API Virtual is privileged to host some of the foremost professionals working in property investment today. As the goal of our virtual 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 virtual 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 Summit Virtual 2020, please contact Priscilla Nthai on [email protected]
Thomas is an accomplished Investment professional with more than 25 years’ experience across a range of asset classes including direct commercial real estate investment in both the listed real estate and private equity markets, commercial real estate finance and the financial markets including fixed income and equity derivatives. Thomas is the Managing Director of Growthpoint Investec African Properties Ltd (GIAP), a business in which he played a key role in founding as a joint venture with Investec Asset Management and Growthpoint Properties, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). GIAP has demonstrated significant growth under his leadership and is emerging as a leader in the asset class within Africa, with assets on its balance sheet in excess of $500million and a global investor base. GIAP aims to list on the London Stock Exchange over the medium term. Prior to GIAP, Thomas founded and was CEO of the first listed pan-African REIT structured real estate company (SACREIL) and was also the Managing Director of Sanlam Properties Ltd, the real estate business of the Sanlam Group. Thomas’ earlier career was built in the South African interest rate and equity derivative markets, from the mid 1990’s, successfully building and managing an Emerging Market focused financial markets trading and structuring business for two class-leading financial institutions. Thomas holds a Master of Science Degree (MSc Global Finance) from the University of London’s CASS Business School (completed with distinction). He also holds a Post Graduate Honours degree in Economics and a Batchelor of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of South Africa.
Mr. Asamoah is an investment professional with over 25 years of experience originating and executing transactions in both developed and developing markets. He has personally led over US$4billion in transactions across the African continent. In April 2017, he was appointed the CEO of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment (GIIF), an investment vehicle, initially capitalized at US$250 million, with a mandate to originate, structure and invest in infrastructure-related projects across Ghana. Between Oct – Dec 2016, he was advising the Federal Government of Nigeria on the implementation of their infrastructure program. Up until February 2016, he was the Vice President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank (AfDB), with responsibilities including the Bank’s Power, Infrastructure, Private Sector Operations; Financial Institutions/Markets & Equity, including Private Equity Funds; NEPAD and Regional Projects. He was previously the Deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), an International Organization
established and headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, and initially capitalized in 2007 at over US$1 billion. Immediately prior to this Mr. Asamoah was the Vice President for Private Sector and International Investments at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), based in Johannesburg. Mr. Asamoah was formerly the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Managing Director of the World Bank based in Washington D.C., and later became a Principal Investment Officer at the IFC in Johannesburg, leading IFC’s activities across Africa in the ICT sector. Prior to this, Mr. Asamoah was an investment banker in the City of London with HSBC Markets. He has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London.
Dr. Gireesh Kumar is a Senior Manager at Knight Frank’s and is responsible for leading the Healthcare practice in ME&A. His core experience is to advise healthcare clients on market entry, operator & investor search, business model, strategy and transaction services. He started his career a decade ago, and has worked on healthcare, wellness and other advisory related assignments in UAE, KSA, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya and India
Hendrik Müller-Lankow is Director at MLC Properties, a German based investment firm that is investing in the East African real estate markets. At MLC, Hendrik is responsible for General Management and Legal & Compliance. Before his work for MLC, Hendrik worked as attorney-at-law for a top tier law firm and advised financial institutions in several aspects of financial markets laws. Hendrik holds a doctoral degree and a master degree in laws.
Martin has over 30 years’ experience in Property Valuations including: Co-founder of Mills Fitchet & Associates, and Founder of MetGovis (a 100% CAMA systems IT subsidiary of former CBRE MAS). Skill set includes Practising Valuer; Business Development in Southern Africa; Project and Workflow Management across Southern Africa and West Africa; Property Research, Development & Financial Modelling; Quality Control Management in Valuations and Valuation Systems for Rating purposes; Valuation & Methodology Management. Core competencies include Investment Valuations – Cougar Discounted Cash-flow software; Q-GIS
Niyi heads real estate finance (Africa Regions) at Standard Bank Group where he is responsible for managing the real estate finance activities of the group across its 20 presence countries across South, Central, East and West Africa. With over 25years experience and varying competences, he has worked in roles in real estate finance, investments and advisory; principal investment, project engineering and management. He is an AMDP, alumnus of Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and has Masters degrees in Property Economics and Construction Management from the London South-Bank University, UK and University of Lagos, Nigeria respectively.
Paulo Cruz has joined LandAfrique Real Estate & Infrastructure as its Africa CEO to lead the strategy and respective roll-out in Sub-Saharan Africa. Paulo brings over 24 years of comercial real estate & infrastructure experience to the LandAfrique group. He most recently led the Washington DC based Blackivy´s real estate endeavors in Ghana and has been with another US based, NAI Global’s Sub-Saharan Africa office as their CEO and, prior to leading that office, he developed and managed BP’s real estate assets in Angola, including commercial, industrial and residential facilities. Paulo started his career in Europe at Cushman & Wakefield and Royal HaskoningDHV. He holds a BSc in Construction & Real Estate Management from Delft University of Technology and a Post Doctorate from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management in Real Estate Management & Valuation. A member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Paulo has lived and worked the last fourteen years in Sub-Saharan Africa. LandAfrique Real Estate & Infrastructure owns a significant landbank in West Africa, has forty year on the ground experience, an enviable tenancy list and a well-structured pipeline that continues the legacy of West Africa´s number one manufacturing site: Agbara Industrial Park. LandAfrique´s developments eliminate many of the challenges – including access to reliable power, water, transport and telecommunications – that often confront companies in Sub-Saharan Africa while providing modern and reliable infrastructure for its tenants. LandAfrique offers land, custom-built warehouses, factories, offices, lifestyle homes, affordable housing and retail space.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, David leads Momentum’s frontier Africa real estate investment management business. Before joining Momentum’s Africa team in December 2012, David spent six years in Momentum’s Alternative Strategies team. Prior to joining Momentum, David was a Vice President at Maples Finance Limited in the Cayman Islands where he provided fiduciary services to a portfolio of hedge funds, trusts and private equity vehicles. David previously worked as an Account Manager at Fortis Prime Fund Solutions (Cayman) Limited and at Schroder Investment Management, RBS and ING Barings in London. David is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder.
An advanced professional, highly skilled in Financial Services within the Housing and Real Estate Development Finance markets in India. Have enjoyed rapid growth within HDFC Ltd. by adding significant value through penetration in new regions, innovating new products, opening new branches and building and developing new teams. Have developed a reputation as a strategic leader with a keen eye for creating, developing and leading cross-functional operations over both state and national level. Have performed in the capacity of Regional Business Head and National Marketing Head with HDFC Ltd. Have also taken up advisory roles as ‘Consultant’ for start up housing finance companies in Africa – First Housing Finance (Tanzania) Ltd at Dar Es Salaam and Egyptian Housing Finance Company Ltd. at Cairo.
Take keen interest in child care and education. Have served as a Board Member for Pestalozzi World, UK which sponsors children with humble background for education. Currently serving as a Director Advisor for its Board at India.
Paul Onwuanibe is the 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’ professional experience in the design and execution of projects in Africa, the USA and Europe. He previously served as Development Director with Beacon Housing, in UK. He has expert knowledge of commercial property and workplace management and led Landmark’s expansion into America, Europe and Africa.
Ian has 25 years of practical real estate experience working in emerging markets across the world. He is a director and co-owner of EMC Real Estate and advises investors, developers, corporations and governments on their real estate. He has led major assignments across Africa, including acquisitions and disposals on behalf of organisations such as Haliburton, GSK and World Bank. He is also an RICS registered valuer and has valued portfolios on behalf of the UK & US Governments, major banks and real estate investment funds. Prior to joining EMC Real Estate James was a partner at Cushman & Wakefield’s London and Lisbon offices.
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
Engr. Femi Akintunde is an Industrial Engineer and Business Management Professional with strong entrepreneurial drive. Before starting Alpha Mead in 2006, Femi’s career spanned more than 18 years in the Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Financial Services sectors; working with Nestle, Shell and United Bank for Africa respectively. He currently leads Alpha Mead Group; overseeing business operations in Facilities Management, Real Estate & Infrastructure Development, Healthcare Management Service and Property Management &; Advisory across Nigeria and 13 African countries, where Alpha Mead operates. Femi’s expert views on the African Real Estate and Infrastructure market have been featured in both local and international media and he has keynoted events across the continent.
Michael has been at the DFC (formerly OPIC) for twelve years, working on direct loan programs, guaranty facilities, and securitizations in various emerging markets and a diverse group of sectors: logistics, tourism/hospitality, SME lending, agriculture, healthcare and mobile banking. He has also worked on residential and commercial construction projects, on-lending facilities to banks and non-bank financial institutions for lower–income mortgages, lease-to- purchase programs and RMBS structures in Central America. He has conducted transactions throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe and the following countries in Africa: Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.