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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Shevira joined Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and provides leadership and oversight on development of real estate projects and construction management. Shevira has extensive experience in short- to long-term strategic planning initiatives for growth, business development, and continuous capability advancement & technical oversight on projects to ensure high quality service delivery. She is a recipient of the Golden Key Award from the International Honours Society and currently also lectures at the University of Cape Town’s Business School as a subject matter expert on Property Development Feasibility Studies. She is an assessor on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors board, a member of the South African Council for Quantity Surveying Profession and the Association for South African Quantity Surveyors.
Based in Cape Town, Daniel focuses on accelerating and executing the Radisson Hotel Group growth strategy in the English-speaking countries across Sub-Sahara Africa, particularly, South Africa. Another key focus in Daniel’s portfolio is the raising of finance for hotel owners in order to expedite both new developments and conversions across the African continent, working closely with the rest of the African Development team. Daniel recently joined Radisson Hotel Group after six years at HTI Consulting, focusing on hotel development, acquisition finance raising and hotel brokerage. Having held previous positions at JP Morgan (London), LaSalle Investment Management (London), and JLL (Johannesburg), Daniel will significantly aid Radisson Hotel Group’s owners and their financial requirements with his wealth of knowledge and expertise in debt finance raising requirements of owners, deal-making and financial analysis. Daniel brings complementary skills to the development team across the continent and is a key member in driving Radisson Hotel Groups new five-year plan for Africa. A South African national, Daniel holds a Business Science Degree from the University of Cape Town, where he also completed his master’s in financial economics and international trade.
Jonathan Muga is the Head of Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank Kenya. He has extensive experience in the structuring and arranging financing for corporates and projects. Previously, Jonathan was the Head of Energy and Infrastructure Finance for Standard Bank in East Africa. He has also worked as an Associate Director at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ in its European Structured Finance Office in London and various capacities at PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Deloitte in London and Kenya. Jonathan holds a first degree in Quantity Surveying from University of Nairobi and obtained a Masters in Finance degree from London Business School.
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.
Visionary architect James Mitchell founded BuildX Studio (formerly Orkidstudio) in 2016, which envisions a world made for people and planet by creating the buildings of a radically better tomorrow. Celebrated in Impact Design Hub’s 40-under-40 in 2017, James has also led BuildX Studio to international recognition, including accreditation as the first architecture and construction B Corporation in Africa and becoming a Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle member in 2017 and being shortlisted for the Swiss Architectural Award 2018. In 2017, James was selected for the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship GSBI program and in 2018 as an Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar and SOCAP Entrepreneur. Most recently,
BuildX Studio was listed in the London Stock Exchange Asoko Insight Companies to Inspire Africa 2019. In 2018, James co-founded Buildher which equips disadvantaged young women in Kenya with accredited construction skills, leading to greater financial prosperity, changing male attitudes and promoting gender equality within the construction industry. Together, these organizations are working towards a bolder and better vision for the built world in which we live and the impact this has on our environment and climate.
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.
John leads Turner & Townsend East Africa. John is an experienced business leader with a proven track record of delivering results across a wide range of project and geographies – Africa, UK, Ireland and the Middle East. He has over 15 years significant experience in a large range of roles including Operations, Regional Management, Business Development, Commercial, Contract and Project Management. He is an energetic, proactive, results driven strategic leader having worked with and led multicultural teams on Programmes in both the Private and Public Sectors. He has an excellent track record across a number of market sectors including Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, manufacturing, Retail, Residential &
Commercial projects with values ranging from $100k – $450m. John holds an MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool.
Eugene Ngugi is a professional Interior Designer, who has garnered extensive experience in the field not only as an Interior Designer but also as Project and Business leader. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design from the University of Nairobi and is currently the Managing Director (MD) of Planning Interiors Group of Companies. As a professional designer, he has worked on major projects for blue chip companies represented in Kenya like: Barclays Bank of Kenya, African Development Bank, British American Tobacco plc, IBM East Africa, Citi Bank, Coca Cola East Africa and General Electric Company, British American Tobacco Plc. just to name a few.
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.
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.
Simon Herd 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK) is the voice of the retail industry in Kenya. The main objective being to provide retailers with a central representative body to put across their agenda and retail trade concerns to government agencies, parliament and other local, regional and international bodies for the benefit of the retail traders of Kenya. Leonard is a hospitality and restaurant professional, the CEO of Branded Restaurants Africa.
Mr. Kinoti is a finance and investment professional, entrepreneur, business coach, trainer and author with over 30 years’ experience in establishing, leading and building corporates and business entities. He is the Founder and CEO of Vedman Group, a company which specialises in real estate development, investment advisory and insurance services. Prior to this Mr.
Kinoti was the CEO of Suntra Investment Limited, and Fusion Capital Group. In 2016, he pioneered the launch of the first Development Real Estate Investment Trust (D-REIT) in Africa. During his time, Fusion Capital also successfully sponsored the building of Kigali Heights, a modern Mix-use complex in Kigali City, Rwanda among other notable ventures in East Africa. Mr. Kinoti was also the Founding CEO of ECLOF Kenya. He is a Director at REITs Association of Kenya (RAK), among several other leadership roles in the business world and the community at large.
Steve has been a member of Turner & Townsend’s senior team for twelve years. He joined as UK MD, then was Global MD for Real Estate and is currently Global Head of Client Programmes. Previously, for eight years he was Development Director and Director of Projects at LandSec plc., responsible for multiple projects up to £3bn in value. This included the redevelopment of Broadcasting House for the BBC (£1bn) and refurbishment of Queen Anne’s Gate for the MoJ (£90m). Both are listed buildings. He led and completed over £5 billion of projects, from inception to completion. Prior to LandSec, for eight years Steve was at Mace. As Director of Consultancy, he provided development, project and construction consultancy to clients in both public and private sectors. Notable projects included Heathrow Terminal 5, a £200m corporate campus for British Airways, the Great Court at The British Museum and The London Eye. A strategic thinker with strong motivation and professional skills, Steve brings directly relevant client-side experience. He has specialist expertise in the residential, office, retail and mixed use sectors and a track record of completing complex and high profile development projects, particularly in London. Steve understands the commercial and end user requirement on complex projects. He has had a hands-on role for a number of high profile projects at Turner & Townsend, including Nine Elms Square, Battersea Power Station, London Bridge Quarter (The Shard) and Eddington, a £1 billion mixed use project in Cambridge.
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.
Stella Mutai, Head of Property Finance NCBA Kenya, has over 10 years’ experience in Property Finance, Diaspora-Banking, and Retail Banking Product Development, sales and marketing in local, regional and diaspora markets. She is an MBA Graduate in Strategic Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from Daystar University. Stella also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Marketing (KIM), and a Professional Diploma in Marketing and Certificate in Real Estate and Property Management. She is a Full Member of Kenya Institute of Management and Member of Women in Real Estate (WIRE).
Isaac Kamau is the CEO & Co-founder of The Vlage, a marketplace platform that helps professionals book medium to long term Coliving spaces in Kenya. He is also Kenyan & Africa Co-Liv Ambassador where he organizes events that helps Coliving industry players network and share information in creating better Coliving spaces, improved community building and tech
driven operations. He has a professional background in accounting and business development. His journey in real estate started 5 years ago when he decide to help his landlord in Nairobi with marketing his property. The Landlord was struggling with tenant acquisition.
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).
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.
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.
Previously, Tom was a director in JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets team in London and headed a 20 strong research team in Moscow. Prior to joining JLL Tom served as chief strategist for Russia’s largest private bank and before that was an equity strategist for Renaissance Capital’s number one ranked emerging market strategy team based in Moscow. Before this this Tom was instrumental in the development of a leading emerging market hedge fund based in Moscow and was involved in all areas of the fund’s development including capital raising and fund structuring. He has given policy advice to the central bank and government of Russia and Kazakhstan.
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).
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.
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.
Andrew has contributed to the successful growth of the Boogertman + Partners Nairobi practice with several local and international award-winning projects. The eight year old practice has recently been recognised as one of the Top 100 companies in Kenya and has ongoing work across education, residential, industrial and logistics projects. Recently Andrew and his team have completed the Africa Logistics Properties warehouses in Tatu City which received Africa’s first EDGE Industrial Development certification. Ongoing work in this sector is the design and build of a number of facilities within the Tatu City industrial park as well as work for GRIT Urban logistics and CTM in Kenya. With a B.Arch from the University of Oregon, and a DIS ( Denmark International Studies ) from the University of Copenhagen, Andrew brings a keen interest in developing, analysing and testing architectural solutions for clients. He is a proud member of the Architectural Association of Kenya.
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.
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.
Sheila Moraa is keen to explore unchartered waters taking up new visions and making them realities through sound and strategic development. Passionate about promoting sustainable development in the built environment and utilizing opportunities in the green space to further grow this in the local context by attracting affordable blended finance for various projects. Currently as Head of ESG at AIML; an integrated Real Estate company providing student accommodation, Sheila is managing green certification of the company portfolio. With the launch of the REITs, we are working towards obtaining GRESB Assessment for the funds which will have a positive impact holistically on the policies and practices of the company and its stakeholders with regard to ESG. Previously, Sheila worked in the Oil & Gas and the energy industries both at the project (Total Kenya Ltd. & KenGen) and regulatory levels influencing policy formulation while at Energy Regulatory Commission. Sheila is a trained Civil Engineer currently completing an executive Masters program at Strathmore University, certified PRINCE2 practitioner
and an EDGE Expert. Sheila also sits in the board of Kenya Green Building Society. She has over 13 years Project Management experience in the built environment and renewable energy sector.
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
Over the last three years I have worked on more than 2GW of data centre capacity. These projects have been varied and included concept, developed and detailed design, peer review, technical and commercial due diligence, commercial, design and technology analysis and optimisation, post outage forensic engineering and life-cycle consulting. During these engagements I have seen designers, developers, investors and operators begin to make many of the same mistakes. In each instance, I have worked with these teams, identified and helped rectify these mistakes, with the result of producing better designs, better infrastructure and ultimately better data centres. This is one of the benefits of being part of a specialist organisation that is 100% dedicated to data centre design, construction and life-cycle consultancy services. For the last 9 years I have worked exclusively on data centre focused projects, gaining knowledge of many technologies, locations, commercial structures and processes. I have also engaged with organisations such as the Uptime Institute, Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institute of Engineering & Technology, the British Standards Institute and the UK and European Data Centre Associations to gain further knowledge and insight.
Etta Madete is an architectural designer at Buildx Studio(formerly Orkidstudio) and lecturer(TF) at the University of Nairobi. In both capacities she practices, teaches and does research on architectural design innovation that brings sustainable economic, social and environmental development to Kenya and beyond. Most recently she was a panelist at the 18th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and the lead researcher for East Africa section of the 2020 exhibition with Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Harvard GSD happening at the Guggenheim museum in New York on the countryside. She has worked with Musau Kimeu Architects; an expert in environmental design, Morphosis architects and is now a key member of the design team at BuildX studio(formerly Orkidtstudio); an architectural firm focused on design innovation for social impact and sustainable development. Etta is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and is an Aspen 2020 Fellow.
Mumo is the Development Director for Garden City for the last three years, overseeing asset, project and overall development management of the GC retail center(Garden City Mall), Residences and the 15-acre Garden City Business park. His role includes; leading feasibility studies, market research, design management, budget control, preparation and management of development strategy, managing PR, marketing and communication. He has eight years of Real Estate experience. Prior to this, Mumo worked with a local leading architectural firm, PLANNING Systems Services where he helped spearhead award winning projects in the residential and hospitality sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Nairobi and a MSc. in Real Estate from Henley Business School, University of Reading.
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.
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.
Seeta Shah has 20+ years of international experience in housing and real estate finance and urban development. She has contributed extensively to policy debate and research on delivering affordable housing in Kenya. Drawing on her experience as a construction lender for affordable housing in the USA, and practical experience in Kenya, she is an advocate for the provision of construction financing in African markets and how the risk can be mitigated. She is effective at facilitating engagement between government, private sector, DFIs, NGOs and the wider public, having hosted large stakeholder workshops. Seeta has an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from University of Cambridge, and is a qualified surveyor under Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Institution of Surveyors of Kenya. She promotes keeping green spaces in Nairobi green and accessible, and finding value from rubbish, through her voluntary board positions with Friends of City Park (friendsofcitypark.org) and Community Cooker Foundation (communitycooker-foundation.org).
Currently the Vice President in JLL’s Hotels and Hospitality group in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on investment sales, acquisitions, corporate capital market advisory, capital raising and debt facilitation to match JLL’s client’s investment aspirations.
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.
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.
Public policy and urban development expert with a professional background in Urban and Regional planning. Has over 25 years work experience accumulated in urban planning and development management environment. Previously held professional positions of responsibility in both National and County governments involving research and policy works, programming, projects implementation, resource mobilization, environmental protection among others. Some of the works involved collaborative programs, projects and policy works with international partners across the world with exposure to international best practices. Currently in private sector providing consultancy services in areas of planning, urban development, infrastructure and environment.
Stanley a Senior Relationship Manager – Project Finance at HF Group. He has been involved in real estate developments in Kenya spanning over 10 years. He has previously worked as a relationship manager – Project finance at Co-operative bank where he was involved in wide ranging real estate deals from hospitality, residential, industrial, healthcare and land improvement projects. Previously, he worked as a project manager at Vineyard Properties Limited helping in developing residential properties for sale. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and MSC in Finance both from University of Nairobi, CPA finalist , and currently is a candidate for the CFA Level III exam.
Africa as a continent is unique. It is very large (30.22 million km2 ) and with minerals and human resource reserves that can transform it into a first world and make it the richest continent on earth in just one decade. For the transformation to be achieved, Africans must be empowered to own their resources and to know how to harness these resources for maximum value. The empowerment process may have to modify or totally dump the systems, technologies and business ideologies of the West for the purpose of sustainability (social, economic and environmental) and preservation of our continent for the children of our children. I am a civil engineer and entrepreneur. My mission is to establish industries on the African continent that utilise African mineral resources for the purpose of lifting the living standards of Africans. I believe that the independence of Africa is less in its political institutions and more in business enterprises that know no artificial political boundaries on the continent. I am currently testing a bio-based concrete binder that will be commercialised in 2019. It is green, economical and responsive to Africa’s civil engineering infrastructure needs. Because it is bio-based, the cement will encourage transition of agricultural practices from subsistence to commercial farming since farming risks on the continent will be reduced. Good partners are what it takes for anything to succeed. I am here to build partnerships with all that share my vision and are willing to contribute to it.
Neil joined Landsec in 2003 for the delivery of the new BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow following a career in main contracting. Since then, he has led the delivery of a number of
key developments in both the former London and Retail business units. He now Heads the Project Management teams for the Urban Regeneration and Retail sides of the business
Amos Mthembo joined Reall in August 2018 as a Project Manager in the Investment and Operations Africa team. Prior to that he worked for GVA (Avison Young) and Baily Garner for
seven years as an Independent Monitoring Surveyor for several UK lenders. Amos is a chartered Quantity Surveyor, he also serves as an external examiner on the Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree programs at Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.
Merry is Haussmann Africa’s Country Director for South Africa. He oversees commercial and operational activities in South Africa and across the rest of Africa with a specific focus on Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Cameroon, Gabon and Mali. Merry is also the company’s Director of Architecture and the Product Developer for the company’s own brand of coworking spaces, AfricaWorks. Forever optimistic, Merry sees himself as a contextual designer and believes in a future where Africa proudly stands, revelling in its own identity, while positively impacting the lives of people both inside and outside. He hopes to continue to propose solutions adapted to the needs – present and future – of the market, the client and the site. Merry has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand. Merry is also a lecturer at academic institutions in South Africa and DRC.
Am a goal driven real estate professional, with ability to forge excellent relationships with customers and industry personalities whilst focusing on real estate investment solutions. I am well vast with the property market in Kenya and South Sudan. I have significant experience in sales, letting, corporate communication, branding, proposal writing, budgeting, event organisation and business planning. I have rich networks with industry players including property developers, property managers, project managers and potential buyers and tenants. If it has to do with real estate investing, I AM THERE!!!
Jordan Rabach is registered as a Quantity Surveyor in Kenya. He currently serves as a council member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) and as a nominee of the International Cost Engineering Council Rising Professionals Committee (ICEC-RP). He has applied his expertise on projects in the greater east African region. He currently practices as the managing partner at Swiftcost Consultants. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi, where he graduated with honours. When not practicing Quantity Surveying, he mentors younger professionals. He is enthusiastic about technology and sports.
John by profession is a Building Surveyor & Sustainability Consultant. John Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (1 st Class) from Mangalore University, India. He also has a Professional Diploma in Property Inspection from InterNACHI School, Diploma in Sustainable Development from Allison School, 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 17 years’ experience in land management & administration, property condition assessment, conducting real estate technical due diligence, asset & facilities management, sustainable waste management and, building sustainability & strategic sustainability consulting throughout East Africa. John has worked with Governments, property owners, developers, corporations, associations and, cultural institutions around East Africa offering advisory on asset management, urban renewal, green building, sustainable Cities, climate change 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. John is also a technical advisor for BESIC Group as well currently the resident Green Building writer for the National Construction Authority (NCA) Quarterly, The ACMK Building Today Magazine, and Guest Green Building article writer for the KPDA Beyond his position as CEO at KGBS, John Chairs the Advocacy Committee at the Kenya Green Building Society-KGBS, a member of International Association of Certified Home inspectors (InterNACHI), and The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).
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.
Tatu is an entrepreneur, an Architectural Designer, and a built environment enthusiast. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Buildher and Buildher Products, an organization that disrupts the male-dominated construction industry in Kenya and equips disadvantaged young women with accredited construction skills, leading to greater financial prosperity, changing male attitudes, and promoting gender equality within the construction industry. Tatu’s work with Buildher has been recognized both locally and internationally. She was a speaker at the 2020 UN World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi, UAE and the 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit in London UK. She was also awarded a 2020 Honoree for Okay Africa’s 100 Women of Excellence and Kayana Women to Watch in 2021.
Anne-Marie is CIO of FSD Africa Investments, the investment arm of FSD Africa. A Zimbabwean, she is the former CEO of FSD Mozambique, and Co-founder of Alitheia IDF Managers, a private equity fund manager investing in women-led businesses. Anne-Marie has a wealth of experience in building African financial markets. Across her career, she has led a range of development finance investments and implemented strategies for private sector growth, in roles at the World Bank Group, CGAP, and UK Aid – among other development finance institutions. She has held Board and Advisory positions at pioonering inclusive finance organisations in Africa.
Rob Wesselo is a Managing Director of International Housing Solutions (IHS), a position he has held since September 2010. He is responsible for sourcing investments, structuring and
negotiating deals with developers and managing the operations of IHS in South Africa. Prior to joining IHS, he was the Head of Commercial Property Finance (Property Investments) at
ABSA Business Bank. He has held other property-focused positions such as Commercial Director at Pangbourne Properties and Head of Listed Property Funding at Rand Merchant
Bank. He holds an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand.
Joyner Okonjo is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the Managing Partner of the firm of JNO Advocates, LLP. She is also a World Bank Group (IFC) Consultant on Policy & Legislative reforms, where she supports the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) on policy, legislative, regulatory and institutional reforms to boost the Kenyan business environment. Other than being an Advocate, she is a registered Estate Agent and a member of the Kenya Property Developers Association Affordable Housing Taskforce.
Managing Director, KAYDEE group of companies. Prior to joining KAYDEE, Vijay was a portfolio manager focused on alternative investments. His core expertise is centred around Asset
Allocation and Portfolio Management with a particular focus on Distressed Securities & Value investing, Turnarounds, Private Equity and Venture Capital. He started his career at Man
Investments but spent his formative years at Atlas Capital Ltd (London). He was most latterly a portfolio manager at London & Capital. Vijay holds a BSc. (Hons) in Banking and International Finance from Bayes (formerly CASS) Business School; City, University of London.
Muddy is the Managing Director of Urban Nirvana Property Solutions Ltd., a family office, and two other property holding companies since 2014. He also serves as Advisor to the Green Assets Wallet, a blockchain platform to match green bond issuers, investors and certifiers. He is also a Member of the Green Angel Syndicate, a UK investment syndicate providing seed financing to start-ups focused on the fight against climate change and global warming. Among his philanthropic causes, Muddy is Board Member of Sanergy; Board Advisor to the Kenya Green Building Society; and remains a donor to charities in five countries where he lived. His professional career between 1990 and 2013 spanned four years of audit & advisory practice at
Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Canada. Following this, he grew across 11 different roles over 19 years at the global investment bank J.P. Morgan in Canada, the UK, the US, Russia, Central & Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. He earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation through the California Board of Accountancy in San Diego, CA, USA in 1996, prior to which he earned his Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1990 with a concentration in Finance & Accountancy. In the property sector, he is a Greenstar SA Accredited Professional – New Buildings and EDGE Expert in both green building rating tools.
Architect Annah Musyimi is the Chief Manager for Physical Planning, Design and Compliance (CM, PPD&C) department. Before January 2020, She also acted for 9 Months as the Chief Manager for Construction, Operation and Management (Ag. CM, COM) department. Before becoming the CM, PPD&C, Architect Annah had served as the first Project Manager for Konza Technopolis for Four (4) years. She has both local and international Architectural practice experience having worked as an Architect in both Kenya and Botswana. Architect Annah Musyimi holds both Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Nairobi. She is a certified PRINCE 2 Project Management Professional
Illana Melzer is the founder and lead consultant at 71point4, an analytics consultancy (not a radio station) focused on bringing numbers to life. 71point4 uses data-driven insights to support the growth of key sectors in developing economies. The company name is the current estimate of global average life expectancy at birth. Illana began her career over 20 years ago working at well-known international consulting firms, Monitor and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). Prior to starting 71point4, Illana worked at Eighty20 which she founded in 2001. Over the years Illana’s work has focused on putting the customer at the centre of strategic conversations in potentially transformational sectors such as banking, credit, housing, payments, insurance, urban development and healthcare in South Africa and other countries on the continent. Clients include think-tanks, government departments as well as private sector companies. Her work is grounded in data, spanning the spectrum of data sources, including record level transactions or administrative data maintained by credit bureaus, deeds registries and payment systems, survey data as well as so-called thick data generated by qualitative research methodologies such as focus groups. In addition, Illana and her team established and operate an action-research housing support centre in Khayelitsha called the Transaction Support Centre (TSC) together with CAHF. The objective of the TSC is to improve the functioning of the property market in lower income areas and enable the participation of the financial sector in entry level housing markets. The TSC uses client case studies to identify critical frictions and barriers, and uses this evidence to engage with industry, policymakers and officials. With funding from the Mastercard Foundation, the TSC has launched a blockchain pilot with Seso to create a registry of property owners in an area of Khayelitsha.
Fatou is a Rwanda-based architecture, urban design and sustainability management consultant specialized in the policy design and supply chain mechanics necessary for building Sub-Saharan Africa’s next generation of green and inclusive cities. She was previously the Managing Director of Skat Consulting’s offices in Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo, responsible for the implementation of the Swiss Cooperation’s construction industry transformation program. Prior to joining Skat, Fatou was an urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning before relocating to Rwanda to lead the Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Development Unit at the City of Kigali’s Office of Urban Planning and Construction. Fatou holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and sustainability management from Princeton and Columbia Universities.
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.
Board Member, Association of Real Estate Agents of Uganda (AREA Uganda) Executive Producer, Area Code Real Estate Show and NBS Housing Baraza at NBS Television Arthur Mukembo is the Regional Director of RE/MAX Uganda, a leading Real Estate services brand that is part of the global RE/MAX network of over 120,000 real estate professionals in more than
7,300 offices in 110 countries and territories. Arthur is a Board Member at the Association of Real Estate Agents of Uganda (AREA Uganda) – the professional membership association advancing interests of Real Estate Agents and Property Managers in Uganda since 2008. Arthur has been actively involved in steering policy proposals and positions such regarding the Landlord/ Tenant and Real Estate Agents Bills, and with various initiatives building Real Estate Agent capacity and professionalism.