2021 API SUMMIT SPEAKERS
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 Susan Swart on [email protected]
I am a political economist focused on South Africa, as well as other large and pivotal African economies. Part of this focus includes analysis of the political and commercial engagement of the BRICS economies in Africa, as well as the structural economic/social/demographic and political trends driving risk and opportunity across the continent. For the past seven years I have been ranked first by the South African asset management community in the Political Analysis category of the Financial Mail Ranking the Analysts Awards.
Thomas is the Managing Director of Lango Real Estate, where he led the founding of the business. Lango has grown to own assets across 4 countries worth in excess of $600m. Lango aims to list on the LSE over the medium term. Thomas is an accomplished Investment professional with more than 25 years’ experience across a range of asset classes including real estate, debt finance and the financial derivative markets. Thomas holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance from the University of London’s CASS Business School (awarded with distinction), as well as an Honours degree in Economics and a Batchelor of Commerce degree in Economics.
Funke is a Director in the real estate team at Actis, based in Lagos. Funke joined the firm in 2007 where she is responsible for origination, execution and portfolio management in West
Africa. Funke has over 15 years’ experience in private equity with the last 5 years focused on investing in Commercial Real Estate. Funke is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Master in Finance from the London Business School.
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.
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.
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.
Paul is Chief Executive of The Landmark Group, an African business leader with a deep and passionate interest in real estate in Africa. He studied Architecture, Property Development, Construction Management and Value Engineering, gaining 30 years of professional experience globally. That experience enabled him to create the first pan African real estate service organization themed on his live, work and play philosophy creating employment for over 2,500 people across Africa and raising over $100m in funding. He currently sits on the Board of several institutions and governing bodies internationally. Paul has been married for 28 years with two children.
Nnenna Alintah is Head of Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) at Broll, Nigeria. She has a wealth of international and regional expertise in solving client’s real estate problems,
focusing on strategic portfolio analysis and long-term real-estate strategies for enhanced operational efficiencies and cost savings. Alintah has 15 years of experience in global real
estate working as both a consultant, providing solutions for a myriad of clients, as well as a CRES executive overseeing a regional portfolio (in Africa) with 22 different locations. She
graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Architecture.
A graduate of Kingston University, London, Greg Pearson studied Business Management and Project Management and is registered with the Chartered Management Institute. His experience includes development management, cost planning, procurement, time management and traditional project management of major engineering and building projects. His market sector knowledge includes office, retail, leisure, education and healthcare schemes and he has experience in over 40 African countries. Greg was formerly an executive with AECOM, a global provider of design, development and engineering and construction services, and had the responsibility of expanding the footprint for the “Rest of 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.
Mark has extensive knowledge and experience of real estate solutions that cater for owners, operators and occupiers. Mark is an experienced Solution Architect (Pre-sales) for a vast range of MRI and Qube Property Management (MRI Version X and Qube Horizon) and Investment Management (Asset, Debt, Valuations, Fund), with a specialty of learning a broad range of products, applying knowledge of the industry to effectively convey value proposition to targeted audiences. Mark is Prince 2 Practitioner qualified and has led projects at major global asset management and real estate investor firms. He is also experienced with property management and accountancy implementation.
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.
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.
Warren is Managing Partner at Vantage Capital. He joined Vantage in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer, before moving into a Chief Operating Officer role and then into his current position as Managing Partner. Warren is a qualified Chartered Accountant who served a year of academic articles at the University of Witwatersrand and then completed his articles at Arthur Andersen. He embarked on a banking career with Standard Bank in 2001 where he worked as Account Executive in the Corporate Banking division, a transactor in a new business development team and finally as a transactor in the bank’s acquisition finance team, before joining Vantage in 2007. He holds undergraduate, Honours and Masters degrees in Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Investment Banking experience: 20+ | Greg has over 20 years’ Investment Banking experience and has occupied various roles within the Standard Bank Group since joining the group in 1997. Before being appointed to lead the Sustainable Finance team in 2021, Greg headed the global Energy and Infrastructure debt business for Standard Bank. In this role, he was responsible for the provision of the full range of debt solutions to clients across the infrastructure and energy sectors, including renewable energy. This included advisory, underwriting,
arranging as well as lending solutions across the debt spectrum. He was appointed as an Executive in the Project Finance business in 2007 and has extensive experience sourcing,
structuring and closing cross border project financing transactions through appropriate and tailored risk mitigation solutions and has successfully closed several high profile infrastructure finance debt, mezzanine and equity mandates with high profile clients. Greg holds an LLB and MBA degree.
Bronwyn Knight 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
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.
José Castilho is the MP of Broll in Mozambique. Prior to this role he was with RANI Investment as the Commercial Operations Manager. In Maputo Rani developed the iconic and integrated business tourism and real estate project, Rani Towers, comprising the Radisson Blu hotel, residential, offices, conference centre and retail uses. José formerly lead Real Estate Consulting, in Maputo, as General Manager. For the last 20 years José acted as business manager in lines of business related to consultancy, services and technology. As Head of Technology, for a private and investment bank in Portugal; General Manager for a Technology Company in Mozambique. José studied Computer Science in IST Portugal, and Business Management in UCP in Portugal.
Malcolm Horne is CEO of Broll Property Group, a leading commercial property services provider operating across Sub Saharan Africa. He joined Broll in 2003 and was promoted from MD of Property Management to Group CEO in 2010. Malcolm is a director of Broll’s subsidiary companies throughout Africa and is also a director of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and an immediate past director of SAPOA. With his legal background and under Malcolm’s leadership, Broll has built up a great team and has relentlessly followed a strategy to establish a presence across sub-Saharan Africa.
Anne is Co-Founder and CEO of Smart Havens Africa, a social enterprise founded in 2018 with a mission to provide a sustainable affordable pathways to home ownership for low-income families in Africa. She is a Ugandan industrial designer who was homeless for 20+ years. She has experienced first-hand how a lack of quality housing compromises people’s development potential, and is on a mission to change this narrative in Africa. Anne is an alumnus of Global Social benefit Institute (GSBI), Global Good fund and a winner of the Africa Prize of engineering Innovation and Takenda Young entrepreneur of the years 2020. Smart Havens have delivered 68 homes to date, using compressed earth blocks and embedding other climate smart solutions. SHA puts community needs at the heart of every project. The model is built on job creation and social impact through home ownership, financial inclusion and women’s empowerment. Anne is passionate about giving young people, especially women, leadership roles & enabling them to create opportunities for themselves and others through Skills Knowledge transfer.
Experienced Sales Development & Client Experience Director with a demonstrated history of success working in highly strategic yet hands on roles in technology and services industry, currently managing the South Africa Sales Teams. Skilled in, Sales, Management, Communication, and Strategic planning.
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.
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.
John Fletcher was born in South Africa took his B Com LLB from Rhodes University and his M Phil and PhD in administrative law from Cambridge. He returned to SA and practised as a barrister at the Johannesburg Bar for ten years in a civil commercial practice with some constitutional work. John is the ADR Products Group Director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is responsible for RICS’s global Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) including arbitration, adjudication, dispute boards, mediation, expert witnesses and conflict avoidance. Prior to working for RICS, John was the Projects Director for ADR Group. He developed their international joint ventures in South Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean and other developing countries; their UK workplace mediation service; and their mediation training in UK universities. At RICS John has overseen the extensive development of DRS services both in the UK and internationally. DRS is now active in seventeen countries on five continents and offers training, accreditation, panel membership, administration and appointments in all of the dispute resolution disciplines listed above. DRS now also provides bespoke dispute resolution and conflict avoidance consultancy; has moved into the areas of planning and consumer disputes, and is working in close association with major institutional and business partners in several countries. John has also spearheaded the creation of the International Coalition for Conflict Avoidance which is growing rapidly in the infrastructure and construction industries, and serves on the steering committee of the UK Civil Justice 2020 initiative. John is married with three children and lives in Rugby.
Based in Cape Town, Daniel focuses on accelerating and executing the Radisson Hotel Group growth strategy in the English-speaking countries across Sub-Sahara Africa, particularly, South Africa. Another key focus in Daniel’s portfolio is the raising of finance for hotel owners in order to expedite both new developments and conversions across the African continent, working closely with the rest of the African Development team. Daniel recently joined Radisson Hotel Group after six years at HTI Consulting, focusing on hotel development, acquisition finance raising and hotel brokerage. Having held previous positions at JP Morgan (London), LaSalle Investment Management (London), and JLL (Johannesburg), Daniel will significantly aid Radisson Hotel Group’s owners and their financial requirements with his wealth of knowledge and expertise in debt finance raising requirements of owners, deal-making and financial analysis. Daniel brings complementary skills to the development team across the continent and is a key member in driving Radisson Hotel Groups new five-year plan for Africa. A South African national, Daniel holds a Business Science Degree from the University of Cape Town, where he also completed his master’s in financial economics and international trade.
My Passion Is Working On Greenfiled Developments, I Believe It Gives Us The Ability To change The Way Our Cities Look And Also Contribute To The Success Of The Real Estate industry.
I Have Travelled Across Continents Just To Understand The Way Greenfiled Developments are Carried Out In Different Countries, It Has Given Me An Insight On Matters Such As Aestetics And General Architetural Design. Sustainable Development Is Key To The Future as We Are Faced With Climate Change.
Munya is a Chartered Accountant and holds an Honors degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. During his tenure in commercial real estate Munya has amassed cross departmental experience spanning Treasury, Property Management and Asset Management. He currently serves as the Senior Asset Manager for the Grit Real Estate Income Group leveraging his financial and strategic acumen to drive oversight over asset performance analytics, asset valuations, sale or hold assessments and asset repurposing initiatives.
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.
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.
Sheila Moraa is keen to explore unchartered waters taking up new visions and making them realities through sound and strategic development. Passionate about promoting sustainable development in the built environment and utilizing opportunities in the green space to further grow this in the local context by attracting affordable blended finance for various projects. Currently as Head of ESG at AIML; an integrated Real Estate company providing student accommodation, Sheila is managing green certification of the company portfolio. With the launch of the REITs, we are working towards obtaining GRESB Assessment for the funds which will have a positive impact holistically on the policies and practices of the company and its stakeholders with regard to ESG. Previously, Sheila worked in the Oil & Gas and the energy industries both at the project (Total Kenya Ltd. & KenGen) and regulatory levels influencing policy formulation while at Energy Regulatory Commission. Sheila is a trained Civil Engineer currently completing an executive Masters program at Strathmore University, certified PRINCE2 practitioner and an EDGE Expert. Sheila also sits in the board of Kenya Green Building Society. She has over 13 years Project Management experience in the built environment and renewable energy sector.
Moussa holds an Executive MBA from Insead, BEng (Hons) Civil from Edinburgh, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP®). Moussa has accumulated more than 20 years of experience as an accomplished senior executive and non executive director in a variety of sectors. His extensive experience has mostly been in the development and delivery of integrated real estate projects. Moussa has recently joined Tilisi Developments as incoming CEO. Tilisi is a 400-acre master-planned, mixed-use development located in Tigoni. Tilisi is providing fully serviced land parcels for investors to purchase and develop within its guidelines and framework.
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).
Debra Erb is Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government corporation focused on supporting U.S. investment in developing markets. In this capacity, she is responsible for program development, investor development and marketing, as well as credit structuring and analysis for housing and other real estate sector projects. Ms. Erb has over 20 years’ direct experience in mortgage lending in the U.S. plus 12 years of international housing finance experience. Her international experience includes President of Mortgage Finance International, a boutique consulting company that worked with all aspects of mortgage finance in emerging markets. She was also President of Societas – International Institute for Real Estate Finance, a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. that was sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Previously, Ms. Erb served as Senior Director – MBA International, responsible for international membership development and liaison between international and U.S. mortgage banking companies and organizations. In addition, she managed MBA’s international conference operations and the International Mortgage Institute. Prior to joining MBA, Ms. Erb held a variety of management positions with mortgage and banking institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (International Non-Profit Management) from George Mason University, and a B.A. in International Business Communications from the same university.
Jacqui’s experience in the Real Estate world spans more than 22 years. Having experience in almost every aspect of the real estate industry, she has a depth of knowledge and experience that few can put claim to. This experience allows her to see the “bigger picture” of the business as well as appreciate how each part of the process affects others. As such, she is able to speak with authority to clients, internal staff, and give sound advice around these aspects. Having previously worked with major property franchise groups in South Africa and Zambia, her personal approach and genuine dedication to her clients and team mates, make working with her a dynamic and energising experience. Her creative and firm but fair management style futher illustrates the kind of person that Jacqui is. Jacqui is a passionate ambassador for the company and is proud to be a member of the Stoneridge Property Group.
Ram leads transactions across Kasada’s target economies. He has over 15 years of experience in global real estate private equity and operations across North America, India and SSA.
Prior to joining Kasada, Ram was based in Dar es Salaam where he was CEO of Village Supermarket, a regional Supermarket chain that he led and expanded over 4 years. He also spent 10 years in real estate and infrastructure investments, notably at the Xander Group in Singapore and Global Infrastructure Partners in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was elected George F. Baker Scholar and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University obtained with First Class Honors.
Lenore is the African regional program manager for EDGE, the green building certification solution that is an innovation of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining IFC she was leading the implementation of green building initiatives for a housing impact fund at Old Mutual Alternative Investments for close to four years. Her experience includes six years of project finance at Standard Bank in South Africa and London. She holds an MBA from GIBS, University of Pretoria and an MSc (Chemical Engineering) from University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Richard Bamhumwire is an urban housing development expert with over 12 years of experience in international development work. Richard has experience in program planning and project delivery which he has acquired over the years while working in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Rwanda and Ivory Coast,in water, sanitation and affordable housing. He worked for Reall as a consultant in Uganda and Mozambique in designing affordable housing projects. Richard is currently living in Mozambique and overseeing the operations and project delivery as Casa Real's CEO.
Dr Donovan Storey is Head of Global Policy and Influence at Reall, where he works to influence and leverage key stakeholders to bring about changes which transform global affordable housing markets through innovative solutions. Previous positions have included as Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, at the Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul, and with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, as Chief of Social Policy and Population and Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section. Donovan has a PhD in International Development and postgraduate qualifications in Public International Law.
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.
As the Group Managing Director for East Africa & Indian Ocean, Jess is responsible for Broll’s businesses in Kenya, Uganda and Mauritius, delivering property management, facilities management, occupier services, broking, leasing, valuations and research. Prior to her current role, Jess held the position of Divisional Director: Strategy and Consulting within Broll’s Occupier Services division, and was also previously Research Director at IPD (now MSCI), where she worked in London, Australia and South Africa. Jess holds an MBA majoring in International Business, a Master of Property and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. She has served on many industry boards and committees, and in 2018 was named Professional of the Year for the Private Sector category in Gauteng at the South African Women in Property Awards.
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.
Steven Herring started Heriot Properties (Pty) Ltd, a property investment and development company in 1998. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Marketing in 1991 at the University of Johannesburg and his Masters of Business Administration in 1995. Under his leadership Heriot Properties Group develop, own and manage Retail, Industrial and Commercial properties in Southern Africa.
Simon is a Senior Transactor in the Africa Regions Real Estate Finance team within Corporate and Investment Banking for the Standard Bank of South Africa. He is an experienced real estate finance specialist with over 8 years of experience in the industry. Simon joined the Bank in 2010 on the Corporate and Investment Banking Graduate program where he rotated through the different areas of the Bank before joining the Real Estate Finance Risk team as a Credit Analyst. He spent 4 years managing real estate finance risk in the team in the South African portfolio, primarily in the listed sector with additional experience in the mid-tier and residential sectors. He then joined the Africa Regions Real Estate Finance Investment Banking team and has near on 5 years of experience in structuring real estate finance transactions across South, Central and East Africa. He is currently the team lead for South and Central Africa Real Estate. Simon graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a B Com in both Finance and Information systems and Technology; he also holds Honours Degrees in both Finance and Information Systems and Technology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Simon is also a CFA Charter holder.
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.
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.
Simone Kuhn is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s office in Cape Town, South Africa and is the Manager for Development in sub-Saharan Africa. Simone is part of the team responsible for
growing the portfolio of hotels and brands. She previously held management positions at hotels in South Africa and the UK. In December 2008, Simone took up the challenge as an on-board
F&B Manager for Etihad Airlines. In May 2011, she joined the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the fastest growing hotel group in Africa, looking after 10 Anglophone countries, some of which include Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Craig joined Gateway Real Estate Africa in 20 March 2020 with significant project and construction management experience across technical and service industries in Africa. His
track record of successful project delivery includes 12 years in Southern Africa and five years in West Africa where he worked across commercial, residential, industrial, oil & gas and
mining projects. Craig immerses himself fully in each project and proactively manages diverse departments, skillsets and personalities to ensure successful delivery against all stakeholders’
expectations. He has been an active lead in the development of the full scope of consulting services including project management, quantity surveying as well as mechanical, electrical &
Ivan Cornet has more than twenty years of real estate experience in Europe and Africa as a lawyer, an investor and a financier. Ivan is Managing Partner – Real Estate and Infrastructure of Latitude Five, a pan-African investment and advisory firm. He assists international and local investors and operators with growth strategies, providing market intelligence, identifying off-market opportunities and structuring and implementing complex commercial and financial transactions. Ivan is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK). Ivan holds senior executive positions with several African real estate companies.
Dolapo Omidire is the Founder and Team Lead at Estate Intel. He spent over 2 years at Broll in Nigeria as the Lead Research Analyst working on market and feasibility studies for international and local institutional real estate investors. Dolapo also spent over a year at AXA Mansard Investments as an Alternative Investment Analyst. Dolapo is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) with a specialty in Commercial Property Research and also holds a BSc in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading, UK.
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.
Belinda holds a Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA), BSc (Hons) (Finance), MBA (University of Mauritius), Financing the Entrepreneurial Business Programme (London Business School, UK) and Strategy Execution for Business Leaders (Insead, France). Prior joining Grit, Belinda started her career at Rogers Group in 2006, one of Mauritius’ most prominent conglomerate as an investment trainee. She has spent 13 years working for the Company, whereby her career took her through the various facets of real estate, project management and corporate advisory, all contributing to her most recent position there as Head of Projects and Corporate Advisory. Belinda also held the position of Executive Director of Ascencia Ltd, Mauritius’ largest domestic property company, where she was responsible for Fund Management, Strategic Management and Investor Relations.
Wayne leads hotel advisory at JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wayne has spent the past 11 years in the hospitality real estate sector. Wayne has completed assignments across 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specialising in feasibility studies, hotel management company and asset valuations, buy-side advisory for hotels and hospitality platforms, market entry strategies, operator selection and management contract negotiation. Wayne completed an undergraduate degree in Tourism Development at the University of Johannesburg, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Wits Business School and an MSc Property Studies at the University of Cape Town
Louisa Waddingham joined Reall in February 2020 as Head of Operations in Africa. Prior to that she worked for the British Council for 32 years in progressively more demanding roles including international postings in Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, Oman, Sierra Leone, Slovakia and Zimbabwe. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management (2009) and a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (2015).
Mrs. Inutu Zaloumis-Kalumba joined Centum in January 2018 as the MD of Two Rivers. Inutu responsible for the successful delivery of Two Rivers Development as a mixed- use development complimenting the city of Nairobi. Under her mandate, she oversees Two Rivers Lifestyle Centre (Two Rivers Mall and Office Towers), Two Rivers Utility companies as well as the engagement with Joint Venture partners, third party developers to ensure a successful delivery of the vision of the Two Rivers City. Prior to joining Centum, Madam Inutu was the Co- founder and Managing Director in Pam Golding Properties Zambia, a franchise of Pam Golding Properties Group. She has held this position since the establishment of Pam Golding Properties Zambia in 2008. Under her leadership Pam Golding Properties has grown to become the leading real estate services company in Zambia. She has 17 years’ experience in the property market ranging from commercial, residential, retail property as well as consulting for and on behalf of property development companies. Inutu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Copperbelt University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the African Leadership University. She is a member of the Zambia Institute of Estate Agents, a founder member of the Zambia Green Building Council, a member of the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Finance Advisory Committee, part of the management Team of Leonard Cheshire Homes Society, a Mara mentor an initiative under the Atlas Mara Mentorship Programme, she is also a member and Working Group Member of The Africa List (the top 100 influential leaders in Africa), an initiative by the Commonwealth Development Programme.
Patrick is Account Director and SADC Hub Lead in the Occupier Services Division. The role entails ensuring that client’s business strategy is met / enhanced through optimization of real estate. This could be in the form of Consultancy, Strategic Advisory, Market Research, Transaction Management (acquisitions, disposals, consolidations, re-gears, etc…)
Patrick Katabua is French and English speaking, and has over 10 years of Real Estate Experience covering African Markets. Prior to joining Broll, Patrick was an Account Director at Chushman and Wakefield Excellerate in the Africa Division, and also assumed the role of Lead for Francophone Territories. Patrick has provided value to key clients including Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, Novartis, US Embassy, China Communications Construction Company, to name a few. He previously worked in the banking sector for 10 years, as Senior Deal Maker focusing on Africa Commercial Property Finance for various Banks in Africa (ABSA, Standard Bank, FNB). He has a M.Sc Building Degree from Witwatersrand University (RSA), and successfully completed the “Doing Business in Africa” short course in collaboration with GIBS Business School (Johannesburg)l, Strathmore Business School (Nairobi) and Lagos Business School (Lagos).
Mr. Mulenga assists the running of McBright Africa Real Estate in Zambia and is involved in training, execution, analysis and quality control of most real estate advisory assignments in the region. He is responsible for a wide range of assignments for a number of clients including private developers, investors and financiers. He has wide spectrum of prior experience having worked in South Africa, Namibia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Zambia ensuring that work done on behalf of client’s are in line with international standards and global best practices.
20+ years of experience in the property business across disciplines and geographies. Prior to joining McBright Africa Real Estate, was engaged as Chief Operation Officer at Real Estate Investments Zambia (REIZ) Plc and also as Director at Jones Lang LaSalle in Dubai, UAE as well as JHI Properties now called Ellercellerate Property Services of South Africa. Has advised and or valued assets collectively worth over $20 billion over the course of his career delivering quality real estate consultancy and valuation services to various clients in the challenging emerging markets of Middle East and Africa.
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.
Renee Ngamau is best known as the current host of the 16+ year old morning drive show, Capital in The Morning on 98.4 Capital Fm. She is a trained and qualified life coach of more than 7 years, an NLP trainer and hypnotherapist. Her corporate career spans over a decade as a successful corporate lawyer. Renee sat on the management board of an oil company and served as alternate director to the Chairman of the company before the age of 30. She has trained as an executive and business coach. Renee mentors a group of 11 teens from economically deprived backgrounds.
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.
To utilize the knowledge and skills for positive socioeconomic development.
• Communication: I speak and write clearly and effectively. I am a good listener. I correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately, I like asking questions to clarify, and show interest in having two-way communication;
• Teamwork: I work in close coordination with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; I genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and I am always willing to learn from others. I have always learned to place team agenda before personal agenda. I believe in togetherness to achieve more.
• Planning& Organizing: I develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and I Identify priority activities and assignments; Adjust priorities as required; I allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work and I utilize time efficiently.
• Professionalism: I posses knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. I demonstrate commitment to tasks, observing deadlines and achieving results. I am personally motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; I show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and I remain calm in stressful situations;
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
Henry Kikoyo is Partner/Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law UK specialising in debt/corporate restructuring, distressed investment and debt and claims trading. He regularly acts for, among others, bank and non-bank lenders, hedge funds and distressed investors and also has a particular focus on Africa. Henry is also founder of REDEBT, an alternative finance and restructuring boutique that is also developing a platform that aims to offer technologically superior solutions for the debt and claims trading market to promote efficiencies, liquidity and price discovery.
Clavio Jorge Macuacua joined Agility Logistics in 2015 as the Commercial and Operations Manager for their Oil & Gas Project. He has hands on experience in project management having held previous roles as a project manager in the Oil and Gas sector in Mozambique. He has extensive experience in business development and provides technical oversight on projects to ensure high quality service delivery. A key focus in Clavio’s portfolio is building key customer relationships, identifying business opportunities and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of local market conditions and regulations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and is working towards his Master’s degree in Gas & Petroleum Management.