Head, East Africa, EIB
Head of EIB Regional Representation for East Africa, covering EIB’s lending activities in the infrastructure and financial sectors in the region, which are carried out under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the ACP countries.
Over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, acquired in commercial banks both in Europe and South Africa. Joined the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg in 1995, covering development finance and institutional activities mainly, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. In depth knowledge of the EU institutional set up, EU external policies and instruments (including blending).
Masters in Business Engineering
1986 – HEC – Ulg, Liège (Belgium)
Advanced European Studies Auditor (CHEE)
2014 – ENA – Paris
Chief Actuary & MD
Kenbright Holdings Limited
Ezekiel Macharia is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) and a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of Kenya. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi.
Ezekiel joined Kenbright Holdings Ltd in January 2016 as Managing Director and Chief Actuary in charge of the subsidiaries – Kenbright Insurance Brokers and Kenbright Actuarial & Financial Services.
Prior to joining Kenbright, Ezekiel worked as the Group Actuary of Jubilee Holdings. Ezekiel has over eight years’ experience in East African market specializing in Life, General and Health insurance.
He also sits in the Council of The Actuarial Society of Kenya (TASK) which is supporting development of insurance and risk-based supervision.
Ezekiel volunteers at a local Kenyan university, Strathmore University, as a visiting lecturer and Executive Fellow to the Risk Management Centre.
Ezekiel is the Consulting Actuary for various insurers in the East African Market.
Senior Manager, Regional Manager, Cyton Real Estate
Johnson Denge is the Senior Manager, Regional Markets at Cytonn Real Estate
He is a full member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), a registered and
practicing valuation surveyor and estate agent. He has a post graduate diploma in real
estate from ISK and a holder of bachelors of Land Economics degree.
A seasoned realtor, Johnson has previously worked at Ryden International in real estate
advisory, property appraisal, real estate structuring and management and at Acorn
Group as a team leader in research, real estate acquisition, structuring and facilities and
Johnson Denge is also a master of development planning and execution and attributes
this to his work experience. His years at his previous workplaces have earned him
experience in development planning, real estate structuring, research, real estate
portfolio planning and real estate market analysis. He has also acquired skills in
leadership and people management
CEO, Kenya Mortgage
Johnstone Oltetia is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Mortgage
Refinance Company (KMRC). KMRC was established with the objective to provide
secure long-term funds to financial institutions in order to address 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 enablers of the Affordable Housing
Pillar of 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 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.
Pumapa Capital Limited
Cameron is a development manager with experience in real estate and investments, with over 15 years international exposure across Australia, Europe and Africa. Recently Cameron has been involved in emerging markets specifically across East Africa. Real-estate projects have focused on mixed-use developments, infrastructure, residential, retail, hospitality and education
Eximia Realty Co Ltd
Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran is the Founder/CEO of Eximia Realty Co Ltd , developers of the MaestroVille, and Fiona Lawton Apartments , Lekki, and joint promoters of Lake City, LAGOS. His company is also the exclusive franchise of Plovercrest Capital Property for the West African territory.
He recently retired from UAC of NIGERIA Plc having served as the Managing Director of UACN Property Development Co Plc(Updc) from 2010 – 2018 and Managing Director of MDS Logistics (Division of UAC of Nigeria PLC)between 2000 -2010. Prior to 2000, he was at various times a Law Lecturer, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Sales/Marketing Manager and Corporate Planning Manager.
Mr Ogunniran holds LL.B (Hons) LL.M and MBA degrees from the University of LAGOS. A former Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School, USA, he has attended several high level management training programmes including the Unilever (IMS), U.K, General Management Programme (GMP) of Ashridge Management College, U.K., Strategic Leadership Programme of Cranfield University, U.K., REAL Estate Management Program of Harvard Business School, USA and Senior Financial Management program of the London Business School.
Mr Ogunniran is also a past President and Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Arbitrators of Nigeria, Council and EXCO Member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and frequent speaker at international conferences.
In the past 8 years, Mr Ogunniran has changed the narrative of the real estate industry, leading
his team to deliver landmark and iconic projects in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and birthing projects in other cities including Asaba and Calabar. In the area of project funding, he led his company to float bonds, CPs and a DOT based Real Estate Investment Trust in 2013.
He is a recipient of many awards including the Federal Government’s Scholarship for High
Academic Standing (1981 – 1984), Kwame Nkrumah Award For Corporate Governance Excellence 2009, Global Home Nigeria Property Award’s Property CEO of the Year 2011 and named one of the top 20 CEOs of the Listed Companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange for
MD & CEO
Global PFI Limited
MKO is the MD/CEO Global Property & Facilities International Ltd, and was MD of WSP FMC Nigeria, a position he took after the merger of Domme FM Ltd with WSP FMC Nigeria Ltd in 2012. As MD/CEO, MKO has grown the business from a local Nigerian company a company spreading across Africa with operations across 5 African Countries, he has also grown and stabilise the business since taking over in 2012 taking the company through mergers and rebranding. He is a member of the board of directors of Premier Paints Plc and the Chairman of the strategy committee of the board.
MKO is a recipient of many awards including Nigerian Top Leaders International Magazine 2013 Global Lifetime Achievement International Gold; Corporate & Media Africa Communications 2012 Meritorious Diamond Award for National Development; Time News 2013 Excellence Gold Award for Economic Development of Nigeria and many.
As a facilities manager, and popularly called Mr. Facilities, MKO holds the prestigious Certified Facilities Manager CFM qualification, of IFMA, he has been a lecturer at University of Lagos, since 2009 in the Masters in FM degree program, the founder of the African Facilities Management Institute, major speaker at various international FM and Building Industry programs in Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai, SA, attended various international FM conferences in US, Dubai, Ghana, Nigeria. His area of focus in recent times is Sustainability & Smart City
Global Property Advice
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.
She 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 and Community Cooker Foundation.
Founder and Managing Director of
Sycum Solutions Company Ltd
Sylvia Kasanga is a practicing Architect and Arbitrator. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
(JKUAT) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from United States International University – Africa (USIU-A). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators both in United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya, vibrantly serving in the Kenyan Branch Committee. She is a RIBA Chartered Architect.
Sylvia Kasanga has been in the construction industry for 16 years. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Sycum Solutions Company Ltd, an Architectural firm based in Nairobi. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lukenya Group of Schools and is a Trustee for the Lukenya University in Makueni County.
Currently, Sylvia is a Member of the 12th Parliament of Kenya in the capacity of Senator. Duly, she serves as a Member in the Parliamentary Committee on “Land, Environment and National Resources”, as well as the one on “Road and Transport”.
As Senator, she aspires to utilize her professional passion and expertise on; Affordable Housing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Education matters to advocate for formulation of SMART policies, regulations and laws on these areas. She looks forward to working together with public servants, private practitioners, communities, and interested stakeholders to drive Kenya into Sustainable Development.
Mont Hill Consultancy
Futuristic thinker, entrepreneur and senior executive with substantial experience of Real Estate, large scale master-planned projects, cities planning and economics, shopping malls design, development, construction and operation, digital disruption, Innovation labs, property development and management, with over 20 years of development and planning experience in Europe and the Middle East
Active senior player in the Real Estate Portfolios and Retail industry, Hussam is international speaker and advisor on the topics of Mega Development, Cities planning, shopping malls and new Retail Trends, Disruptive Innovation, Data Analytics and the cognitive business models, Mixed-Use real estate development, affordable housing and smart cities
Designing and managing FUTURE THINKING LABS to bring Innovative Schemes and Futuristic Vision for businesses
In his various roles, Hussam has been pivotal in creating value across conglomerate and private groups by improving their Design Thinking strategies, governance systems, implementing innovative and international best practices in the planning, development, and management to bring superior performance and returns
Hussam Raouf is the former head of the Retail Real Estate portfolio of Emaar Properties, holding various senior roles, including Executive Director Real Estate Development, Head of Shopping Malls business unit. Senior advisor to the Group, member of various committees
In addition to Real Estate planning, development and construction, Hussam researches focus on: data analytics, affordable housing, post conflict transformation and cities reconstruction, and smart cities planning
Hussam completed his executive education at HARVARD University in Real Estate Development, Design and Financing, and he holds a bachelor’s degree of Architecture and Urban Planning
Lecturer and regular speaker at real estate conferences and institutes
Chairman & CEO of Labacorp Group of Companies, and ATIGS Group, Inc.
Bako Ambianda is an International Development Expect. He is the Chairman and CEO of ATIGS Group, Inc (Africa Trade & Investment Global Services), a trade promotion, project facilitation, and development company, that provides a full spectrum of consulting and business development services to companies looking to expand or establish their operations in African markets. He is also the President & CEO of Labacorp Power Company, an independent power producer and renewable energy development company that specializes in the facilitation, development, and operating of sustainable power generation projects in Africa, with a growing portfolio of projects. He also serves as the Chairman of Labacorp Group of Companies, a holding company with a diversified portfolio of businesses and strategic investments in five key economic sectors namely, manufacturing, power, construction, agribusiness, and exhibition with operations in four countries.
MD & CEO
NISH Affordable Housing Ltd
Mr Adelakun is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NISH Affordable Housing Ltd, Executive Chairman, Nigeria Integrated Social Housing Cooperative Society Ltd, Managing Consultant, Skytech Institute Ltd, President, Housing Finance and Investment Network, and the Convener of the Nigeria Housing Finance Conference and Affordable Housing Fair.
He is a Chartered Manager, and a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom, Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He earned BSc and MBA Degrees from Florida Atlantic University, USA (1988-1990)
He recently retired from the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria as Permanent Secretary
(Common Services Office) in the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Aviation, and Federal Civil Service Commission.
He was Chairman, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, Chairman, Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme and Board Member, Pension Commission of Nigeria.
He supervised implementation of Group Life Insurance for Federal Civil Servants, Federal Digital Service Centre, IPPIS Human Resource Module, and Digital Identification and Database for federal civil servants In the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria.
He served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1983 -2007) including Diplomatic Missions of Nigeria in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore, Singapore. He also served as Head of Internal Audit Unit in the Office of Surveyor General of the Federation (2007-2013) and as Director Treasury Inspectorate in the office of Accountant General of the Federation (2012-2013).
CEO, TAF Africa Global
MUSTAPHA NJIE (TAF), is the man behind the success story called TAF AFRICA GLOBAL LIMITED. Born in The Gambia, he has over 40 years of hands on experience across all levels of the construction and real estate business. TAF AFRICA GLOBAL, which is registered in 8 African countries with dominance in The Gambia and Nigeria, was birthed in 1990. Its success can be attributed to TAF’s vision for the company which is to develop 1 Million homes over the next 20 years. TAF’s expertise, vision and passion have seen him traverse continents sharing his vast experiences as a renowned developer on various platforms as a presenter, a keynote speaker and a panellist. Some of such platforms include the Annual Africa Business Conference at the Harvard Business School in 2003 and 2019 as a panellist; and the Annual Africa Business Conference at The Wharton Business School in 2004 also as a panellist.
1. Designed, built and furnished the 52 A.U Presidential villas in The Gambia in a record time of 4 months.
2. Constructed 210-units low income housing estate in Yundum, The Gambia.
3. Constructed 600 units of middle & high income earners in Brufut Gardens.
4. Designed and built the RIVTAF Golf Estate, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 1,000 Residential Units & Shopping Mall.
5. Developing GIETAF Special Economic Zone, Gambia – 160 Hectares.
• GBB Best Affordable Housing of the Year 2018.
• CNBC/AABLA Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (West Africa).
• European Council for Global Business Award for Quality 1998.
• ECOWAS Honourable Businessman of the Year 2011.
• Gambia Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Businessman of the Year 1993, 2004 & 2006.
Served as Chair and Member of many Boards including Trust Bank Gambia Limited,
National Training Authority, Gambia Telecommunications Co., Gambia Ports
Dr. James Mutero has worked as an international consultant for more than 25 years, advising governments in Africa and other regions on housing finance, housing policy, and the economic analysis of urban development and infrastructure programs. This work has covered Bahrain, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zanzibar. He has extensive managerial and research experience and has been the team leader in many housing and urban development assignments. Dr Mutero obtained his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge (Institutional and Housing Economics focus) and his bachelor’s degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi.
Director of & MD
iJenga Ventures Ltd.
Muddy is a Director of iJenga Ventures Ltd, since March 2018, an integrated real estate developer of housing, healthcare, hospitality & industrial real estate. He also serves as Managing Director of Urban Nirvana Property Solutions Ltd., a family office, and two other property holding companies since 2014. Among his philanthropic causes, Muddy is Board Treasurer of the Kenya Green Building Society, Board Member of Sanergy, and Board Chair of Africa Yoga Project.
His professional career between 1990 and 2013 spanned four years of audit & advisory practice at Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Canada. Following this, he did 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 earned a Greenstar SA Accredited Professional – New Buildings.
Managing Director of
Mr Andrew Chimphondah is the Managing Director of Shelter Afrique, the Pan-African Housing organisation dealing exclusively with affordable housing in Africa.
Mr Chimphondah, a Zimbabwean national holds an MBA with a focus on International Finance from the Durham University Business School (UK). He is a Chartered Accountant and is currently writing a dissertation for a PhD.
Mr Chimphondah has more than 20 years Finance and Business executive leadership experience spanning real estate finance, banking, and FMCG. He joins Shelter Afrique from Housing Investment Partners (PTY) Limited, South Africa where he was serving as Chief Executive Officer. He has also worked as Managing Executive for National Housing Finance Corporation, South Africa; Managing Executive for Home Front Finance; General Manager for ABSA Home loans, South Africa; Chief Operating Officer, Standard Insurance Limited, South Africa; Director Home Loans, South Africa; Managing Director of Innscore – Zambia and Kenya. On the Finance side, he has worked as Group Financial Controller for Innscore, Africa; and Financial Manager for Unilever South East Africa;
He has led the successful business turnaround and fundraising initiatives in the various housing finance corporations he has worked for.
The new Managing Director joins Shelter Afrique at a crucial time and will be responsible for executing the 2018-2023 strategy. Speaking on his appointment, he noted “I am very keen to begin the work of returning Shelter Afrique to the centre of the affordable housing debate; we have undergone a period of transition, but we believe we are better placed now, to assist our shareholders and partners deliver their affordable housing plans. The Board has approved an effective strategy, which takes us back to our original mandate of large-scale affordable housing projects.
I look forward to joining forces to bring all these plans to fruition“.
Founder & Managing Director
Karibu Homes. Kenya
Ravi is a founder and Managing Director of Karibu Homes. Karibu Homes is amongst the first enterprises to deliver a truly affordable housing solution for Kenyans. Karibu Homes produces housing for Kenyan families as far down the income ladder as is commercially viable. They currently have over 1,000 homes under construction in Athi River, a booming industrial town on the outskirts of Nairobi. They have homes starting at Ksh 1.8M (USD 18,000) to Ksh 6M (USD 60,000) providing an opportunity for families, currently underserved, to join the Kenyan property ladder. A second project in on-line in urban Nairobi for a further 1,400 homes at the same price points.
Ravi is a 4 th generation Kenyan and he returned home in 2005. Previously, he studied Economics and Human resource management at the University of Keele in the UK. He then proceeded to complete his accountancy training in London before starting a career in Property Development. Ravi completed 5 developments in the UK with Ansgate Hampton Homes PLC, between 2002 and 2005, before returning home to Kenya. Karibu Homes was founded in 2012 with the specific mandate to provide affordable housing at scale. Ravi is on the board The Kenya Property Developers Association, Horizon Contact Centers and Elephant Soap Industries Ltd. He has also just completed the Stanford Graduate School of Businesses SEED Program.
Senior Housing Finance Regional Lead for the Sub-Saharan Africa
Thierno Habib Hann (Habib) is the Senior Housing Finance Regional Lead for the Sub-Saharan Africa region, at the International Finance Corporation, IFC, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Habib has an extensive background in housing finance, structured finance, financial institutions, and in the World Bank’s work on the legal and regulatory environment for private sector investment. Habib spent eleven years working in New York, leading and participating in Investment Banking teams issuing Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS), Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs), Credit Derivatives (CDS), and CDOs at J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, as a Vice-President. He started his career at Arthur Andersen as a Consultant in financial services and derivatives products. At the World Bank Group, Habib served as Country Lead for the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice based in Guinea, advising public authorities on strategic sectors of the economy with the objective of improving the competitiveness and investment climate.
Habib is a native of Guinea. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Paris-IX-Dauphine in France, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting and holds an MBA from the Bernard Baruch School of Business at the City University of New York, focusing on investments. He is a member of the NYSSA (New York Society of Securities Analysts), the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He also passed the NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) Series 7 and 63 trading licenses in New York. Habib is the Co-founder of AngelAfrica. He is a native French speaker; and enjoys music, sports and cultural discovery travel.
Green Building Society
Elizabeth Wangeci Chege the chairperson of the Kenya Green Building Society and the Vice Chairperson of World Green Building Council Africa Regional Network. She is also the CEO and co-founder of WEB Limited, a sustainable construction consultancy.19 years ago, Elizabeth made it her core business to be part of the solution to climate change in sustainable construction solutions and lives by the motto “What we build today will form the Africa of tomorrow.”
Through her volunteer role at Kenya Green Building Society, Elizabeth has collaboratively led the transformation of the built environment in Kenya by embedding green building practices into the industry and extending it to green schools thus mitigating greenhouse gas emission, human health enhancement and boldly stimulating the green jobs agenda. Beyond technical leadership, Elizabeth believes it is our noble responsibility, as a human community, to enhance the environment in our economic pursuits.
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. She is a green building champion with impeccable credentials and experience with various international green building rating systems.
She has a wealth of experience in highly integrated macro and micro level sustainable cities design. 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. The wealth of sustainable engineering expertise is drawn from the Middle East, UK, USA, Australia, Nigeria and East Africa.
Elizabeth continues to strive for contextualization of the basis of design and believes we need to re-think cities for the African context.
Civil & Structural Engineer/Town Planner/EIA Lead Expert
Mairura Omwenga is a civil/structural engineer, town planner and EIA expert with 33-year work experience. He holds BSc (civil engineering) and MA (Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of Nairobi. He is currently pursuing PhD research in transportation planning in Nairobi. He is a transport/infrastructure lecturer at the University of Nairobi, College of Architecture and Engineering. He has working experience in the public and private sectors, academia/research and runs a consultancy firm. He has handled several multi disciplinary and multi-agency projects funded by the private sector, World Bank and African Development Bank.
Mairura is Chairman of Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK) and member of Architectural Association of Kenya (Town Planners Chapter). He is a member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and coordinator ISOCARP Africa Region/Nairobi Liaison Office. He is also International Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI/UK). He is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and registered by the Engineers Board of Kenya. As EIA lead expert, he is registered by the National Environment Management Authority.
Head of Department, Department of Land Economy, KNUST
Dr. Gyamfi-Yeboah is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Land Economy, KNUST and currently serves as the Head of Department. He has been a lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Investment at the Department of Land Economy, KNUST since 2003. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate level real estate and finance courses at the University of Florida and Georgia State University, both in the USA. He has published several articles in leading real estate journals such the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Property Research, Journal of International Money and Finance etc. He recently co-authored a technical report commissioned by UN- HABIT on the Financing for Resilient and Green Urban Global Solutions for Accra and Tema, Ghana.
Dr. Frank Gyamfi-Yeboah holds a doctorate degree in Real Estate from Georgia State University,
USA, a masters degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge, England and a Bachelors Degree in Land Economy from KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. He is a member of the Valuation and Estate Surveyors division of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (Gh.I.S) and served on the Institution’s Governing Council during 2012/2013 session.
In addition to being an academic, Dr. Gyamfi-Yeboah works as a consultant in different areas of the
real estate and finance industries and has consulted for leading Ghanaian firms in the areas of transaction advisory, valuation, market and feasibility studies. He is a co-founder of Pacific Real Estate Advisors, a firm specializing in providing real estate advisory services. He is married with two daughters.
Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)
Dr. Moses Ikiara is the Managing Director of the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), a position he took on 11 th February 2013. KenInvest is the state agency charged with responsibility of promoting both foreign and domestic investment in Kenya, facilitating investors, and policy advocacy with respect to investment in the country.
Previously, Dr. Ikiara was the Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) (December 2005 to May 2012), and Policy Analyst at the same Institute (July 2000 to December 2005). KIPPRA is an independent public think tank with the mandate of supporting public policy process in Kenya by conducting objective research and analysis, offering technical and advisory services, and by building human and institutional capacity in the area of public policy research and analysis. Prior to joining KIPPRA, Dr. Ikiara was a lecturer in the School of Environmental Studies (SES) of Moi University.
Dr. Ikiara holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His previous academic qualifications include Bsc. (Agriculture, First Class Honours) and MA (Economics), both from the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Ikiara has substantial experience in public policy research, having published about 38 papers and book chapters in various journals and other outlets. His research experience and interest includes sustainable management of environmental and natural resources and the link between economics and
ecological issues; tourism policy; trade issues, particularly with respect to services; fisheries; the trade-environment nexus; agricultural and industry policy issues, and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Dr. Ikiara has been involved in the development of key policy documents for Kenya. These include the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) 2003-2007 and the Kenya Vision 2030.
Member of Distributed Ledgers and AI TaskForce, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Kenya
Michael’s works has always been and continues to be about empowering Africa’s Forgotten Bottom Millions. Leads and works around emerging technologies – economic empowerment, serving in varying sectors across platforms amongst interdisciplinary sectors within governments, NGO’s and the private sector, in Africa and globally. Member of the Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Ministry of ICT, after completing his role as Minister responsible for the docket of Communication, Information and Technology – County Government of Kisumu. He’s also a Global Fellow – Social Innovation (Rockefeller Foundation), Skoll Foundation Fellow 2019 and previously served as a within the wider creative industries sector, immensely contributed to developing The Road Map for Kenya’s creative industries sector, in collaboration with IBM, positioning the sector as a catalyst to Kenya’s economic growth, outlining how to double Kenya’s current creative industries contribution to GDP.
His formal academic background is in the Sciences (BSc Andrews Michigan), while his work history has primarily been within the communication, IT and policy since 1994.
CEO & Principal Consultant
BESIC Group Ltd.
John by profession is a Building Surveyor & Sustainability Consultant at BESIC Group where he is also the founder and MD. John Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (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, 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 16 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 property owners, developers, corporations, associations and, cultural institutions around East Africa offering advisory on asset management, urban renewal, green building and strategic sustainability planning and implementation for businesses. Through his advisory John has optimized net worth of his clients’ property portfolio by protecting the integrity of their assets and integration of sustainability into real estate and business to future proof against disruptive trends.
As well as his work at BESIC Group, John is the Vice Chairperson and head of the Advocacy Committee at the Kenya Green Building Society-KGBS, a member of International Association of Certified Home inspectors (InterNACHI), and The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).
Managing Director, Innohabitat Ltd.
Gavin Tokely is the Managing Director of Innohabitat Ltd. He has extensive expertise and experience in large low cost and affordable housing projects, sustainable building materials and ultra-fast-track construction systems for sustainable residential community developments in developing countries.
He has completed over seventeen hundred low cost homes in remote areas of Sabah, Malaysia since 2001, relocated to London in 2007 and used the experience gain in Asia to complete the design of the Pristine Sustainable City model.
Awarded and completed the conceptual plan and presentation of the 3,000 acre tourist destination city at Osolu Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Mr Tokely has since established the African Belt & Road initiative and commenced the world’s first chain of branded Affordable Sustainable Townships that incorporate a Dry Port Free Trade Zone with integrated Solar Farm Power Plant. Innohabitat has secured large Development Sites in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana.
Central London Real Estate Ltd is a very strong international brand with an extensive portfolio of off-plan and new-built property in addition to off-market property, development sites and hotels within London and strategic cities in the UK. This niche is extended to the most premier off-plan property in mega-projects located in capital cities worldwide.
The Innohabitat group is primarily a CSR based organisation. Innohabitat: affordable housing and job creation. ZeroCo2energy: green energy. Innorest Hotels: budget hotel and public sanitation. Innobanking: affordable financial inclusion. Innoauto: affordable reliable public transport infrastructure and Buy2Lease: empowerment of single mothers in public transport.
Mr Tokely is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds diplomas in Business Management and Marketing at Griffith University, certified Quality Assurance auditor, certified Health & Safety officer, certified Town Planner and Entrepreneur Enterprise at LSE.
Regional Director, East & West Africa, Guarant Co
Janice Kotut-Sang is the Regional Director for GuarantCo in East and Southern Africa based in Nairobi. Janice has over ten years banking experience with Standard Chartered Bank. She has worked in Asia, the United Kingdom and Kenya in a various business strategy and origination roles. Her last assignment with Standard Chartered Bank in London was as Director, Origination and Client Coverage focusing on mining clients in Africa.
Janice has also spent four years running a floriculture operation in Kenya and is the current chair of the Waitrose Foundation Kenya. She also still sits on the board of Karen Roses Limited as a Non- Executive Director.
Janice has an LLB from Warwick University and an LLM from King’s College London and an Executive MBA from the Said Business School in Oxford.
GuarantCo is the guarantee arm of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), which mobilises private sector investment to assist developing countries in providing infrastructure vital to boosting their economic growth and combating poverty. GuarantCo is a provider of contingent credit solutions aimed at enhancing the availability and role of local currency finance for infrastructure projects and developing local capital markets.
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Caroline Cerruti is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the World Bank. She works primarily on financial sector restructuring and long-term finance such as housing and infrastructure finance. She has been involved in various financial sector assessments (FSAP) jointly with the IMF.
On housing finance, Caroline has worked on various mortgage refinance companies and has been supporting the establishment of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC). Her housing finance project in West Africa has won the World Bank’s President Award for Excellence this year.
Before joining the World Bank, Caroline worked for the French Treasury on trade and financial regulation issues, and for three years as a banker in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Caroline was educated at the Institute of Political Science in Paris (Sciences-Po), the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Founder, I AM HOME and Chairman
Karim Diop is a affordable housing specialist with 2400 homes built through his precast housing factory in Senegal and on going project developments portfolio of 10 000 units with well known large real estate developers across Africa. He has recently been chosen among the 350 world experts of the Lafarge Holcim on construction sustainability for his new concept I AM HOME 1.618 which is creating an all in one affordable housing value chain solution of Africa most affordable home starting at 5000 dollar. The I am home 1.618 provides an one stop solution for architectural, construction automation, BIM and land titling digitalization through blockchain and GSM technologies. With finance major from Bentley university and certificate from Wharton real estate center on housing finance in sub-Saharan Africa, Karim is currently secretary in charge of relationship with financial institutions of the West Africa housing association.
Senior Investment Officer
IFC ,Nairobi, Kenya.
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 across 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.
Managing Director, CPS Live Limited
Sebastian studied civil engineering in England and Germany and specialised on real estate investment. During his time in Germany, Sebastian worked for real estate departments of major companies such as Deutsche Bank, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. His vision is to set up reliable and professional real estate services in Zanzibar and Tanzania and to develop modern housing concepts for the growing and dynamic Africa mid class.
CPS is a privately-owned, Africa-experienced Development Consultancy. CPS have carefully built strong relationships with public and private sectors, community and equity partners to create progressive, sustainable projects that fulfil the needs of the market, a broad portfolio of social housing schemes, upscale residences, luxury hotels and commercial retail outlets, each a landmark development that has set new standards in the region.
The wide spectrum of CPS core competencies are most evident in Fumba Town, their flagship, mixed-use, residential town development spread along a kilometre of sunset-facing Indian Ocean coastline, a short drive from the historic Stone Town World Heritage Site.
Masterplanned from the outset with meticulous detail, to guarantee best-in- class, global standards of municipal infrastructure to its residents and buyers, Fumba Town has enjoyed robust sales for each release of its innovative portfolio of efficient, cost-accessible apartments and villas.
Government-backed 99 year leases, granted to foreign buyers of Zanzibari real estate for the first time in a unique investment-friendly scheme, have made their design-led apartments, townhouses and villas the best-selling properties in East Africa. The rental potential of affordable living spaces that foster social well-being and cohabitation in a growing tourism destination and business hub like Zanzibar has not gone unnoticed.
Fumba Town’s buyers, residents and investors are particularly drawn to a unique offering of infrastructures; the sustainable urban planning necessary of market-leading developments, a green infrastructure of lush tropica gardens and forested walkways that weave between the neighbourhood communities and a social infrastructure of modern education, healthcare and retail facilities, creating the very best of modern tropical living, besides the shimmering backdrop of the Indian Ocean.
Founder & Managing Director,
Real Estate Investor Magazine
Neale Petersen is a real estate entrepreneur, investor, and mentor. He is the visionary behind Real Estate Investor Magazine (REIM) and REImag platform www.reimag.co.za as founder, editor-in chief since 2007.
Neale has had the unique privilege of meeting and interviewing many local and international investors, millionaires, billionaires, entrepreneurs, businessman, sport stars and entertainers to learn and share their unique secrets to their extraordinary challenges and success. His highlights include meeting and interviewing real estate mogul and current US President Donald Trump in Sydney, Australia in September 2011. Neale has also interviewed local and property and business celebrities such as Robert Kiyosaki, Dr. Christo Wiese, Dr Dolf de Roos, Mark Wainer, Des de Beer, Sol Kerzner, John Smit, Johann Rupert, Kim Kiyosaki, Ryk Neethling, and Sisa Ngebulana amongst others.
Neale is one of the authors of an inspirational book called ‘Dance until its Rains’ an accomplished public speaker, real estate influencer and mentor. Neale champions the message of calculated and responsible real estate investment, success, hope and abundant opportunity for all through various digital channels including nealepetersen.com, webinars, podcasts, video and with live audiences with entrepreneurs across the globe. Neale distills the best of real estate information and strategies available, mixing in his own streetmtested and proven principles of investment success.
Neale’s purpose is to inspire, educate and empower people to become successful entrepreneurs in building personal wealth through real estate. Neale is passionate about both the creativity and psychology when investing in real estate. He mentors many high-performing investors, entrepreneurs, businessman and is a highly sought-after seminar leader and keynote speaker.
To find out more go to www.nealepetersen.com
Principal Secretary, State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Kenya
Mr Charles Hinga Mwaura is the current Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing, Urban Development, and Public Works within the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development. Motivated by the prospects of public service, Mr Mwaura is focused on leading initiatives related to human settlement and mobility under his office including the ambitious 500,000 Affordable Housing Programme, Kenya Urban Support Program, Kenya Slum Upgrading Project, among others. With over 15 years’ work experience in finance and management consulting, Mr Mwaura looks forward to lending his expertise to these programs and other national initiatives in his home country.
Previously, Mr Mwaura worked successfully with public sector clients in South Africa to deliver projects in the property, energy, transport, and communications sectors that are aimed at improving service provision to citizens. Serving as a senior advisor, Mr. Mwaura has worked on such projects as: formulating a detailed Property Structure Strategy for The City of Jo’burg Property Company (JPC); the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) Bus Rapid Transport Programmes; the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) of the Johannesburg Broadband Network; the Gauteng Green Agenda Programme feasibility studies on behalf of the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) and Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (GIFA); establishment of City of Johannesburg as the preferred BPO location for local and global operators; upgrading of the City of Johannesburg’s Fresh Produce Market to a market of the future; among others.
Mr Mwaura is at heart an entrepreneur, and was most recently the Founding Chairman and CEO of Pamoja Financial Consultants and Bright Wave Technologies, respectively, both of which have been successful in undertaking seminal projects in Kenya and South Africa.
For his contributions to public service as a leading management consultant, Mr Mwaura was recognized as the Management Consulting Professional of the Year in 2016 by the South African Professional Services Awards. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from Kenyatta University as well as a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honors) degree from University of South Africa (UNISA).
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya
Mr. James Macharia is the Cabinet Secretary for Transport & Infrastructure in Kenya. His mandate is to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the Ministry develops operates and sustains world class transport infrastructure and services in line with the Government’s vision.
The transport sector in Kenya encompasses road, rail, air and maritime. The sector is crucial in the promotion of socio-economic activities and development since an efficient and effective, transport system is a mainspring for rapid and sustained development in terms of national, regional and international integration, trade facilitation, poverty
reduction and improvement of welfare of the citizen.
Key projects under his stewardship: – SGR project, Mombasa Port and the Airport Expansion, Roads and the LAPSET development.
Prior to this appointment Mr. Macharia was Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health where he oversaw implementation of key strategic interventions including the introduction of free maternity services, universal health coverage and innovative health financing structure e.g. the upgrading of 98 health facilities under the Managed Equipment Services concept.
Prior to joining government, Mr. Macharia had undertaken various leadership roles in the financial and banking industries, including the appointment as Group Managing Director of a listed banking institution. He has a diverse and illustrious career covering all major tenets of corporate management. This includes, inter alia, corporate finance, audit and tax consultancy in London (6 years), corporate and merchant banking, financial management, strategic planning and development, personnel and general administration.
Mr. Macharia is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Certified Public Accountant with Institute of Certified Public Accountants; he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.
Resorts and Cities
Lee Karuri is a leading Architect, business leader and an entrepreneur in the real estate and hospitality sectors in Kenya. He has great passion for transformative economic and socio development where he invests time and resources.
He ventured into business career in 1994 as a co-founder and Director of Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers, a leading firm of architects in East Africa. In 2005 he diversified to real estate developments, and served as Co-Founder and Chairman of Home Afrika from 2008 upto June 2016, a leading Real Estate Development Company in Kenya listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
He is currently the Executive Chairman of Resorts and Cities, a leading real estate and hospitality company developing Golf Resort Cities in Kenya which include Longonot gate and Makuyu ridge currently under construction.
Lee has participated actively in the last 15 years as a member of key national organizations that champion Kenya’s Economic Development Agenda. These include the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the umbrella body of the business community where he served as Chairman. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of KEPSA Foundation. In addition he serves as the East African Region chair of the Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA). Lee also is serving as the co-chair of the Multisectoral Initiative against corruption which is a major anticorruption movement in Kenya.
Lee served during 2006-2008 as a member of the National Steering Committee of Kenya’s Vision 2030, the policy governing Kenya’s economic and socio development agenda. In addition, he served as a member of the the Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS) committee that was the basis of Kenya’s growth between 2003 and 2007.
He has been honored with the title of the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) award by H.E Mwai Kibaki the former President for distinguished national service and also served as a senior advisor to the same former president.
On community service, he continues to champion the socio transformation and empowerment agenda in Kenya. To this end, he chairs the governing council of the Africa International University based in Nairobi. Regarding his faith, Lee is a devout born again Christian and a trustee of Parklands Baptist Church where he attends with his family.
Lee believes in good stewardship of skills and resources that each one is blessed with. It is for this reason that together with his wife Consolata and their children Diana and William founded Mwangaza Trust in 2011 as a family foundation which supports vulnerable individuals and families in education, food security, economic empowerment and spiritual growth.
Centre for Housing Excellence
Geoffrey Kilonzo has Over 10 years collective Experience; Real Estate, Mortgage Banking and Co-operatives Sectors. He has great experience in developing products for affordable housing and
housing microfinance. He has traveled and consulted widely in Africa on Housing and Housing microfinance.
He served as the Head of Mortgage & Asset Finance, Rafiki Microfinance Bank, Head of Affordable Housing products, The Mortgage Company, Director of Kenya Overseas Business Alliance (UK), Current General Manager, Urithi Housing Co-operative Society and Founder and Director of Centre for Housing Excellence.
He is a masters Student of Arts in Business Leadership from PAC University. And a Published Author by West bow publishers, a Division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan – UK.
President, Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO)
Mr Duru is the president of the Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO), leading 12 124 members in housing delivery. He is also the President of the Zimbabwe National Federation of Cooperatives, the umbrella body of all cooperative sectors in the country, with a total membership of 3 million cooperators. He is a member of Brickforce Housing Cooperative, with 300 members. Since joining the cooperative movement in 1996, Mike held different leadership positions fromprimary society to Federation. In 2018, he was elected Vice President of the International Cooperative Alliance, and is the Southern African Development Committee chairperson for cooperatives. He sits on several other boards like the Provincial Consumer Council of Zimbabwe, Sectorial Technical Committee on Poverty Alleviation, Non State Actors’ Forum, and Housing Directors Forum.
Mike successfully brought visibility to the cooperative movement in Zimbabwe and abroad. A number of achievements and propoor policies have been witnessed like parallel land development; 30% state land allocation to cooperatives; construction of 8 000 houses for ZINAHCO members, and ZINAHCO affiliation to ICA.
Mr Duru has a teaching background and holds a diploma in education, a BSc degree in Sport Management (Research), and is currently pursuing a BSc in Development Studies. He travelled extensively on cooperative business to countries like Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Nigeria, DRC, Morocco etc. He attended EU training workshops on finance and project management in Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria, and the Urban Local Authority–Africans Summit in South Africa. He worked closely with organisations like ILO, WE-EFFECT, Rooftops-Canada, NORAD, UN Habitat, SIDA, and Slum Dwellers. Association with these organisations greatly enhanced his understanding of cooperatives.
He is passionate about empowerment of the less privileged and aspires to see a Zimbabwean society where everyone is afforded an opportunity to cooperatively develop themselves and their communities.
Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF)
Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), a not for profit think tank that promotes investment in affordable housing across Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to governments in South Africa in the development of national, provincial and local housing policy for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Under her direction, CAHF was appointed as the Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance, an association of about 56 mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing across Africa. CAHF’s work is represented on its website: www.housingfinanceafrica.org
UN – Habitat
Head - Capacity Building, Senior Housing Expert
Claudio Acioly is an architect and urban planner, a development practitioner with more than 35 years of experience. He has worked in more than 30 countries. Acioly was a senior housing and land expert, a programme manager, associated with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies-IHS for 15 years before he joined UN-Habitat in 2008 as chief Housing Policy, coordinator of the United Nations Housing Rights Program and the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions to the Executive Director of UN-Habitat – AGFE. At IHS, he worked internationally in several housing and slum upgrading programmes. As head of Housing Policy of UN-Habitat (2008-2012), Acioly led the housing policy work of UN-Habitat in countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Malawi, El-Salvador, Uganda, Vietnam, Nepal and Ecuador and was directly involved in housing policy planning and implementation as well as slum upgrading. He is the principal author of UN-Habitat’s Housing Profile Methodology and the Street-led Citywide Slum Upgrading Strategy amongst many other publications. He is currently the head of Capacity Building of UN-Habitat leading global programs and initiatives linking capacity building, institutional development and policy change. Acioly has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNECE, UNDP, the Dutch Development Cooperation and several international organizations. He has published books and articles in international journals on issues such as urban density, inner city revitalization, housing, slum upgrading and participatory budgeting.