion Medium Term Note Issuance, Motherson Sumi’s $66 million acquisition of Stoneridge’s Wiring Harness business, Foresight Energy’s $350 million IPO, American Axle’s $1.1 billion High Yield bond issuance and Meritor’s $275 million High Yield bond issuance.
Michael is an economics graduate from Goshen College and also holds a Master of Business Administration in Economics, Finance & International Business from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Warren is a Chartered Accountant and Chief Operating Officer of the Vantage Capital Group. Vantage Capital is a South Africa-based firm that specializes in mezzanine debt and renewable energy debt across Africa. Vantage Capital manages three mezzanine debt funds, a renewable energy senior debt fund and a technology fund. Vantage has assets under management of over $500m.
Alexis Janoray is a VP in charge of Sub Saharan Africa development at Accor Hotels since 2016.
He was previously a banker for more than ten years specialized in structured and acquisition financing.
Alexis has spent the last five years at Proparco, the French private sector development bank, where he originated, structured and closed numerous transactions in Africa and in the hospitality sector in particular.
Alexis is a graduate from Paris Dauphine University and holds a master in corporate finance from EM Lyon business School.
Bolaji Edu is the Broll Nigeria CEO, a position he has held since September 2014.
Broll is the leading multi-disciplinary firm in Nigeria offering services which include Investment and Broking, Corporate Real Estate Services, Research, Retail leasing and Advisory, Retail and Facilities Management.
Edu is directly responsible for investment advisory involving the disposal and acquisition of real estate assets. Before joining Broll, he worked at Aviva Investors in the European Real Estate team as an Assistant Fund Manager advising corporate and public sector pension funds on their real estate portfolios. Prior to that, he worked for JLL as an Associate Director in the Investment Advisory and Strategic Asset Management Team dealing with investment sales and purchases, developments and leasing. Edu has also worked in property management and valuations at JLL.
Cameron Rush is Managing Director at PLANNING Project Management Ltd. Kenya. He is a Urban Planner / Development Manager with over fourteen years international experience in project planning and development management. He holds a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (BRTP) from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland and is currently completing his MBA with the Australian Institute of Business (AIB). He has worked with various project developers including Tatu City in Kenya, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority in Ireland and Wolter Consulting Group in Australia. Cameron has hands on experience managing projects from inception, through design and development to completion.
Cameron has worked with PLANNING Project Management Limited on several master planning / infrastructure projects including Tatu City Limited, Tilisi Development, Albizzia Downs and the Karen Waterfront.
PLANNING Project Management Ltd. provides focused project management consultancy in the areas of project planning, programming, construction monitoring, cost reporting, value and risk management, and procurement advice. Our sister company, PLANNING Systems Services Ltd., is a firm of Architects and Land Use Planners who have been in practice since 1978 and have contributed to many interesting and innovative developments over the years that have shaped the Nairobi & East Africa Skylines
Christiaan joined RLB Pentad in 2014 and has 8 years of experience working in the quantity surveying and property development profession. Prior to joining RLB Pentad, he gained experience working for several recognised players in the quantity surveying profession and in real estate development.
His areas of expertise include commercial, industrial, retail, leisure, residential and mixed-use developments.
Christiaan is in charge of expanding RLB Pentad into Africa and has specific expertise in African cost consultancy.
He is registered with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.
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.
Strong managerial background with senior level experience in the Pensions Industry. Good strategic appreciation and vision, able to build and implement sophisticated plans with a proven track record explicitly supporting business needs. Self-driven and self-reliant, sets aims and targets and leads by example, collaborative approach with good interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change. A proponent of good corporate governance.
Gregory Skeen holds an MBA from Wits Business School, a BSc. in Engineering (Civil) from the University of Cape Town, and has completed an Advanced Programme in Project Management. He is also a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. Over the past 18 years, Gregory has worked in all areas of the built environment, including design, construction, planning and management of civil engineering and building projects, as well as property development and asset management.
He currently is a Senior Development Manager at G5 Properties, focusing on developments in South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Africa. Gregory’s current secured development pipeline in these territories amounts to over USD500m.
Kapil is a Director within Standard Chartered’s Middle East & Africa Real Estate team. He is responsible for driving the banks Real Estate franchise expansion across Africa, having written the strategy post joining the Bank in 2011.
Kapil started his career with KPMG Corporate Finance in London, where he was part of the Real Estate M&A advisory team. He subsequently joined an Abu Dhabi based Private Equity fund, where he was responsible for the structuring and executing Real Estate Funds.
Kapil is a graduate of the Cass Business School, London, where he attained a degree in Banking & International Finance.
Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was born 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde, Mukono District in the Central Region of Uganda. He became the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala on 30 September 2006.
Priesthood: He was ordained a priest on 8 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Emmanuel Nsubuga. He was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 16 November 1996 and ordained bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero. He was appointed the third Archbishop of Kampala on 19 August 2006 and installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Emmanuel Wamala. He was ordained a priest on April 9th 1978 by the late Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga of the Archdiocese of Kampala.
In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France) to study a course in administration and languages, with particular focus on administration.
He was appointed Chaplain of His Holiness in 1986. In 1994 he was awarded with a Doctorate in Canon Law of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.
Khetha Mazibuko holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Accountancy and Management) degree with Honours (Management), and joined Standard Bank’s Consumer Sector team in 2016. He brings 10 years’ experience in investment and retail banking, with 4 years management consulting experience focused on Retail strategy.
Khetha has worked on cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Central America, United Kingdom, bringing extensive in post-merger implementation within the Retail Sector and has advised on strategic expansion opportunities in emerging markets, specifically South Korea, Brazil, India and South Africa.
Standard Bank’s Consumer sector team has the ability to unlock attractive African potential for businesses seeking new markets with a partner who can offer sound commercial navigation and balance-sheet backing. With relevant local knowledge of sub-Saharan African markets and a strategic footprint in 20 African countries, Standard Bank covers the full consumer value chain across the continent.
Naaman Geda begun his work career in the banking sector in Kenya. He then pursued architecture and practiced at the Symbion Group, before moving on to DSA where he rose to become senior associate and head of office. While in practice he worked on several landmark projects including the Kampala Serena Hotel, UAP Headquarters (now Equity Headquarters), GSSC Building and Benoni RTF.
Naaman subsequently transitioned to private equity, combining the banking, research, civil society and building industry experience to become African Executive for Renovatio Capital.
He currently handles deal origination and investment management on the continent, as well as Renovatio’s most recent structured finance consultancy work which has seen the organization advise pension funds, parastatals, multinationals and HNIs in the East African region on asset strategy.
Naaman has consulted in various capacities for government departments in South Africa and has represented civil society and the business community in various fora a across the world.
Naaman is allergic to boredom!
Abbas is the Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon, the largest engineering consulting and advisory business in South Africa. He is a seasoned businessman and corporate executive with a strong track record of experience in both government and private sector. He holds qualifications across the engineering, business and futures fields. He is a registered professional engineer and has operated at a senior level within the local and international engineering consulting environment.
His specialist areas include Business Strategy, Afrikan Innovation, Transformation of corporate South Africa and Futures Thinking. He is responsible for driving Aurecon’s Innovation Programme in Africa as well as crafting Aurecon’s transformation strategy in South Africa.
From Miami, USA Daniel studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Michigan. During University Daniel founded the school’s Bitcoin/ Blockchain student organization. Then through connecting with the Bitcoin/ Blockchain clubs at Stanford University and MIT, Daniel co-founded the College Cryptocurrency Network (re branded as the Blockchain Education Network); a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational events and student organizations around the Blockchain. He is currently the co-founder and COO of BenBen working to develop partnerships, business strategies, and lead the product architecture development.
Derek is the Consumer Products & Retail Sector Leader for Africa. In this role he has benefited from extensive travelling to some of Africa’s most exciting growth markets. Derek’ experience serving on the continent’s largest South African based food company (Tiger Brands Limited) and a global beverage company (Coca-Cola) will provide valuable insights in the areas of process reviews, cost of control, mergers and acquisitions, IT implementations, the implementation of shared service centres and the application of accounting reporting frameworks.
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.
Greg’s hands-on experience in Africa for more than a decade has allowed him to develop an expansive strategic business network with local and global developers as well as influential industry role players on the continent and beyond. With an enviable track record over a magnitude of successful developments, Greg continues to focus on collaborating with global corporations, frontier and emerging market investors as well as various funders on new real estate related opportunities in Africa.
As a former executive of AECOM (a global provider of design, development, engineering and construction services) Greg was responsible for expanding the footprint of the ‘Rest of Africa’ business from 2006 (outside of South Africa) to 2014. His market sector knowledge includes: office, retail, leisure, education and healthcare schemes and he has experience in over 40 African countries. Greg is registered with the Chartered Management Institute and a graduate of Kingston University, London.
Greg has been instrumental in sustaining the rapid growth of the Company since its inception in 2014 when the Company listed on the alternative exchange of the JSE with a market capitalisation of US$118 million and a portfolio valued at US$86.0 million. Today, Mara Delta is the only property focused income fund with primary listings on both the JSE Limited and the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Subsequent to anticipated corporate activity in the first half of 2017, the Company’s asset portfolio is expected to be valued in excess of US$530 million.
Guy Briggs joined dhk in 2012 as Head of Urban Design and was appointed Director in 2015. He has extensive experience in the development of urban design frameworks, design codes and design guidelines, urban regeneration, development strategy and master planning locally and internationally. Guy has lectured in the UK, USA and SA and has published his work in aspects of regeneration, urbanism and sustainability. He previously spent 12 years in London as Urban Design Director at EDAW (now AECOM). Guy is a SACAP registered architect, a member of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK).
Heidi Rix joined Mara Delta as Chief Operating Officer on 1 May 2016. Heidi brings 18 years of commercial and real estate experience and holds BComm LLB degrees with further studies in the real estate industry including an Advanced Diploma in Property Practice (cum laude). Heidi joins Mara Delta from the Broll Property Group where she was a Director of the Group and held the position of Managing Director Investor Services with overall responsibility and accountability for the Asset Management, Property Management and Retail Leasing businesses. Prior positions held by Heidi include Director of Atterbury Asset Managers (Pty) Ltd and General Manager Rand Merchant Bank Properties (Pty) Ltd.
Joe has been the Asset Manager for Time Projects since 2014. His 17 year career has all been in the real estate field, working for Knight Frank in London since 2001 he rose to head up their International Research Division. His main role for PrimeTime is in assessing, negotiating and facilitating acquisitions and disposals, managing the larger lease renewals and securing new tenants. Joe has been at the forefront of the company’s investment into Zambia and in exploring opportunities for the group throughout the region.
Josh is a Fellow of the RICS and a licensed European Mortgage Lending Valuer and is now Head of Valuation for Sub Saharan Africa at JLL in Johannesburg.
He was formerly part of the UK National Specialist Retail valuation Team in London at JLL, where he focused on valuing prime and secondary shopping centres, retail parks, leisure properties and high street retail all over Britain. He was also responsible for leading Compliance, Best Practice and Risk Management initiatives within JLL’s UK Valuation Business.
Josh has significant International Valuation experience, having valued real estate in the UK, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Georgia and Ukraine. Having spent 6 years abroad in Moscow, Russia, Josh has valued a wide variety of high-value real estate assets in every property segment including retail and leisure, with a focus on prime shopping centres, offices, industrial and warehouse units, residential and development land.
Josh has specialised in leading portfolio instructions for Internationally listed entities with portfolio values as high as $4,5bil. Apart from a significant amount of experience in leading instructions for IFRS, loan security and for transactional purposes, Josh has also undertaken capital markets origination work on investment opportunities in Tbilisi, Georgia and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Josh has also appeared twice as an expert witness at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) giving evidence on large shopping centres and mixed-use developments.
Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte. He also leads the Africa firm’s China and Japan Services Group and is a member of the Global Firm’s Insight Advisory Group. Over his career, he has been an advisor to a large array of multinational firms on their market entry & engagement strategies in Africa. He has also conducted a large amount of advisory work on behalf of the public sector.
He has advised companies that include AECI, African Development Bank, AfriEximbank, Aveng, Barclays, Barloworld, Discovery, Liberty Life, MasterCard, Old Mutual, Standard Bank and Unilever and in the public sector has advised governments including those of Botswana, Ghana, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
He has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its Annual Analysts of the Year awards.
He is a Senior Fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economy and inclusive growth.
Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world and has served in various advisory capacities at the WEF.
Martyn completed his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand at the age of 25, has studied at Yonsei University (Seoul) and has completed executive programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Jackson Institute for International Affairs at Yale University and Said Business School at Oxford University.
He has previously been on the faculty at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria, as well as at the business schools of both universities. Martyn has delivered lectures by invitation at Harvard University, MIT, London School of Economics, Oxford University, IE Business School, Peking University, the African Development Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, the Royal African Society, and the World Bank. He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.
He is married to Suheima and is the proud Dad of Mikha, Zarah and Adam.
Michael joined Standard Bank in April 2016 after 10 years at Morgan Stanley South Africa, where he led the bank’s Sub Saharan Macro Research effort. He was rated No. 2 for Africa Research by the Financial Mail in 2009, No. 2 Economist on South Africa in 2010 by the Eleonora Fixed Income Investor Survey; No. 1 South African forecaster by Bloomberg in 2011; No. 1 Sub Saharan Africa Analyst by the Financial Mail in 2014 and No.1 Economist on South Africa by the global Institutional Investor Survey in 2015. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he worked as Fixed Income Strategist at Citigroup (2002-2004), Portfolio Manager at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (1999-2002) and Assistant Economist at JP Morgan (1998-99). He also lectured Macroeconomics at the University of Natal (1997) and the University of the Western Cape (1995-1996).
Tom Mundy heads JLL’s Sub Saharan Africa research and market intelligence group based out of Johannesburg. Previously, Tom was a director in JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets research and strategy team in London. Prior to joining JLL Tom served as chief strategist for Russia’s largest private bank and before that was an equity strategist for Renaissance Capital’s number one ranked emerging market strategy team based in Moscow. Before this this Tom was instrumental in the development of a leading emerging market hedge fund and was involved in all areas of the fund’s development including capital raising and fund structuring. He has given policy advice to the central bank and government of Russia and Kazakhstan and is a graduate of Oxford University (St Antony’s College) and University College London.
Robert Hersov is a South African entrepreneur, senior executive and private investor based in London. He currently serves as Chairman of Invest Africa, Chairman and Partner of African Capital Investments, Advisor to Chairman of VistaJet, and Chairman of Adoreum Partners.
Hersov’s grandfather, Bob Hersov, founded AngloVaal, one of Southern Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, which his father, Basil Hersov, ran from 1973 to 2001.
Rob has been a member of many public and private boards and owns many companies in the resource, media/marketing, luxury and finance sectors.
Rob has been focused on investing in Africa, a continent close to his heart given his upbringing and family ties. He was the founder of Invest Africa and has been a driving force behind Sapinda Group’s direct investments in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also made a number of personal investments on the continent and has close relationships with businesses across different African regions.
In May 2013, Rob saw an opportunity to create a platform for the growing number of individuals becoming involved in pan-African investments and founded Invest Africa.
Invest Africa was founded with the specific purpose of delivering on the demand for high quality relationships within growing African markets amongst the business community. The private club has amassed over 300 high level members in just 12 months and has launched operations in London, New York, Johannesburg, Geneva, Zurich and Dubai. He also recently founded African Capital Investments to build an Africa-focused investment platform.
Rob received a B.B.S. from the University of Cape Town and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is married, with four children.
Roelou Slabbert has been involved in real estate developments in South Africa and across the rest of the African continent since 1998. As Legal Advisor and later Business Development Executive for Shoprite Checkers Properties Ltd, he was involved with and dealmaker on real estate developments over a period of 18 years in more than 12 African countries, including South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria and Angola. Roelou was instrumental in the development of the first shopping centre in Angola and was co-author of the Master Agreement for the co-development of the Belas Shopping Center.
Since 2009 he has been acting as an advisor to the RMB Westport Real Estate Development Fund with a specific focus on developments in Luanda, Angola.
He was admitted to the High Court of South Africa as attorney and notary public in 1998 with a B Comm LLB from the University of Stellenbosch. He also holds an MBA from the Stellenbosch Business School.
Following and early career in South Africai n construction, property development and property finance, Sandy moved to Botswana in 1988 to “open the doors” for Time Projects Botswana. He was instrumental in developing PrimeTime’s initial portfolio and its successful listing on the BSE in 2007. Since then, as managing director of Time Projects and PrimeTime he has led the team that has built the company’s investment properties from an initial 13 to 26 today including the drive into Zambia.
Selwyn is a Principal at Barclays Africa and leads the bank’s commercial property finance business in Africa (ex-South Africa). Prior to taking on this role, he was a founding member of the RMB Westport team, leading structuring and corporate management for RMB Westport’s developments in Nigeria. Previously, he co-founded and managed Rand Merchant Bank’s Opportunities in Global Real Estate portfolio. This portfolio had exposure to international property assets exceeding $250 million. Before joining Rand Merchant Bank, Selwyn was a consultant in the Johannesburg office of McKinsey & Company, serving clients in several African jurisdictions. Selwyn is a CFA Charterholder and holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Simon has over ten years of experience in the real estate industry and he has been working with JLL from 2010 in Europe (France), the Middle East (United Arab Emirates) and Africa (South Africa).
In his current role Simon is heading the Strategic Consulting division of JLL in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Together with his team, he provides real estate consulting services such as feasibility studies, bespoke market research and development advisory.
He has an in-depth knowledge of commercial, retail, residential, hospitality and industrial asset classes in Sub-Saharan Africa and he has being involved in numerous projects in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania.
Building on a very successful track record across the EMEA region, Simon is highly committed to continue to further grow business in Africa.
Toby Selman is the CEO and co-founder of Africa Logistics Properties, an integrated property development and investment company that is focused on the industrial warehousing sector across Africa. Toby has a 15 year background building private and public commercial property investment companies, primarily in the industrial warehouse sector, across Russia, Canada and Europe. He was a member of the founding management team of Raven Russia PLC, a UK property company that built a $1.5 billion modern grade-A warehouse portfolio across Russia which listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Royal Institute
of Chartered Surveyors and has an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Vicus looks after retail developments in Sub-Saharan Africa with the scope of his work involving finding tenants, securing of new retail projects in new and existing locations, budgets and management of staff.
He was involved in the leasing of West Hills Mall and the Junction in Ghana which opened in 2014. Vicus is currently leasing retail projects in Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Zambia.
Vicus has accumulated many years of experience in the retail operational sector, having spent time with the likes of Mr. Price and Topics in their internal real estate departments.
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
Tim is a founder and CEO of PROFICA, a group of professional development, project and construction management services companies, managing and delivering property and construction projects and solutions for various clients in the retail, commercial, industrial & processing, residential, hotels and leisure sectors.
Tim received his qualification in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1996, and from early on in his career, was responsible for the delivery and management of large construction projects. Having worked for 2 of the top 5 South African listed contractors, he has extensive hands-on construction expertise. Tim gained professional project management expertise in the UK on complex projects and is a fully accredited professional member of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. Tim is a registered Professional Construction Project Manager with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and is the current President of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM), a voluntary association of specialist construction project management professionals working in the built environment.
The Profica business has grown over the years with a strong footprint, local offices and presence throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. With a substantial team on the ground in West and East Africa and managing projects elsewhere in countries such as Zambia and Mozambique, Profica has experience across the continent. While 70% of Profica’s turnover in 2014 / 2015 will come from business outside of South Africa, Profica remains strong at home as evidenced by Profica being rated as the top project management company in the built environment in South Africa in 2011 & 2013 (as rated by an external survey company).
Adrian Maguire the CEO of FATTi a company that started it’s roots by providing the next generation Wi-Fi networks to shopping Centers. This intern turned into a business that focuses on the ability to monitor and track the behavior of people through their mobile devices thus giving great insight to shopper behavior. The business has now expanded world wide and is deployed on Luxury Ocean Liners, Theaters, Soccer Stadiums and Schools in addition to retail Malls. Adrian has over 25 Years experience in telecommunication starting from doing Telecom Solutions in Dealer-Room and Call centers with Grintek Telecom. He them moved into the open access networks with GTS and Smart village were he deployed some the the first open access fiber and PLC networks in the country.
Thierry has 17 years’ experience in the industry with a focus on the hospitality and retail sectors. Having carried out the roles as both client and consultant, Thierry has developed core competencies in project initiation and feasibility that define the project scope, and has managed the development process from pre-contract through to completion. Thierry is French speaking and has worked in MENA & Southern Africa.
Jonathan Turner is a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield and General Manager, Corporate Real Estate Services at Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate.
Jonathan has over 30 years of real estate experience, specialising in advising multi-national corporates and managing multi-disciplinary client relationships. A Partner since 1995, he established the firm’s occupier management business in the UK, has undertaken global client leadership roles for many years and latterly he has also been the relationship manager responsible for developing and expanding Cushman & Wakefield’s service delivery platform in Africa. He will shortly be relocating to Johannesburg from London, to further expand the firm’s CRES functions and the service delivery platform across Africa.
A chartered surveyor (RICS), Jonathan holds a BA (Hons) in Economic History from Durham University, an MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University and a Masters in Corporate Real Estate (CoreNet).
As Divisional Director of Strategy and Consulting for Broll Occupier Services, Jess is responsible for developing strategies for client portfolios across the African continent that deliver optimised portfolio structures, stakeholder value, operational benefits and cost savings. Core services include the identification, analysis and recommendation of strategic options for clients, including financial modelling and development of business cases for approval by senior management teams. Key clients include Absa, Barclays Africa, BancABC/Atlas Mara, Shell, BHP Billiton, Eskom, Telkom and Standard Chartered Bank.
Jess joined Broll in 2013. Prior to joining Broll, she was Research Director at MSCI (formerly IPD) with responsibility for the analysis of over R300 billion of property, helping property owners and occupiers drive the performance of their portfolios through performance measurement and benchmarking.
Jess has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Property and an MBA majoring in International Business. She has over 11 years’ experience in property strategy, analysis and research, with significant experience in African, Australian and UK property markets.
Mark is the Managing Director for East, West and Central Africa for Turner & Townsend. He managed Turner & Townsend’s 5 regional offices outside of South Africa. Prior to that he lead Turner & Townsend’s Energy business in Africa. He has over 19 years’ experience in Project Management and Project Controls in the Oil & Gas, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors, with vast experience in complex projects through the various stages from feasibility through to execution and close out. He has travelled extensively across Africa to consult and set up project controls teams or to assist clients with existing projects in both Up and Downstream Oil & Gas projects and more recently with projects in the aviation and real estate sectors.
Leonard Michau has 20 years of commercial experience in the property services sector. Prior to his current position, Michau has held senior positions as Group CFO and COO gaining hands on experience covering a broad range of services across all property sectors.
Michau has been involved with the Group’s Sub-Saharan Africa operations for the past 10 years with emphasis on West Africa during the past five years. He has a thorough understanding of the macro elements driving economic growth in Africa as well as the local market factors driving property transactions/developments across all sectors.
Sethebe is an ambitious, self- driven individual, who is passionate about Property Finance and Investment. She has developed her career around specialising in real estate asset management through different investment vehicles. Having a strong real estate background, a dynamic business orientation and a strong head on her shoulders, she has driven and continues to drive various initiatives in Real Estate, Business and Community development.
Specialties: Real Estate Finance and Investment, Negotiation, business modelling, investment feasibilities and asset management.
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.
Matthew has over 15 years of experience in Project and Design Management. Matthew specialises in Funding Advisory and Procurement Processes & Strategy including Client Technical Advisory, Business Case Development, Negotiation Expertise and Strategic FM Advisory. Matthew’s ability to diligently apply the skills and experience gained empowers him to confidently consult through the development of the whole life project cycle of an asset (including project programming).
Matthew has been a Consultant at National and Provincial level for Government across various infrastructure projects. In addition to this Matthew has served key clients as a specialist advisor in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Facilities Management (FM) and Programme Management. He has acted as Lead Technical Advisor on various projects across these disciplines. He has been responsible for projects where strategic Governance was required to align with relevant policies and procedures, as well as resolving contractual and procurement issues for infrastructure projects.
Matthew has fulfilled the role of Strategic Management Advisor and Strategic Transaction Advisor. His experience in strategic and operational advisory has been instrumental in the development of successful project solutions for many major organisations.
Mark leads AECOM Project, Cost & Consulting (PCC) in East & West Africa and is responsible for the development of the strategy and growth of PCC across the African continent which is one of the key growth areas for AECOM globally.
Mark initially trained as a quantity surveyor in the private sector and then was involved in mergers & acquisition and subsequently in the development of project finance for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, and is one of the leading experts globally on Public Private Partnership (PPP / P3) which brought Mark to come to South Africa in 2010 to assist a number of African Governments to deliver a range of PPP projects across the African continent. Over the last four Mark has been leading AECOM development and growth in Africa as well as establishing regional HUBs in East & West along with a number of offices across Mauritius, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Senegal and Lesotho to assist them in the delivery of projects across the African continent.
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.
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