2021 CONFIRMED EAPI SPEAKERS
2021 CONFIRMED EAPI SPEAKERS
EAPI is privileged to host some of the foremost professionals working in property investment today. As the goal of our summit is to enrich the working experience of our delegates through relevant information and insights, we take great care in selecting a high calibre of speakers, who, in many respects, set the tone for the summit. Futhermore, as a speaker you get the most visibility and the most significant corporate brand exposure. If you would like to get in touch with us about speaking at EAPI Virtual, please contact Kfir Rusin email@example.com
Nicky Weimar is Nedbank’s Chief Economist. She has been the Senior Economist since 2000. She received her Masters in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch in 1994 and soon advised government on economic procedures and policies in her capacity as an economist in the Central Economic Advisory Service, since integrated into the President’s Office. Her experiences in the banking-, securities- and brokering industries ensured her a broader knowledge of a wide range of fields within economics, including sector analysis, fixed investment trends and the relationship between real economic trends and developments within the financial markets. At Nedbank, Nicky has focused most of her energies on trends in the overall economy, looking at cycles in the economic growth, inflation and interest rates. She regularly does talks all over South Africa to a variety of audiences like Business Forums, Property Groups, large Corporate firms, Government entities, etc.
Vivian has over 8 years’ experience in real estate with extensive knowledge in Valuation, Research and Development Management for all property assets. Vivian’s current responsibility at Broll Kenya is managing the valuation and research businesses across the East Africa region. Ms. Ombwayo holds a bachelor’s degree, BA Land Economist, from the University of Nairobi and
Master’s degree, MSc. Property Investment, from the university of Reading, UK. She is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), a member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) and a Registered Valuer with both Kenya’s Valuation Registration Board and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Renee Ngamau is best known as the current host of the 16+ year old morning drive show, Capital in The Morning on 98.4 Capital Fm. She is a trained and qualified life coach of more than 7 years, an NLP trainer and hypnotherapist. Her corporate career spans over a decade as a successful corporate lawyer. Renee sat on the management board of an oil company and served as alternate director to the Chairman of the company before the age of 30. She has trained as an executive and business coach. Renee mentors a group of 11 teens from economically deprived backgrounds.
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.
Genevieve has 18 years’ experience in the property industry. She recently returned to Nedbank after honing her skills at Standard Bank CIB where she was Executive Head: Real Estate Credit
Risk for South Africa and Rest of Africa. In this position, she was also responsible for the Project Management and Commercial Property Valuations divisions, building a credit and project
platform across geographies in Africa. She has a BSc (Hons) in quantity surveying from the University of Natal and a BCom in risk management from UNISA. She serves on the SA market
advisory panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was national chairperson of the Women’s Property Network in 2015-2016. She returned to Nedbank in 2018 to setup the
Property Finance Africa division and in her current role focuses on digitisation and proptech.
Jess leads Broll’s businesses across Africa (excluding SA), as well as the Valuations and Intel divisions. Since joining Broll in 2013, Jess has held Divisional Director: Strategy & Consulting within Occupier Services, then Group Managing Director: East Africa & Indian Ocean. Before Broll she was Research Director at IPD (MSCI), working in London, Australia and South Africa. Jess holds an MBA majoring in International Business, a Master of Property and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. She is an active industry speaker, has served on numerous boards and committees, was a 2020 API Award for Women in Africa Real Estate finalist, and in 2018 won Professional of the Year – Private Sector (Gauteng) at the SA Women in Property Awards. She is a Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and achieved Certified Business Advisor from the Institute of Business Advisors of Southern Africa.
Sakina is a Director at HassConsult, a leading property advisory firm and 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 an 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.
Gerhard has 14 years’ experience in property finance and has held various senior positions in retail and investment banking. A chartered accountant with an MCom (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Gerhard was the Head of Real Estate Finance: Africa Regions at Standard Bank before joining Nedbank in 2018.
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).
I have over 20 years experience in Financial Services both within South Africa and Globally. My global approach to client centric solutions and risk management provides a unique perspective to the range of multinational clients supported. My experience has allowed me to provide pragmatic solutions in commercial real estate, risk analysis, business process and risk management. My subject matter expertise has impacted external and internal stakeholders (including multinationals) in both strategic, financial and operational management. I have managed change in different environments, developed high performing teams and partnered with other Executives on an ongoing basis. This results in positive outputs for the Company I am part of and innovative solutions to our clients.
Robert Joined MML in April 2013 and currently holding the position of Project Director. He has over 8 years’ experience in Construction Project Management and Development Management. Robert holds an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and an 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.
Arvana has extensive investment banking experience having played a key advisor and arranger role on significant debt funding packages spanning both local and international currencies,and more recently has concluded sustainable finance deals to the value of approximately R 7bn. In particular Arvana was responsible for formulating a Sustainable Development Goals issuance framework for Nedbank and structuring the first ZAR Green Renewable Energy Bonds out of the African Continent which were significantly oversubscribed ,and achieved both local and foreign investor participation. The deal was awarded the African Banker Deal of the Year Award in the Energy Finance Category and the Impact Initiative of the Year Award from Environmental Finance. In addition to this Arvana was instrumental to the structuring of R 2bn SDG linked Green Tier 2capital instruments issued in June 2020 in partnershipwith the African Development Bank and subsequently led the conclusion of a climate related financing of USD 200mn in December 2 020 in partnership with the IFC. Arvana is a CFA Charterholder, an alternate member of the International Capital Market Association and has completed the University of Cambridge’s Sustainability Practitioners Programme in 2019. She has been appointed Head of Sustainable Solutions for NOB in November 2020 where her focus is to drive t he commercial value of sustainable finance in collaboration with the property finance business and other sector focused teams.
Simon Ardonceau joined the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Strategic Consulting team in 2016 to develop the substantial potential for customised real estate consulting advice across the continent. He currently has strategic input in a wide range of assignments, and has been involved on several high profile and complex developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Gulf Corporation Council. His decade in the real estate industry has shaped his niche expertise in property related market assessments, development advisory as well as financial and investment analyses. Simon holds a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School, France and a Master in Real Estate from the European Business School, Germany.
Rosalind is the current Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Retail Traders Association, an accomplished administrator with over eighteen years’ all-round experience earned progressively through various engagements and stations of work. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She has vast experience in personnel and human capital management in the finance and administration field, human resources management, operations management with specifics on handling mobilization, administration. An effective business communicator, with experience in marketing and client relations and PR with oral and written skills, in diversified and complex interactions with all staff levels including top level management.
Greg is the Founder & CEO of AfricaWorks, a pioneering and innovative workplace solution provider in Africa. AfricaWorks provides Design & Build services as well as Flexible Workplaces solutions to Global Corporates in 12+ countries through 9 offices on the continent. After 7 years in Kenya, Greg recently relocated back to his home-town – Paris. Greg is also the Co Founder of the French African Foundation as well as the French Chamber of Commerce in Kenya.
As the Managing Director for Broll Uganda Limited, Moses is responsible for Broll’s business in Uganda, delivering property management, facilities management, occupier services, broking, leasing, valuations and research. Prior to his current role, Moses held the position of Country Manager Broll Uganda and was also previously Head Commercial & Residential at Knight Frank Uganda. Moses holds a BSC Urban & Regional Planning and a Member with RICS. Moses is also a None Executive Director at Southgate Properties Limited.
James is responsible for all aspects of Fusion’s Real Estate Portfolio from deal sourcing, structuring, and fundraising, through project development implementation, to asset and investment exit. James has been with Fusion since 2009 where he worked as a fundraising manager in the UK, before joining the Kenya deal team as a portfolio manager in 2014. Fusion Capital is a Real Estate Developer and Private Equity Firm designed around the needs of local businesses in the emerging economies of East and central Africa. We are currently managing a portfolio of 12 ongoing real estate projects and have presence in Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala and Dar es Salaam.
Hooman Ehsani is the Director of New Developments for Greenhills Investments the developer of Tribe, a luxury 5-star boutique hotel, that has won numerous global awards including being named “one of the Top 100 hotels in the World” The Village Market mall and newly opened Trademark Hotel. Hooman is also the CEO of Century City Property with interests in residential and retail development, property brokerage services and consultancy. Century City recently won the International Property Award for the Best International Residential Development for their Palm Valley development in Nairobi. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston, where he majored in Economics and International Relations.
Marc is an expert and specialist in negotiation, property & shopping centre management, leasing, marketing and financial management. He 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. He 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. On leaving Old Mutual Properties he became General Manager of Sandton Square & was subsequently promoted to Center Manager of Sandton Square and Sandton City. He then moved onto Colliers International as the Head of Retail Property Management.
A highly experienced and qualified Real Estate Professional Services expert. A holder of a MSc (Econs) in Urban Development Planning from the University of London and BA (Land Economics) from the University of Nairobi. A full member of The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (Valuation & Estate Agents Chapter). Registered Estate Agent. A professional with significant experience in the Kenyan real estate market who has been involved in the formulation of profitable real estate strategies for medium to large corporate clients with a wealth of experience gained over the last 25 years. A well known Estate Agent and Property Negotiator who is well versed in various aspects of Commercial Property Leasing, Transaction Management, Tenant Representation and conducting Property Due Diligence and Audits. Also an experienced property manager of Commercial office properties. His expertise now extends to greater knowledge of the growing retail property market. Specialties: Commercial Property Lease and Sale Negotiations, Real Estate Market Research and Consultancy, Property and Facilities Management, Valuation of Property for accounting, insurance and mortgage purposes.
The CFO of Garden City and Mi Vida. Garden City is Kenya’s first integrated residential, retail and office (mixed-use) development, with a business hotel and a hospital as part of the masterplan. Mi Vida is a new homebuilder through a joint venture between Actis and Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate. A platform targeting the middle-income segment with plans to develop 3,000 apartments over the next five years. Experience across East, Central and Southern Africa in finance, tax, equity and debt structuring, strategy, corporate governance, risk management and portfolio management in various sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, infrastructure and real estate.
Paul, heads up the Nairobi gate Industrial Park, a joint venture between Actis and Improvon. The park is 105 acres, located on the Eastern Bypass and forms part of the larger Northlands mixed use precinct. Providing ultra-modern warehouse and industrial space. Paul has 20 years’ experience in the real estate and logistics industries.
Tim is a founder and CEO of PROFICA, a group of professional development, project and construction management services companies in the retail, commercial, industrial & processing, residential, hotels and leisure sectors. Tim received his qualification in Civil Engineering, gained professional project management expertise in the UK, is a fully accredited professional member of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK, a registered Professional Construction Project Manager with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and is the current President of the Association of Construction Project Managers (ACPM).
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.
Heri is the Co-Founder of 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. Prior to this, he was CEO & Managing Director of KCB Tanzania. 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. He holds a BSC Economics degree from Cardiff Business school at the University of Wales.
Dhruv Pandit is the CEO of Fedha Group – a property developer with 50+ years experience. The group companies develop, own and manage a portfolio of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality properties. Dhruv, born and brought up in Nairobi, is a former banker and sits on the Board of Saham Assurance Kenya Ltd. A graduate of the the LSE, he has always been interested in leadership development and lifelong learning. He has been a member of YPO for over 15 years and is currently the Africa Regional Chair of this global premier leadership organization of chief executives.
Richard is the CEO of Africa Logistics Properties (ALP). ALP is a Kenya based company that specialises in developing modern distribution centres and industrial warehouses with flexible
designs and specifications to cater for the ever-changing needs of today’s logistics, distribution and light manufacturing operations. Richard has over 14 years’ experience in developing warehouse facilities. Richard has sound financial skills with considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional project structures and legal agreements as well as deep experience of the Russian and UK market. Earlier in his career Richard worked in audit, IT and residential property development. Prior to joining ALP in 2017 Richard was the Development Director at Raven Property Group Limited (formerly Raven Russia) and he oversaw the construction or acquisition of 1.2m square metres of warehouses in that role. Raven Property Group Limited is a listed property investment company on the London Stock Exchange. The company specialises in commercial and industrial property development in the Russian Federation and CIS states. Richard is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in England and Wales.
Sean Godoy is a property professional with 10 years’ experience in the property industry. Most of his professional experience has been in property market analysis where he has developed a strong understanding. He has a strong interest in cities and emerging economies. Sean is passionate about SA, Africa, poverty alleviation, and education. In his own capacity and through his role on the executive committee of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in London, he actively promotes and facilitates business and charitable activity between the UK, SA, and afield.
Ronald Kaweesi is the Project Lead at PropTech Uganda and Regional Chair for the Federation of International Blockchain Real Estate Experts (FIBREE). He has worked for various real estate and innovations companies locally and internationally such as Built World Innovations, Siemens Real Estate, Allianz Real Estate, Collier International and RE/MAX among others.
He obtained his bachelor’s from Makerere University Kampala before further pursing MBA focusing on Digital Technologies Management and Masters in Land Management from Technical University of Munich. His areas of specialty are Digital transformation and technologies, Digital business models, Real estate and natural resource management.