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. 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 API, please contact Priscilla Nthai on [email protected]
Dominique Moerenhout is the CEO of EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association), the voice of the publicly traded European real estate sector. He joined EPRA in 2017, moving from BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management where he was CEO for Luxembourg and Belgium (2014-2017). After working in private banking followed by five years in management consulting, he joined Fortis Private Real Estate in 2004 as COO until 2011, before moving as COO of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. Moerenhout holds a MBA from ICHEC Brussels and a CFA from the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts.
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.
Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.
Mr. White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.
Olivier is the former CEO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for a portfolio of over 200 hotels consisting of 50,000 rooms across over 30 countries. He joined the Middle East team in 2011 at a time when the Group had 40 hotels in the region. With almost 20 years at AccorHotels, Olivier joined the Middle East team in 2011 during a time when the
Group had 40 hotels in the region. Heading Accor’s growth in the region, Olivier made remarkable strides in growing the network, acquiring one new property signature every two weeks and
opening one hotel a month. From 2016 he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer Middle East. Further to adding Africa to his portfolio in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer MEA, Accor’s Middle East portfolio has more than tripled in size under Olivier’s leadership. Olivier holds a degree from the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po Grenoble) and an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Anne-Marie is CIO of FSD Africa Investments, the development capital investment arm of FSD Africa. A Zimbabwean, she is the former CEO of Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique, and Co-founder of a private equity fund manager, Alitheia IDF Managers, investing in women-led businesses. She also took over and led the exists of Pan African microfinance fund returning capital to shareholders.
Anne-Marie has a wealth of experience in building African financial markets. Across her career, she has led a range of development finance investments and implemented strategies for private sector growth, in roles at the World Bank Group, CGAP, and UK Aid, among other development finance institutions. As a Board member of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), Anne-Marie helped shape a blended finance approach to de-risking investments in renewable energy and agriculture businesses, contributing to the prosperity of African rural economies. She was also a member of the Women’s World Banking Advisory Council of leading thinkers in finance for women.
Sundeep is a qualified actuary and CEO of the Zamara Group (formerly Alexander Forbes). He has over 30 years’ experience in actuarial, pensions and investment consultancy work gained
both in the UK and in Kenya. Sundeep is the Chairman of the Africa Committee of the International Actuarial Association. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Retirement Benefit Schemes and a past member of the Capital Markets Authority Advisory Committee. He has also served as a consultant to a World Bank Pensions Mission to Kenya. Sundeep has championed and is the leader of the Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (‘KEPFIC’), a group of 12 leading pension funds in the country with an asset base of over K Shs 2bn who have come together with a common purpose of collaborating to make long term investments, including investments in non-traditional asset classes such as infrastructure and housing amongst others.
Adrian Frey is the Managing Director of Beluluane Industrial Park and Free-Trade Zone (a Public- Private Partnership). The park is occupied by 35 companies from 15 different countries and supports a workforce of over 5000 employees. Beluluane offers the perfect location for establishing manufacturing business, distribution centres and connecting with the local, SADC and international export markets.
Adrian is passionate about youth employment. The Park is developing Mozambique’s pioneering program for job creation, entrepreneurship and skills development. Adrian was born in Switzerland and holds a Law Degree from the University of Zürich. He has spent the last 21 years living in Mozambique and currently serves as the President of the Mozambican-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.
Greg is the Founder & CEO of AfricaWorks, a pioneering and innovative workplace solution provider in Africa. AfricaWorks provides Design & Build services as well as Flexible Workplaces solutions to Global Corporates in 12+ countries through 9 offices on the continent. After 7 years in Kenya, Greg recently relocated back to his home-town – Paris. Greg is also the Co Founder of the French African Foundation as well as the French Chamber of Commerce in Kenya.
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.
Marcene D. Mitchellhas over 25 years of international finance experience with leadership positions in Project and Corporate Finance, Business Development, Strategic Planning and Client and Government Relations. She is currently Senior Manager of Strategy and Business Development in Climate Business Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. In this capacity, she is responsible for growing IFC’s investments in sustainable business with an emphasis on renewable power, industrial energy efficiency, green buildings, urban infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and bio-energy. Ms. Mitchellis currently heading IFC’s initiatives to transform green building practices in developing markets, expand clean energy investments beyond the power grid, and aggregate energy efficiency investments for institutional investors. She sits on the Board of the
Green Bank of Montgomery County, Steering Committee for the UN Sustainable Energy for All Build Efficiency Accelerator and on the Renewable Energy Committee of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and is as well a member of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. In addition to her work in climate business and sustainability, Ms. Mitchell has substantial international investment experience in project and corporate finance for energy-related industries such as Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals, and Power. Prior to her current position, Ms. Mitchell led the Corporation’s Chemicals and Fertilizer business, and served as the Country Manager for IFC in the Andean Region. She also held various positions at IFC in the Corporate Strategy, and Infrastructure and Natural Resources departments. Before joining IFC, Ms. Mitchell was a Finance Manager with the Amoco Corporation and was responsible for structured financial transactions for Amoco’s Power, Petrochemical and Oil and Gas divisions. She was responsible for analyzing, and implementing significant corporate and project financing and managed analytical staff to provide quantitative support including designing tax efficient structures. Ms. Mitchell holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University.
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.
Adeniyi Falade is a CA and an investment Banker. He started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lagos. Previously, he served as Managing Director of Lead Capital and Head of Investment Banking Group of Ecobank Nigeria & Lead Bank. He had also at various times served as Head of Internal Control/ Chief Inspector and Head of Risk Management Department of Lead Bank Plc. He holds a Master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Warwick, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc), Chemistry from the University of Ibadan. He was appointed onto the Board of Crusader Sterling Pensions Ltd.
Cheick Sanankoua is Managing Partner at HC Capital Properties. Prior to HCCP, Cheick was an investment professional at Helios Investment Partners. Cheick started his career in investment banking in New York and London with Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group. Cheick holds a Master of Business Administration
(MBA) from Harvard Business School where he was a Rock & Lebor Entrepreneurial Fellow and received second year honors. Cheick also received a BS in Industrial Engineering from
Ilaria Benucci joined the CDC Group in 2013 as Investment Director: Industrial Businesses. She has also led CDC Investments in two East-African commercial banks. Ilaria joined CDC from AIG Private Equity where she was responsible for investments in emerging Europe and Turkey. Her background is in private equity and financial institutions investing across Europe and the CIS countries. Before AIG, she spent over 10 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where she worked on banks’ privatisations and equity investments as well as
project finance and real estate.
Richard is the CEO of Africa Logistics Properties (ALP). ALP is a Kenya based company that specialises in developing modern distribution centres and industrial warehouses with flexible
designs and specifications to cater for the ever-changing needs of today’s logistics, distribution and light manufacturing operations. Richard has over 14 years’ experience in developing warehouse facilities. Richard has sound financial skills with considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional project structures and legal agreements as well as deep experience of the Russian and UK market. Earlier in his career Richard worked in audit, IT and residential property development. Prior to joining ALP in 2017 Richard was the Development Director at Raven Property Group Limited (formerly Raven Russia) and he oversaw the construction or acquisition of 1.2m square metres of warehouses in that role. Raven Property Group Limited is a listed property
investment company on the London Stock Exchange. The company specialises in commercial and industrial property development in the Russian Federation and CIS states. Richard is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in England and Wales.