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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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