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Anja is General Director of the international company CITYTHINKING with over twenty years of experience in the international architectural and urban planning scene. In CTTK she had been focusing during the last ten years in developing a specifique approach towards the design and management of new Cities or City extensions in emergent countries related to the big demand of affordable housing in the coming decades, where she was involved in the development of a software the so called PSP, a technological tool, able to standardize urban planning and to improve the impact on the natural and the built environment. Nowadays CTTK is working for large Public and Private Real Estate developers in Russia, India and Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Ngatia Kirungie is the founder of Spearhead Africa, a Nairobi based property and infrastructure advisory business and the head of the Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (KEPFIC) secretariat. KEPFIC is a consortium of local pension funds with approximately USD 2 billion in assets who have come together to jointly assess and invest in housing and infrastructure opportunities in the East African region and Ngatia is responsible for investment screening and engagement with institutional investors (including non-KEPFIC members), project sponsors, government, policy makers and external stakeholders. Ngatia has extensive experience from large financial institutions in New York, London and Nairobi and leads Spearhead Africa’s project
structuring efforts developing innovative and bespoke financing structures and capital solutions to meet client project requirements. He is also responsible for developing the firm’s investment capital networks with local and international commercial and development banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers.
Michael co-founded Sunbird Africa in 2014, a company providing flexible workspace, fit out and facilities management. Responding to client demand and the market opportunity, Sunbird recently rebranded its flexible office business to Kofisi, dedicated to being Africa’s top provider of sophisticated and inspirational work places. Sunbird is operational in over six African countries Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Nigeria. Kofisi has office centres in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. Michael qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen from the ICAEW in 2003 and holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, obtained in 2002. He is passionate about family, wellness, and creating systems to support entrepreneurship globally.
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.
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.
Mr. Kariuki was appointed as Head of Real Estate and Managing Director of Athena Properties in October 2018. Mr. Kariuki holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University (UK), a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University (UK) and Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is a Certified Executive Coach and a Tutu Fellow.
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.
Wangui is an experienced financial services professional, having gained over 17 years’ experience as a senior portfolio manager with one of the largest fund management firms in East Africa. Currently with Acorn Holdings Ltd as the Head of Corporate Finance, Wangui oversaw the issuance of Acorn’s 5-year bond in October 2019, raising USD 43 million in what was deemed as a first of many in Kenya:
Securities Exchange and London Stock Exchange Wangui holds an MBA (Finance) from University of Leicester, Bachelor of Commerce from University of Nairobi, is a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a Higher Diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS).
Adil is a qualified actuary and is Head of the Actuarial Division at Zamara Actuaries, Administrators and Consultants Limited. While he started his career in the pensions industry, as the leader of the actuarial division, Adil is now involved in insurance and investment consulting, in addition to continuing to focus on the pension sector. Adil started his career in Canada, where he qualified as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Since joining Zamara in Kenya, Adil has had the opportunity to provide actuarial services to clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Liberia and Ethiopia.
I have over 12 years of experience in Real Estate as well as 8 years + of experience in SSA (Angola & Nigeria) for Saipem in the O&G industry. I am a French – Tunisian national and a graduate of ESTP & INSEAD. I joined The Africa Works Group early 2019. Based in Johannesburg, Our mission is to be a credible player in Workplace solutions in Africa enhancing Design and Build and Flexible services.
Caroline was appointed as Head of Mortgage Sales at KCB Bank in 2015. She has over 15 years’ experience in Real Estate Financing; 10 of which has been in Senior management level specializing in SME/ Business Banking, Corporate Banking, Microfinance Banking as well as Mortgage Finance banking. She joined the bank from United Bank of Africa (UBA- Kenya Limited where she served as the Country Head of Retail and Business Banking. Prior to that she worked with Standard Chartered Bank as Head of mortgage and Equity Bank as Head of Corporate and SME Banking. In her earlier career years she worked with Housing Finance as Regional Manager; Kenya Women Finance Trust as Unit Manager and Savings and Loans Kenya Limited( Now KCB Mortgage) as a Branch Manager. She is a member of Kenya Property Developers Association (KPDA) where she serves in various committees. She is also part of the trathmore University Mentorship Programme where she chairs the Finance group which prepares the 3 rd Year and 4 th Year Bachelor of Commerce students for entry into the Job market. This is a voluntary role that she has undertaken as an Alumni of Strathmore University for the last 3 Years. She is also part of KCB Women in Leadership Network (WILN) that is a talent pool for High Performing Women in the bank aimed at encouraging more women representation at management level. Caroline is a Certified Public Accountant from Strathmore University and holds a degree in Business Administration (Mathematics and Business Studies) from Kenyatta University. She is also a Licentiate member of the Institute of Data processing Management; LIDPM (United Kingdom) having achieved Higher Diploma Certification from the institute.
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).
A graduate of the University of Nairobi and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) – UK (London) with several years banking experience (in Barclays and Standard Chartered Bank) spanning across several areas including:
Following a successful 25-year career in the hospitality business, Bani Haddad founded Aleph Hospitality in 2015 to provide hotel owners in the Middle East and Africa with a customised, results-driven alternative to traditional hotel management models. A visionary leader, acclaimed speaker and widely respected hotelier, Bani successfully developed, launched and managed several major international hotel brands prior to making the bold move to set up Aleph Hospitality. From site selection, fundraising and construction at Hospitality Management Services and pre- and post-opening operations at Starwood and Disneyland Resort Paris, to strategic growth and development as Regional Vice President Middle East & Africa for Wyndham Hotel Group, Bani has first-hand experience in virtually every aspect of hotel management. Under Bani’s leadership, Aleph Hospitality has developed a portfolio of ten hotels in less than five years. Following successful growth in Africa, and the demand for alternative hotel management models rapidly gaining momentum, the company has now turned its focus to the Middle East. Bani holds an MBA from IMHI, a joint programme established by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and ESSEC. Originally from Lebanon, Bani has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 2005.
Matthew Renshaw is a project specialist with over 20 years of experience in the construction and property industry. He has held senior positions mainly in construction, advisory and consulting and more recently in projects and developments. His career started with global construction firm Bouygues Construction in South Africa, followed by the United Kingdom. Since returning to South Africa in 2011 Matthew has focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region as the COO of Profica. A strong believer in the importance of leadership, Matthew is an advocate for thought leadership and innovation in the industry
Finance Director–Sunripe (1976) Ltd (1991 – 2011)
A leading producer of prepared and conventional vegetables, fruits and cut flowers. It is part of a group of East African Companies that work together to guarantee a year round supply to their clients.
Group Managing Director– Freight In Time Ltd (2012-present)
Freight In Time is one of the leading regional logistic companies within East Africa offering a wide variety of logistic solutions within the market. Freight In Time is an Authorized Service Contractor for UPS an American multinational package delivery and supply chain management company.
George Mugweru is a Specialist, Housing Market Systems at Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS). He is leading Housing Finance Systems domain and is responsible for supporting design, coordination, implementation and sharing lessons and emerging best practices. George previously worked as a Housing Microfinance Lead in Habitat for Humanity Kenya for the “Building Assets, Unlocking Access” project, in Kenya and Uganda implemented by TCIS. George has over 13 years’ experience in financial services provision to low income households, market research and product design. He has consulting experience in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Ben is the Managing Director of Knight Frank Kenya. He has over twenty years’ experience in real estate consultancy. Prior to joining Knight Frank Kenya, Ben was General Manager of the Tanzanian office for four years. In 1995, he joined Nelson Bakewell in their Investment Agency department. 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. In 1992, he joined Rogers Chapman and as a Senior Surveyor
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.
FA Johnstone Oltetia is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC). KMRC was established with the principal objective of addressing the long-term funding constraints hindering the growth of the primary mortgage market and reducing the funding cost of residential mortgages and availability of housing finance to Kenyans. KMRC is one of the key pillars of the Affordable Housing Project under the Government of Kenya’s BIG 4 Agenda. Mr. Oltetia also holds the position of Senior Adviser, Financial Sector at the National Treasury, advising on policy matters relating to banking, capital markets, pensions, insurance and other financial services. Prior to this, Mr. Oltetia was the Manager Market Supervision at the Capital Markets Authority-Kenya for over fifteen years, responsible for oversight of Listed firms, Exchanges(s), CSDs, Asset Managers, Investment Banks, Stock Brokers and Investment Advisers among others. A Certified Investment and Financial Analyst and holder of MBA and B. Com degrees. Member (in good standing) of Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (ICIFA), Institute of Directors of Kenya (IOD) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mr. Oltetia is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.
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.
Ranee Nanji is the Co-CEO of Tilisi and a Director of the Spin Ventures Group (SVG). She has a BSc in Mathematics & Business Studies from University of Warwick and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Ranee spent several years working at a FTSE-100 Company in London. She then returned home to join SVG, which commenced in Textiles, now has a well-diversified portfolio of companies in several industries including plastics & packaging, 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 which has built over 500 homes at Phenom Estate in Langata.
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.
David Kanyi currently holds the position of Team Leader, Market Deepening at Capital Markets Authority. He has 15 years in Capital Markets having joined the Authority in February of 2008. Immediately prior to his appointment to the current role, in July 2019, he was the Head of Price and Market Surveillance in Derivatives at the Authority. Prior to joining the Authority, David worked at the Exchange between 2004-2008 in both Trading and Internal Audit Departments. His current responsibilities include: Responsible for market deepening by facilitating uptake of existing and new products and services and driving innovation through designing, developing and implementing policies, procedures, methodologies and quality standards to support introduction of new products , services and innovations into the capital markets. David is also responsible for driving stakeholders engagement to increase uptake and design of new products based on established needs. David is a graduate of the University of Nairobi school of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specializing in Finance. He is a full member of Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts and the Kenya Institute of Management. David has been pivotal in development and operationalization of the Derivatives Market including providing guidance and quality assurance to the various teams and market stakeholders throughout the process. He has served in various capital market forums including the East African Community Market Integration initiative, Bond Market Steering Committee, Capital Markets Authority Master Plan Implementation Working Group Champion, amongst others. Off work he has an avid love for Soccer and Golf as a player and has taken up riding the bike to keep Corvid off!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zoravar Singh is a Managing Director of iJenga, an integrated real estate development and investment company. Previously, Zoravar served as General Manager at Equity Group Foundation, CEO of Community Lab, a social enterprise at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a real estate investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York. He started his career as a management and technology consultant at Accenture. Zoravar received a Bachelors of Commerce in Operations Management from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration in real estate and finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he served as student body President.
Winnie Gachagua heads up the Occupier Services (OS) department in Knight Frank. Her role majorly involves assisting Occupiers (Tenants) identify and align strategic business, financial and operational objectives with their real estate requirements by providing professional assistance in acquisition, renewal, relocation or consolidation transactions. This is done through provision of advice on global property trends, local market knowledge, forecasting, combined with strategic and analytical financial analysis of tenant’s property occupation to enable them leverage on opportunities in the market place securing the most advantageous transaction structure. Through this service, Winnie has assisted tenants optimise their property portfolio some even realising savings in excess of $10M. Some of her key clients include: Safaricom Plc, Coca-Cola East and Central Africa, Barclays Bank, Fragomen, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citi Bank, Booking.com and Bamburi Cement.
Raghav Gandhi is an emerging markets specialist with over a decade’s experience in the real estate industry across South Asia, UK and the Middle East and Africa. Raghav is the CEO of RedBird & Partners – a real estate consultancy specializing in development and investment mandates. He has overseen the development of more than 2.5mn sq.ft of real estate across different asset classes, raised $550 million for a developer in India and was also part of the founding management team of a commercial real estate venture for a leading conglomerate.
Currently, he is leading the implementation of the REITs for Acorn Holdings Limited, which are to be launched in late 2020/early 2021.
Mugure is the Business Development Manager at GAPL Kenya and the President of the Architectural Association of Kenya. She has worked as a Project Manager, Architect and Urban Planner in this role. She has over 13 years of experience in the East African Real Estate industry and is a natural leader, and well-recognized name in the professional industry. She is a people person with high level communication and management skills, developed both in the Real Estate industry and as a Leader in the regulatory and professional bodies governing her peers. She started her career in Boston, Massachusetts, and further in Miami, Florida, before returning to earn her registration as an accredited Architect in Kenya. The mother of two believes in giving back to the community. She is the founder and a trustee of the Ex-Bomarian Educational Fund a retired non-profit organization formed by Kenya High School Alumni that sponsors needy students at the school and also mentors them. Mugure also spearheaded a team of individuals who believe in ‘Action not Reaction.’ In participating in the building of homes for IDP’s through Habitat for Humanity Kenya. The team participated in 3 builds and raising funds for Habitats Mai Mahiu project. She Co-authored ‘Tropical Housing in the South of Florida’ with Prof. Allan Shulman, while doing her Masters at the University of Miami, On a personal level, she is a chronic book reader and member of an active book club, swimmer, a lover of art, poetry and music. She is a serial entrepreneur and the Founding Director of Little Einstein’s, East Africa, a STEM learning institution which is now in over 20 schools in the greater Nairobi area and with over 1500 young children as members. Mugure is a natural in people person and managing difficult situations and resolving conflict both professionally and personally. She is well networked in the industry throughout the region and would be an asset to in the proposed role.
Robyn founded Legacy Realty in 2015 which is a philanthropic real estate firm that delivers real estate services in Kenya. Robyn Emerson is a leader and urban development professional with over two decades of specialization in programme and business management, public policy advocacy, urban governance and organizational development. She has extensive work experience in Kenya and United States of America. Robyn has founded, actively fundraised and managed a diverse set of development organisations over the last 25 years. She has worked as an entrepreneur and a corporate executive. She has been a leader in political campaigns calling for sensitivity and responsiveness in the USA. She has also worked with international development programmes related to education, housing, health, community empowerment and physical planning.
Christine Namagulu is an architect & interior designer with an eclectic portfolio of 16 years of practice. She is the CEO NEWPLAN Group for nearly a decade in Project Management & Training, Operations & Architecture. One of her notable works being the temporary exhibition pavilion for the 11th Africa Union of Architects (AUA) Congress at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort (2015). She led the Physical Planning team at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). She has lectured at the International University of East Africa, served on the councils of Uganda Society of Architects and the East African Institute of Architects. Christine holds a B.Architecture from Makerere University Kampala, a PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification by APMG, UK and a Professional Master in Interior Design at Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) Milan, Italy.
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to government in South Africa for the past 20 years. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies from the University of North Carolina USA.
Jonathan Turner, is the MD of the Advisory & Transaction Services Africa business for CBRE Excellerate. Jonathan has over 30 years of real estate experience, specialising in advising multi-national corporates and managing multi-disciplinary client relationships. He has undertaken global client leadership roles for many years and has also been the relationship manager responsible for developing and expanding the A&T Services delivery platform in 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).
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.
Emma Miloyo is a practicing Architect and partner at Design Source with vast experience in the building industry in the East and Central Africa region. She was the first female President of the Architectural Association of Kenya was recognized as one of “Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya” in 2011 and 2018 by the Nation Media Group’s Business Daily. Emma is an Eisenhower Fellow (2015). She is married with 3 beautiful children. Emma’s lifelong ambition is to inspire young women and help them break the glass ceiling that has limited their success, especially in male-dominated fields like architecture. She is a Director at Kiota School where her passion for education and nurturing of young minds extends. Emma graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with first-class honours in architecture, the first woman to do so. She is passionate about the built environment and is also very enthusiastic about impacting the education sector.
As the Group Managing Director for East Africa & Indian Ocean, Jess is responsible for Broll’s businesses in Kenya, Uganda and Mauritius, delivering property management, facilities management, occupier services, broking, leasing, valuations and research. Prior to her current role, Jess held the position of Divisional Director: Strategy and Consulting within Broll’s Occupier Services division, and was also previously Research Director at IPD (now MSCI), where she worked in London, Australia and South Africa. Jess holds an MBA majoring in International Business, a Master of Property and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. She has served on many industry boards and committees, and in 2018 was named Professional of the Year for the Private Sector category in Gauteng at the South African Women in Property Awards.
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.
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
Pius is the founding CEO of Nabo Capital and his passion is to connect investors to lucrative opportunities across Africa. He passionately believes that investors cannot afford to ignore the continent, a key topic when he speaks at global investment forums. Quick to acknowledge he has the best job in the world, Pius believes Africa is the best place for anyone wishing to make a
remarkable difference and leave a lasting legacy. With more than 13 years’ experience of successfully investing in Africa, he has overseen investment transactions in excess of $500M. On the back of remarkable success, Pius led his team at Centum to spin off into an independent fully-fledged investment boutique, Nabo Capital, which is now managing over $210m AUMs and has helped reputable institutional clients from US, Europe, Asia and Africa acquire sizable stakes and break into top ten shareholders lists of some of the most coveted, blue chip companies on the continent. Pius leverages a wide network and with unique, boots-on-the-ground experience operates across multiple asset classes such as equities, fixed income, private debt, private equity and real estate. Pius was part of the dream team that formulated and successfully implemented the now famous “Centum 2.0 Strategy” that began the exciting journey of transforming Centum, a once laid -back $60 Million investment firm, into a $1.8 Billion AUM outfit. Pius is a CFA charter-holder, Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree.
Rose Fina is a project coordinator dealing with Industrial relations. She spends much of her time addressing and researching on the market impact of futuristic technology such as AI and IOT across the built & unbuilt environment. Having over 4 years of experience specializing in data science, artificial intelligence and networking, she previously, as an IOT Specialist, she focused on improving products and services for customers by using advanced analytics, standing up big-data analytical tools, creating and maintaining models, and on boarding compelling new data sets with Internet of Things. Before specialization, she was a trainee in IOT (Internet of Things), where she analyzed developed applications that demonstrate and validate new embedded chip sets and boards, architect and design the software solutions and create and execute automated data from some of the biggest enterprise and networks to educate the market on long-term internet trends.
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.
Henning co-founded Paragon Architects in 1997 with Anthony Orelowitz. Since 2012, he has been responsible for all the Group’s International Projects, and for Business Development in
Africa. The company has expanded into Cape Town in South Africa. His activities have led to project engagements in 18 countries on the continent, and completed projects in 11 countries since 2001. His personal project experience dates back to work in Angola since 2001, Brazil since 2003, Uganda since 2005, Rwanda since 2007, Kenya since 2010, and Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC, Congo- Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Mali, Morocco and Oman since 2012. With particular interests in business development, contract law and communications, Henning specialises in carrying out the wide range of projects for which Paragon is known, in difficult and less developed countries on the continent where factors often mitigate against success.
Nick is a Chartered General Practise Surveyor with 25 years’ experience of real estate development in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, managing the early stage delivery of several major projects. At Rendeavour, Nick is responsible for the delivery of Tatu City. Prior to this, Nick lived in Ghana, where he was responsible for Rendeavour’s satellite city development, Appolonia City. Prior to joining Rendeavour, Nick was responsible for the leasing of Avia Park, Europe’s largest shopping and entertainment centre. In Vietnam, he delivered the masterplan of Green Tech City, Hanoi. Nick’s development experience covers the whole range of property sectors, with the main focus on residential, commercial, retail and hotels.
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.
Elizabeth Chege is the Chairperson of the Kenya Green Building Society. She is also the CEO and Co-founder of WEB Limited, a sustainable construction consultancy. She is also the chairperson of the Kenya Green Building Society. 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 Reading College of Arts &Technology, UK. Her successful track record in senior management and lead consultant roles 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.
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.
Managing partner Tempest gold Kenya and founder WOWO KENYA A brand of infinity Access Technologies (IAT-AFRICA). A techprenuer with a leaning on disruptive mobile application
developments. Associate member Association Of Business Executives (AMABE-UK)
David was appointed Investment Manager in March 2014. His responsibilities are 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 headed up Projects & Research. Prior to that, he worked at NW Realite Ltd. David 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 and is a Registered Valuer.
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.
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah is Program Lead for IFC EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program in Ghana and Nigeria. He is an Urban Development professional with experience in the built environment in Ghana. His expertise includes Sustainable Real Estate Development, Real Estate Marketing and Agency, Real Estate Management, Real Estate Valuation and Business Development. He has also undertaken socio-economic surveys for voluntary relocation and other resettlement packages. He holds an MSc in Urban Policy and Development and an Undergraduate degree in Land Economy in Ghana. He is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
Kawira coordinates Buildher employment partnerships and supports Buildher Trainees throughout their employment training period, monitoring their performance and engagement in the workplace. Kawira has a strong background in empowering communities in urban informal settlements and remote, rural contexts. She has built capacities; strengthened and promoted social and economic security, sustainable livelihoods and equity of disadvantaged women including Persons with Disabilities, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Persons Living with Albinism. Her tertiary education journey began in Design, she holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Business Administration from KCA University.
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.
Providing leadership in financial structuring review and implementation of both residential, commercial, retail and infrastructural developments. Previously served as Head of Mortgages -Housing finance company of Kenya in total more than 24 years’ experience in real-estate Finance. Participated successfully in project finance, mortgage finance, structured bridging finance, Construction finance Co-operative mortgages and Infrastructure finance in Kenya. An active member of the African Real Estate Society for 9 years. Resource and moderator for various
real estate annual meetings including Africa real estate society (AFRES) Global real estate society (GRI), AFRES Kenya chapter, Makerere university and Mortgage Association of Kenya.
Trustee, and Board member of seven institutions among them Co-operative bank Pension scheme with 5,000 members and assets of 13 billion, I hold Certificates in “International Housing Finance Management “construction Management & Dispute Resolution. Postgraduate Diploma in Banking (Pune Institute of Management.) Bachelor of Arts Economics a Master of Arts in Economics (Public finance) from the University of Pune.
Dhruv Shah is the Head of Development & Strategy at The Sarit Centre. He started his career at PwC London in 2005 as a Strategy Consultant advising clients in the Energy Sector. In 2012, he moved back to Kenya to join the Family Business and spearhead the expansion of The Sarit Centre, the first shopping mall in East & Central Africa. The Sarit Centre is a few months away from completing the 1st Phase of the expansion comprising of 30,000m2 of additional GLA, a multi-story car park holding 1,000 cars, 7,000m2 of Exhibition Space and a complete refurbishment of the existing mall.
Wayne leads hotel advisory at JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in Sub-Saharan Africa. Wayne has spent the past 11 years in the hospitality real estate sector. Wayne has completed assignments across 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, specialising in feasibility studies, hotel management company and asset valuations, buy-side advisory for hotels and hospitality platforms, market entry strategies, operator selection and management contract negotiation. Wayne completed an undergraduate degree in Tourism Development at the University of Johannesburg, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Wits Business School and an MSc Property Studies at the University of Cape Town
Michael is a Business Executive with over 25 years’ experience in Africa and the USA. Prior to forming his own real estate company, Natureville Homes 11 years ago, Michael has held various director level roles in multiple blue-chip organizations. Michael holds an MBA specializing in Total Quality Management from the UK, an Applied Science Degree in Engineering from the USA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the UK.