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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.
Ruan is originally from the friendly and windy city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He holds a BSc in Construction Studies and a BSc Honours in Construction Management, both from the now Nelson Mandela University, and an MSc in Real Estate from the University of Pretoria. With almost 13 years of industry experience across the fields of quantity surveying, project management, procurement and business development, valuations, and corporate real estate, Ruan, as Associated Director of CBRE Excellerate, currently renders property strategy, advisory, transaction execution and management, and account management services to prominent clients across Sub- Saharan Africa at senior level.
Amos Mazarire is a Chartered Surveyor & a Senior Partner of Knight Frank Zimbabwe. He has over 34 years of experience in the real estate sector. In 1986, Amos was accepted to the Knight Frank Zimbabwe partnership rising to becoming Senior Partner of the Firm in 2001. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe. Amos is a past President of the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe, a former Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Zimbabwe Group) and previously sat on the board of the Estate Agents Council. He holds a BSc. Land Administration from MRICS FREIZ.
Kenneth Kaniu is the CEO of Britam Asset Managers (Kenya) Limited. He has over 12 years’ asset management experience from various companies including STANLIB Nairobi Limited where in his last posting he was the Chief Investment Officer for East Africa. Prior to STANLIB, Kenneth worked in the Asset Management business at Allianz SE in Munich, where he spent time in the portfolio implementation, investment risk management and Pan-European equity research teams. Kenneth also has some banking experience after a brief stint with Commercial Bank of Africa Limited in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from USIU-Africa, and an MBA from Strathmore Business School.
Neville Mandimika is an Economist in the Global Markets Research team at RMB. He focuses on developing economic and financial market views for countries were FirstRand has a presence. He services both corporate clients and Institutional investors in Africa and Europe. Neville holds a Masters degree in Financial Markets from Rhodes University and is a regular commentator in international media such as CNBC, Financial Times and Bloomberg.
Khayalami is a seasoned credit, financial markets, and corporate finance specialist. He is currently Manager-Treasury and Equity at the Industrial Development Corporation responsible for overseeing the treasury function at the Corporation. He has previously held Senior positions in the banking sector in Treasury and Investment; Credit and Global Markets; Credit underwriting and reporting; balance sheet management; FX and Derivatives sales. Khayalami also brings a wealth of experience in areas including but not limited to risk management, strategic planning and funding management. He possesses experience in trade, corporate finance and debt capital markets. Khayalami has successfully led and been involved in several corporate finance transactions in the recent past with value circa US$500 million.
Derrick Nkera is the Lead Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, currently based in Rwanda. He holds a BSc. in Quantity Surveying, BSc. Construction studies and an advanced diploma in sourcing & supply chain management. This background combined with over 12 years of experience holds him in good stead when it comes to the contract and cost management aspects of
project management. As the Lead Project Manager, Derrick is responsible for leading, collaborating and coordinating a team of project managers working across multiple sectors including
the health care sector. He is currently working on the Aga Khan Hospital Project in Uganda; leading the team delivering project management and site supervision services. He is also leading
the team providing design and cost management services on the Texas Children’s Hospital Paediatric Oncology Unit in Mulago Hospital.
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah is Program Lead for IFC EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program in Ghana and Nigeria. He is an Urban Development professional with experience in the built environment in Ghana. His expertise includes Sustainable Real Estate Development, Real Estate Marketing and Agency, Real Estate Management, Real Estate Valuation and Business Development. He has also undertaken socio-economic surveys for voluntary relocation and other resettlement packages. He holds an MSc in Urban Policy and Development and an Undergraduate degree in Land Economy in Ghana. He is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
With 30 years Management experience in the Logistics , Freight Forwarding , Contract Logistics and Supply chain sector across Africa with full P&L responsibility using a strategic mindset that drives results. Responsible for Strategy , full P&L , Corporate / Compliance Governance , Logistics departments , Finance , HR , IT, Sales & Brand development for market growth. Understand the different cultures , International voids and economic / political landscape driving forces in Africa that affect business and manage that complexity. Certainly enjoy challenges and projects especially within SSA Africa to grow the business , turn business around, set Culture , innovate for Customers , use data for action to create growth and sustainability. . Keen interest in Human capital development of staff to reach full potential /build lasting professional teams and add value to the business.
Wangui is an experienced financial services professional, having gained over 17 years’ experience as a senior portfolio manager with one of the largest fund management firms in East Africa. Currently with Acorn Holdings Ltd as the Head of Corporate Finance, Wangui oversaw the issuance of Acorn’s 5-year bond in October 2019, raising USD 43 million in what was deemed as a first of many in Kenya:
Wangui holds an MBA (Finance) from University of Leicester, Bachelor of Commerce from University of Nairobi, is a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a Higher Diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS).
I have over 20 years experience in Financial Services both within South Africa and Globally. My global approach to client centric solutions and risk management provides a unique perspective to the range of multinational clients supported. My experience has allowed me to provide pragmatic solutions in commercial real estate, risk analysis, business process and risk management. My subject matter expertise has impacted external and internal stakeholders (including multinationals) in both strategic, financial and operational management. I have managed change in different environments, developed high performing teams and partnered with other Executives on an ongoing basis. This results in positive outputs for the Company I am part of and innovative solutions to our clients.
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.
Gerhard has 14 years’ experience in property finance and has held various senior positions in retail and investment banking. A chartered accountant with an MCom (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Gerhard was the Head of Real Estate Finance: Africa Regions at Standard Bank before joining Nedbank in 2018.
Private equity investment professional with experience in the consumer and real estate sectors across Africa and India. Actis is the most experienced private equity real estate investor in sub- Saharan Africa. We launched the first sub-Saharan African private equity real estate fund in 2006 because of the unique opportunity we saw in this market. We combine international standards of design, financing and environmental management with local expertise, focusing upon retail, residential and office developments across Africa's key cities, delivering institutional quality real estate to blue-chip corporate and retail tenants.
Olaf Schmidt is Manager of Property, Retail & Hotel, Health & Education Investments for the African Region at the IFC. His previous responsibilities as Global Sector Lead for Property, Retail & Hotel investments and Hub Lead for Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services in Western Europe included helping build business with European sponsors across emerging markets and providing global coverage of investments with a variety of instruments including equity, mezzanine finance, and debt. He worked in strategy consulting with A.T. Kearney in France and Germany and spent two years with OTF Group in Africa. Olaf holds a Business Administration and Master’s degree.
Following an MPhil at Reading University in the UK Tim joined International Property Consultants, Weatherall Green & Smith (Atisreal) in 1984, qualified as a Chartered Surveyor MRICS in 1986, and became an Associate in 1990. In 1993, following marriage, he emigrated to Zambia and joined Premier Property Consultants and shortly became a principal. This firm became part
of the global Knight Frank group in early 2002. In 1998-2001 he was a council member of the Surveyors Institute of Zambia, and was a Board Member of the Valuation Surveyors Registration Board, 2006 -2009. He is Managing Director of Knight Frank Zambia and Head of Agency, a Fellow of The Surveyors Institute of Zambia and full member of The Zambia Institute of Estate Agents. Tim is involved personally in the widest range of skills on a daily basis from sales, leasing, acquisition, relocation, valuation, consultancy and management of all aspects of residential, commercial and industrial property. He regularly advises international organisations on leasing, acquisition and development opportunities and has been retained on a number of the major developments in Lusaka and other towns in Zambia. Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce, launched in March 2015 and Secretary of the Zambia Property Owners Association ( ZAPOA ) , established in 2014.
Based in Dubai, Ramsay leads Radisson Hotel Group’s strategic growth across Africa and Turkey with a team based in Dubai and Cape Town. He recently expanded his role as the Head of Development for Africa, further demonstrating the commitment of the company across the continent. Tasked with increasing the Group’s hotel portfolio and footprint in his assigned markets, Ramsay is an expert dealmaker, leading transactions from sourcing through to execution. He is proficient in legal contract negotiations, due diligence and financial analysis. He oversees the underwriting, strategic planning, investment analysis and asset management activities for all type of deal structuring, including conversions and take overs, financial commitments, franchise and straight management agreements. A Belgian national, Ramsay is fluent in multiple languages and with a multi-cultural background. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA specialized in Hotel Real Estate Finance and Asset Management from the ESSEC Business School (IMHI) in Paris.
Patrick O’Connell is the Operations Director of Spectrum Valuations & Asset Solutions, a fixed property and movable assets valuation and consultancy firm operating in South Africa. Patrick is registered as a Professional Valuer with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession; he is a Members of RICS and a RICS Registered Valuer. Most recently Patrick has been appointed to the South African RICS Market Advisory Panel which aims to drive positive change and confidence through strong thought leadership. Patrick is also a Member of the South African Institute of Valuers where he held the position of President for the period 2016-2018 and presently still fulfils the role of Treasurer on the SAIV National Executive and is the present Chairman of the KZN Branch.
Overall responsibility for sustainable finance, partners with businesses to better serve clients, drive sustainable innovation and capture emerging business opportunities. Leads a dedicated team with a range of knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enable the development of sustainable business opportunities (green/social/climate products and services).
Frank is a Partner of Knight Frank, Nigeria. A 25-year commercial real estate industry veteran, leading a diverse team of real estate professionals. He holds a Diploma (Estate Management) Federal Polytechnic, Auchi; MBA (Marketing); Lagos State University; and Harvard School of Business, Certificate of Competence, Real Estate Management Programme on Finance, Design and Leadership. Frank is an accredited member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Civil and Commercial Mediator; Registered Member of The Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON); Member International Facility Management Association (IFMA); Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (FNIVS); and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Frank is respected by his colleagues for his dynamic ability to empower agents and create collaborative, cooperative teams and his mobile gadgets are always at hand so he can be as responsive as possible. The result of such professionalism is his extensive portfolio of clients and referrals. Clients choose to work with Frank because of his unique combination of professionalism, infective enthusiasm and vitality. His strong base of loyal repeat customers is the reason he has been so successful for over 25 years in the ever-increasing competitive sales environment.
Julien Garcier is the Founder and MD of Sagaci Research, the leading independent market research/intelligence firm dedicated to African markets. Prior to launching Sagaci Research, Julien was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was involved on growing the firm activity across the African continent, advising governments and leading multinational companies in their developments efforts. Between 2000 and 2005, Julien was a consultant at A.T. Kearney in France. Julien graduated from EM Lyon (France) in 2000 with a M.Sc. in Management and has an undergraduate diploma in Economics from the University of Lyon (France). He is a French national and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr Okey Nnaedozie has had a career of over 25 years spanning academia and business as director Greenage and founder of Calipak a wholly indigenous limited liability company incorporated in Nigeria to provide professional constructions & engineering services. Mr Nnaedozie has been actively involved in Nigeria’s infrastructure sector and has a track record in successful delivery of projects in Power, water resource development, building construction, housing estates and road construction. Mr Nnaedozie’s Client engagement portfolio includes Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), World Bank, European Union (EU) assisted projects, as well as several private sector clients across Nigeria.
Tim is a founder and CEO of PROFICA, a group of professional development, project and construction management services companies in the retail, commercial, industrial & processing, residential, hotels and leisure sectors. Tim received his qualification in Civil Engineering, gained professional project management expertise in the UK, is a fully accredited professional member of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK, a registered Professional Construction Project Manager with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and is the current President of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM).
Thomas Schultz is a Director at Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP). He is responsible for property acquisitions and asset management of the Company. Before joining GIAP, Thomas was a member of the team that established and managed the Sanlam Africa Real Estate Fund. Prior to that, he was the Executive Head of Investment Management for Sanlam Emerging Markets, the asset management arm of the Sanlam Group in the rest of Africa. He has 20 years’ experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, having started his career with Brait Merchant Bank and African Alliance. Thomas has Honours degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Gozie Chigbue is a Director on the Africa Funds team at CDC where he is responsible for a number of fund relationships across Africa and represents CDC on a number of advisory boards. Since joining CDC, Gozie has worked on several private equity and real estate commitments in addition to debt and equity deals. Prior to CDC, Gozie worked in Investment Banking/M&A at BNP Paribas (Paris and London) and Corbett Keeling (London); in Equities at CSL (London); and in consulting at KPMG (Lagos). Gozie is a CFA Charterholder; holds an MBA from the Manchester Business School; studied corporate finance at London Business School; and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Lagos.
Mr. Kariuki was appointed as Head of Real Estate and Managing Director of Athena Properties in October 2018. Mr. Kariuki holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University (UK), a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is a Certified Executive Coach and a Tutu Fellow.
Patrick Domingos Tembwa is currently Director of Investment and Operations at Reall. Reall (Reall Equity for All) is UK a based social enterprise that focuses on affordable housing in Africa and Asia. Reall currently operates in 14 different countries in Africa and Asia, including Kenya. Patrick has been with the organisation since November 2016. He has overall investment and portfolio management responsibilities, including identifying new markets and partners, execution of Reall’s investment strategy. Prior to joining Reall, he advised social enterprises in
the UK tech and art sectors on fund raising . A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP) in France and a CIMA qualified accountant, Patrick has over 20 years’ international
experience in financial management, investment and international development. He started his career in finance at British Telecom in 1998 in the UK. Over the following decade, he worked in corporate real estate consulting, in financial services at JPMorgan and RBS. In his role as finance director in 2009, He also helped setup a microfinance bank in DR Congo.
Francois is responsible for managing various projects through the design and feasibility phases and has travelled and worked extensively throughout Africa. He specializes in Urban Design and Mixed- Use Master planning and has conceptualised urban precinct and masterplan designs in the West, East and Sub-Saharan African territories. His belief in the ‘guerilla urbanism’ of African cities and how design integrates local culture with best practice and commercial opportunities is informed by his ongoing travel throughout the continent. He qualified with distinction from the University of Pretoria and completed his Masters Degree in Urban Design from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also the Director of FuturePart, a multi-disciplinary research and design unit initiated by Boogertman + Partners to explore insights that will inform the future of architectural practice in Africa.
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.
James is responsible for all aspects of Fusion’s Real Estate Portfolio from deal sourcing, structuring, and fundraising, through project development implementation, to asset and investment exit. James has been with Fusion since 2009 where he worked as a fundraising manager in the UK, before joining the Kenya deal team as a portfolio manager in 2014. Fusion Capital is a Real Estate Developer and Private Equity Firm designed around the needs of local businesses in the emerging economies of East and central Africa. We are currently managing a portfolio of 12 ongoing real estate projects and have presence in Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala and Dar es Salaam.
Shehzad Jamal is a Partner at Knight Frank’s and is responsible for developing the Healthcare & Education practice in ME&A. His core experience is to advise healthcare and education clients on market entry, operator & investor search, business model, strategy and transaction services. He started his career almost 20 years ago, and has worked on healthcare, education and other advisory related assignments in UAE, KSA, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Tunis, Tanzania, Pakistan and the UK.
I am an entrepreneur and Lead Consultant at Credence Healthcare Ltd. I have fourteen (14) years progressive professional experience in Health and Logistics Program Management with both national and international organizations. I am passionate about developing and bringing solutions in the healthcare space through capacity building and implementation of policies based on best practices. I am currently actively engaged in Medical Value Travel, Continuous Medical Education for Healthcare workers and Healthcare Project Management in Kenya. I am also a qualified Certified Project Manager by PRINCE2™ Foundation and PMD Pro 1 both by APMG (U.K.).
He is an experienced business leader with a proven track record of delivering results across a wide range of project and geographies – Africa, UK, Ireland and the Middle East. He has over 15 years significant experience in a large range of roles including Operations, Regional Management, Business Development, Commercial, Contract and Project Management. He is an energetic, proactive, results driven strategic leader having worked with and led multicultural teams on Programmes in both the Private and Public Sectors. He has an excellent track record across a number of market sectors including Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, manufacturing, Retail, Residential & Commercial projects with values ranging from $100k – $450m. John holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool.
Bright is a finance professional with extensive experience in real estate financing, private equity and investment banking. Prior to his current position, he was the Chief Financial Officer, Ghana for Rendeavour, Appolonia City’s owner and developer. As CEO, Bright leads the Ghana team to transform the ambitious vision into what is becoming a world-class mixed-use urban development in Ghana. Bright has also worked as a Senior Analyst at Black Star Advisors; a boutique private equity company with a focus on the SME sector in Ghana, and as a Research & Corporate Finance Analyst with SDC Brokerage Services Ltd. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Real Estate Management Program and the University of Lincoln (UK) where he obtained a Masters degree in Finance.
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.
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.
Andrew is a South African national based in Cape Town with over 30 years’ experience in the hotel industry in Africa. As a respected hotel deal-maker with more than 100+ deals across 32 African countries, Andrew is passionate about developing great hotels & resorts which create heartfelt experiences for guests, high value for owners, meaningful opportunities for team members and a positive impact in their communities. In May 2020 Andrew joined Hilton, the global leader in hospitality as the Managing Director of Development for sub-Saharan Africa, leading an experienced development team and company committed to Africa at a time when Hilton is looking to press ahead with its multi-brand hotel expansion and establish Hilton as the leading player within this important market. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.
Wayne Troughton is CEO of HTI Consulting. He has been in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries for 22 years. He has held positions in 5-star hotels for 10 years in the UK and South
Africa. He began consulting with Grant Thornton in South Africa, providing specialist consulting services. In 2003, Wayne left Grant Thornton as an Associate Director to start his own specialist tourism, hospitality and leisure consulting company, focusing on Africa and the Middle East. Wayne has worked on more than 200 assignments in 35 countries, mostly on the African continent. Wayne has consulted for IFC and World Bank on investment climate issues and tourism programs in Africa.
Andrew has contributed to the successful growth of the Boogertman + Partners Nairobi practice with several local and international award winning projects. The eight year old practice has recently been recognised as one of the Top 100 companies in Kenya and has ongoing work across education, residential, industrial and logistics projects. Recently Andrew and his team have completed the Africa Logisitcs Properties warehouses in Tatu City which received Africa’s first EDGE Industrial Development certification. Ongoing work in this sector is the design and build of a number of facilities within the Tatu City industrial park as well as work for GRIT Urban logistics and CTM in Kenya. With a B.Arch from the University of Oregon, and a DIS ( Denmark International Studies ) from the University of Copenhagen, Andrew brings a keen interest in developing, analysing and testing architectural solutions for clients. He is a proud member of the Architectural Assocation of Kenya.
Rob Wesselo is a Managing Director of International Housing Solutions (IHS), a position he has held since September 2010. He is responsible for sourcing investments, structuring and
negotiating deals with developers and managing the operations of IHS in South Africa. Prior to joining IHS, he was the Head of Commercial Property Finance (Property Investments) at ABSA Business Bank. He has held other property-focused positions such as Commercial Director at Pangbourne Properties and Head of Listed Property Funding at Rand Merchant Bank. He holds an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand.
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to government in South Africa for the past 20 years. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies from the University of North Carolina USA.
Roger has a property generalist background having worked in valuations, investment sales, leasing, development, and finance. Roger has held positions of Head of Valuations in the Middle East, Head of Valuations for South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. He has experience in the valuation of retail, commercial, industrial, residential, and development real estate in South Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of RICS being a RICS Registered Valuer and Accredited Mediator. He holds a BSc in Estate Management from De Montfort University and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the UK.
Lucy has over 15 years’ experience in international development and has spent over a decade of her career at Reall. She played a key role in shaping Reall’s evolution from grant-giving NGO to market-focused investor and innovator. The bulk of Lucy’s expertise is in investor relations, where she has led Reall’s strategic relationships with donors. Lucy also has a strong track record of programme design and delivery in various African and Asian geographies.
Previously, Tom was a director in JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets team in London and headed a 20 strong research team in Moscow. 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 based in Moscow 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.
Tola is an investment banker and has had various roles within corporate and investment banking with specializations in Real Estate Finance and Project & Structured Finance. He has over 15 years of in-country and regional work experience (including Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire) which spans across various asset classes (with an estimated portfolio size over US$1.5 billion) within the real estate sector. In addition, his project finance deal mandates include debt capital raising for major infrastructural projects in the oil & gas and industrial sectors. His early work experience include treasury operations and commercial banking roles in Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) in Nigeria respectively. Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and master degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University, UK. He obtained a RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management, Reading, UK. His research project themed “Africa – The Next Frontier?” focused on the impact of real estate funds on commercial real estate development in sub Saharan Africa. In addition, he has attended a number of dedicated real estate training and conferences both regionally and internationally. Tola has been actively involved in a number of real estate industry advocacy committees set up to engage key regulators to unblock constraints to catalyse the growth and development of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
David was appointed Investment Manager in March 2014. His responsibilities are in the property asset class where he is tasked with research and development, providing support and advisory on investments in real estate, and overall product development for the asset class. He joined Genesis from Tysons Limited where he headed up Projects & Research. Prior to that, he worked at NW Realite Ltd. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Land Economics (Honors) from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a diploma from the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya and is a Registered Valuer.
Taslim Ngom is an executive specialized in identifying, optimizing, and realizing value creation opportunities through finance, strategy, and operations functions. He advised and delivered projects for global industry leaders and organizations as a Deloitte consultant, then worked in finance at Google before returning to Africa to help run his construction and real estate family business Sertem. Taslim holds a BBA (Computer Information Systems) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, an MBA (Strategy and Decision Sciences) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and is currently completing the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Simon Ardonceau joined the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Strategic Consulting team in 2016 to develop the substantial potential for customised real estate consulting advice across the continent. He currently has strategic input in a wide range of assignments, and has been involved on several high profile and complex developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Gulf Corporation Council. His decade in the real estate industry has shaped his niche expertise in property related market assessments, development advisory as well as financial and investment analyses. Simon holds a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School, France and a Master in Real Estate from the European Business School, Germany.
Tilda currently works as part of the Development Consultancy and Research team based in Dubai focusing on covering property market research across the African continent. Tilda is tasked with coordinating research among the Knight Frank offices in Africa, covering a range of property market sectors including the commercial, residential, hospitality and specialist sectors such as healthcare and education. Prior to joining Knight Frank in 2019, Tilda worked as a researcher in Kenya and the broader African context. Her work ranges from the publication of academic papers, market reports to public sector research. In 2018 she was part of the working committee on police housing reforms in Kenya. Tilda holds a Bachelors in Real Estate Management from the University of Nairobi.
Adam joined the company in 2019 and holds a BSc. Honours in Quantity Surveying and is a Certified Associate in Project Management. Adam joins Grit from Collins Property Projects (a division of JSE-listed Tradehold Limited) where he held the position of Development Director responsible for all of the group’s development and refurbishment projects in Africa with direct involvement in the asset management function. Prior to Collins, Adam cut his teeth in the property sector when he was appointed by Investec Bank in Durban to risk manage the bank’s significant development finance positions across South Africa. Adam brings considerable experience in property development throughout Africa with specific expertise in the development management from inception to final account of large commercial projects across industry sectors including industrial, office and residential.
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.
I studied at Stellenbosch University and obtained a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology and co-founded STAG African in 1985 as a construction and property development company operating out of Cape Town South Africa. In 2008 we identified student accommodation as an asset class, but realised that the provision of greenfield student accommodation was unaffordable to most students in South Africa and Africa. This led us to pioneer an affordable, innovative and sustainable alternative to world class student housing based on 8 defining principles, namely Community, Sustainability Innovation, Technology Transformation, Job Creation (especially youth training and employment, transformation and Affordability which we attain through a combination of Optimal Architectural Design, Product Innovation and Access to Grant Funding (without some form of subsidy or grant most African students can barely afford the operating let alone the capital cost of new student housing.) We believe that this will lead to a complete disruption in the construction industry in Africa which to a large extent still believes that bricks and mortar equates with quality. Student accommodation is a critical component of student success. Research has found that students living in well-designed accommodation on or close to campus have a 80% less chance of dropping out , especially in their first year. If Africa is to compete with and contribute to the global economy, it is essential that we increase our graduates from 5% of the total population to closer to 20%. By 2050 it is estimated that not only will 1 in 5 people in the world will live in Africa, but that Africa will continue to be the youngest continent. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop an educated population that can be of service to and sell its skills to an aging world.
Tayo Odunsi is a Chartered Surveyor with over 10 years of professional real estate experience. He holds an undergraduate degree in Estate management from the University of Lagos, a MSc. Real estate finance and investment degree from the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK as well as a MBA from the Imperial College London. Some of his previous roles were at FBN Capital, GTHomes and ARM Investment Managers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the African Real Estate Society. He also serves as a Director at Ventures Park, the leading co-working space in the heart of Abuja. He’s an ardent art lover, valuer and curator. Tayo enjoys soft rock, gardening and mentoring young people.
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
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%.