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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mesh has over 15 years’ experience in Investment Banking and successfully raised R247 billion for his clients globally. During this time, he has led and executed prominent Capital Market transactions across Africa and Europe. Mesh successfully ran the ECM franchise in Africa for Standard Bank after having experience from Renaissance Capital and Deutsche Bank. Much of his career was based on building ECM franchises for banks, this precipitated his move to start YW Capital in 2015. Furthermore, Mesh is the chairman of the Assore Empowerment Trust, which is regarded as one of the most successful empowerment schemes in South Africa. Mesh holds a master’s in law from Duke University.
Mr. Shamiah is the Acting Chief Executive of the Capital Markets Authority effective 01 January 2020. He was previously the Director of Market Operations. He has worked at the Authority for over 22 years in various capacities. He has gained wide experience in operations of capital markets. Over the years, he held different positions in different departments, having joined as a research officer, promoted to senior research officer before being appointed senior financial analyst cum internal auditor. He was then promoted to the position of Assistant Manager, Compliance in 2001 before taking on the responsibilities of officer in charge of compliance from 2003 to 2005 during a transition period when the entire senior management and board of the Authority were overhauled. He was then appointed Manager, Market Supervision in 2009 and became the pioneer Director of Market Operations in 2011. He chairs various committees within the Authority including the Technical arm (CnF) and the Regulatory Sandbox Committee. He is a Co-Chair of the Capital Market Master Plan Secretariat. Mr Shamiah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mathematics from Egerton University and a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He received his ICPAK commendation in 2013 as well as ICPAK Fellowship in 2016. He has served the Kenyan Accountancy Institute in various capacities having been an evaluator during the initial Best Presented accounts awards before being converted to FiRe Awards and sat on the FiRe Awards Technical Committee for various years. He has also served on the ICPAK Innovations Committee in 2003 and Financial Services Committee of ICPAK in 2009, mainly bringing on board developments in capital markets and the financial sector in general. From 2009 he serves on the ICPAK Council representing the Capital Markets Authority. While on Council he has been a member of Research and Development Committee as well as the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee where he was the convenor in 2016/17. He advocates for integrity and transparency in ensuring there is compliance to set standards as far as possible. Mr. Shamiah is an alumnae of the US International Visitors Programme and an Associate of Toronto Leadership Centre. He has equally been the Chairperson of TC 68(Financial Services Technical Committee) of Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs). He was awarded a certificate of completion for the SMREA Program, March 2018, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. He is also the Chairman of the Market Supervision and Risk Management sub-committee of the East African Securities Regulators Forum (EASRA), a regional securities regulators umbrella organization in the East African Community (EAC). He also sits on the Financial Stability Board Regional Group of Sub-Sahara representing Kenya and the capital markets.
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.
H.E. (Hon) Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati is the second Governor of Bungoma County, the fifth most populous County. Previously, he served as the Managing Director and shareholder of all the holdings of Alexander Forbes Risk and Insurance Brokers Kenya – a position he held since July 1, 2009. Governor Wangamati is a Qualified Actuary and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in England. He has worked both in South Africa and England for over six years where gained cutting edge experience in Investment Consultancy and Pensions Management. He has an in-depth understanding of the financial market-place both through formal training and broad international experience. Governor Wangamati has been a Scheme Actuary and Principal Consultant to a number of Pension Schemes in Sub Saharan Africa with an Asset Base of about USD1 billion. Governor Wangamati was at the core of the restructuring and business re-engineering at Alexander Forbes. As a result, the scheme’s asset base grew from Ksh16 billion to Ksh180 billion in under 6 years. As Principal Consultant and Actuary to the Local Authorities Trust Fund, he successfully helped convert the Fund from one operating on a defined benefit basis to one operating on a defined contribution basis. He also served as Principal Consultant and Support Actuary to the KCB Staff Pension Fund – one of the Largest Occupational Pension Fund in Kenya with an asset base of Ksh20 billion. He provided advice and enabled trustees to successfully convert the Fund from one operating on a defined benefit basis to one operating on a defined contribution basis. Until his election, the Governor advised the trustees on the day-to-day management of the Fund and Investment Consulting. He was also drafted the legislation that governs the day-to-day operations of the Fund. Governor Wangamati also has interests in real estate.
Malcolm Horne is CEO of Broll Property Group, a leading commercial property services provider operating across Sub Saharan Africa. He joined Broll in 2003 and was promoted from MD of Property Management to Group CEO in 2010. Malcolm is a director of Broll’s subsidiary companies throughout Africa and is also a director of the South African Council of Shopping Centres and an immediate past director of SAPOA. With his legal background and under Malcolm’s leadership, Broll has built up a great team and has relentlessly followed a strategy to establish a presence across sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
Sundeep is a qualified actuary and CEO of the Zamara Group (formerly Alexander Forbes). He has over 30 years’ experience in actuarial, pensions and investment consultancy work gained
both in the UK and in Kenya. Sundeep is the Chairman of the Africa Committee of the International Actuarial Association. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Retirement Benefit Schemes and a past member of the Capital Markets Authority Advisory Committee. He has also served as a consultant to a World Bank Pensions Mission to Kenya. Sundeep has championed and is the leader of the Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (‘KEPFIC’), a group of 12 leading pension funds in the country with an asset base of over K Shs 2bn who have come together with a common purpose of collaborating to make long term investments, including investments in non-traditional asset classes such as infrastructure and housing amongst others.
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board. Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office. Mr. White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.