24 - 25 April 2018, Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill
Our 2017 Speakers
EAPI 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 caliber of speakers, who, in many respects, set the tone for the summit
Peter was appointed as the Managing Director for Broll Kenya in March 2016. His role entails general business development.
Prior to joining Broll Kenya, Peter was the Chief Operating Officer for Colliers International in Myanmar. He has previously held senior management positions with Jones Lang LaSalle in the UK, Hong Kong and the Philippines, CBRE in Hong Kong and China and Colliers International in Vietnam.
Peter has over 33 years of real estate experience with extensive knowledge of property asset management for all major property types – including commercial industrial, office, retail and residential.
Peter Muraya is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Suraya Property Group Limited, a Real Estate Firm that has led the revolution that is sweeping throughout the Real Estate Sector. Peter co-owns the ten year-old company with his wife, Sue Muraya, and both are driven by the zeal to create innovative lifestyles that change the way people live, work and play. Mr Muraya holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Nairobi and is a Corporate Member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and is registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) Architectural Chapter. He has immense experience in designing construction projects spanning over 28 years. In 2011, Mr. Muraya was awarded Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by the Government of Kenya
Suraya pioneered the “Gated Community Development” and “Joint Ventures with Landowners” both of which have become the norm in Kenya.
Suraya is currently developing various projects within Nairobi, Machakos and Kajiado Counties. Projects currently under construction include 5,000 houses, a 350,000 sq. ft. Shopping Mall, two Four Star Hotels with a total of 350 rooms, two 3 Star Hotels and 350,000 square feet of office parks. The projects include social services like schools, playgrounds, gymnasium and Green Environment with Suraya planting hundreds of trees and utilizing green fencing.
All our developments enhance the housing Sector in the Country and Foreign Investment thereby strengthening the Local Economy
Daniel heads the Real Estate team responsible for all aspects or real estate investments in the East African region. He has a deep understanding of the East African property market and development process from acquisition to investment exit through his involvement in transactions in the commercial, residential, retail and hospitality sectors.Daniel has been instrumental in successfully sourcing, negotiating, structuring and undertaking due diligence for Fusion’s real estate investments, currently managing and overseeing a portfolio of over USD$ 200 Million. He has previously worked as Head of Private Equity and Business Development Manager at Fusion, where he dealt with a wide range of deals in financial services sector, FMCG, agribusiness and others, growing the Fusion loan portfolio by over 200%. Prior to that he worked as an Audit Assistant for Thumbi Nganga & Associates. Daniel is a double major Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Business Administration) graduate from Daystar University, and is in his final stages of his Master of Business Administration (Finance).
Pierre Celestin RWABUKUMBA, a Rwandan national born in 1974, is the current Chairman of the East African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Stock Exchange Ltd. He was the Co- founder and Chairman of Kigali Cement Company, a private company that produces, Markets and sells cement in Rwanda and neighboring countries, he is also a non Executive Director in Athi River Mining – Rwanda Ltd, and Chairman of the Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI East Africa) and also serves as a non Executive Director in Atlantis Microfinance (AMF) Ltd. He is also involved in different investment projects ranging from Real Estate, Poultry and Agro – processing to Energy.
Mr. Rwabukumba started his career in financial services in New York City more than a decade ago after graduating from the University of Buffalo (UB), New York in the United States with A bachelors Degree in Economics. He worked in different professional positions as a stock broker, in Compliance and Operations and Institutional Investors’ Sales before he joined the Central Bank of Rwanda in 2004 to help start the Capital Market Development Project in Rwanda. Mr. Rwabukumba is a seasoned negotiator as he has been instrumental in different negotiations on regional integration of the East African Community. He has served on different Capital Market Committees both at the national and the regional level; the latest being the High Level Task Force negotiating the EAC Monetary Union. He completed an international post Graduate Advanced Management Program (AMP) for Executives at Strathmore Business School.
Toby Selman is the CEO and co-founder of Africa Logistics Properties, an integrated property development and investment company that is focused on the industrial warehousing sector across Africa. Toby has a 15 year background building private and public commercial property investment companies, primarily in the industrial warehouse sector, across Russia, Canada and Europe. He was a member of the founding management team of Raven Russia PLC, a UK property company that built a $1.5 billion modern grade-A warehouse portfolio across Russia which listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Samantha has twenty-two years of hospitality experience; the last twelve years have been in hotel investment advisory focusing on feasibility and market studies, facility planning and design, and hotel management, having practiced first in Boston, MA then in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2010, she co-founded Trianum Hospitality Limited, a consulting and Management Company focused on the extended stay and serviced apartment market in Nairobi, Kenya. Trianum currently manages a portfolio of 9 properties, hotels and serviced apartments boasting a total of 470 keys and 700 bedrooms.
In a three year joint-venture with HVS from 2013 to 2016, a global consulting and advisory firm for the hospitality industry, she performed more than 40 advisory assignments in the East African Market based in Nairobi, Kenya. A most notable achievement was creating partnerships between local investors and international hotel brands such as Radisson, Hyatt and Golden Tulip.
Samantha had also worked for ten years in hotel operations in food and beverage, conference and banquets, front office, housekeeping and sales and marketing.
She holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management (MMH 2006) from Cornell University, USA, a Bachelor of Science (BSc 1999) degree in International Hospitality Management from Hotel School Les Roches, Switzerland and a Diploma in Hotel Management and Administration (1998) from Kenya Utalii College.
She is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), a member of the Cornell Hotel Society (CHS), Kenya Chapter, a member of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT) and a founder member of the Club Managers Association of East Africa (CMAEA).
Godfrey Tapela is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for investments in the commercial property including affordable housing, retail and tourism sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Godfrey joined IFC in 2001 and previously worked for ABSA Bank, Eskom as a Projects Engineer and for DLV Consulting Engineers and Stewart Scott Consulting Engineers as a Consulting Engineer. He holds a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA, a BSc Electrical Engineering(Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Abraham is charged with the responsibility of originating viable and profitable business deals for funding by way of debt and/or equity.
Abraham has over 22 years of experience in Credit Management and Deal Structuring. Some of the organisations he has worked for include Tourism Finance Corporation where he was Head of Credit, Jamii Bora Bank as Head of Credit Risk Management, ICDC as Head of Credit, Co-operative Merchant Bank as Credit Manager, First Link Financial Consultants where he was the Lead Consultant in Credit Risk Management and Barclays Bank as the Corporate Analyst.
Abraham is an ardent sportsman, and is passionate about basketball. He is a member of the Kenya Basketball Federation, and is involved in the development of the sport in Kenya. He is also a member of the Wageuzi Basketball Team, which comprises of accomplished professionals in various career fields who mentor teens in schools across the country in achieving success in sports, life skills and career choices.
Abraham is a graduate of Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts (Economics) at the University of Nairobi.
Pius Muchiri’s priority as Managing Director is to the company not only meets but surpasses its promise to investors.
Mr. Muchiri joined Centum in 2004 as an accountant and quickly became head the firm’s quoted private equity (QPE) division. During his tenure Pius steered the growth of Nabo Capital to the third most profit-
In addition to driving Nabo’s strategy and spearheading uptake of new investment opportunities, he has been instrumental in the launch of bespoke investment addressing the varied needs of investments following cjscieuctorsr:icapiranlamaerldietnsv,ere:1 estate, education and energy.
Pius holds a Bache. of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi, is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya finalist and holds a CFA Charter. In addition, he is a member of CFA Society East Africa and CFA Institute USA.
After successful transformation of the QPE business line into a fully-fledged asset management boutique, Capital become the leading truly African investment solution provider in scale profitability.
Currently the Regional Director Development and External Affairs at Bollore Transport & Logistics East Africa.
Experienced in the clearing and Forwarding sector having served in the industry for the last 40 years.
After receiving his education at A.C.C.A & F.C.I.S educational qualifications he started working at NOTCO (K) Limited in 1976 in Airfreight. He rose to the position of General Manager in 1987 followed by being appointed Managing Director in 1997.
In 1998 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Group Managing Director of SDV Transami following the merger of NOTCO and Transami.
In the year 2013-2014 he served as the Managing Director of Bollore Africa Logistics Kenya Limited.
Below were his main duties as the Managing Director.
- Provide strategic advice and guidance to the CEO and kept them aware of developments within the industry and to ensure that the appropriate policies are developed to meet the Company’s mission and objectives and to comply with all relevant statutory and other regulations.
- Establish and maintain effective formal and informal links with major customers, relevant government departments and agencies, local authorities, key decision-makers and other stakeholders generally, to exchange information and views and to ensure that the Company is providing the appropriate range and quality of services.
- Develop and maintain research and development programmes to ensure that the Company remains at the forefront in the industry, applies the most cost-effective methods and approaches, provides leading-edge products and services and retains its competitive edge.
- Monitor the implementation of the annual budget to ensure that budget targets are met, that revenue flows are maximized and that fixed costs are minimized.
- Develop and maintain Total Quality Management systems throughout the Company to ensure that the best possible products and services are provided to customers
In 2014 he was promoted to the position of Regional Director Development and External Affairs – East Africa. The following are the main duties he performs:-
- Acts as the government liaison, working with the executive team to develop the organization’s legislative priorities and monitoring current legislation and Government regulations.
- Represents the company to a variety of stakeholders and the public.
Elected as National Chairman of KIFWA (Kenya International Freight Forwarders Association) in 2015 and re-elected in 2016.
The main scope of his roles at KIFWA are:-
- Head the organization in the Kenyan fraternity of all the Freight Forwarding & Customs Clearance companies made up of around 1500 companies all licenced by Customs.
- Advocacy with all arms of the government.
- Meetings with all key stakeholders in the Logistics Transport & Infrastructure development in Kenya, Port, Airport, Shipping Lines, Airlines and Kenya Revenue authority.
He is also the Governor of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Board on Transport & Infrastructure which is the voice of the Private Sector in Kenya in furthering the National Business Agenda which include:
Participate with other bodies (NCI/NCTTA) towards enhancing the free movement of goods in the northern corridor and within the partner states of EAC and COMESA.
Should you make the “mistake” of asking Tom Sitati about branding, you’ll get a wide grin, crackling energy, and an endless lively discussion on what has become a way of life for him. Such is his belief in strategic branding as a crucial tool for development that in 2006 he established Brandscape Africa Foundation, a non-profit brand strategy think tank. Tom has published literally hundreds of articles and papers on brand strategy, having written for and contributed to numerous publications. He is the author of two books on brand strategy, “It’s a Branded World” and “Brandly Speaking”, and one collection of original poetry, “Love, Life, Art”.
Mr Sitati is an African Brand Leadership Award winner, a past chairman of the Marketing Society of Kenya and currently sits on the Brand Africa Counsel. He holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Nairobi, a Masters degree in New Media from the University of Leicester (UK) and is an MCIM Chartered Marketer (UK).
As one of the most respected pioneer practitioners of strategic branding in Africa, Mr Sitati has had the opportunity to speak at several international events including the Microfinance Annual CEOs Forum in Jinja, Uganda, COMESA Business Summit in Nairobi, the Global Brand Forum in Accra, Ghana, the World Brand Congress in Mumbai, India, The Market Research Event in Nashville, Tennessee USA, among others.
In 2011 Mr Sitati was honoured to be among the top 85 Kenyan male role models by Footprint Press in its coffee table book publication entitled “Life Journeys: Scaling Heights”. He was inducted into the Distinguished Marketing Savant fraternity in 2012 by Marketing Africa, the region’s leading marketing publication.
Tom’s day job is as a Partner at Brand Integrated Consulting LLP, a strategic brand and business advisory firm with a footprint across Africa.
Alexis Janoray is a VP in charge of Sub Saharan Africa development at Accor Hotels since 2016.
He was previously a banker for more than ten years specialized in structured and acquisition financing.
Alexis has spent the last five years at Proparco, the French private sector development bank, where he originated, structured and closed numerous transactions in Africa and in the hospitality sector in particular.
Alexis is a graduate from Paris Dauphine University and holds a master in corporate finance from EM Lyon business School.
Kavit graduated from The University of Warwick and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Since returning to Kenya from the UK, Kavit has 7 years of experience in various sectors in the real estate market including the middle income and high-end residential, retail and commercial space. He has played a key role in the execution of Greenspan Estate, a 50-acre residential and retail project in Donholm, and of Solitaire on General Mathenge, a development of 24 luxurious duplex apartments.
Kavit is co-CEO of Tilisi, a 400-acre mixed-use development in Limuru on the outskirts of Nairobi. He is responsible for the overall strategy, implementation and delivery of this infrastructure project.
Shamiza Ratansi is the Managing Partner at ATZ Law Chambers, one of Tanzania’s leading corporate law firm. Shamiza heads ATZ’s real estate practice.She has handled matters involving multiple commercial/residential developments, large scale shopping and hotel developments and various other large scale multiuse projects. Her key real estate clients include China Railway Jianchang Engineering whom she is advising on the ongoing development of MNF Square, a 40 storey mixed use property that would include office space, retail mall and hotel; National Housing Corporation; Sumaria Group; Royal Orchid Group whom she is advising on a 39 acres project including a luxury resort hotel, residential villas as well as recreational centers; Unilever Tea Tanzania Limited; China Road and Bridge Corporation; and Cordura /Oysterbay Group amongst others.
Shamiza is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. She is recognized by international directories as ‘dedicated’, ‘business minded’, and ‘always willing to go the extra step’. Legal 500 (2016) describes her as someone that maintains a ‘strategic outlook’.
Peter has been Chairman of Knight Frank’s 13 Africa businesses since 2005, where the company employ over 700 people in 10 countries. Having lived and worked in Nigeria for over 10 years, Peter returns there 5 or 6 times a year on specific projects, in addition to working extensively in African countries where Knight Frank does not have offices.
His Africa team has worked in 34 countries in the last 27 months for clients including sovereign governments, global organisations and local affiliates.
Peter jointly heads up the Restructuring and Recoveries team in the UK advising a wide spectrum of both lenders and investors to the UK real estate market.
Peter is a very experienced global property adviser and asset manager with a demonstrable track record of working with large space users and owners of property, together with their funding institutions. He is experienced in complex problem solving and project management tasks involving multi‐disciplined inputs in challenging environments and emerging markets.
In the UK, Peter has been personally appointed by a large number of major UK and European lenders to the UK and European property sectors, as a Law of Property Act Receiver, covering a portfolio of well in excess of £3.5bn.
As a Member of the Chartered Securities Institute, Peter has led 8 successful equity raising and debt structuring new property fund projects in addition to both operating and closing those funds.
Ranee is the Co-CEO of Tilisi and a Director of the Spin Ventures Group (SVG).
Ranee has a BSc in Mathematics and Business Studies from University of Warwick and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
She spent several years working at a FTSE-100 Company in London before returning home in 2013 to join SVG -the family business. SVG, which commenced in Textiles, now has a well-diversified portfolio of companies in several industries including plastics & packaging, agriculture & processing, floriculture, property development, food & services and fund management.
She joined SVG’s real estate sector through her role at Tilisi and also sits on the Board of Chigwell. Chigwell has built over 500 homes at Phenom Estate in Langata.
Tilisi is a 400-acre master-planned mixed-use development located in Limuru, on the outskirts of Nairobi. Tilisi, as the master developer, is providing fully serviced land parcels for investors to purchase and develop within Tilisi’s guidelines and framework.
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The East Africa Property Summit (EAPI) is the foremost gathering of real estate investment stakeholders in the region. Boasting delegates from key centres of the East African region, the African continent and the globe, the summit tackles the opportunities and challenges which shape the property investment landscape. The network of attendees at EAPI is unparalleled. We bring together the best professionals for a unique, unmatched space for discussion, debate and solutions-building.
24 - 25 April 2018, Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill
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