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]
Gugulethu Mfuphi is an experienced orator, with sound understanding of financial markets, economic data and current affairs. She is Kaya FM’s “Kaya Bizz” presenter and also serves as Conference Chair, Panel Discussion Moderator and Programme Director at events. She previously worked for Talk Radio 702, SAfm, Lotus FM and The City Press Newspaper. Some of her career highlights include reporting from the Annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland and Africa; and moderating conferences for The MasterCard Foundation, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, The International Labour Organisation, Investec, Standard Bank, The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Transnet Port Terminals and the South African Council of Shopping Centres.
Rob is a Chartered Accountant by training and has extensive residential mortgage and financial services experience. He joined SA Home Loans in 2005, and is currently the Group COO having previously filled the role of CFO for 10 years.
SA Home Loans is the largest non-bank mortgage lender in South Africa, with a home loan book of c.R70 billion; and the pre-eminent issuer of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities in the capital markets, having securitised in excess of R50 billion of home loans. The Group also has significant life assurance and short term insurance operations, and is the appointed servicer to an affordable housing development fund.
Gaetan Siew is currently Chairperson of Port Louis Development Initiative and Special Envoy for UN Habitat. He is Past President of International Union of Architects, and Past Secretary General of African Union of Architects. For his contributions, he was awarded several honorary membership and fellowships, elevated to Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius, and elevated to Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Gaetan is also Past Board Director of Futures Cities UK and Past Chairperson of State Land Development Company (Smart Mauritius).
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.
Josh Panknin is a commercial real estate professional with 10+ years industry experience, including research, acquisitions, financing, bond trading, and full-stack technology development. Josh is adept at detailed research and feasibility studies, acquisitions analysis, structuring debt, mezzanine, and equity financing for commercial real estate, multi-variable sensitivity analysis, preparation of lender presentations and offering memoranda, and negotiations. He is also co-founder of a small commercial real estate investment firm. Josh improved Deutsche Banks’ secondary CMBS real estate credit analysis and valuation platform for securitized commercial mortgages and led the development of an automated property analysis model capable of compiling market data, historical property performance, and valuation sensitivity analysis.
Benjamin Kodisang is the Founder and CEO of ALT Capital Partners, a specialist investment business that focuses only on Private Markets. Prior to that, Benjamin was CEO of Sanlam Alternative Investments; MD of Stanlib Africa; Head: Distribution, Marketing and Strategy of Old Mutual Investment Group (SA) and MD of Old Mutual Property. He holds a B.Com. from the University of Natal and a B.Compt. (Hons.) from UNISA and is a qualified CA. He is the Chairman of Wesgro; Past President of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa (SAICA).
Sunil Benimadhu is CEO of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) and is a regular speaker on Emerging/African Financial Markets. He is Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius (GFM), the apex body of private Financial Services sector operators. He is on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges. Sunil was President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), an Executive Committee member of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) and chaired the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE). He. He holds a M.B.A. in Finance and Investment, a D.E A. in Development Economics and a Maîtrise in Macro-Economics from France.
Dr Martyn Davies is a Partner and Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte. He heads Deloitte Africa’s Automotive sector business, and leads Japan and China Services for the firm. Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy and corporate finance advisory firm that was subsequently acquired by Deloitte. Martyn completed his PhD at Wits and 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 is a member of the prestigious Young President’s Organisation (YPO).
Marc Wachsberger is the Managing Director and owner of The Capital. He started his career at a corporate finance firm (which was a RMB breakaway company). He later established his own private equity firm, Intamarket Equity & Advisory. After spotting a gap for affordable long term accommodation in the Sandton area, he started up EAH (Executive Apartment Hotels), which formed the basis for the now rebranded business, The Capital Hotels & Apartments. Currently The Capital Hotels & Apartments’ portfolio consists of eight properties based in Sandton, Pretoria, Rosebank, Cape Town and Umhlanga.
Gavin Cox has over 25 years of experience in African and international retail sectors. He is one of the Directors at Broll Nigeria as well as Retail Portfolio Executive and Head of Property Management. Previously, Gavin has worked for the Edcon Group. He has worked as a General Manager at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town and as Managing Director at Sahara Centre a Super Regional Shopping Centre in the United Arab Emirates. He was also responsible for the development management, leasing and design input of the Yinchuan Shopping Mall in China.
Timonthy Murungi is currently a Director of Centum Investment at Centum Real Estate. He has over 20 years post-graduation work experience in quantity surveying / commercial management from the United Kingdom and Middle East. Timothy is responsible for the development and commercialization of the Group’s real estate strategy. Prior to joining Centum, he was Director of Infrastructure and MEP at DAMAC Properties; Senior Consultant for EC Harris International for commercial delivery of Al Raha Beach Abu Dhabi 520H and a Senior Quantity Surveyor for Ove Arup and Partners. He holds a BSc. (Hons) Quantity Surveying, Sheffield Hallam University (UK).
Dr. Chii Akporji is a well-published author, has +20 years’ experience in development finance, played a key role in the start-up of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and is Director: Policy, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Dr. Akporji served as Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, where she assisted in the execution of several economic reforms, which yielded between 4% and 6% GDP Growth from 2012–2014, and led to the recognition of Nigeria’s economy as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MA and PhD, has executive management certifications from Harvard and Wharton Business School.
Craig McMurray comes from a farming background and began his working career in the forestry industry. During this time, he managed the family timber and sugar cane operations in South Africa, and later timber operations in the DRC, Madagascar, and Mozambique. Preceding that, he was at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. In 2004 Craig founded a private equity company investing in inner-city residential property in Johannesburg. Craig later co-founded Bridgehead Real Estate Fund, focusing on real estate investments and developments. In 2009, Craig formed Respublica Student Living, a national student accommodation developer, manager and owner. He holds a B.Sc. Forestry, Stellenbosch and an MBA, Oxford Brookes, UK.
Vicus Bouwer 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.
Eckardt Dauck is a German entrepreneur and impact investor. Eckardt has been involved in real estate investment and development since the mid 1980s. He has introduced green technologies to the region and created sustainable, local value chains to deliver infrastructure and affordable housing. After the successful implementation in Rwanda, Eckardt founded a social enterprise to scale-up local manufacturing in the region with the next factory currently being built in Uganda. With a network in both private and public sectors, Eckardt is a frequent speaker on the investment climate, sustainable construction technologies, and impact investing in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ramanand started his career in the Property sector in the UK and Paris, France at Bourdais Expertise S.A. With over 15 years experience in African Property markets, he now advises several listed companies with their strategies, transactions and portfolio management within the whole Indian Ocean and the Francophone Africa Region as head of the Corporate Real Estate Services department of Broll Indian Ocean.
He has acted on behalf of a long list of multinational and blue chip clients in Africa in their lease acquisitions, renewal negotiations and other property needs. His ability to represent tenants in negotiating the best lease terms, coupled with a deep understanding of the market in Africa, has meant that corporate occupiers continue to rely on his advice at Broll in making long term property decisions.
Key clients include Nestlé (Sub-Sahara Africa Portfolio), HSBC, Accenture, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank, Regus, Oracle, IBM, Maersk Line, HP, Barclays and Syngenta.
He is also an external consultant for Airbus Group, Geo-Intelligence for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Revenue System in Africa.
He holds a BSc (Hons) Property with Business Studies from Staffordshire University, UK, and is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is fluent in both French and English.
Pierre completed his articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent time in the UK from 2001 to 2004 working for Credit Suisse First Boston in risk management, asset valuation and the accounting of proprietary and market-making portfolios. Pierre joined Novare in 2005 as a member of the teams managing the Novare funds of hedge funds and the multimanager
portfolios with responsibility for product structuring and operational due diligence. He moved to Novare Equity Partners in 2009 to establish the Novare Africa Property Fund where his duties include the operational and financial structuring of the underlying investments of the fund. Pierre is a CFA charterholder and a director of Novare Fund Manager and several companies within Nigeria. He has 16 years of industry experience.
Pierre joined Novare in 2005 as a member of the teams managing the Novare funds of hedge funds and the multimanager portfolios with responsibility for product structuring and operational due diligence. He moved to Novare Equity Partners in 2009 to establish the Novare Africa Property Fund. Pierre is a director of Novare Fund Manager and several companies within Nigeria. He has 16 years of industry experience.
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. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Architecture.
Bronwyn Corbett is the CEO of Mara Delta Property Holdings. She has significant corporate finance and deal making experience and has played an instrumental role in the JSE listing of Delta Property Fund Limited in 2012 where she held the positions of CFO and COO prior to taking up the leadership role at Mara Delta. During her tenure at Delta Limited, Bronwyn 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).
Vijay Patel is MD of Kaydee (Quarry) Limited, responsible for strategic direction and process management. Vijay’s core expertise is centred around asset allocation and portfolio management with focus on distressed securities and value investing, turnarounds, private equity and venture capital. Vijay holds a BSc. (Hons) in Banking and International Finance. He has previously worked for Man Investments, Atlas Capital Limited and London & Capital. During 1998, he completed an internship program within the Project Finance divisions at Bank of America NT & SA (London).
Thomas Reilly is MD: Growthpoint Investec African Properties/Head: Africa Real Estate Investec Asset Management. He is responsible for establishing a pan-African real estate investment business between Investec Asset Management, Growthpoint Properties and the IFC. Overall responsibility for investment strategy, capital raising, asset origination/acquisition, debt structuring, asset/property management activities. He was previously CEO of Sanlam Africa Real Estate; Alternate Non-Executive Director of Attacq Group; MD of Sanlam Properties Limited; Sanlam Group Treasurer; Sanlam Capital Markets: Head: Market Activity; and Gensec Bank Head: Fixed Income and Treasury Divisions. Thomas holds a B.Com. (Hons) Economics.
Mwewa Kyamulanda is Director of Investments at ZSIC Life Limited, Zambia and is responsible for driving the overall investment strategy at ZSIC Life and overseeing a wide portfolio of assets. He was previously Head of Treasury and Investments at ZSIC Life Limited, Money Market Dealer for Investrust Bank Plc, Manager – Foreign Business for First Alliance Bank, Forex / Money Market Trader for Access Bank Zambia and Treasury and Investments Officer for ZSIX Holdings. He holds an M.Sc.: Economics and Finance, a BA: Economics and Statistics and is a PhD Candidate.
Jeremy Kelly is currently a Director within the Global Research Programmes team at JLL and has 30+ years’ experience in real estate-related market analysis and advisory work. Jeremy has had responsibility for several of JLL flagship research projects including ‘Global Market Perspective’ and ‘Global Real Estate Transparency Index’. He has played a pivotal role in developing JLL’s Cities Research programme. He is author of several recent JLL papers including ‘Global Cities Momentum Index’, ‘China50’, ‘Redefining Retail Investment – Global Real Estate Futures’ and ‘A New World of Cities – Redefining the Real Estate Investment Map’.
Jonathan Lotter has over 20 years of retail experience with strong managerial background at senior level as well as local and international exposure in the retail and property management sectors. He has experience in sales and marketing, visual and merchandising, stock, risk, people and project management, logistics and customs as well as performance management. Jonathan’s retail career started in South Africa where he held positions including Chain Project Manager, Regional Operations Manager and Store Manager for the Edcon Group in the Western Cape.
Nawfal Bendefa is the founder of REIM Partners, a real estate asset manager with more than €300 million AUM in commercial real estate Morocco. Nawfal has over twenty years of experience in development, asset management, fund management and fundraising. His career in real estate began in lodging in the US and UK in various roles. He participated and led transactions in more than a dozen countries (US, Europe, Africa and Asia). Prior to REIM, Nawfal was CEO of Actif Invest in Morocco, and Vice President of Asset Management with Marriott International.
Peter Small was appointed as the Managing Director for Broll Kenya in March 2016. His role entails general business development. Prior to joining Broll Kenya, Peter was the Chief Operating Officer for Colliers International in Myanmar. He has previously held senior management positions with Jones Lang LaSalle in the UK, Hong Kong and the Philippines, CBRE in Hong Kong and China and Colliers International in Vietnam. Peter has over 33 years of real estate experience with extensive knowledge of property asset management for all major property types – including commercial industrial, office, retail and residential.
Fredrick Nzui is currently the Principal Chief Executive Officer at JKUAT SRBS in Kenya. His role is central to the success of the Scheme. Fredrick has in depth technical knowledge, sophisticated understanding of IT systems and an awareness of the impact of changing legislation. He was previously the Assistant Pensions Manager at JKUAT SRBS, Pensions Administration Officer at TelPosta Pension Scheme – Telkom Kenya – Orange, and Intern at Alexander Forbes Consultants & Actuaries Limited. He has an M.Sc. in Population Studies and B.Sc. in Actuarial Science.
Olaf Schmidt is Manager of Property, Retail & Hotel, Health & Education Investments for the African Region at the IFC. His previous responsibilities as Global Sector Lead for Property, Retail & Hotel investments and Hub Lead for Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services in Western Europe included helping build business with European sponsors across emerging markets and providing global coverage of investments with a variety of instruments including equity, mezzanine finance, and debt. He worked in strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney in France and Germany and spent two years with OTF Group in Africa. Olaf holds a Business Administration and Master’s degree.
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 15 years’ experience in building private and public commercial property investment companies, across Russia, Canada and Europe. He was a member of the founding management team of Raven Russia PLC, a UK property company. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Gerald Gondo is an executive director of RisCura Africa, responsible for business development. With front-line investment management experience in Africa, his primary role is to ensure the investment deliverables provided to RisCura clients are appropriate, understood and value-adding. Previously, he was Portfolio Manager for Atria Africa, Mauritius; Portfolio Manager for Imara Group Zimbabwe; and Regional Investment Manager for Business Partners South Africa. Gerald has significant experience in equity and credit analysis of listed and unlisted debt and equity instruments, throughout Africa ex-South Africa, as well as analysis, negotiation and decision-making on investments in unlisted corporate debt and commercial paper. Gerald holds a Masters: Finance and Financial Management Services from UCT.
Steve Draper has spent 21 years building the real estate portfolio of the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB). He has overseen growth of the portfolio to + $17 billion of equity
investments in nearly 40 countries. The WSIB’s approach under his leadership has been to own controlling interests in geographically- and property-type-focused operating companies. This
people-driven approach differentiates the WSIB from most institutional investors, and has led to the ownership of 45 real estate companies globally. He is a finance graduate. The WSIB is the
investment manager for the State of Washington, with +$130 billion of AUM.
Selwyn Blieden 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 RMB’s Opportunities in Global Real Estate portfolio. Before joining RMB, 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.
Warren van der Merwe is the Chief Operating Officer of the Vantage Capital Group and is involved in all areas of operations including investing, fundraising and finance. Warren is a Chartered Accountant who spent his academic articles at the University of Witwatersrand and Arthur Andersen before starting his banking career with Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. During his time at the bank, he concluded numerous funding deals across different sectors. His last position was in the bank’s acquisition finance team, where he successfully concluded a number of leveraged finance transactions, before joining Vantage Capital.
Guido Giachetti is Executive Chairman of RDC Properties Limited in Botswana. He is a Civil Engineer and has his Masters’ in Business Management and Transport, AMP (Harvard Business School), IEP (INSEAD), Alumni Association (EPFL, INSEAD, HBS). Guido has been involved in property development and investments for over 26 years. He has been awarded the Order of Merit by The King of Spain and the title of Cavaliere from the Italian President. He is the Honorary Consul of Italy and Spain in Botswana and actively involved in community works as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Shamin A. Sookia joined Perigeum Capital as Managing Director as from July 2016. This follows a 30-year career spanning across various fields including auditing, taxation, management and consultancy services, global business and financial restructuring.Shamin was also the Head of Listing at the Stock Exchange of Mauritius ( SEM ) from years 2005 to 2016, where he was actively involved in the development of new and innovative products in the context of SEM’s strategic shift to move up the value chain of listed and traded products.He has also been instrumental in creating the enabling space for international ventures to list and raise capital on the SEM with the setting up of the regulatory framework in relation to ETFs, Structured Products, Specialist Debt Securities & Eurobonds and Global Business Companies.Shamin is a Fellow member of ACCA and CIMA as well and holds an MSc in IT (Business Information Systems & an MBA in Marketing
Tom Mundy heads JLL’s Sub-Saharan Africa research and market intelligence group based in 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 prior to that, was an equity strategist for Renaissance Capital’s number one ranked emerging market strategy team in Moscow. 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 is a graduate of Oxford University (St Antony’s College) and University College London.
Simon Ardonceau joined the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Strategic Consulting team in 2016 to develop the substantial potential for customised real estate consulting advice across the continent. He currently has strategic input in a wide range of assignments, and has been involved on several high profile and complex developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Gulf Corporation Council. His decade in the real estate industry has shaped his niche expertise in property related market assessments, development advisory as well as financial and investment analyses. Simon holds a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School, France and a Master in Real Estate from the European Business School, Germany.
Simbarashe Mhuhiro is the Founder and Managing Director of Oxygen Africa, a Zimbabwean renewable energy development company focused on commercial and industrial rooftop solar photovoltaic projects. Oxygen is currently developing 20MW rooftop solar project with Old Mutual Property Zimbabwe and Minerva Risk Advisors. AFK Insider magazine named Simba among the 12 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs of 2016, whilst in 2017 Africa.com named him among 40 Africans Under 40 – Making It In Africa. Medium.com listed Simba among 100 game changers for inspiration on how you can hack entrepreneurship and growth in its 100 Must-Follow Black Entrepreneurs, Influencers & Speakers list of 2017.
Kevin Chetty is Director: Market Development and Housing Finance at Humanity International EMEA. He has +20 years’ combined experience, of which ten years have been on senior management and executive level in retail and business banking in Africa. He has served on various provincial boards and executive committees, and received numerous awards for leadership, overall business performance and innovation. Kevin pioneered the GAP model for affordable rentals across Gauteng. Has worked with numerous banks and MFI’s across the African regions. Kevin holds a BSc and has completed various postgraduate studies in business.
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. 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.
Deon Bruwer began his career in civil engineering in 1995 in the United Kingdom and has over 18 years’ experience in the capacity as project manager, business development manager, head of real estate and CEO. He has been involved in large scale real estate developments on the African continent. He was a founding member of various companies such as Novare Equity Partners and The Real Estate Board of Nigeria. Deon is the CEO of Forum Properties Africa, is a board member of the South Africa Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and was elected as President of the Chamber in November 2012.
Xander Nijnens is currently the Executive Vice President of JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group. Prior to joining JLL, he was Managing Director of a third party hotel operator with various global brands under management in South Africa. Previous appointments include Asset Manager and Chief Analyst at Africa’s first real estate investment trust specialised in hotels and Consultant at Horwath HTL. He is a graduate of Hotel School, the Hague and has further education in real estate, company law and finance. Xander has over 11 years of experience in hotel advisory, investment and operations.
Julien Garcier is the Founder and Managing Director of Sagaci Research, the leading independent market research / market intelligence firm dedicated to African markets. Prior to launching Sagaci Research in 2012, Julien was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was involved on growing the firm activity across the African continent, advising governments and leading multinational companies in their developments efforts. Between 2000 and 2005, Julien was a consultant at A.T. Kearney in France. Julien graduated from EM Lyon (France) in 2000 with a Masters in Science in Management and has an undergraduate diploma in Economics from the University of Lyon (France). He is a French national and lives in Nairobi, Kenya
Tosin Ajose is a business lawyer with over a decade experience. She is well known for her commercial savvy, excellent analytical skills, vast transactional experience and her relentless desire to add value to her clients through innovative solutions, forward thinking and attention to details.
An astute public speaker and an IFLR ranked lawyer, Tosin until very recently headed the Real Estate/Construction, Capital Markets and Corporate Commercial Teams in a top commercial law firm in Nigeria, she is currently the Lead Advisor in DealHQ, a boutique transaction advisory firm in Lagos, Nigeria.
Adriaan Otto joined Massmart’s Real Estate team in early 2018. A large part of his current focus is assisting the Game, Builders Warehouse and Jumbo brands expand their footprint across Sub-Saharan Africa by originating ideal site locations and concluding favourable deals. Adriaan has ten years’ real estate experience, the majority on the African continent. Before joining Massmart Adriaan was with Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, where headed up the African operations. He holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and a B.Comm Law from the University of Pretoria.
Samuel de Gersigny is currently the Director of Moka Smart City, he joined ENL a decade ago in the real estate division of the group where he developed a strong experience in all different trades connected to property, from commercial to design and project management. Samuel holds of a Masters in Management from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises of Toulouse and an MBA from Universities of Paris Dauphine and Panthéon Sorbonne.
Obinna Okwodu is CEO of Fibre. Fibre provides guaranteed rental income for property owners in Nigeria, while being the easiest way for tenants to find and pay for a rental home in the country. Obinna has been at Fibre since June 2016 in which time the company has generated over N400 million ($1 million) in guaranteed rental income, has served hundreds of tenants, and has a tenant waitlist of over 4,000 people. Prior to Fibre, Obinna worked as an analyst in Morgan Stanley’s real estate team in New York. He holds a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Management Science.
Ibraheem Babalola is the Co-Founder/CEO of Muster. Ibraheem is responsible for business development, growth, expansion and overall strategy of the company. Ibraheem has a broad professional experience from working across commercial banking, SAAS, human capital management and investment banking in Nigeria and the UK. Ibraheem has advised private and listed companies on Investment and real estate transactions and was part of the Lagos Smart City Project (a $300m project). He has been featured across Business and Tech Programs (most recently on CNBC International in London). Ibraheem is passionate about disrupting Africa’s Real Estate sector using technology.
Sethebe Manake is a business owner, standing at the helm of Botswana’s first Property Research and Consulting Firm. She has extensive experience in the real estate industry particularly with pension fund portfolios, listed property portfolios, consortiums, joint ventures and privately owned portfolios. Her last corporate role was Chief Executive Officer of listed property company Letlole La Rona, before being offered a regional Asset Management position at Stanlib South Africa. Sethebe holds a Bachelor of Science in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Strategic Management from the University of Derby and Botswana Accountancy College.
Spearheading the planning and development of Uniciti on the West Coast of Mauritius, Olivier Desvaux de Marigny leads the master planning, urban planning strategies and deployment of all projects and components within the Medine Group’s smart city, as well as the smart initiatives earmarked as part of the city’s sustainable development strategy. Olivier is responsible of promoting social and technological innovation, investigating and devising business development strategies, engaging residents over multiple channels and experimenting new approaches to create better urban living within the city. As the main interlocutor with public bodies, investors, consultants and experts, Olivier is the guardian of the successful implementation of Uniciti’s vision.
Maurice Madiba is CEO of Cloud Atlas Investing, a Pan Africa (ex-SA) ETF issuer. He started as Intern at Nedbank and Absa before joining the NEF. He worked as a junior analyst at Convergence Partners and joined Deutsche Bank in 2010, working as a Prime Broking Associate. He was client representative for pension funds, LISPs and hedge funds that traded both domestic and foreign asset classes and also worked with the equity synthetics team. Maurice holds Accounting Honours, is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow, a recipient of the Student Sponsorship Programme bursary and an alumni of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
Wayne Berger is a PropTech expert, with an international MBA, and is currently MD at iShack Ventures (a Venture Builder developing disruptive technologies in Real Estate, FinTech and EduTech sectors). He founded and chairs iShack Digital Consultancy, specialising in international online advertising and innovation initiatives. Wayne holds a B.Com. Informatics and B.Com. Hons. Investment degree. He is a registered principal real estate practitioner and holds international certifications in Gamification and New Venture Finance. Wayne is co-founder of Venture Network SA, an NPO with the intention of stimulating the SA startup ecosystem. Wayne is a guest speaker specialising in advanced digital marketing strategy and exponential organisation attributes.
Cairon Clarke is the Co-Founder of PlotPeer. He is an experienced business consultant and specialises in supporting global financial institutions with the aim to deliver bespoke wealth and investment management systems. Cairon has helped clients such as St James Place, Old Mutual Wealth, FNB, ANZ, Stanlib, Investec Wealth and Investment to translate complex business requirements into functional system capabilities; working with financial services and banking groups across the U.K, South Africa and Australia and providing detailed analysis and subject matter expertise.
Michael Denenga is a partner at Webber Wentzel and a finance and investment funds attorney with 15+ years’ experience, including with the treasury departments at Standard Bank and Investec Bank. He specialises in the formation of investment funds and treasury documentation and has structured various private equity funds and hedge funds in South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and Guernsey. His expertise has been recognised by a number of international ratings agencies, including Chambers Global, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000. Michael was an African Legal Awards finalist for Attorney of the Year. He has a B.Com and an LLB.
Sachin Mohabeer is Head: Real Estate and Hospitality, Economic Development Board, Mauritius. The EDB formulates economic policies and periodic plans and stimulates the development and growth of the economy by promoting a competitive export platform and an international investment, business and service centre. Sachin has developed and managed several property development schemes including the Integrated Resort Scheme, Real Estate Scheme, Invest Hotel Scheme, Property Development Scheme and Smart City Scheme. Sachin has experience in the development of several mega projects and providing advice to other project structuring startup companies. He is now facilitating development of 10 smart cities in Mauritius.
Having lived in Geneva, London and Brussels, Zama is now putting down roots in South Africa to help build an ecosystem for what3words. Zama previously worked with Danish companies to support their market entry in South Africa, and prior to this, spent three years in Brussels working in European public affairs with companies in the environmental space. Zama completed her Master’s degree in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics.
Didier Viney joined DTOS to head their Africa Desk. He holds Honours in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Strategy. He is an Associate Member of St Hugh’s College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He spent ten years working for the largest Mauritian commercial bank, in Mauritius and in Mozambique, and gained experience in fund management, leasing, project finance, private banking, wealth management, and corporate finance. Didier also spent six years working for the Tanzanian operations of a major Mauritian sugar player as their Financial Controller.
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to government in South Africa for the past 20 years. 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. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies from the University of North Carolina USA.
Eileen Andrew is a Client Consultant at MSCI. She has gained significant experience and has developed her commercial awareness, people skills, analytical capabilities and technical skills during her 7+ years at MSCI. Her current role involves management of client relationships, Insightful interpretation of data, formulation of tenant strategy using quantitative methodology and presentation of real estate portfolio results to property, asset and fund management teams, EXCO’s, and investment boards, to name a few. She obtained a BSc: Maths and Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Dolapo Omidire is the Founder and Team Lead at Estate Intel. He spent over 2 years at Broll in Nigeria as the Lead Research Analyst working on market and feasibility studies for international and local institutional real estate investors. Dolapo also spent over a year at AXA Mansard Investments as an Alternative Investment Analyst. Dolapo is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) with a specialty in Commercial Property Research and also holds a BSc in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading, UK.
Stan Garrun is the Head of Africa Analytics at the Urban Real Estate Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has a background in marketing and research and has over 15 years’ experience in real estate research and analysis. Stan has served as a director of several organisations including Group Five (Manufacturing), the SA Property Information Exchange e-Prop, the Investment Property Databank South Africa (IPD) and lately MSCI in South Africa (SA). His achievements include the implementation of strategies for building an investment index and real estate databank in South Africa as well as introducing a real estate Index in Botswana in 2011.
Camilla Reppening gained her Bachelors in Economics from Utrecht University. She worked in Private Equity for 3 years and went on to pursue her MBA in New York. After having worked in Investment Banking in New York, she moved to the African continent working on several consulting projects across Namibia and South Africa. Camilla joined Propertuity a property developer in Maboneng as ‘Head of Revenue and Business Development’, where she oversaw Sales and Rentals, Commercial Leasing, Marketing as well as being the contact person to various stakeholders. She is now General Manager for USM, a City Improvement Districts management company.
Joel Couve de Murville is Head of Sales and Marketing for Novaterra and a key stakeholder in the development of the Beau Plan Smart City. He holds a B.Com: Management and Industrial Psychology. Joel has significant experience in International Marketing. Based in London, Joel perfected his skills in management, international development and market studies. Novaterra, through its Smart City in Beau Plan, envisions to become an important economic pole with employment opportunities. Sharing Novaterra’s vision of responsible and sustainable development, Joel spearheads a market-driven strategy which will integrate the last trends in terms of real estate projects, business and lifestyle.
Ms. Sagna is the Head for West Africa and is based in Nigeria. She is responsible for the execution of real estate solutions for corporate clients. She is particularly skilled in the design and implementation of portfolio optimization strategies for key clients with large asset bases. For West Africa, she oversees the delivery of a full spectrum of real estate services including financial
analyses, strategic advisory, portfolio master planning, valuations, project and development services, and change management/work place solutions. Ms. Sagna has over 14 years’ of experience, including strategic consulting, portfolio management and transactional services.
Prior to joining the Sub-Saharan Africa team, Ms. Sagna was with the JLL Paris office where as the Head of the French International Desk, she provided CRM and Portfolio/Asset management services for key international clients such as Société Générale, Credit Agricole CIB, Sanofi, SAP, and France Telecom/Orange.
Prior to Paris, Ms. Sagna was with the JLL Washington DC office where she established 50 year real estate Master Plans for the US Army/Air Force as part of the US Military Housing public private partnerships initiative. With her team she led the development partner selection process, provided strategic advisory on different business structures incorporating both public and private sector funds. She also participated in the fund raising efforts in the US Capital Markets and made lender recommendations. Her projects received US Congressional
approval for implementation.
Ms. Sagna holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor’s in Arts (High Honors) from Dartmouth College and a diploma from the Tuck Business School Bridge Program.
Jonty Melamed is Founder and CEO of Visual Renders, one of the largest rendering studios on the African continent. Visual Renders are architectural rendering specialists that take pride in providing the following services: 3D Renderings, 3D Perspectives, 3D Fly-Overs, 3D Walkthroughs. Jonty established Visual Renders in 2004 at the age of 20 years old. Their current project portfolio now boasts over 500 successfully completed projects. Visual Renders’ client base includes architects, property developers and interior designers, both nationally and internationally.
James Nathan is Investment Manager (VP Investments) at Hospitality Property Fund and is an experienced real estate investment professional with a strong focus on Hospitality, Real Estate Capital Markets, M&A Advisory, Investment Management, Development Management, and Real Estate Private Equity. Having gained exposure to strategies such as core, core-plus, value add, opportunistic, and alternative and special investments, he has a thorough understanding of various investment profiles. James has a strong academic background and holds a BSc (Honours) in Real Estate and an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance.
Tara O’Connor is ARC’s founder and executive director. She has provided risk management to corporates in Africa for +20 years and has profound knowledge of Africa, it’s opportunities and risks. Her expertise is Francophone and southern Africa. Since founding ARC in 2006, she has advised on pre-investment/expansion strategies for Algeria, Angola, Congo-DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea, Nigeria, East Africa & the Horn region; the Franc Zone (as a region) Gabon, Liberia, Libya, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. She has structured and managed due diligence investigations into companies and people, asset tracing, litigation-support, political profiling and political risk assessment.
Emilie Oliver is currently the Property Sales and Marketing Manager at Omnicane Ltd, a modern sugarcane group based in Mauritius. Omnicane was among the first entities to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Prior to this, she was Business Development Manager: Property for Omnicane Ltd; Sales and Marketing Coordinator for TNS ANALYSIS; Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Executive (Four Points by Sheraton Cybercity Mauritius) for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. She holds an MBA in International Business and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Pure Management, both from the University of Mauritius. Emilie also speaks fluent French.
Lenore is the African regional Green Building Program Manager for International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. This program highlights EDGE, the green building certification solution, that is an innovation of IFC. She has over ten years’ experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining IFC, she lead the implementation of green building initiatives for a housing impact fund at Old Mutual Alternative Investments. Before joining Old Mutual, she worked in project finance at Standard Bank in South Africa and London. She holds an MBA from GIBS, University of Pretoria, and an MSc (Chemical Engineering) from University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Tim is a founder and CEO of PROFICA, a group of professional development, project and construction management services companies in the retail, commercial, industrial & processing, residential, hotels and leisure sectors. Tim received his qualification in Civil Engineering, gained professional project management expertise in the UK, is a fully accredited professional member of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK, 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 graduate of Kingston University, London, Greg Pearson studied Business Management and Project Management and is registered with the Chartered Management Institute. His experience includes development management, cost planning, procurement, time management and traditional project management of major engineering and building projects. His market sector knowledge includes office, retail, leisure, education and healthcare schemes and he has experience in over 40 African countries. Greg was formerly an executive with AECOM, a global provider of design, development and engineering and construction services, and had the responsibility of expanding the footprint for the “Rest of Africa”.
Joel Bruneau is Head of Property at Omnicane Ltd in Mauritius. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Birmingham University and a B.Com. in Information Systems from the University of South Africa. Before joining Omnicane to head their property portfolio development, he headed Medine’s major property development projects on the west coast of Mauritius. He also held various senior management positions in The IBL Group, in the Information Technology and the Seafood sectors prior to joining the real estate industry.
Ben Shaw After completed his studies in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cape Town, and gained corporate experience as an M&A investment banker at J.P. Morgan Chase in Johannesburg. Ben left the bank in 2015 to start HouseME. Ben is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow and has had his work published by Flux Trends. He also represented South Africa in the CFA Challenge in 2014 and has been part of various entrepreneurial delegations around the world. Ben is the Chief Executive of HouseME which has expanded into a national property technology company over the last 18 months.
Solly Mboweni is the Head of Housing Operations for International Housing Solutions (IHS). His responsibilities include new investments and asset management. He has 22 years of property and real estate experience, including property finance, valuations, asset management and property development. He has worked on real estate investment funds in the office, retail, industrial and hotel sectors, including funds managed by Old Mutual, FNB, Standard Bank, and Liberty Properties. Solly worked for ABSA Bank as its Head of CPF Structured Lending and later as a Principal in the Property Equity Division and Head of ABSA Devco Sustainable Integrated Developments.
Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa is currently the Governor of Delta State in Nigeria and graduated 2nd in his class for the Higher School Certificate Examination. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Ibadan, where he graduated at the record age of 22. Dr. Okowa has a humanitarian and philanthropic disposition and displays highly developed craftsmanship in his approach to work and challenges. This is evident in his constructive leadership and in his growing political profile.
Rob Wesselo is a Managing Director of International Housing Solutions (IHS), a position he has held since September 2010. He is responsible for sourcing investments, structuring and negotiating deals with developers and managing the operations of IHS in South Africa. Prior to joining IHS, he was the Head of Commercial Property Finance (Property Investments) at ABSA Business Bank. He has held other property-focused positions such as Commercial Director at Pangbourne Properties and Head of Listed Property Funding at Rand Merchant Bank. He holds an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand.
Craig Smith is currently Head of Research and Property at Anchor Stock Brokers. He is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. He is also skilled in Asset Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, and Valuation. He is a CFA charter holder with an MSc in Real Estate Finance & Investment (flexible) focused on Real Estate from the University of Reading. He is also a Learning Facilitator for MIT’s first online Commercial Real Estate Analysis & Investment Certificate at GetSmarter.
Phillip Jarman is the Co-founder, COO and UK Director of Seso Global. He has an MBA, and a GDL BA (Hons). Phillip spent 7 years at UBS Wealth Management assisting with bespoke investment strategies for Ultra-HNW African based Clients. This helped him develop an extensive business network across the African continent. He was appointed as GM at Anglo African Enterprises, an IT Consultancy in Mauritius. His mandate was to invest in UK based fintech start-ups and sell the technologies into African based financial institutions. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Level 4).
Alexis Janoray is the VP in charge of Sub Saharan Africa development at Accor Hotels, a position he has held since 2016. Alexis has more than 10 years of experience as a banking specialist in structured and acquisition financing. He 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.
Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane is a leading regional Monetary Economist with several decades of experience in developing markets having served as Finance Minister, Secretary to the Treasury, Deputy Governor of the Zambian Central Bank, IMF Advisor and Founding Head of the Financial Markets Department at the Zambian Central Bank. Dr Musokotwane has also acted as an alternate Governor at the IMF. African Development Bank, and World Bank. At the Bank of Zambia (Zambia’s Central Bank) he was responsible for the re-introduction of Treasury Bills and Government securities auctions in Zambia, as well as the introduction of Central Bank Open Market Operations.
Bevan Smith is a CA (SA), CFA and holds an BCom (ACC) (Hons). Bevan joined the Delta Group in 2015 as Investment Manager and then moved to Senior Investment Manager at Grit Real Estate Income Group. Bevan held the roll of Investment Principal at RH Managers, a firm specializing in green field healthcare investments within SA. In 2013 Bevan was instrumental in the successful listing of Accelerate Property Fund on the JSE, which consisted of 51 properties, valued at R5.9 billion. Post completion of his articles in 2009, Bevan joined EY’s corporate finance division TAS, where he gained invaluable experience.
Tola is an investment banker and has had various roles within corporate and investment banking with specializations in Real Estate Finance and Project & Structured Finance. He has over 15 years of in-country and regional work experience (including Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire) which spans across various asset classes (with an estimated portfolio size over US$1.5 billion) within the real estate sector. In addition, his project finance deal mandates include debt capital raising for major infrastructural projects in the oil & gas and industrial sectors. His early work experience include treasury operations and commercial banking roles in Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) in Nigeria respectively.
Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and master degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University, UK. He obtained a RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management, Reading, UK. His research project themed “Africa – The Next Frontier?” focused on the impact of real estate funds on commercial real estate development in sub Saharan Africa. In addition, he has attended a number of dedicated real estate training and conferences both regionally and internationally. Tola has been actively involved in a number of real estate industry advocacy committees set up to engage key regulators to unblock constraints to catalyse the growth and development of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Mark Fairweather is MD of MRI Software for Africa. Mark joined MRI Software through the acquisition of MDA Property Systems and leads the African presence for MRI Software. Mark ran an offshore software development company focused on custom development for the global real estate market. Mark has worked in a number of different roles through his career, with a keen focus on customer experience. Mark’s focus is to continue to grow MRI’s presence on the African continent, ensuring the highest levels of client satisfaction. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree, with honours, from UCT.
Hakeem Ogunniran is the Founder/CEO of Eximia Realty Ltd and Home4Me Nigeria Ltd – developers of the MaestroVille, Lekki and joint promoters of the proposed New Marina City, Lagos. He recently retired as the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Uacn Property Development Company Plc – Updc.
A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Arbitrator, he holds LLM and MBA degrees of the University of LAGOS. He was a former Fulbright Scholar of Yale Law School and alumnus of senior Management and Leadership programs at Ashridge Management College, London Business School, Cranfield University(U.K) and Harvard Business School, USA.
Mr Ogunniran’s work experience includes legal advisory, sales and marketing, leading change, corporate planning and supply chain management. He was the CEO of MDS Logistics, Division of UACN from 2000 – 2010.
As the CEO of Updc PLC, Hakeem led the development of landmark and iconic projects such Victoria Mall Plaza, Cameron Green, James Pinnock Place, Festival Mall(Lagos) Updc MetroCity, The Pinnacle, Emerald Court(Abuja), Vintage Gardens(Port Harcourt) and several other projects in various parts of the country. He also raised significant funds for his company through the capital market – including two corporate bonds and led the floatation of a unique Declaration of Trust based Real Estate Investment Trust(REIT).
A former President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, he is also a Council Member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Nigerian – British Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a regular speaker at International Conferences and Seminars.
He is happily married to Dr Iyabode Ogunniran and they are blessed with children.
Dhruv Pandit is the CEO of Fedha Group – a property developer of over 50 years experience. The companies in the group develop, own and manage a portfolio of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality properties.
The group recently opened the award winning Executive Residency by Best Western – the first of its brand globally in the Best Western portfolio and only the second internationally branded hotel apartment complex in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).
The group’s new residential high rise building Capital M (completing Q1 2019) also recently won three awards for Kenya at the International Property Awards and was a Africa regional nominee in the category of Best Development Marketing.
Dhruv, a graduate of the LSE is a former banker and Vice Chair of the Kenya Bankers Association and sits on the Board of Saham Assurance Kenya Ltd. Always interested in leadership development and life long learning he has been a member of YPO for over 14 years and is currently on the Africa Regional Executive Committee. YPO is the premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.
Dhruv was born and brought up in Nairobi, and after graduating from the LSE he returned to join the family banking businesses, eventually leading the merger and rising to CEO position.
Dhruv led the sale of the merged banking business to Togo headquartered Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the bank with the largest footprint on the African continent.
Dhruv also led the sale of a majority stake in the family insurance underwriting business to Morocco headquartered Saham Finances, again the underwriting group with the largest footprint on the African continent.
Simon is a Senior Transactor in the Africa Regions Real Estate Finance team within Corporate and Investment Banking for the Standard Bank of South Africa. He is an experienced real estate finance specialist with over 7 years of experience in the industry.
Simon joined the Bank in 2010 on the Corporate and Investment Banking Graduate program where he rotated through the different areas of the Bank before joining the Real Estate Finance Risk team as a Credit Analyst. He spent 4 years managing real estate finance risk in the team in the South African portfolio, primarily in the listed sector with additional experience in the mid-tier and residential sectors. He then joined the Africa Regions Real Estate Finance Investment Banking team and has close to 4 years of experience in structuring real estate finance transactions across South, Central and East Africa.
Simon graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a B Com in both Finance and Information systems and Technology; he also holds Honours Degrees in both Finance and Information Systems and Technology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Simon is also a CFA Charter holder.
Nathaniel is a portfolio manager within the South Africa and African Credit team at Investec Asset Management, where his focus is primarily on unlisted and privately negotiated lending transactions. Prior to joining the Investec Asset Management, Nathaniel spent six years working at Standard Bank most recently as one of the founding members of the Special Situations team based in Johannesburg responsible for originating and structuring Investment Banking transactions. Prior to this, Nathaniel spent 18 months in Lagos within the Financial Advisory team advising local and foreign corporate clients and regulators. Before that, he served as the manager of the Equity and High Yield Capital Markets Division, with a focus on Leveraged Finance. He began his career at Standard Bank in 2006 as an associate within the Mergers & Acquisitions team. Nathaniel holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance (with Honours) from the University of Cape Town and has passed all three levels of the CFA Programme.
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