KEY INDUSTRY EXPERTS
The EAPI Summit 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.
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Our 2017 Speakers
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, United Arab Emirates
Deloitte East Africa
Chandaria Industries Ltd. (CIL), Kenya
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group - South Africa
Habitat International - South Africa
Builders of Hope - United States of America
Mr. Janson Huang, one founder of Group Six International Limited and the chairman of the board, is an expert civil engineer with over 20-year experience in overseas building construction. Carrying with responsible supervision and quality control, Janson has made Group Six become one of the most competitive building contractors in Tanzania and established the subsidiary companies and expand the business in real estate, sub-contract, manufacture, trade and tourism. Of which Ivory Tower Limited, specializing in real estate development, is now under-taking a multifunctional city complex at Msasani Beach, Dar es Salaam which named as Palm Village. Comprising of ocean-view residential apartments, modern shopping mall, office & hotel, conference hall and beachside shopping street, the Palm Village project is to create a one-stop leisure destination and redefine the beach lifestyle. Besides that, Janson is elected as the chairman of Chinese Business Chamber of Tanzania, the first and most influential Chinese organization among Chinese community in Tanzania.
With, over 8 years’ experience in Construction Project Management and Development Management. Qualified at the University of Nairobi, with MA in Project Planning and Management, Honors in Bachelor of Science in Civil & Structural Engineering, CPA (Certified Public Accountant) at KCA University and trained in sustainable/green developments under Kenya Green Building Society. Strengths are; project planning and coordination, conflict resolution, risk management, value engineering and business development. Joined MML in April 2013 and currently holding the position of Project Director.
Morris Okoth is an innovative and all rounded real estate professional with about 9 years’ working experience specifically in Kenya and Tanzania. He graduated with a BA in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi and a later did a Master of Science in Finance (Finance & Investment). Morris worked at Axis Real Estate Ltd (Formerly CBRE) for 7 years as the Head of Research & Consultancy department, where he was part of the team that undertook market studies and investment appraisal for various commercial, residential, comprehensive mixed use, warehousing & logistics and hospitality developments. He was also involved in various property valuations for banks, parastatals, corporate companies and banking institutions. Together with other partners Morris founded ProLand Realtors Ltd, where he undertakes similar assignments in addition to property deals syndication, which he is very passionate about. This involves packaging real estate projects from identification of suitable land, on boarding joint venture equity partners, development management through to exiting the project. In addition Morris has also kept himself busy with property sales and leasing.
Mr. Okoth is a Full Member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), a Registered and Practicing Valuer as well as a Registered and Practicing Estate Agent. He is also an official examiner at the ISK.
Nitin Shah has registered over thirty years as the chief operations executive of the Sarit Centre – the first enclosed shopping mall in both Kenya and East Africa – a responsibility entrusted to him by the developers in 1982, barely a month after a coup attempt shattered the country’s economy .After graduating, Mr Shah returned to Nairobi in 1977 where he spent the next year in the family bookshop business before gaining a job at the local audit firm Kassam Lakha Abdulla & Co, now devolved to PKF Kenya – the leading audit and business consultants of East Africa.In 1980, Mr Shah moved back to London in order to study for his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification to which he later was to add the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA) certificate. Back in Nairobi – in July, 1982 – Mr Shah married Priti. The couple was blessed with three daughters who all attended university and are now established with professional careers in their own right.Mr Shah achieved national recognition as a badminton player and was also a strong volleyball player. However, his big love remains golf – a somewhat more relaxing pursuit and a weekend hobby which he took up in the early 1990s.Mr Shah is widely travelled and is a regular participant of International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) meetings. He was the main speaker at an Africa Congress of the South African Council of Shopping Centres in Johannesburg. Mr Shah has visited the US, Canada, Australia, many of the Far Eastern countries, India, and much of Europe.His extensive travels and research outside Kenya is being facilitated by the high level of expertise present in the expanded mall’s management team which was built up carefully over the year and now boasts a large number of dedicated and seasoned professionals.Mr Shah is now looking forward to the opportunities that arise from the expansion of the mall which will allow him to head-up the planning team working on the next phases of the Sarit Centre’s development. The centre is set – and now well on its way – to become, over the next couple of years, one of the largest malls in Africa.
Charles joined TRIAD Architects in January 1995. He has over 20 years’ experience in Architecture working in both Kenya and Uganda in residential, commercial, hospital, and educational projects of various scales, and has been involved in all project phases from concept design through to the construction stage. In Uganda, he ran the TRIAD Uganda office for 3 years. He was appointed a Director of TRIAD Architects in January 2004. His role is focused on design to meet client requirements, client facing, contract negotiation, and project management. He’s currently Director in charge of TRIAD’s Finance. Charles is a registered Architect in Kenya, and a Corporate Member of the Architectural Association of Kenya, where he served as a member of the Governing Council. Education: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nairobi, 1993.
Mike joined Betts Townsend in 1998 whilst completing his final year dissertation. Post completing a commercial Project Management contract in the UK, he returned to South Africa in 2003 and rejoined Betts Townsend to complete a project in Madagascar before settling in Gauteng where he contributed to the successful growth of the company and was duly appointed to the Board. Mike launched the Cape Town branch in 2006, and the Kenya branch in 2013 and is currently responsible for new business development for the group.
Eng. Stanley K Kamau is the Director/Head of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit, National Treasury. He is responsible for overall coordination, promotion, and oversight implementation of the country’s PPP program. Appointed in early 2010, he has been the driving force behind Kenya’s PPP agenda, overseeing the establishment and operationalization of a robust legal and regulatory framework, as well as an ambitious PPP pipeline.
Eng. Kamau has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is a registered engineer with Engineers Registration Board of Kenya. In the last 30 years, Eng. Kamau has attended several finance and management courses in Kenya, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology at the University of Nairobi.
Specialties: Hotel Feasibility & Valuation, Hotel Market Analysis (Europe, Middle East, CIS & Africa), Hotel Operator Search Selection & Contract Negotiation, Hotel Operations & Environmental Management, Hotel Sustainable Operations, Development & Design, Hotel Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Budget development and tracking, Residential & Retail development feasiblity, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife/safari park design and operation. ERP & Hyperion Implementation (Finance Modules
Annish is the Head of Operations in East Africa at G5 Properties (Pty) Ltd with its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds an MBL degree, a BTech (QS); NHD Bldg Surveying; and ND Architecture. Annish is a professionally registered Construction Project Manager (PrCPM) with SACPCMP and has over 22 years’ experience in property development, property management and construction project management in various real estate sectors. Annish is presently directing developments with a strong focus in Ethiopia.
Judy Ndungi is the co-founder and Regional Managing Director of Accessorize with Style, a chain of fashion accessories stores that have grown to over 11 stores in Kenya and Uganda. Judy started her entrepreneurial journey 8 years ago while working full time, then took the leap in 2014 to focus fully on her passion- fashion retail. Judy has had over 15 years experience in consumer marketing companies such as Coca-Cola, Glaxo SmithKline and Bharti Airtel, all of which have provided her with the right experience and work ethos that she has put into practice in building the Accessorize with Style brand. Her vision is to build this brand across Africa, while keeping it authentic and responsive to consumer’s changing needs.
Stefano Contardo currently holds the position of Developments Executive at Improvon, a company that specialises in creating tailor-made building solutions suited to the specific needs of businesses looking for office, industrial and warehousing space.Contardo’s role at Improvon entails coordinating all forms of development, construction, land and investment functions, ensuring that this department operates cohesively as a whole.Contardo’s multi-functional capabilities have seen him become a business leader in the property and development field. He has over eight years’ experience in real estate and continues to strive to add to society through achieving synergy and sustainability in the industry.Specialties: Contardo has been involved with various charities and organisations, contributing to causes close to his heart when opportunities arise. He was also instrumental in Improvon’s role as sponsor of the Logistics Achiever Enviro Award, which focuses primarily on environmental responsibility in operational logistics and supply chain management principles, concepts, and practices in Southern Africa.
Alex is a partner at Bowmans Kenyan office, Coulson Harney advocates and is the head of the Real Estate and Construction practice. Alex has vast real estate experience over the years in property law, environmental law, general corporate and commercial law, conservation and tourism development. His work is complex and diverse, going well beyond simple conveyancing work. He has been involved in several real estate, property, construction deals and transactions.
Alex has worked on some of the largest and most significant real estate projects in Kenya in the last year including Safaricom’s acquisition of Essar Telecom’s 452 telecommunication towers/leases, sale of the Hogmead Residence, and LSG Skychef’s construction of a second in-flight catering kitchen in Nairobi’s airport. He is also widely recognised as an expert in conservation work and works for virtually all the big names in land and wildlife conservation including The Nature Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Borana Conservancy and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In the past year, he advised on the acquisition by The Nature Conservancy (through a wholly Kenyan trust) of a 56,000 acre ranch for conservation purposes. He has represented big–name clients in real estate, including Safaricom, Old Mutual Property, Carrefour, Virgin Active, GlaxoSmithKline, UAP Holdings, Abland & Retail Africa, and Hass Consult.
Jean-Pierre leads our Africa Infrastructure & Capital Projects team and is based in Nairobi. He is an Infrastructure and Public Private Partnership (PPP) specialist and has been involved in various PPP roles in public and private sector. His experience includes acting as a government Project Officer for two accomodation PPPs and as lead transaction advisor to government on numerous other projects. Jean-Pierre has recently completed a feasibility study for the South African Gautrain extension feasibility and is working on the Kenyan 2nd Nyali Bridge project, he recently completed PPP feasibility study for the National Metrology Institute of South Africa. He assisted Imvelo, a private bidder, reach commercial and financial close on the SA Department of Environment’s PPP Accommodation project and was the team leader in advising the SA Department of Communications project establish a national emergency response call centre via a PPP process. He has advised on Broadband, solid waste, hospital, schools, sewerage and water purification infrastructure PPPs. He has assisted the governments of Swaziland and Lesotho in the design of PPP Units and policies and regulations. Jean-Pierre has also provided PPP training to the governments of Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, regularly at the annual PPP Africa conference and various Deloitte internal training courses in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa.
I am a Kenyan with circa 11 years’ experience in various Logistics and Supply Chain Logistics roles spanning various fields from Business Strategy, Route to Market Strategy, process engineering plus its eventual control and improvement, contract logistics, multi modal logistics synergy, 3PL warehousing and distribution, tender management, distribution resource planning management, category management and bulk procurement for drugs/ aid commodities within the East and Central African region with various innovations and successes that have enabled me to hone my skills. Some of the information systems that I have worked with in my various roles include SAP, Oracle, DataLogistix (DLx) and I also have a good grasp of MS Access. I have worked at the heart and soul of Logistics supply for major pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Bayer, Astellas, Inova and HIV distribution for the PEPFAR (HIV/ AIDS USAID Project). I have also handled supply chain logistics as a 3PL operator for East Africa’s Largest Telecommunications Operator, Safaricom.
Gordon is a Director for East Africa Operations. His role is establishing the Broll business in East Africa where his experience and track record in finance, risk and property is invaluable for building a sustainable model.Prior to joining Broll in 2015, he was the CEO of City Property Administration (operating company and asset manager of JSE-listed REIT, Octodec Investments Limited) a position he held for eight years.He has also worked as Head of Structured Products Risk for Barclays PLC in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean Islands. Bell was also Head of Property and Asset Finance Risk (Gauteng) at Nedbank Corporate. Gordon spent over 10 years as a Director of Metboard in KwaZulu-Natal and was key to the establishment of Investec Bank’s successful operation in that region where he also served on Investec Regional Executive.He holds a Bsc in Construction, an MBA in Strategy and Finance and is a Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Builders.
OTHER POSITIONS: Director – Project management Advisory Group (DMAG)
KEY INFORMATION Oscar joined Symbion as an architectural student and rose through the ranks to become partner in the year 2000 and appointed as
Partner in 2006 and Director in 2009. He has worked on a broad range of private and public sector projects as the lead consultant.
Principle Architectural Design Development, Project Planning , Contract Skills Administration and Construction Management Sectors Commercial, Residential, Hotel & Leisure & Retail.
Neer Chandaria holds an undergraduate Business Management degree from Brunel University in the UK. He is a Director and Shareholder of Chandaria Industries, he heads up the Sales, Marketing & Business Development of Chandaria Industries in Kenya and Tanpack Tissues in Tanzania, which are 2 of the group’s largest companies.Chandaria Industries Ltd (CIL) is the largest Tissue and Hygiene products manufacturer in East and Central Africa. The company has state of the art manufacturing facilities in Kenya and sells its products in multiple African countries today. CIL is also the largest recycler of paper for tissue manufacturing in East and Central Africa. The company has saved over 22 million trees by recycling paper over the last 31 years. The company’s paper recycling operations provide employment to over 20,000 Kenyans. CIL was nominated in the prestigious 2015 African Business Awards held in New York in the Business of the Year Category alongside nominees such as Dangote Group and was recognised as one of the top 20 companies to work for in Kenya in your lifetime by Radio Africa Media Group in 2014. CIL is also committed to community development and it currently supports over 35 educational and medical institutions across Kenya.Neer Chandaria is only 26 years old and is the youngest member of the family and the youngest Director in Chandaria Industries Ltd. He is now an inspirational role model in the Sales & Marketing field across the country. Since Neer joined the family business in 2011 he has played an instrumental role in the Sales & Marketing division of Chandaria Industries. He is also very passionate about brand building and overlooks the corporate and consumer products brand strategies across East Africa.
Gloria Mamwa is currently pursuing an MBA in Project Management from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is an Alumni of the Strathmore Business School (SBS), Women in Leadership and Women in Executive Leadership League, executive education programmes. She holds a Diploma in Interior Design from Ashworth College.
Currently she is the Head of Property, Kenya and East Africa for Standard Chartered Bank, overseeing property operations for the Banks portfolio in the sub-region. She was previously Head of Facilities Management, Kenya & East Africa and before that Project Manager supporting Uganda and Tanzania. She worked at Triad Architects where she was an Interior Designer and the Associate in charge of the Interior Design Department. She has also worked for Dimensions Architects and Classic Mouldings Limited.
She is an experienced Interior Designer and Project Manager having delivered several projects over the past 16 years, having worked on projects for the likes of Safaricom, Barclays Bank, UAP among others. She desires and works at delivering excellence for stakeholders.
She has a passion for marriages and serves at her home church, Parklands Baptist Church in the Couples Ministry supporting couples enrich their marriages. She also has a desire to see younger women thrive in their current environments and strive for greater heights in life and career through mentoring them.
She is married with three sons and enjoys time with family in the outdoors, sports and mountain bike riding. She has a deep interest in reading, cooking and fitness.
Ilaria joined CDC in 2013 where she is a Director with focus on equity investments in Real Estate. She has also led CDC investments in two East African commercial banks. Before joining CDC, Ilaria worked for AIG Global Real Estate where she was responsible for investments in Emerging Europe, Russia, and Turkey in all assets classes, including hotels and logistics. Before AIG, she worked for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development with responsibilities for real estate equity investments and project finance.
Darshan Chandaria holds an undergraduate Business Management degree
from Cardiff University in the UK. He is the Group CEO & a Shareholder of
Chandaria Group is one of the largest privately owned business group in Kenya,
East & Central Africa. The Group’s operations span Tissue, Paper & Hygiene
Products Manufacturing, Flexible Packaging, Real Estate, Insurance,
Automobile Manufacturing, Mining, Solar Energy Generation and Venture
Capitalism. Geographically spread across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India and
Dubai. Chandaria Industries (CIL) is the Group’s largest company and the
largest Tissue and Hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya, East & Central
Africa. The company has state of the art manufacturing facilities in Kenya and Tanzania and sells its products
in multiple African countries today.
CIL is also the largest recycler of paper waste for tissue manufacturing in Kenya, East & Central Africa. The
company has saved over 22 million trees by recycling paper waste over the last 31 years. The company’s
paper waste recycling operations provide employment to over 20,000 Kenyans. CIL is also committed to
community development and it currently supports over 35 educational and medical institutions across
Timothy is a Quantity Surveyor by profession having over Twenty years in the construction industry.
His experience in Quantity Surveying & Contract Administration includes work on commercial, institutional, recreational and residential developments across East & Central Africa.
His driving passion is use of technology in providing cost control models in construction with special emphasis on preparation of Project Estimates, Cost Plans, overseeing the Tender process, including guiding on aspects of contractor pre-qualification, advice on forms of building contracts to be adopted, tender analysis and award of contracts, overseeing preparation of valuations, financial appraisals and final accounts.
As the founding Director of Tandem and Stark Ltd., he has headed most of the projects the firm has undertaken in the last fifteen years.
He is a pioneer of provision of quantity surveying services using Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the local market and the region.
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.
Johann joined Boogertman in the mid nine es. He has been the Principal Agent in a wide range of office, retail and shopping centres, mixed use developments and related projects. He is well know for his execu on of complex buildings through management and coordina on of the integra on of all disciplines, development of teamwork, contract administra on and quality control. He moved to Kenya and opened the office in Nairobi. He has completed several large projects with a staff of Kenyan na onals.
With over 20 years in the ICT industry, Kris boasts of a wealth of experience in ICT Sales strategy. He is currently with Telkom Kenya, heading its Enterprise Division.
Before joining Telkom Kenya, Kris was the Deputy CEO at Internet Solutions (IS) Kenya (formerly the Access Kenya Group), a leading African Internet Protocol-based Communications Service Provider. His role focused on creating shareholder value by instilling a common vision and developing the company into a dominant player in the industry.
He grew through the ranks from being a Commercial Manager to Managing Director of the company’s Internet Division and was instrumental in growing the company’s revenue from USD 2,000 to USD 25 Million in 7 years, with a total asset value of USD 3 billion.
He also led the strategic and performance management of the public listing of Access Kenya on the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited – to become the first listed ICT Company in the region.
He holds an MBA from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from the United States International University Africa (USIU-A). He is also a Chartered Marketer from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He chairs the Kenya Domain registry institution – Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC) and the Kenya Institute of Management’s (KIM) Business Committee. He is also a previous chair of the Telecommunications Service Providers of Kenya.
Apollo is a senior partner in the Corporate Advisory Team at MMAKS Advocates in Kampala, Uganda. He has advised on several noteable transactions in the mining and energy sectors (including but not limited to the 30 year concession granted to the Uganda Investment Authority over an industrial park, the disposal of Kilembe Mines in Uganda). He routinely advises on regulatory aspects in the mining and energy sectors such as the recent establishment of an offshore operation by Mandela Auto Spares, transfer pricing issues involving one of the largest telecom operators in Uganda, etc..
Apollo advises companies, banks, regional and international investors on corporate, commercial law and tax issues. He also has extensive experience in the field of international human rights law. Before going into private practice, Apollo worked as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law Makerere University, a legal advisor at a private bank and was the Assistant Head of the Legal Department of the Bank of Uganda.
While working with the Uganda Law Reform Commission, Apollo was in charge of reforming the laws applicable to business associations in the country. Apollo has also consulted extensively on human rights, development and corporate law issues with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, DANIDA and UNDP.
Apollo is a graduate of Cambridge University, UK and holds a first class honours Bachelor’s law degree from Makerere University.
A Bachelor Of Arts Degree Holder in Business Administration and Mathematics from Kenyatta University. A CPA (K)( Certified Public Accountant) from Strathmore University and LIDPM-UK( Licentiate Member of Institute Of Data Processing- United Kingdom( UK).
Business leader with extensive experience within multi-National Universal Banks in Senior Management positions in areas of Housing Finance, SME Banking , Corporate Banking as well as Microfinance Banking. Over 18 Years professional experience in Banking and Financial Services having worked with Housing Finance Co. Ltd as Regional Sales Manager, Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Mortgage Sales, , Equity Bank as Head of Corporate and SME Banking, United Bank Of Africa- UBA Bank Group Limited as Country Head of Retail and Business Banking and currently KCB BANK GROUP as Head- Mortgage Business where have I have been for the last 2 years.
Sits in various Boards including Edge Capital Limited.
With 25 years’ experience, financing and developing major retail, office and industrial projects in Western Europe and Emerging Markets. James has held senior positions at Cushman & Wakefield and BAA McArthur Glen as well as CEO of a specialist European Retail Development and Management Company: Pantheon Retail. He has been based in Nairobi for the last 6 years, as CEO of Development and Project Manager, MML, during which time he has overseen the rapid expansion of the business and the planning and delivery of several of Nairobi’s premier projects including the initial phases of Garden City. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, holds MA in International Development (Johns Hopkins – SAIS) and a BA in Land Management (Reading, UK).
is an Australian National; a holder of Bachelor of Applied Science (Quantity Surveying) and a member of Architectural Association of Kenya, Uganda and East and Central African region. He worked in Australia, Kenya and then became the resident partner in Kampala for five years. He has been a partner in YMR since 1999 and has over 20 years’ experience.
Hasnain Noorani is the Owner, Founder and Group Managing Director of the Pride Group that consists of a total of 8 companies with the flagship being as PrideInn Hotels & Conferencing.
Hasnain took over his father business in 2006 which included a car rental and a driving school company, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours in Manufacturing Engineering & Management.
Hasnain identified a gap of a 3 Star Hotel Chain in Kenya due to his wide travelling, and felt the need of filling in the gap. He had a concept of “five star services at 3 star value”. The design for the first hotel started in 2009 and after 2 years of build time due to limited resources, 2011 saw the opening of PrideInn Hotels & Conferencing. The first 6 months of the hotel were very successful and Hasnain embarked on an expansion programme. Over a span of 5 years, he opened a total of 7 hotels catering to 4 different market segments to include PrideInn Express (a Budget Brand), PrideInn Business (Business Brand), PrideInn Suites (Home away from Home), and PrideInn Plus (Luxury Business Brand).
Over the Period of 5 years, due to the entrepreneurial spirit of identifying gaps in the market, he established various other individually run profitable companies to include, PrideFuels, Cake City, Pride Convention Centre (Nairobi), Drinks Factory, Paradise Convention Centre (Mombasa) & PrideInn Kitchens.
His motto is always one, ‘EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES AT AN OUTSTANDING VALUE” by ensuring that he delegates and by having Happy staffs.
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.
I was born in The Hague, but lived abroad for over 18 years, growing up in different places around the world. In 1997 I returned to the Netherlands where I finished my International Baccalaureate degree in The Hague. In 1998 I enrolled for Civil Engineering at The Hague University but withdrew a year later to pursue a professional swimming career. During that time I attended various international competitions and was part of the Olympic Team in 2000. In 2004 I retired from swimming and enrolled for the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. In 2009 I finishing my master degree in Real Estate & Housing.
I am currently working for Jones Lang LaSalle – Corporate Solutions – as the Head of Transaction Management
Specialties: Management of corporate accounts & strategic real estate advisory to national and international clients. Including portfolio transaction management, optimisation and driving cost savings through efficiency.
International experience in workplace trends, solution development and implementation.
Breeam Expert (Dutch Green Building Council)
Worked with loads of companies in retail and manufacturing and in the process a master of the FMCG and retail industry both from the inward side (operations) and the outwards (client relation and general trade).
Specialties: brand sales and marketing , operational efficiency goals
A South African national, McLachlan is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Carlson Rezidor currently has 65 hotels under operation and development in 27 countries in Africa – under either their upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle elect Radisson Red brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand. Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2202 set his foot into the development world as Protea hotels Special Projects Manager. In December 2006, Andrew joined Carlson Rezidor as Director Business Development and was promoted Senior Director and then Vice President Business Development in January 2009. He established the group’s presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Carlson Rezidor’s growth strategies in this important emerging market. Since January 2007 Carlson Rezidor has added 58 hotels to their African portfolio growing from 8 hotels in 5 countries to 66 hotels in 27 countries and today Radisson Blu is the fastest growing brand in Africa according to the study prepared by W-Hospitality. Andrew is married and has two sons.
Sakina is an economist with more than ten years of real estate experience in property development and research. Holding a BSc in Economics and Management Studies from Cardiff University as well as a global executive MBA from the United States International University, she pioneered the release of East Africa’s first property price index, the Hass Property Index and HassConsult’s own research division. A recipient of the KPMG Business Daily’s Top 40 Women Under 40 award, Sakina is also an advisor to Kenya’s top property development firms and global financial institutions looking for market driven data to drive decision making and policy.
Founding Partner of Buffalo Mall Developments Ltd. a real estate development company undertaking projects in Kenya. Concluded Naivasha project, currently finalizing a packaging and logistics centre with a pipeline of retail, office and warehousing projects. Shareholder and partner, Colliers International Kenya.
Jeddidah Thotho is the Retail Group Director for Deacons East Africa (Plc) with the responsibility of leading the retail buying, merchandising, retail operations and new business development teams. Deacons operates in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda various internationally acclaimed fashion brands including F & F by Tesco, Truworths, 4U2, Mr Price Apparel, Mr Price Home, Angelo, Adidas, Reebok, Babyshop and Life Fitness.
Since joining the Company in 2011, the Group has increased the number of stores from 20 to 40 stores at the end of 2016, increased brand count from 7 to the 11 brands resulting. The Group has embarked on a digital strategy that commenced with multi-channel integrated marketing strategies, a CRM platform, a loyalty program with the objective of rolling out an e-commerce platform that is supported by a robust ERP system.
Prior to joining Deacons, Jeddidah started her 15 year career as an executive development trainee with Sears Holdings Corporation, one of the top retailers in the United States with 4,000 retail and specialty stores operating the Sears and Kmart brands. Her career with the fortune 500 company included senior Marketing management roles including the Director for Marketing Planning and Programs where she developed and implemented differentiated value propositions and category segment marketing plans for the Sears and Kmart Sporting Goods and Fitness business unit producing over $1B in annual sales revenue. She was also an interim Chief Marketing Office for the Sears and Kmart Jewelry business unit where she determined and executed marketing goals, strategies and plans to deliver consistently the highest sales profit per square footage business unit in the organization. Her background makes her a well rounded retail professional having held roles in the organization that included merchandise buying, inventory management, store and merchandise operations for various retail categories.
Jeddidah’s skills and expertise are in business strategy, multi-channel marketing strategies, retail buying and merchandising, sales and inventory management, strategic business development and partnerships, brand management and project management for the retail industry. She holds a BBA honors degree in Corporate Finance from St Mary’s University USA where she was also awarded the Distinguished Leaders Award.
Naaman Geda begun his work career in the banking sector in Kenya. He then pursued architecture and practiced at the Symbion Group, before moving on to DSA where he rose to become senior associate and head of office. While in practice he worked on several landmark projects including the Kampala Serena Hotel, UAP Headquarters (now Equity Headquarters), GSSC Building and Benoni RTF.
Naaman subsequently transitioned to private equity, combining the banking, research, civil society and building industry experience to become African Executive for Renovatio Capital.
He currently handles deal origination and investment management on the continent, as well as Renovatio’s most recent structured finance consultancy work which has seen the organization advise pension funds, parastatals, multinationals and HNIs in the East African region on asset strategy.
Naaman has consulted in various capacities for government departments in South Africa and has represented civil society and the business community in various fora a across the world.
Naaman is allergic to boredom!
Wangeci Kanjama is a Trustee of the Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme and the Chair of the Property Advisory board for the Scheme.
The Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme is a fairly young scheme and has been in existence for 16 years with a membership of circa 5000 members.
The Scheme in the recent past has made forays into the property segment with a view to diversifying its investment options and increasing returns for its members.
At presence the scheme is focused on a key development project in Machakos County, 30 Kms south of Nairobi, that constitutes a mixed development comprising of a Mall and residential houses.
The mall is roughly 25,000 sq. and the houses are 400 in number.
The mall is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 while the residential houses will be complete in 2018.
Charles Nsibande FRICS MCIOB
Charles holds a BSc (Science), MSc (Building) and an MBA degree and has over 15 years’ experience in real estate developments. Charles is a chartered surveyor (FRICS) as well as chartered builder (MCIOB). His experience includes residential, commercial, retail and PPP developments. At G5 Properties, he is currently involved with developments in East and Southern Africa
Betty Musyoki is a seasoned real estate professional with over 12 years of related work experience in various aspects of Shopping Center Management and mixed use developments with a strong managerial background of senior
I possess a good understanding of retail markets and trends, team player with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, excellent PR skills, client convincing, negotiations, follow-up, communication, interpersonal, presentation and supervisory skills, results-oriented, versatile, dependable and well-organized with a strong work ethic.
I was the Property Director for Broll where she managed to set up the leasing and property management department, appointed key senior level staff, developed the operational SOP’s, KPI’s and held the responsibility of ongoing training and development for staff. She successfully completed the preopening set up, launch and ongoing management of Garden City Mall,
(currently Nairobi’s largest mall and first mixed use) and The Hub Karen.
Betty also managed the pre-opening, opening and on-going management of Buffalo Mall Naivasha and Adlife Plaza and was involved in award winning mall redevelopment concepts for Village Market including a food court, washrooms and the extension of the mall.
Betty is a Registered Estate Agent, a member of the International, South African and Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and also the convener and founder member of the Shopping Centre Association of Kenya.
Ranee 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.
My true passion however is in life coaching with endless curiosity in the way the mind works, in neuroscience will have me question the presumptions of fact you have taken for granted and challenge, stretch and inspire your thinking. I have unshakeable belief that we each have a purpose not just as individuals but as corporate entities. I am a trained and qualified life coach of more than 7 years, an NLP trainer and hypnotherapist and have trained with Tony Robbins, David Rock, Toby & Kate McCartney.
I am also a member of the International Coach Federation and a founder member of its local chapter. Interestingly, my corporate career spans over a decade as a successful corporate lawyer. I 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, making me one of a very small number of women to have attained this at the time. I also worked in the City of London with one of the top five international corporate law firms in the world. It was during this time that I had a life changing experience. It led me to truly examine my life and ask myself questions such as; what is my purpose in life? Why I’m I here? What legacy do I want to leave behind? How can I make a living out of my calling? I talk extensively about how these questions changed my perception of life and how answering these questions for yourself may result in life altering decisions – of the best kind. As a result of answering these questions for myself, I trained as an executive and business coach. I have wide span experience as a Key note speaker and moderator. I have shared several stages across continents including with legendary US motivational speaker, Les Brown, John Garcia, Dr. Marcia A. Harris, the UK’s Toby & Kate McCartney amongst others. Locally, in Kenya, corporate clients have expanded to include Unilever; the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Kenya; Centonomy; the Marketing Society of Kenya. I am in great demand as a life coach. Discretion being a strongly held value in this area, clients range from teams, divisions and departments within corporate entities; individual directors and senior managers within large global corporations; motivational speakers, professional actors; NBA basketball players to new business owners, persons in career and life transitions including retrenchment, retirement. I have also appeared severally on TV and I am hosting the breakaway talk show Breaking Point.
As part of my call to return to society, I mentor a group of 11 teens from economically deprived backgrounds. I run a helpdesk for sexually and physically abused children and some charity work. I also volunteer for organisations as Women For Cancer and the Red Cross of Kenya. A mother of two, I am a keen animal lover with two mastiffs, a Great Dane and a South African Boerboel. I am available to come and speak with you and your organization.
Tom Mundy heads JLL’s Sub Saharan Africa research and market intelligence group based out of Johannesburg. Previously, Tom was a director in JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets research and strategy team in London. 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 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 and is a graduate of Oxford University (St Antony’s College) and University College London.
Darren Katz, MD of Excellerate Brand Management, has exceptional insight into the ever-changing dynamics of the retail sector. He has been heading up this subsidiary of the Excellerate Services Group since mid-2015. Excellerate Brand Management focuses and refines retail experiences by embracing technologies including mobile, social media, branding, digital, analytics and marketing.
Darren has had a successful entrepreneurial career spanning over 20 years. Katz is the former director and founding partner of Primall Media, part of the Primedia Unlimited group of companies in South Africa, where he spent the past dozen years.
Katz is passionate about property and is very active in sourcing innovative technologies and ideas in the growing, and increasingly digital, ecosystem for the property sector, both here in South Africa and into the rest of Africa. One of his major goals is driving greater revenue streams for retail property owners, and creating new ones, with newly developed customer experiences.
Jonathan Turner is a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield and General Manager, Corporate Real Estate Services at Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate.
Jonathan has over 30 years of real estate experience, specialising in advising multi-national corporates and managing multi-disciplinary client relationships. A Partner since 1995, he established the firm’s occupier management business in the UK, has undertaken global client leadership roles for many years and latterly he has also been the relationship manager responsible for developing and expanding Cushman & Wakefield’s service delivery platform in Africa. He will shortly be relocating to Johannesburg from London, to further expand the firm’s CRES functions and the service delivery platform across Africa.
A chartered surveyor (RICS), Jonathan holds a BA (Hons) in Economic History from Durham University, an MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University and a Masters in Corporate Real Estate (CoreNet).
Julien Garcier is the Founder and Managing Director of Sagaci Research, the leading independent market research / market intelligence firm dedicated to African markets.
Prior to launching Sagaci Research in 2012, 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 has deep industry expertise in retail, consumer goods, real-estate and specific functional expertise in corporate strategy, market entry strategies, growth strategy formulation, financial and economic analysis and market research.
Julien graduated from EM Lyon (France) in 2000 with a Master in Science 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. Munene holds an MBA from Strathmore Business School, Bachelor of Science degree from Oxford
Brookes University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from United States
International University. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA K).
He is currently the Executive Director of Fedha Group of Companies, in charge of group strategy,
performance and operations. He has held this position for the last 12years. He sits in the main Board of the Group in an Executive position and is also an alternate director in Saham Assurance Company Kenya Limited. Fedha Group of Companies consists of Six (6) companies in the business of real estate development and investments.
Fedha Group portfolio
Fedha Group consists of six companies that engage in the real estate business of property investments, development, management, consultancy and facilities management. The Group operations in Kenya and has been in business for over 45years. Fedha has a portfolio consists of over 300,000 square feet of commercial space, over 130 residential units, a retail shopping mall and 48
Bâtonnier/President – Rwanda Bar Association
Julien is a practicing lawyer and Senior Partner of K-Solutions & Partners; member of the Africa Legal Network (ALN) and one of the leading law firms in Rwanda. He has vast experience in Real Estate, Banking and Finance law as well as Commercial and Corporate law. Prior to that, he worked as a corporate lawyer at the Brussels Bar Association. He serves as the President/Bâtonnier of the Rwanda Bar Association, Board member of the East African Law Society, Bank of Kigali and Kigali International Arbitration Centre.
Julien was called to the Brussels Bar before joining the Rwanda Bar Association as well as the East African Law Society. He holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Mr. Osoro was appointed as Director of Research and Policy, and the Director of the KBA Centre for Research on Financial Markets and Policy in January 2013. He has over 13 years’ experience as a practicing economist in the financial sector. He most recently served as Bank Economist for the East African Development Bank, a position he held for more than 10 years. His professional interest is in the areas of International Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Economic Policy and Modelling, and Development/Project Financing Economics. Attesting to this interest, he has published numerous essays for a technical audience and well as for a wider readership. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, and has received post-graduate training in Project Financing Economics from Bradford University (United Kingdom), and Development Evaluation Economics from World Bank and Carleton University (Canada).
Ruth is currently the property asset manager of the STANLIB Fahari I-REIT. She was appointed to this position in mid-2015. Prior to that, Ruth previously held the position of Property Investments Manager at STANLIB Kenya Limited.
Ruth has in excess of ten years real-estate valuation and investment management experience. Her duties include portfolio optimization and supporting of business decisions though market research, data analysis, revenue forecasting and industry monitoring.
She holds MA – Property Management and Valuation and a BA – Land Economics both from University of Nairobi, and has been instrumental in the originating, structuring, negotiating and executing many property transactions.
Ruth is both a registered Valuer and Registered Estate Agent. Ruth joined STANLIB Kenya in 2013 from Knight Frank Kenya Limited, where she gained experience within Agency, Property Management, Valuation, Market Research, Feasibility Studies and Development Advisory.
Rohan is a British qualified Architect with over 25 years of experience working in London and Muscat. Rohan has been with WS Atkins International since 2006, working from the Atkins Oman office on projects in Middle East and East Africa. He is currently heading the Oman Architecture business. During his 13 years of working in London, he worked for Aukett Fitzroy Robinson and the world renowned Skidmore Owings and Merril (SOM) office.
Rohan has recently been awarded the Best Architect Award 2016 from Dossier Construction and Infrastructure Awards and Summit. In 2015 he was awarded the Rod Stewart Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Design Services by Atkins Middle East. In 1992 Rohan was the runner-up for the RIBA Bronze medal (President Medals). For his projects, he has won the Best Design Project by Dossier Construction Awards 2014 for the Sultan Qaboos Sports Academy. For his design and delivery of the Bank Muscat Headquarters, he was awarded the Best Building of Oman by MEED Awards 2010. With SOM, the New Providence Wharf building in London was awarded the winner of the National House Builder Design Awards UK 2003 for the Best Housing Project of the Year.
Rohan is the RIBA representative of Oman since 2008. He is also an external examiner to Sultan Qaboos & Nizwa Universities and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.
May Al Hinai is a Design Architect at WS Atkins International and is based in Atkins Oman office.
Prior to joining Atkins, she worked for some of the World’s leading design firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, The Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the Tate Museum London.
May has extensive experience working on mixed use developments and hospitality projects in Middle East and is now an active member of the Atkins East Africa architecture business.
May is a board member of the Atkins Women’s Business Network and an advisor to the Atkins Graduate Training Programme. She is also the editor of the RIBA Gulf Chapter Magazine and a lecturer at the Higher College of Technology School of Architecture in Oman.
Mr. Geoffrey Otieno Odundo is the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. Mr. Odundo, an accomplished Investment Banker has been in the financial services sector for the last 23 years, 17 of which have been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited. Mr Odundo has advised on a number of corporate finance transactions in both the public and private sectors, in addition to managing key mandates in the asset management industry. He has contributed to the growth of the Capital Markets in his previous role in the Kenya Association of Investment Banks, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and on the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
Mr. Odundo holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from United States International University (USIU) and an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Egerton University.
Fiona Craw, from Geneva, Switzerland, started her career in hotels but quickly grew a passion for serviced apartments. Having graduated from the École Hôtelière de Lausanne with a BoS in International Hospitality Management she thereafter worked for several five star hotels in Geneva and Nairobi. In that time she gained extensive experience in the hospitality industry, though four years ago she decided to move out of hotels and into the booming serviced apartment industry in Nairobi. In her current position at GemSuites Luxury Serviced Apartments, Fiona oversees the day to day operations and ensures international hospitality standards are always being upheld in the properties she manages.
Vincent Agaba was the CEO & Past President of the Association of Real Estate Agents of Uganda (AREA-Uganda) and Managing Director of Avarts Housing Ltd, a real estate agency and management company in Uganda.
In addition he is the Director of Real Estate Institute of East Africa (REIEA), Chairperson of the Board of Rena Foundation Uganda, an NGO providing Education Services, health services and promoting tourism around Lake George.
He boasts the the following qualifications and accreditations:
• Degrees in Business Administration and Management attained at Uganda Martyrs University
• Degree in International Business and Management from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands
• Professional Certificate in Real Estate Management by IREM, USA
• Professional Certificate in Real Estate Brokerage and Management offered by the International Real Property Foundation in cooperation with World Bank-IFC and AREA-Uganda
• Certificate in Trainer of Trainers
• Housing Finance professional Certificate offered by Frankfurt School Germany in cooperation with World Bank-IFC and Mortgage Association of Uganda (MAU)
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Tejas is a fourteen-year Hyatt veteran, currently based in Nairobi for over two years and focusing Hyatt’s expansion efforts across the Sub-Saharan African region.
He began his career as an Accounts Executive in the Shared Service Centre in Mumbai in 2002. In April 2004, he was selected as Operations Analyst based in the corporate office in Mumbai.
He is part of the Hyatt’s Development team since 2007. Prior to being selected as Regional Vice President – Acquisitions and Development, Tejas served as Development Director in Gurgaon, India and handled varied markets in South Asia.
A British National, Simon holds a Bachelors Degree in Property Surveying from De Montford University as well as an Architecture Diploma from Shrewsbury Polytechnic.
In his most recent role, Simon has been Head of Real Estate East Africa for US Oil & Gas company Halliburton, based in Tanzania overseeing a portfolio of 72 properties in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa.
Prior to his role in Africa Simon worked as Global Head of Property for Hibu Group (formally Yell Group PLC) covering a portfolio of 300 properties in US, UK, Spain, Lat-Am and Asia. This also included 50 staff spread over 7 locations.
Dr. Paul M. Gachanja is the current Chairman of the Department of Economic Theory. He also lectures in the School of Economics at Kenyatta University. He is a holder of a PhD in Economics from Kenyatta University Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this qualification, he obtained a BA (Economics) – First Class Honors, and an MA (Economics) from the same University. He is also a graduate of Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany where he attended a six months course in Econometrics and Applied Economics sponsored by German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD).
Dr. Gachanja is known for his prowess in Microeconomic theory and Quantitative Methods, where his main interests are efficiency and productivity economics. In the year 2011, Dr. Gachanja was involved in the curriculum review for managerial economics taught under Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Over the years, Dr. Gachanja has candidly offered consultancy services to the graduate school supervising postgraduate students to finality.
During the month of January 2011, Dr. Gachanja undertook training on procurement procedures and practices from The Supply Chain Management Consultants of Kenya. He was later appointed the Chairman of the University Tender Evaluation Committee, an appointment that he has exemplary delivered.
In the year 2006, Dr. Gachanja attended an international conference on “Economic openness and income inequality: Policy options for developing countries in the new millennium” held in Shanghai, China. This has seen him immersed in research related dimensions even in his teaching assignments. Known to a mass of the University fraternity, he has wholeheartedly depicted himself as a role model having over one hundred student mentees in the University mentorship programme not excluding his fellow colleagues.
Nick is a Chartered General Practise Surveyor with 25 years’ experience of real estate development in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia where he managed the early stage delivery of some major projects.
Most recently Nick lived in Moscow responsible for the leasing of Avia Park, Europe’s largest shopping and Entertainment Centre and before this in Vietnam delivering the Masterplan of Green Tech City, Hanoi.
His development experience covers the whole range of property sectors with the main focus on residential, offices, retail and hotels.
Marc du Toit holds a Certificate in Shopping Centre Management from University of Pretoria and is a graduate of the Management Development Program and Genesis & Moditure Leadership Development Programs under Liberty Group.
Marc started his experience at Cresta Shopping Centre and moved on to The Pavillion Shopping Centre. He then joined Colliers RMS handling the Old Mutual Portfolio, which he later joined to run. On leaving Old Mutual Properties he became General Manager of Sandton Square & was subsequently promoted to Center Manager of Sandton Square and Sandton City respectively responsible for managing both shopping centres, five office blocks and four hotels. He then moved onto Colliers International as the Head of Retail Property Management.
Marc is an expert and specialist in negotiation, property & shopping centre management, leasing, marketing and financial management. He also has extensive experience in business consultancy, restructuring, turnaround strategies and leadership training.
Koome joined Actis in 2007 and is based in Nairobi. He is responsible for Actis’ real estate investment activities in East Africa. Since returning to Kenya in 2010, Koome has been instrumental in a number of investments including the Junction Mall, Nairobi Business Park, and the $540 million Garden City.
Prior to joining Actis, Koome was an investment banker with JPMorgan in New York where he helped raise over $5 billion in capital for corporate and government clients.
Koome graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science and Engineering where he was a Ford Foundation Scholar. He has an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University where he was awarded the Wafic Said Scholarship. He is also an alumnus of Starehe Boys Center in Kenya.
A dynamic and innovative leader, enabler and strategist. A solid 20+ years’ combined experience, of which ten years have been on senior management and executive level in the Retail and Business Banking both in South Africa and Africa. Dedicated to retail and business banking value model by incorporating people, processes and technology.
Experienced in directing complex business units with staff complement of in excess of 2000 people on a National and International level, accompanied annual turnover worth of R5 billion. Additionally served at various provincial boards and EXCO, as well as received numerous awards for leadership, overall business performance and innovation.
Strong commercial acumen with effective interpersonal relations, negotiation and communication talent, and the ability to develop strategic alliances on all levels of organisation, adding remarkable value to the company. Equally maintains a track record of driving results, meeting objectives and providing viable solutions to intricate challenges. Has worked extensively within the low-income segement at an organisational and enterpreuerial level. Pioneered the GAP model for affordable rentals across Guateng. Has worked with numerous banks and MFI’s across the African regions. More importantly, his passion for low-income housing has encapsulated in completing a Masters in Built Environment (Interpaly between formal and informal housing).
He is currently the Director for Market Development and Housing Finance at Habitat International covering Africa, Europe and Middle East. He has completed a BSc and various postgraduate studies in business. As a business leader he advocates a humanitarian approach in ensuring housing for all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Judy Rugasira Kyanda, is a commercially and technically savvy property professional with over 17 years’ experience in the East African, and the United Kingdom Real Estate markets. Mrs. Kyanda is a result oriented and highly driven individual with proven leadership skills, who is able to deliver results through the development and motivation of teams. She fully understands the value and importance of integrity and accountability in the business environment, and uncompromisingly drives her team to go the extra mile to exceed client’s expectations.
Mrs. Kyanda is the managing director of Knight Frank Uganda Ltd, and currently leads a team of 150 professional employees offering services in Property Management, Leasing, Consultancy, and Valuation which is her core passion and area of specialization. In addition to acting as a consultant to various banks and multi-national organisations, she has performed valuations for a wide range of clients including the Ministry of Finance’s Privatisation and Divestiture Units in both Uganda, Rwanda, and Southern Sudan, financial institutions, corporate companies, foreign missions and investors across the region.
Mrs. Kyanda Holds a BSc. (Hons) Land Management Degree, and an MSc in International Real Estate from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Certificate in Shopping Centre Management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa which she passed with a Distinction. She is a Chartered Surveyor and is also registered with the Institution of Surveyors of Uganda. She is actively involved in the RICS Foundation as a member of the Research Advisory Board, a founding member of the African Real Estate Society, and an associate member of the Institute of Surveyors of Uganda (ISU).
Mrs. Kyanda is also a Non – Executive director of Elemental Energy Limited. (EEL) – EEL is a renewable Energy Company committed to making clean energy products available and accessible to the East African Region. Judy also sits on the Advisory board of GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala.
John by profession is a Building Surveyor & Sustainability Consultant at BESIC Group where he is also the founder and MD. John Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (1st Class) from Mangalore University, India. He also has a Diploma in Property Inspection from InterNACHI School, Diploma in Sustainable Development, training in Sustainability from BATH University and is an Accredited USGBC LEED Green Associate. John has already undergone the Green Star SA AP-EBP training as well.
John has a combined 15 years’ experience in land management & administration, property condition management, building surveying & conducting technical due diligence, asset & facilities management and, building sustainability & strategic sustainability consulting throughout East Africa. John has worked with property owners, developers, corporations, associations and, cultural institutions around East Africa offering advisory on facilities management, urban renewal, green building and strategic sustainability planning and implementation for businesses. Through his advisory John has optimized net worth of his clients’ property portfolio by protecting the integrity of their assets and integration of sustainability into real estate and business to future proof against disruptive trends.
As well as his work at BESIC Group, John is the Vice Chairperson and head of the Advocacy Committee at the Kenya Green Building Society-KGBS, a member of International Association of Certified Home inspectors (InterNACHI), The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and an APC Candidate (Building Surveyors Chapter) in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Jeffrey is the global leader of DLR Group’s Higher Education Studio. He collaborates with higher education experts across DLR Group to craft the firm’s market strategy to meet the needs of clients and elevate learning on campuses around the world
Jeffrey has a passion for using design to address the increasingly challenging educational goals that university administrators face as the role of higher education evolves in local communities across the country. He excels at consensus building on campus and his collaborative facilitation style enables all individuals to respectfully express their opinions while uncovering opportunities for shared space, synergistic relationships and enhanced exposure from one program to another.
Examples of Jeffrey’s work include the Des Moines Area Community College Health Sciences Building and the new College of Human Environmental Science at Oklahoma State University. In the Twin Cities area he serves on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce education board and is a graduate of Leadership Twin Cities. He also serves on the Iowa State University College of Design Advisory Board and the Architecture Advisory Program.
Femi Adewole is a housing finance professional with over 25years experience. He is currently the Acting Managing Director of Shelter Afrique, the Nairobi-based Pan African Housing Development and Finance Institution.
Prior to joining Shelter Afrique in 2011, he was the Chief Executive and Managing Director of First World Communities Ltd and Lagos CHOIS LP a large scale affordable housing prgramme in partnership with the Lagos State Government of Nigeria.
He has has also occupied influential positions in some of the largest housing companies in the United Kingdom including Notting Hill Housing Group – one of London’s largest affordable housing provider with responsibility for over 800 staff where he was Group Operations Director and the Guinness Partnership where he was Investment Director.
Mr Adewole is a chartered architect and planning and development professional with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is also an alumni of the Warwick Business School.
Elizabeth holds a dual Masters in Sustainable Design Science and Building Services from the University of Sydney Australia. She has a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Thames Valley University UK. She is a green building AP for Green Star (Australia & South Africa) and USGBC LEED-Building Design and Construction.
She has a successful track record being in senior management and lead consultant capacity on a number of major projects including Airports notably Terminal 5 Heathrow UK, Brisbane Airport Cooperation Convention Centre in Australia, Residential, Retail & Commercial Developments in Australian & Oman. The wealth of sustainable engineering expertise is drawn from the Middle East, UK, USA, Australia, Nigeria and East Africa.
She has a wealth of experience in highly integrated services for the built environment across the full property and infrastructure lifecycle, Project Management, Project Resource Management, Facilities Management Consultancy, Existing Building Sustainable Refurbishment, Sustainable Building Surveys, Building Services, Building Energy Performance Modelling, Net Zero Energy Buildings, Water/ Waste management and Strategic facilities management including Green Leases, computer aided FM.
Through her collaborative leadership of KGBS, Elizabeth has led the transformation of the built environment in Kenya by embedding sustainability into the industry and extending it to green schools thus mitigating greenhouse gas emission, human health enhancement and boldly stimulating the green jobs agenda. Beyond technical leadership, Elizabeth believes it is our noble responsibility, as a human community, to enhance the environment in our economic pursuits.
Andrey has more than 10 years’ experience in real estate, encompassing real estate investment and development, construction, project management and asset management. Andrey spent several years working in the UK, Russia, France and the Netherlands. Andrey holds Bachelor’s Degree in Construction and Project Management from Moscow State University and Master’s Degree in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School, UK. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and active participant of national Built Environment working group. Andrey is a regular speaker at RICS events covering such topics as project management under high level of uncertainty and management of abandoned projects from takeover to completion.
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.
Previously worked in the city of London both as a fund manager with Deutsche Bank Tilney Private Wealth and latterly as an investment banker with Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc, working with a number of corporate clients in developing markets. Edward is a CFA Charterholder, member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the East Africa Society of Investment Professionals. He also sits on Nairobi Securities Exchange’s Business Development and Public Education Committee. He was also appointed by His Excellency The President as a member of Taskforce for parastatals reforms.
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.
Gilles has a passion for Malls, Retail and Hospitality and has been working in the industry for more than 20 years for the Major operators in Europe and Africa.
During this period he was instrumental in developing 22 shopping centers for 1 million sqm, 3,5 billions valorized for a total rental value of a 250 million of euros.
He is a Senior certified Leasing specialist and Senior Certified Shopping center manager by the International Council of Shopping Centers and founding member of Shopping Centers Association of Kenya.
A bachelor in Law School and a Master in Business Management with an internship period in UCLA. Speak French, English, Spanish with notions in German, Italian and Arabic.
He has worked with multi Assets Real Estate portfolio including Malls — Hypermarkets – Department stores , Offices, Hospitality, Warehouses and Residential.
He has a desire to added value to Mixed use resort projects from concept to completion and develop a strategic business model abroad by diversifying partners and anchors.
He is a strategic and business minded person and a team leader who can work across cultural differences due to the legacy of his family and his professional trip.
David Kinyua is a career Investment Advisor and a prolific connector, with various certifications in Banking and Project Finance. His career in the investment sector spans 14 years, with Citibank Investments in Zurich and London. Most recently Kinyua was the Regional Managing Director for Stanlib Eastern Africa, managing over USD 1 billion, in institutional and regional government investment funds.
Esham Park provides services in the infrastructure and building sectors and with a key focus on both capital raising and structuring infrastructure and property consortiums in the region.
Anthony Lewis was appointed in 2014 to establish and lead the JLL capital markets offering for the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa platform, with a focus on investment & transaction advisory, financing and capital solutions.
Over the previous 2 years Anthony was seconded to Standard Chartered Bank and gained invaluable transactional experience across the African continent. As the Regional Portfolio Tvlanager he was responsible for the asset management: strategy, governance and transactional activity for a 2 million sq. feet estate in 17 countries. Prior to his move to Johannesburg in 2012, Anthony built up an extensive base of technical and transactional experience in JLL’s Pan European Corporate Finance team in London. .As an Associate Director he was responsible for managing complex corporate disposals. JVs and capital restructurings in UK and Europe for a range col clients including developers, investors, institutions, barks and regulated FTSE100 corporates.
Anthony started his property career in 2003 as a Valuer and Investment Surveyor in the City of London with BNP Paribas Real Estate, before joining JLL in 2006.
Ben Woodhams is the Managing Director of Knight Frank Kenya and has over twenty years experience in real estate consultancy. As Managing Director he is responsible for all the operations in the country, which include valuations, commercial and residential management and agency, project management, feasibility studies and general real estate consultancy work. The Kenya operation has over 160 staff with over 5.5m sq. ft commercial space and 500 residential units under its management. Prior to joining Knight Frank Kenya, Ben was General Manager of the Tanzanian office for four years, with a similar role.
In 1995, he joined Nelson Bakewell in their highly progressive Investment Agency department. Here he was responsible for the purchasing and disposal of investment property for institutions and other large scale real estate investors. During this time he was selected for secondment with GE Capital to assist with the setting up of their entire real estate portfolio, which they purchased from MEPC.
In 1992, he joined Rogers Chapman and as a Senior Surveyor was responsible for the management of an estate of over 450 commercial properties.
Based in South Africa since July 2011, Lasse is responsible for sourcing new management and franchising opportunities for the growth of the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of brands throughout Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to this role, Lasse was part of Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Feasibility and Investment Analysis team for Europe & Africa; later he directed the team in Middle East and Asia Pacific. He’s professional experience in the hospitality industry spreads over three continents whilst having lived in five different countries. He has an MBA from Cornell University and IMHI-ESSEC Business School in Paris, and has previously worked in both consultancy and general hotel management roles.
Michael has been in professional practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 23 years, with 11 of them as an assurance and business advisory partner in financial services, Telecoms & Media, and Consumer, Industrial Products and Services (CIPS) sectors. He has worked with the PwC network firms in the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.
He has extensive practical experience from providing audit and business advisory services to public and privately owned business.
Michael holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi, is a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is the current chairman of the Professional Standards Committee of ICPAK.
He leads the Consumer, Industrial Products and Services (CIPS) and the Private Company Services (PCS) groups in PwC Kenya.
A pro-active, engaging & results driven professional with 14 years continuous International Construction Experience who has worked previously in UK, Ireland and Middle East. He has worked with and led multicultural teams on Construction Projects in both Private and Public Sectors. These include, Manufacturing, Retail, Residential & Commercial projects, values have ranged from $100k – $250m. John holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool.
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.
Ravi Kohli is a founder and Managing Director of Karibu Homes. Karibu Homes is amongst the first enterprises to deliver a truly affordable housing solution for Kenyans. Karibu Homes produces housing for Kenyan families as far down the income ladder as is commercially viable. They currently have over 1,000 homes under construction in Athi River, a booming industrial town on the outskirts of Nairobi. They have homes starting at Ksh 1.6M and provide an opportunity for families, currently underserved, to join the Kenya property ladder. Ravi is a 4th generation Kenyan and he returned home in 2005. Previously, he studied Economics and Human resource management at The University of Keele in the UK. He then proceeded to complete his accountancy training in London before starting a career in Property Development. Ravi completed 5 developments in the UK with Ansgate Hampton Homes PLC, between 2002 and 2005, before returning home to Kenya. Karibu Homes was founded in 2012 with the specific mandate to provide affordable housing at scale. Ravi is also on the board of Horizon Contact Centers, one of the largest BPO’s in the region and Elephant Soap Industries Ltd.
Born in Tanzania, Heri graduated with a BSC Economics degree from Cardiff Business school at the University of Wales in the UK.
Today, Heri co founded and leads the Pangani Group a highly diversified investment Group with interests in Investment Management, Property Development, Property Services, and Financial Services including private equity in Tanzania.
Before establishing the new Group, he was CEO & Managing Director of KCB Tanzania, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenya Commercial Bank which is East Africa’s biggest regional bank with assets in excess of USD2 billion and over 150 branches.
Prior to KCB, Heri spent 11 years at British multinational bank, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) lastly serving as Retail Director where he led the way in building a strong retail franchise that took the Tanzania market by storm with its innovative product range, modern distribution outlets, and superior service offering.
Heri is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Aspen Global Network
Charles read law at the National University of Rwanda and has more than ten years of experience in housing and housing finance. Having worked in various senior capacities in the Rwandan mortgage finance sector, he resigned from the Rwanda Housing Bank (a leading housing finance institution in Rwanda) to start a real estate practice in 2007.
Today he runs Century Real Estate Ltd, which is a top property business in Rwanda (www.centuryrwanda.com). His company structures deals for developers, transacts in commercial and residential sales & rentals, property management and general real estate advisory. The firm manages in excess of 80,000 sqm under their property management docket.
Mr. Haba is the founding President of REAR (Real Estate Association of Rwanda), the umbrella body of property practitioners set up to train, organize, unite and professionalize real estate agents, managers and other actors in Rwanda.
Charles is also a director of an International Private Equity House – Fusion Capital (www.fusioncapitalafrica.com), which is British & Kenyan based and has significant investments in Rwanda.
Additionally, he is a Director of the Rwanda chapter of regional consulting firm – BMac & Walker. At B Mac & Walker – Rwanda, Charles carries a great depth of contacts both in the corporate and government circles. He also has several years of experience in the real estate market and is widely traveled and knowledgeable about property matters in the region and beyond.
Kwame is Executive & Head of Power & Infrastructure for East Africa. He joined CfC Stanbic Bank in March 2010 and runs the power & infrastructure sector and execution efforts for the Standard Bank Group in East Africa, with a focus on Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and most recently Ethiopia. Previously Kwame has worked in energy and structured finance in New York.
Throughout his career Kwame has executed over $5bn in transactions in the power, oil & gas, and toll road spaces in the United States, the Caribbean, North and East Africa.
He holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from New York University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
The Standard Bank Group is Africa’s largest bank by assets and it operates in over 30 countries across the world including 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rob has been with Broll Property Group for 11 years. Initially starting off as a commercial office broker for the first three years, he then joined the retail division.
For the last five years, he has been focused on retail leasing and developments in Africa and has worked on projects in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. He has been instrumental in helping South African retailers expand into these markets and he works closely with international retailers looking to expand into Sub-Saharan Africa.
When not travelling in Africa, he reads or trains for marathons. He is currently preparing for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2016 to raise funds for the Amy Biehl Foundation.
After working for a number of large corporate organisations in the UK, Stephen moved into the real estate consultancy sector, specialising in the outsourced occupier management sector with Donaldsons, DTZ and CBRE.
During this time, he has been closely involved in the supply of services to companies such as Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Shell, Santander, Lloyds TSB Bank, Sainsburys, RBS, Eskom and now Telkom.
Originally based in the UK, where integrated portfolio services for occupiers originated, his scope then extended into Europe. Over the last 3 years, his focus has been on service design and delivery for South Africa and now pan-Africa.
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.
Gikonyo has over 25years experience as a real estate professional in Kenya. For 13 of these years, Gikonyo is involved in the senior management of a professional services company and in past 9 years as Managing Director for the past 9 years. Working closely with various blue chip international and local clients, Gikonyo’s focus is on continually improving the delivery proposition, coverage, capabilities and processes to various clients in Kenya.
Mr. Gitonga holds a BA (Land Economics) from the University of Nairobi and an MSc (Economics) in Urban Development Planning from the University of London. Professionally, he is a full member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (Valuation and Estate Management Chapter) and is also a Registered Estate Agent.
Mr. Gitonga was one of the founding shareholders & directors of the company in 1998, which eventually changed its name to Axis Real Estate in July 2013. Gikonyo is responsible for providing services to the various clients in the field of portfolio management, facilities management, transaction management, commercial and residential agency, tenant representation, lease administration, valuations, site acquisition and negotiations. In addition, he provides real estate market research, advisory services and property development coordination for various clients.
Jacquelyn is a director in Pine Investments Ltd, a real estate developer in Uganda. She is also a director in HL Construction Ltd – a commercial construction company and HL Premium Products Ltd – a manufacturer of high quality concrete products.
Prior to this, she worked in corporate finance with Air Products and Chemicals Ltd, an industrial gas supplier in Pennsylvania, USA and prior to that interned while pursuing her MBA with American Airlines in Texas, USA.
Prior to pursuing an MBA, she worked with Owen Williams Consultants in Lewes, UK as a structural engineer. She has a Masters in Engineering with French from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Jacquelyn is passionate about real estate and building. She loves languages, tennis and firmly believes that the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom.
I am currently the Head of Sales dfcu Bank, a recently created position in the bank. My main mandate is to strategically plan monitor and execute sales initiatives that ultimately drive business growth in line with the bank’s strategy.
My banking career spans over 8 years with a good exposure in both local and international banks in the fields of Product development and marketing, business development, Sales and relationship management.
I stated my career as a direct sales representative with dfcu bank. Six months later, I was promoted to mainstream banking as a retail sales officer. I later on joined Stanbic Bank where I held various roles as a Home loans consultant, Private banker and Head Home loans until December 2014. I re-joined dfcu bank as Head of Home loans and was subsequently promoted to Head of sales.
I am a certified mortgage specialist from the Frankfurt school of finance. I hold a bachelor of commerce degree from Makerere University.
I have received numerous accolades for the great contribution to the growth of the Home loan industry in Uganda. Notably, I was named in the 2016 new vision “Top 40 men under 40 years old”.
Evans has over 16 years working experience gained in various positions. He has gained extensive Transaction Advisory Services, corporate finance, Investment and business/financial analysis experience as an Investment Officer at IFC (World Bank Group) and Transaction Advisor in the Transaction Advisory Services Department of Ernst & Young Eastern Africa Region.
Qualification: Senior Training Public Private Partnership and Project Finance Program John F Kennedy School of Government, Project Management Certification from George Washington University, Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Economics – University of Nairobi and Certified Public Accountant.
Lati is a Registered Architect with over Fifteen Years of Architectural experience, Interning with Merhaz Eshani & Associates on Phase II of the Village Market, a large multi-use shopping and entertainment complex where he developed an appreciation for how much detail design plays a role in successful architectural design. This was the only time he has ever been employed formally.
He later founded Lexicon Designs determined to go it alone a decision he attributes to the bravery of youth. Lexicon Designs was later rebranded as Lexicon + ion, which has grown from a small scale sole proprietorship to an award-winning architecture and design partnership. The firms Toyota Academy project won the Public Service Architecture Africa and Arabia Award at the prestigious 2015 International Property Awards in London. In 2012, they were awarded the Best Green Building Development in Africa for their Strathmore Business School project, from the African Real Estate and Housing Finance Academy. Other key projects include the William Wrigley Jr. Gum Manufacturing Facility on 20 acres in Athi River that will serve the whole of eastern and southern africa; Strathmore Phase 3 consisting of Strathmore Buisness School, Strathmore Student Centre designed for 6,000 students and Strathmore Management Science Building with 12 classrooms, two lecture halls and offices; and Karibu Homes, in Athi River, an innovative affordable housing development consisting of 1008 units.
As Managing Partner, his main day to day duties include: architectural design, supervision and managing egos. .
A lifelong fascination with technology and gadgets has lead to his interest in how technology affects the practice of architecture and how it can help in the design process as well as how it can aid the building process. Which has led to the extensive use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) at Lexicon + ion were we are able to give clients a virtual tour of the designed space. As the project progresses, L+i feeds more detailed information into the model. This includes input from other consultants. In this way, we can make informed design decisions and anticipate and solve potential technical problems in the virtual realm before any actual construction begins.
David was appointed Investment Manager in March 2014. His responsibilities are mainly 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 was the head of Projects & Research. Prior to that, he worked at NW Realite Ltd as a property and portfolio manager.
David has nine (9) years’ experience in the real estate sector, and 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 (ISK) as a Full Member, and is a Registered Valuer under the Valuers Act (CAP 532) with the Valuers Registration Board.
Cameron is an energetic and enthusiastic character with a passion for the natural and built environments, travelling, different cultures and sport. Cameron has worked for over a decade in urban planning and project management across Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and East Africa.
In addition to raising a young family, Cameron is also actively involved in sporting clubs. This included positions as Vice Captain of Parkmore Rugby Club, Dublin, Ireland (2008-2010) and Captain / Committee Member of Les Gaulois Rugby Club, Nairobi, Kenya (2012 – 2016).
Jonathan joined Builders of Hope as the Director of Programs and International Development after a 7 year career with IBM in management consulting. At IBM, Jonathan worked across a wide variety of industries – including government, military, healthcare, finance, security, and supply chain – to resolve critical strategic questions and analytical challenges for clients. He has extensive expertise in strategic management, design thinking, data analytics application, lean six sigma techniques, organizational change management, and continuous process improvement. Jonathan has demonstrated the ability to develop positive relationships with the organizations involved in transformation, social entrepreneurship and public-private partnership initiatives to drive business growth and implement meaningful solutions with tangible impacts. He brings these skills to bear for Builders of Hope everyday to help lead the organization’s continued program expansion.
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.
Timothy currently serves as the Head of Research and Consultancy at Axis Real Estate Limited. He is well versed with the Kenyan and regional real estate market. This has largely been horned by addressing specific investment needs by analyzing key industry trends and interpreting how specific investment dynamics are likely to play out in the short to long term.
Through application of various specialties such as Valuation & Financial Analysis, Qualitative & Quantitative Research, Data Analysis, Data Visualized Report Writing and Presentation, he seeks to address critical aspects that enable an investor establish a viable business case. He has been involved in due diligence assignments, market research studies, financial appraisals and feasibilities across multiple real estate types for leading pension funds, investment banks, insurance companies, investment funds and REITS.
Mr Mairura Omwenga is a trained civil/structural engineer and Town Planner and holds BSc (Civil Engineering) and MA(Planning) from the University of Nairobi. Presently, he is pursuing his PhD degree in urban transportation planning. He is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He is a consultant and runs a consultancy firm. Mr Omwenga has worked in in public and private sector and consultant in both local and international transport and infrastructure projects.
Mr Omwenga is the Chairman of Town and County Planners Association of Kenya and also Architectural Association of Kenya (Town Planners Chapter). He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya. At the international scene, he is a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP, The Hague/Netherlands). He is also international associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) of UK.
Tim Smith is the Managing Partner of HVS Cape Town responsible for work carried out throughout Africa. He is involved with feasibility studies, valuations general consultancy work, operator search and selection and executive search throughout the African continent and within the past few years he has appraised properties in over 24 African countries. Before opening the Cape Town office, Tim worked in the London office of HVS where he was responsible for valuations in the EMEA region. Throughout his career, Tim has advised numerous local and international lenders, many of the leading brand owners and a wide variety of owners, operators and developers.
Tim graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in Estate Management and has been valuing hotels and other leisure properties across the EMEA region since 1995. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a Registered Valuer.
Mucai Kunyiha is a Kenyan national aged 44 years old, trained as a lawyer in the University of Wales (Cardiff) and holds an MBA from Ashridge, UK.
He has over 20 years’ experience in business at executive management level in agricultural inputs and the real estate industry. He serves on various boards as a non-executive director and also serves on the Board of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Mucai was recently appointed to the government’s Vision 2030 Delivery Board.
Ali is the Co-Founder & CEO of Campus Citi Ltd – A Management & Development Company founded in 2014 & focused on Student Housing. We currently have 5000 beds in the pipeline. Ali is also the East Africa Partner of Xterra Capital, a Real Estate Advisory Firm. Ali is also the Principal, Hussein & Associates, a Digital Transformation Consultancy focused on enabling clients leverage Digital Technologies to achieve Transformational Change in their organizations. Ali has extensive experience in Strategy, Marketing, CRM, New Media & Business Development in various industries and has assisted blue chip brands in East Africa (Kenya Airways, Nation Media Group, KREP Bank, Jubilee Insurance, KWFT, Gulf African Bank, Standard Chartered and Sameer Investments among others) with their digital strategies. He is also the immediate CEO of 3mice interactive media ltd, a Nairobi based pioneer interactive agency in East Africa. Ali was the founding CEO of Wunderman (Kenya) where he successfully implemented the Balanced Scorecard, a management tool for translating strategy into action.
Ali also serves on the Board of Longhorn Publishers, the leading publishing house in East Africa and Alive & Kicking, a social Enterprise with operations in 3 African countries.. His board experience also included a six year term as board member at the Kenya Network Information Centre, the .ke Registry between 2006-12;Also serves as an advisory board member of DEMO Africa, the premier Africa Tech Startup launch pad and the flagship initiative of LIONS@Africa Partnership which include Microsoft, Nokia, Intel & USAID • Ali makes time to Mentor young Techpreneurs at Growth Hub Africa, a Technology Incubator and Accelerator in Nairobi
Founding the Lordship Group in 1990 and establishing offices in the UK, Central Europe, and Africa, Jonathan Jackson has led the Group through many successful developments from inception, implementation to their current prominence. With now over 600,000m2 developed or under development in Central Europe and 400,000m2 in Kenya.
The Lordship Group is primarily involved in Real Estate Development and Investment in the Office, Retail and Residential sectors. Headquartered in Prague, additional office in Brno and in Bratislava. A fourth office has been opened in Nairobi, Kenya where he was born and brought up.
The Lordship Group, is associated with not only new build, but also conversions and refurbishments of historical buildings, rezoning of greenfield and brownfield sites, and urban regenerations. With over 25 years’ experience of leading major real estate developments, Mr. Jackson has a keen instinct for success in emerging markets. He has also been active in supporting various charities both in Czech Republic and various locations around the world. In 1984, Jonathan Jackson joined London & Edinburgh Trust Plc. (the most successful UK development company in the 1980’s) as a senior project manager. For 5 years, he managed – with great success – over twenty varied commercial and residential schemes ranging in construction value from UKP0.5 M to over UKP70M.
Mr. Jackson completed a degree in Construction Management with distinction and commendation at the London South Bank University.
As Vice President of the Hotels & Hospitality team for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mark supports the Head of the team and leads assignments and projects in this region. Mark is a Swiss/British/Seychelles national with more than 10 years of experience in hotel advisory internationally and across Africa and the Indian Ocean region. His broad range of hotel and tourism sector experience includes operations, owner-operator structuring, brokerage, development and strategic advisory work across the globe including Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
Previous Positions include; Senior Consultant at a Swiss Hospitality Advisory firm providing strategic advice on hospitality and hotel development projects in over 50 countries. Development Director for a Spanish based hotel company in charge of heading up the growth of the brand and asset portfolio. Mark previously worked for JLL in their London offices focusing on portfolio and single asset transactions.
Mark holds a BS HES-SO in Hospitality Management from École Hôtelière de Lausanne.
He has over 25 years experience of the evolving student housing market in the UK and has been involved in most of the major UK student housing transactions over the last decade.
In 2015 there were £5.7 billion of student housing transactions in the UK and Philip’s team were involved in circa £3 billion of these.
The team work closely with a wide range of global student housing developers, operators, lenders & investors and also advise universities on their residential estate.
Philip has responsibility for Student Housing across the EMEA region of JLL and is actively involved in projects across mainland Europe. He is now working with his colleagues in Sub Saharan Africa to support the further development of the sector.
Amyn Mussa is a Partner at Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), Kenya’s leading corporate law firm. He co-heads the firm’s Real Estate department and heads the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure group. His practice focuses on Real Estate, Property & Construction as well as Energy & Infrastructure. Amyn’s clients include Quantum Power, General Electric, Google, Centum, Actis, IFC, Ormat, Transcentury, Symbion Power, AIIM, Mitsui and Toyota, amongst others
Amyn has handled some of the largest real estate projects in Kenya, including Actis’s Garden City development, a USD 250 million integrated mixed-use property that will include a 500,000 square ft retail mall, offices, hotel, 600 residential units, businesses and a recreational area; and Centum Investments’ Two Rivers development, a 100-acre, fully-integrated mixed-use development, the largest of its kind in Kenya.
Amyn is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is an alumnus of the University of Houston, USA, where he received his Juris Doctor (JD) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). With over 18 years of experience, Amyn is consistently recognized for his expertise by international directories and he is rated as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Legal 500 and is featured in Who’s Who Legal.
Gerhard Zeelie is a chartered accountant with a cum laude Master’s degree in financial management (specialising in tax) which he completed at the University of Pretoria. Gerhard began his career in the financial services sector 16 years ago and has held various senior executive roles over this period, with the last 11 years focused on the real estate sector.
Gerhard is currently the Head of Real Estate Finance (Rest of Africa) at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking. He is responsible for all Real Estate debt funding outside of South Africa, driving the strategy to grow this business across sectors and jurisdictions. In addition to his Africa role, Gerhard is also the Head of Residential Development Finance and a member of the Real Estate Finance EXCO.
Standard Bank has the largest dedicated real estate finance platform of any financier in sub-Saharan Africa. The Real Estate Finance division provides funding in all areas of the real estate sector and is committed to providing funding via a variety of solutions specific to the needs of their clients. The bank’s ability to tap into the vast resources and expertise within the Group also enables seamless access to other specialist financing areas within Standard Bank further enhancing the delivery of flexible and comprehensive financing solutions for their clients.