2020 AFRICA PROPTECH FORUM SPEAKERS INCLUDED
2020 AFRICA PROPTECH FORUM SPEAKERS INCLUDED
Africa Proptech Forum is privileged to host some of the foremost professionals working in property investment today. As the goal of our virtual forum 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 virtual forum. Furthermore, 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 Africa Proptech Forum Virtual 2020, please contact Susan Swartz on [email protected].
James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. He is the Co-Founder of Unissu, the global leader of PropTech data, information and resources,and has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends. As a result, he is a much sought-after speaker on the future of the property industry both in terms of how people and companies in the sector should adapt to facilitate change.
John Kuruvilla, Cofounder & CRO, Kalpnik Technologies & Chief Mentor, Brigade REAP comes with over 3 decades of diverse experience covering Marketing, Sales, Brand building, Customer Relations, Revenue Management, Pricing, P&L responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Mentorship & Investing. He has been instrumental in the creation of several successful brands in India including award winning & memorable campaigns like Hamara Bajaj, Maruti Omni, Maruti Gypsy, Kawasaki Cheetah, Toyota Qualis, Hitachi air conditioners among others. A win at Cannes was the crowning glory in a career spanning 15 years in Advertising and Brand building.
Kim van Rooyen is a Director at Turner & Townsend, currently based in the UK. With over 25 years’ experience in both the construction and technology sectors Kim has helped clients harness innovation and deliver real benefits from the delivery of their capital programmes and operational use of the asset. He has worked in both the public and private sector, delivering projects and programmes in six continents and plays a key part in disrupting the construction sector through his role at Turner & Townsend. More recently his focus has been on helping clients with their Digital Transformation journey, linking the human side with the machine so real tangible benefits can be realised. Kim will use this session to share some of his experiences of how businesses are using Digital to address the productivity and environmental agenda.
Clive is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Accenture South Africa, and has 28 years management consulting experience. During his tenure at Accenture (formerly Arthur Anderson and Anderson Consulting), he played numerous leadership roles including managing director of Accenture South Africa’s Technology business as well as managing director of Accenture’s Resources and Utilities businesses. In addition to his COO role, during the last 6 years, he led sales for Accenture’s Technology business, cultivating an entrepreneurial mind-set, which helped grow Accenture into one of the top emerging market companies. Clive has developed deep technology skills from working across multiple industries including Financial Services, Resources, Retail, Automotive and Communications. He has leveraged these technology and business transformation skills and helped drive significant shareholder value for many South African clients. Since January 2013, he has supported and mentored many technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. Clive sits on the boards of numerous IT companies. Clive joined Arthur Anderson in 1985 (now Accenture) after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Clive joined Grovest, section 12J venture capital company in 2012, as a non- executive director. In 2016, Clive formed a new venture capital company, Kalon Venture Partners, focusing on investing in digital disruptive technologies.
Nikki Greenberg is a futurist and thought leader in the real estate industry. As Founder of Real Estate of the Future, she directs real estate developers and owners on ways to capitalize on PropTech and disruptive innovations to gain an edge in an ever-changing environment. She is a frequent speaker at leading real estate and technology conferences around the world. In 2020 in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global real estate industry, she launched American PropTech Academy, bringing together industry leaders to share their best practices to help optimize recovery through the application of innovation and technology. She also founded Women in PropTech, a global, virtual members organization in 2018 to foster greater diversity in the industry. Nikki is a South African born, Australian national that now resides in New York City. With a focus on innovation, Nikki brings big-picture strategic thinking to the full real estate lifecycle. She entered the property industry through her established career in architecture where she worked on multi-award winning transformative projects with Lendlease, Koichi Takada, Silverstein and others. She is an alumni of the UNSW in Sydney, Australia where she attained Masters of International Business with a focus on China; Masters of Architecture and Bachelors of Architecture with honors. Nikki is the Founder and CEO of Women in PropTech, the leading global PropTech networking and education organization. She is in her second term as co-chair of the Urban Land Institute’s New York Technology and Innovation Council and has previously held leadership positions with the National Women in Construction and Propelle. Nikki is devoted to charitable endeavors and in 2005 could be found in Thailand where she lent her expertise to rebuilding villages affected by the South East Asian Tsunami. In 2020 she became a Habitat for Humanity Featured Woman in Technology.
HouseME co-founder and ex-Investment Banker, Ben worked in the M&A team of J.P. Morgan before building HouseME, Africa’s first consolidated residential rental platform. His background in finance and accounting and experience in both corporate and startup worlds uniquely positions him for his role as CEO. Ben is a published trends writer, property commentator and technology evangelist. HouseME automates the renting process from procurement to lease management, all for just 2.5%.
Menno Lammers (1977) is the quartermaster of the PropTech for Good movement. The PropTech for Good Movement propels Real Estate and Technology forward to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By stimulating connections between the Sustainable Development Goals, real estate and technology, we experience the endless human possibilities. This empowers us to create future-proof environments for everyone. Menno is the founder of PropTechNL, one of the founding board members of the PropTech House, the European network and a much sought-after strategy sparring partner to the boards of real estate companies. As a strategic advisor Menno worked for companies like Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Heimstaden Nederland, Savills, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations).
Jacque Coetzee graduated from University of Pretoria with a BCom Informatics and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Henley Business School in the UK. Jacque has
played multiple roles in financial services, from running IT for business divisions, to delivery of large-scale programmes and defining and implementing strategic IT transformation. At
Nedbank he has headed the Programme Management Office (PMO) and most recently is an executive in Nedbank’s Digital team responsible for delivering the bank’s digital strategy and
New Ways of Work project. Jacque believes that the new distribution strategy for financial services must be rooted in an open banking/API-driven capability where the outcome is a
networked and platform-orientated organisation that leverages the power of partnerships underpinned by data.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director – Fortress REIT Limited Date of appointment: April 2016 Steven entered the property industry, after completing his articles, as a listed property analyst in 2008 for Corovest. Following this, Steven joined Standard Bank’s Global Markets division in the equity derivatives finance team and thereafter joined the South African real estate division focusing on structured lending and equity transactions. From 2013, Steven has been involved with a number of listed real estate companies focusing on deal origination and structuring. Steven joined Fortress REIT Limited from Capital Property Fund after the acquisition in December 2015.
Gil Sperling is the CEO of Flow, a proptech platform which is revolutionising how people rent and live. Sperling started his career as an engineer, and was one three founding partners of Popimedia, one of Africa’s biggest ad-tech and performance marketing companies. Popimedia went on to be bought by French based global communications group – Publicis. Through his experience and expertise within the tech industry, Sperling, together with the co-founders of Flow, are revolutionising the economics of rent with a shared value approach, bringing in behavioral economics to make the entire renting process more affordable, more transparent and more seamless.
Kerwen has 18 years’ experience in project management in the built environment, 12 of which were in building and civil (structural) construction in the public and private sectors in SA, Swaziland, Mauritius and Kenya. Before joining Nedbank in 2019, he worked for IBM where he was responsible for the delivery of innovation and data centres in Sierra Leone, Mauritius and Seychelles, and as Executive Head: Commercial Property Valuations and Project Management – SA and Rest of Africa in CIB Real Estate Finance, Standard Bank.
Wendy Cerutti is an Associate Director at Turner & Townsend, currently based in Johannesburg. Wendy Cerutti is Head of Cost Management in Johannesburg for Turner & Townsend and also holds responsibility for integrating and deploying PropTech into our South African business. She has 16 years’ experience working across Africa and the United Kingdom delivering projects in the end-user fit out, hi-tech, rail infrastructure, commercial, mixed use development and programme management for financial and retail clients. Wendy is a Member of the South Africa Council for the Quantity Surveying profession and holds an BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Kashira is an experienced tech entrepreneur, innovation and disruption enthusiast, chartered accountant and a venture capitalist. She is the co-founder of two South African technology companies, one which is a tech-security analytics business that has been launched in the United States and an analytics company. She has also co-founded one of the largest polyurethane foam manufacturing business in sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently part of Nedbank Venture Capital, where she responsible for the evaluation of tech investments opportunities, investment valuations, financial modelling, deal sourcing and is specifically working on a Nedbank VC expansion plan into Asian markets. She is a mentor to tech start-up companies, particularly those companies in the StartUpBootCamp accelerator program and PlugandPlay accelerator program. Over and above her Venture Capital responsibilities, she has been working for the last few months in the Nedbank Disruption and Innovation team where she has built networks and sourced top quality technology companies from around the world (San Francisco, New York, South-East Asia, Singapore, Bangalore, Israel etc). She has also completed the Oxford University (UK) Fintech Programme. Kashira believes it is important to unlock opportunities of technology companies on the African continent and aims to form a bridge between other emerging technologies onto the African continent. She believes that by addressing the significant funding gaps and through investing in technological innovation within emerging economies, it will create a meaningful impact on many lives and the world as a whole.
Andrew runs www.workplacefundi.com an independent Workplace and Facilities Management consultancy focused on helping organisations unlock workplace performance. Andrew has over 35 years experience in the built environment creating and managing amazing workplaxcces so people can do amazing work. He is the current Chairman of the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) and a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. He is also the current South African Ambassdor for Euro FM. Andrew has had experience in facilities strategy and operations in the UK, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana ,Lesotho and Zimbabwe as well as further afield in Malaysia, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Jessica is a Senior Disruption Analyst in Nedbank’s Disruption and Innovation team. The team has a global mandate to experiment with, commercialise and fund the most talented teams working on the biggest opportunities, using their expertise to do good. They were awarded the FT Banker’s inaugural fintech partnership Tech Project Award in 2018 for their partnership with agritech company, Aerobotics. Jessica manages Nedbank’s partnerships with Plug and Play Tech Center, Startupbootcamp, Google Launchpad Accelerator and select universities, and connects the world’s best tech talent, startups, scaleups and venture capital firms to one of Africa’s leading banks and its clients.
Tom Feliz is the Director of Enterprise Sales for OpenSpace. OpenSpace makes it effortless to capture and organize complete visual records of your entire job in real-time so that you can
keep teams on the same page, remotely track progress, and quickly resolve disputes or prevent rework. OpenSpace defines a new category of 360 photo documentation and visual progress
solutions that automate through artificial intelligence. Tom is a construction veteran with over a decade onsite working for top general contractors (Boldt & DPR) and owner’s reps (AECOM & Google) on large scale projects. Tom has since led sales for four construction technology companies, one acquired by Autodesk and another by ESRI. He has successfully directed
construction and operations teams to transform their business process and turn information into insight through the use of technology and software innovation. Tom has specialized skills in
process improvement and scaling workflows through the integration of lean tools and principles. Tom received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering and Construction
Management from Stanford University.
Warren Witte is the CEO of Integrated Aerial Systems (IAS), a company that specializes as a multi-industry drone service provider which leverages drone technology to deliver accurate
and actionable data which improve operational workflow and streamline industry processes. He holds a remote pilots license (RPL) for fixed-wing and multi-rotor aircraft as well as additional aviation qualifications. Warren Graduated with a B.S.c Honours in Environmental Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Science from Rhodes University. His background as a lead scientist and project manager on the forefront of advanced marine research led to core skills in research design and implementation, advanced statistical and mathematical modelling and database construction. His work as a research scientist has paved the way for successful implementation of technical drone solutions in the construction, mining, agriculture and energy sectors.
Carel de Jager began his career as a Chemical Engineer in the energy industry. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management. He now works as a consultant for the Blockchain Academy, facilitating a wide range of blockchain related training courses and presentations. Through the academy, he also delivers customised, industry-specific training to audiences ranging from the inexperienced to executive level. Carel has coached numerous executives on the technology such as law firms, insurance providers and commercial banks, both locally and abroad. He developed and presents most of the Blockchain Academy’s training courses. Carel is also a public speaker, where he often explains technical use cases for blockchain technology in a simple and practical way. Some highlights include the Blockchain Africa Conference, Seamless Southern Africa, Finance Indaba and several radio and television interviews.
Leon van Rensburg is a director of BIM4SMME. Leon’s experience ranges from turning around troubled hotels in short periods of time, to assessing the successes and failures during the planning stages of over 2500 capital projects over R 100mil, to positioning a local engineering software company as one of the global leaders in its field on the international market, to establish a company that focuses on SMME’s for adopting B.I.M. Leon has presented at multiple international B.I.M. conferences and is on an international committee for B.I.M. transformation in Africa and a director in a local committee, BIMcommUNITY.africa.
Vishal Maharaj graduated at the University of the Natal as a Chemical Engineer and also has a Masters in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He has held varying strategic roles, contributing to the shaping and execution of the digital agendas of various organisations. He is currently an executive in the Digital Fast Lane division at Nedbank. He is a founding member of Nedbank’s exciting super app team and their move into the platform economy, Avo by Nedbank. Vishal recognises that the source of distinctiveness for organisations is in designing and delivering extraordinary digital and data-driven customer experiences.
Alexandria Procter was born in the Eastern Cape, and started DigsConnect.com during her undergrad at the University of Cape Town while she was a member of the Students Representative Council. The platform has grown to become Africa’s largest student accommodation marketplace, listing tens of thousands of beds across South Africa since its launch in January 2018. DigsConnect completed its seed round of funding in March 2019, raising R12 million for a minority stake in the company, in one of the largest seed rounds in South Africa to date. Other than work on DigsConnect.com, Alexandria is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Mensa and is pursuing a private pilot’s licence at Stellenbosch Flying Club. She ran a programme called “Libraries for Entrepreneurship” in the Cape Flats, running computer literacy and entrepreneurship workshops on Saturdays for a year. She has travelled to 35 countries, trekked to Everest Base Camp and submitted Kilimanjaro.
Roland has garnered over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Nigeria having worked with United Bank of Africa Plc, Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and National Bank of Nigeria. He was also recently a consultant with the World Bank on the design and transaction structure of the Family Homes Fund (FHF) – a N500 Billion social intervention program for housing by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Roland was head hunted by the Federal Government of Nigeria in July 2013 to lead the turn around and recapitalization of the moribund Federal Housing Authority Homes – a mortgage bank (now known as FHA Mortgage Bank Limited). Within a 6 months’ period, the bank was recapitalized and returned to profitability. Roland is currently a member of the technical committee (mortgage sector) of the Financial System Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020), the Federal Government of Nigeria financial schemes reform driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr Igbinoba is an alumnus of the School of Management, Cranfield University, UK. He is currently leading the development and organization of the PropTech Industry in Nigeria. This task involves helping both the private sector and government with policy frameworks; and the advocacy for an enabling environment and investment climate regime for PropTech companies in the country. With an academic background in Microbiology, Roland’s post-doctoral research work currently focuses on the intersection between Sustainable Cities Development and Health. Roland is the Founder of Pison Housing Company; and The Roland Igbinoba Real Foundation for Housing and Urban Development (RIRFHUD). He is an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a concentration in Real Estate Development & Finance.
Tertia Barrett is the MD of Cataly5t, a tech business transforming workspaces. With a career spanning more than 15 years in technology leadership, Tertia is passionate about how new technology can revolutionize the way we interact with our workspaces. Cataly5t works with leading tech companies to help businesses create workspaces where employees want to be, while boosting productivity and improving employee wellness. Tertia attained her MBA Cum Laude at GIBS with awards for: Entrepreneurship as well as her thesis on Business Model Innovation in South Africa.
Genevieve has 18 years’ experience in the property industry. She recently returned to Nedbank after honing her skills at Standard Bank CIB where she was Executive Head: Real Estate Credit
Risk for South Africa and Rest of Africa. In this position, she was also responsible for the Project Management and Commercial Property Valuations divisions, building a credit and project
platform across geographies in Africa. She has a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying from the University of Natal and a BCom in risk management from UNISA. She serves on the SA market
advisory panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was national chairperson of the Women’s Property Network in 2015-2016. She returned to Nedbank in 2018 to setup the
Property Finance Africa division and in her current role focuses on digitisation and proptech.
Will Harris is the CEO of Gmaven – a business focused on digitising businesses in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. A Chartered Accountant by training, after time at Silicon Valley Bank, and declining a promotion at Sasol, he instead accepted an offer in the world of commercial property. Since then, together with a team of extremely talented and dedicated team mates, he has bet fourteen years, and counting, of his working life on driving efficiencies and reducing massive human pain in the enormously complicated $29T CRE industry.
Sean Godoy is a property professional with 10 years’ experience in the property industry. Most of his professional experience has been in property market analysis where he has developed a strong understanding. He has a strong interest in cities and emerging economies. Sean is passionate about SA, Africa, poverty alleviation, and education. In his own capacity and through his role on the executive committee of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in London, he actively promotes and facilitates business and charitable activity between the UK, SA, and afield.
Zach George a former Wall St investment banker is one of the pioneers of early-stage Venture Capital on the African continent, and an active Angel investor, mentor and advisor to 40+ of the most innovative tech startups in Africa. He was responsible for creating the first-ever tech accelerator program in Africa (Barclays, 2015), and later on co-founded the first multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program in Africa (Startupbootcamp AfriTech, 2016), prior to joining Nedbank Venture Capital in 2019.
Kelvin Wachira is the Co-Founder and C.E.O of BidiiBuild. BidiiBuild is a software company that is an all in one construction management platform suited for real estate and construction companies helping them manage their projects on time and on budget. He holds a Bsc. Civil Engineering degree from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and is an alumnus of the prestigious MEST. He has conducted technology workshops in NCA CPD workshops, BIG 5, and also selected in IFC “Next 100 African Startups”. His areas of expertise are Cloud, IOT, Design Thinking, tech integrations and technology implementation for effective construction delivery.
Vanessa Murray is the Divisional Executive, Gauteng, Property Finance in Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession and started her career at BDO Spencer Steward. Post qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, she spent two years working at KPMG in the United Kingdom, focusing on the financial services sector. On her return to South Africa, she continued working at KPMG as a Senior Manager in Transactional Services. In 2001, she joined Standard Bank as a credit analyst where she worked in many areas across the Bank. She held various positions such as Head, Corporate Credit and later Head, Country Risk & Real Estate Finance Credit. She moved to Real Estate Finance in 2009 and was appointed the Head of Real Estate Finance for South Africa in 2017 before joining Nedbank CIB in July 2018. With over 10 years’ Real Estate Finance experience, she has a wealth of knowledge and brings a dynamic perspective to the industry.
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.
François Viruly is a property economist with over twenty years’ experience in the analysis of the South African property market. He lectures in Urban Economics, Property Development
and Portfolio Management at the University of Cape Town. Previously, François was Chief Economist at the Chamber of Mines., prior to that he was Head of Research at JHI Professional Services and Acting Head of School at Wits University. He is the director of Viruly Consulting Pty Ltd and a fellow of RICS. He is immediate past President and Executive Director of the African Real Estate Society.
Lee-Zane is an Arup Director responsible for Building and City projects throughout Africa. He delights in precinct scale integrated design having helped shape projects in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He encourages design in accordance with best practice sustainability and whole-of-life principles and, as more of his clients leverage digital property strategies to produce more inviting, responsive spaces and so secure better returns, he has become interested in how to align that with Arup’s designers data-driven workflows and commitment to advocating the UNSDG’s across the African property space. He is inspired by Africa, its opportunities and its challenges.
Jean is a design architect with a keen interest in the role of digital tools and practice in the design and management of completed projects in the built environment. His focus on the multi-disciplinary and shifting role of architectural teams has resulted in him leading initiatives within the Boogertman practice that encompass the design of projects at an urban precinct and masterplan level to the branding and use of digital tools to facilitate marketing activity. He has extensive experience in delivering projects from concept to completion and has designed projects throughout Africa. This includes the award winning Steyn City Clubhouse ( Johannesburg) the Sandton Gate Smart City precinct, and the Mon Tresor Business Gateway Office Park ( Mauritius). Most recently he has been involved in the development of a new digital asset management tool called Know Your Asset ( KYA) Jean has worked at Boogertman + Partners Architects for the past 11 years. After obtaining is BArch degree from UFS, he lived abroad for four years and worked for WS Atkins in the UK, where he got the opportunity to work on numerous projects in Europe and Asia. He returned to South Africa to work on the Gautrain project and joined Boogertman + Partners in 2009.
Luqman is Chief Visionary Officer and Managing Director of FilmoRealty – a leading real estate services and proptech company in Nigeria with over 25 years of industry experience in facilities management, project management and consultancy. Luqman worked in the United Kingdom for leading companies in Technology, Oil & Gas and Banking before moving back to Nigeria. He has experience in business strategy, performance management and financial modelling, and has been leading FilmoRealty since 2015. The company has seen massive growth under his leadership. He holds a BSc in Applied Business Management from Imperial College, an Msc in Global Management from London School of Economics and a Certificate in Finance from The European School of Economics. He also received the traditional title of & ‘Dan Masanin Sarkin Musulmi’ (Friend to the King and Leader of the Learned) from the 18th Sultan of Sokoto. Furthermore, Luqman is passionate about the development of Nigeria and is a founding trustee of The 67 Million Youth Initiative – a coalition of Nigerians with the mandate to galvanize active youth participation in politics and leadership of Nigeria. He was also listed in the ’30 Most Influential in Real Estate’ by Unite2018.
From the USA Daniel has spent the last seven years building Blockchain solutions. Daniel studied at the University of Michigan where he worked at Bitbox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges in the USA. Daniel subsequently cofounded the College Cryptocurrency Network (now Blockchain Education Network) a nonprofit that provided Blockchain educational initiatives at Universities in over 10 countries. In 2014 Daniel received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a Blockchain solution in Ghana which ultimately led to the concept of Seso. This experience has provided valuable expertise in the land administration and financial inclusion implementation.
Ronald Kaweesi is the Project Lead at PropTech Uganda and Regional Chair for the Federation of International Blockchain Real Estate Experts (FIBREE). He has worked for various real estate and innovations companies locally and internationally such as Built World Innovations, Siemens Real Estate, Allianz Real Estate, Collier International and RE/MAX among others.
He obtained his bachelor’s from Makerere University Kampala before further pursing MBA focusing on Digital Technologies Management and Masters in Land Management from Technical University of Munich. His areas of specialty are Digital transformation and technologies, Digital business models, Real estate and natural resource management.
Neltah is a real estate professional with over 7 years experience in the Botswana industry. Her career started with RDC Properties under its property division, Property and Asset Management, where she was part of the project development team of the iconic Masa Centre. She later joined Knight Frank and Exponential Investments heading the management of prominent developments in the CBD before she founded her real estate company, Tempest Gold. Neltah considers herself a ‘multi-potentialite’ with various passions centred around real estate. She is currently studying towards a Doctorate in Real Estate through the University of Witwatersrand. Currently, she sits on the board of the Real Estate Institute of
Botswana as the Secretary General. Her company, Tempest Gold, offers real estate services with a strong interest in proptech. The company’s listing app, had been selected as
one of Demo Africa’s 2018 Top 30 start ups in Africa as well as being selected as one of 1250 African entrepreneurs for the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneur Programme in the same year. Tempest Gold is about to launch its latest offering, ‘Mrs. P’, which is a property management toolbox, which gives landlords the tools to manage its properties from listing its properties to rental management and property maintenance on a digital platform.
Dr Marco Macagnano Smart Real Estate Leader for Deloitte Consulting in South Africa and Africa, which caters to the design and delivery of connected buildings and cities, IoT integration, digital transformation and strategy, and intelligent asset management. Marco is a professional architect with 14 years of experience in professional practice, a Director of the Green Building Council of South Africa, and a Smart Buildings and Cities specialist. In 2018 he was named a winner in Building Design and Construction’s global 40 Under 40 for 2018, and has completed his PhD in Architecture with a focus on Smart and Sustainable built environments in the Information Age.
Kevin Teeroovengadum has an MBA and M.Sc. in Finance. He worked for KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young in corporate finance and business consultancy before moving to Loita Capital Partners Group. Kevin joined Actis as a Director as part of their Africa real estate team. At Actis, he led the origination of a number of new developments and assisted in fund raising for Actis’ 2 nd real estate fund. He also led the sale of 2 major assets i.e. Accra Mall in Ghana and Capital Properties in Tanzania to offshore buyers and setting the pricing benchmark for investment grade properties in Africa.