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]
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.
Mr. Kariuki is the Managing Director of Centum Real Estate. Prior to holding this position, he served as Centum Investment Company Plc Group Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Centum, he served as an Associated Director within the Financial Advisory and Assurance business units of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
He 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 Process Engineering from Moi University. He is a chartered accountant and a Certified Executive Coach.
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.
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 programme).
Mr Tsheole is a seasoned Financial Markets expert with a cumulative experience of 17 years having worked for the Central Bank Bank of Botswana and Botswana Stock Exchange Limited
(BSEL). Mr Tsheole holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Single Major Economics) from the University of Botswana and a Master of Commerce (MComm) in Financial Markets from Rhodes University (RSA). Further, he holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (RSA). He has also completed several financial markets programmes as well as a Leadership Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA).
Mr Tsheole has extensive financial markets experience in Capital Markets, Forex, Structured Products and the Financial Market Regulation. He was appointed CEO of BSEL in January
2016 having been Deputy CEO since February 2014. Mr Tsheole is a firm believer in the development of the financial market in Botswana and Africa, as well as their importance to economic growth and stability and has led initiatives to increase activity in the financial market in Botswana. In recognition of his exceptional and devoted service to Botswana he was awarded the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana in September 2018.
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.
Rob is a Chartered Accountant by training and has extensive residential mortgage and financial services experience. He joined SA Home Loans in 2005, and is currently the Group COO having previously filled the role of CFO for 10 years.
SA Home Loans is the largest non-bank mortgage lender in South Africa, with a home loan book of c.R70 billion; and the pre-eminent issuer of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities in the capital markets, having securitised in excess of R50 billion of home loans. The Group also has significant life assurance and short term insurance operations, and is the appointed servicer to an affordable housing development fund.
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.
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.
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
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.
Derrick Roper is a qualified actuary. He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in England. Before joining Novare he worked for a number of large financial services companies in South Africa including Sanlam and Gensec Asset Management. He spent some time in the United Kingdom where he gained experience in investment product development in the pension fund market. Derrick co-founded Novare in October 2000. He is a regular commentator on industry topics in the financial media and has addressed numerous conferences across the globe. Derrick’s areas of expertise include asset-liability matching, strategic asset allocation, alternative investments and private equity investments in sub-Saharan Africa.
Derrick’s tendency to innovate in product development saw Novare launch the first South African Fund of Hedge Funds in 2003, and subsequently, the first Novare Africa Property Fund in 2010. Derrick is the MD of Novare Equity Partners, a private equity firm investing exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa. He is listed amongst the top 50 most influential, innovative and powerful figures in African asset management by Africa Asset Management magazine for 2013 and 2014. He has 27 years’ experience in the industry.
Manuel Vieira is the Chairman of Meridian32 group, based in Mozambique. Manuel has been an entrepreneur for the past 20 years, with investments in Mozambique and Portugal. Previously he was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (auditing) and KPMG (consulting), and the Financial Manager for Pestana Hotel Group in Southern Africa. He is a registered
Mozambique Certified Accountant. Meridian 32 is a services-focused group, with operations across three silos of activity – Real Estate & Infrastructure (research, advisory, valuations,
brokerage, FFE provider, facilities management), Technology (consultancy and equipment provider in IT & Communications technology solutions) and Knowledge (environmental,
social, training, auditing, outsourcing, management consulting, ERP implementer)