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Didi Akinyelure is a Journalist and the 2016 winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. This award identified Didi as a future star of African Journalism.
Didi currently works as a Journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She has presented, produced and edited television, radio and digital content for the BBC News at 10, BBC Focus on Africa, BBC’s Business Daily, BBC’s Newsday, and BBC Radio 4. Prior to this, Didi spent 4 years as a Financial Journalist, anchoring and producing CNBC Africa’s live morning show “Open Exchange West Africa’. In 2016, she was nominated in the ‘African Broadcaster of the year’ category by the Nigerian Broadcasting Merit Awards. She has been featured in Forbes Woman Africa magazine and included in the Ynaija/Leading Women 2017 list of the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria.
Didi has built an impressive career as an Events Moderator and Speaker. She presented the BBC Africa Debate on Fake News in Malawi and the BBC Women in Digital Journalism panel at Social Media Week in Lagos. She chaired the Africa Construction Week in Munich, Germany, and the Africa Oil & Gas Week in Cape Town. She also hosted the University of Nottingham’s Africa Summit and moderated the West Africa Property Investment Summit and the ‘Lagos at 50’ International Conference. In September 2017, Didi was invited by the United Nations to interview delegates at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Ordos, China.
Didi graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 degree in Chemical Engineering. She spent five years in the financial sector in the United Kingdom working in the asset management division of Barclays Wealth. In 2008, she relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, to work at investment bank, Oceanic Capital. Didi has a passion for telling the African story and this led to a career change in January 2012. She wanted to contribute to changing the perception of the African continent in the international community. She created “A Place in Africa”, a Pan-African lifestyle property television show showcasing the beauty of Africa through real estate and launched her own production company, REAP Productions.
Didi was granted the first television interview with Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. She has interviewed Governors, Ministers, Commissioners, Business Leaders, CEO’s of listed companies, and Entrepreneurs across Africa. Didi presented and produced CNBC Africa’s “Destination Lagos”, a documentary sponsored by the Lagos State Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment. The documentary highlighted the investment opportunities in Lagos State.
Didi hopes to inspire the next generation of African Journalists. She has visited and given talks to journalism students at Covenant University Ota, Pan-Atlantic University Lagos, and Queensland Academy, Okota
Professor Charles Inyangete is a leading and seasoned Financial Services practitioner with over 20 years proven extensive international expertise and experience in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets development, Financial/ Economic Reforms, Financial Innovation, Risk Management Strategies, International Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, Privatization and Corporate Restructuring.
He has led professional teams on major national and international strategic advisory mandates and transactions over a wide range of issues in banking, capital markets and financial sector reforms. He has also provided professional services to domestic, regional and international institutions including private and public sector corporate entities, Central Banks, Government departments and numerous projects funded by international Agencies.
In 2003, Professor Inyangete developed regional benchmarks and a framework for Sovereign Assets and Liability Management for the ten-member states of the Eastern and Southern African Macro Economic & Financial Management Institute (MEFMI). He was also a panel member for developing a national housing and mortgage finance policy for Tanzania and the Chair of the Technical Working Group for the National Mortgage Finance Initiative of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), which developed a framework for mortgage finance in Tanzania.
Professor Inyangete holds a PhD in Finance (1991) for the study of risks, returns, market-making and structure of the UK Securities market post ‘Big Bang’, from the University of Strahclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He has developed various tools for financial market intelligence and performance benchmarks including Risk Assessment of Financial Institutions and Local Government Authorities.
Charles Inyangete possesses first class analytical skills, the judgement required to drive financial/ economic reforms, convert complex financial and investment challenges into clear choices, a proven track record of developing capital markets, implementing financial models and products, contributing to regional financial and economic reforms.
Bola Onadele. Koko is the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange. Prior to this engagement, Koko was the President of FDHL, a financial markets and risk management consulting firm he founded in 2001, where he provided business leadership in the empowerment of the Nigerian fixed income market and consulted extensively for the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
With over twenty-five (25) years’ financial services experience, including involvement in financial markets architecture and diplomacy, Koko championed various financial markets infrastructure development initiatives in Nigeria. He also served as consultant to the World Bank-IFC on the development of the Nigerian corporate bond market and was appointed the Country Manager of the Efficient Securities Market Infrastructure Development (ESMID) program in 2009.
Koko’s career spanned Coopers & Lybrand (PWC), FCMB Limited, Citibank Nigeria, Trust Bank of Africa (Merchant Bankers) and Leadbank PLC. He is an economist and a first-class chartered accountant with a passion for the development of Nigerian financial markets and housing finance.
Adeniyi Adeleye has over 20 years of in country, regional and international work experience and has developed competences in various disciplines because of his diverse work experience. Niyi has a first degree in Building Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Master Degrees in Construction Management and Construction Economics from University of Lagos, Nigeria and the London Southbank University, England respectively. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University, Boston Massachusetts having graduated from the Advance Management Development Program (AMDP) in Real Estate, a programme that is a combined initiative of the five major schools of Harvard University (HBS, GSD, HLS, HKS, FAS). Between 1992 and 1998 he worked in different organizations within and outside Nigeria including; Costain (West Africa) Plc Lagos, Nigeria (a British construction company), Hays Accounting, London, and Stabilini Visinoni Limited, Lagos, Nigeria (an Italian construction company). In 1999, he joined Alliance Consulting (a advisory firm that was a spin -off from Agusto & Co). At Alliance Consulting he gained considerable experience by working on various corporate finance, M&A, project finance and real estate finance mandates. In 2005, he joined Frontier Capital Ltd (a financial advisory firm) as a member of the executive management team responsible for the firm’s real estate advisory and principal investment business. He led various real estate finance transactions where the firm acted as principals, financial and or development advisers. He has served on various specialised real estate committees and teams for UN-Habitat and Federal Housing Authority, Nigeria, Presidential Committee on Housing etc. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Chartered institute of building (CIOB).
Ilaria joined CDC in 2013 where she is a Director with focus on equity investments in Real Estate. She has also led CDC investments in two East African commercial banks. Before joining CDC, Ilaria worked for AIG Global Real Estate where she was responsible for investments in Emerging Europe, Russia, and Turkey in all assets classes, including hotels and logistics. Before AIG, she worked for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development with responsibilities for real estate equity investments and project finance.
Obi Nwogugu is a principal of African Capital Alliance, a leading private equity manager focused on Africa. He was previously the fund manager of Capital Alliance Property Investment Company, one of six funds managed by ACA. Prior to joining African Capital Alliance, he worked for ING Clarion Partners; mergers and acquisitions at Bank of America; Global Crossing, Inc.; and McKinsey and Company, all in New York. Obi holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Nigeria, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in computer science from New York University. He is a Fellow of the third class of the African Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Paul is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Group. He began his career in the ‘built environment’ with a formal education in Architecture, Property Development and Construction Management, together with a London Business School MBA merit in “Value Engineering”. Paul has over 20 years in the professional experience of design and execution of projects in Africa, USA and Europe. He served as Development Director with Beacon Housing, in UK. Paul was the Executive with responsibility for the Property and Logistics team of Regus Plc during its rapid expansion years, which oversaw the opening of 190 business centers globally. He has expert knowledge of commercial property and workplace management and led Landmark’s expansion into America, Europe and Africa, has raised in excess of $100m of funding for Landmark and grown the company to achieve a PWC endorsed book valuation in excess of $200M. Paul is an African business magnate, with a deep and passionate interest in real estate in Africa driven by his goal to create the first pan African real estate and service organization. He sits on the Board of several institutions in Europe, America and Africa and has significant charitable interests in Health and Education as well as mentors a young leadership group. Paul is focused on adding value to the region through the creation of job opportunities in several African cities.
Funke is a Director in the real estate team at Actis, based in Lagos. Funke joined the firm in 2007 where she is responsible for origination, execution and portfolio management in West Africa. Funke has over 15 years’ experience in private equity with the last 5 years focused on investing in Commercial Real Estate. Funke is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Master in Finance from the London Business School.
Ivan assists international and local investors active in West Africa, providing market intelligence and identifying off markets opportunities, as well as structuring commercial and financial transactions. With twenty years of experience in Europe and Africa as a lawyer, an investor and a financier, Ivan has extensive practice in underwriting and executing complex, and a complete understanding of the specificities of emerging and frontier markets. Transactions have included acquisitions, asset sales, construction and renovation financing, refinancing and joint ventures.
Ivan Cornet holds a business law degree and a Master in European Business law (LL.M) from the University of Brussels as well as an INSEAD Master in Business Administration (MBA) and an Islamic Finance Qualification issued by CISI (London) and Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (Beirut). He is called to the bar in Brussels and Paris.
Before co-founding Ghana Home Loans, Kojo previously worked as an Executive Director at SDC Brokerage Services, Accra. Prior to joining SDC, he was an investment banker with Citigroup – initially with Schroder Salomon Smith Barney’s corporate finance team based in London and then with Citibank Nigeria’s Corporate Finance Group in Lagos. Before joining Citigroup, Kojo worked as a management consultant with KPMG Barents LLC in South East Asia and Australia, advising banks and other financial institutions in that region. Earlier in his career, Kojo worked with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, Product Finance in London, and also briefly with Merrill Lynch’s Global Sovereign Risk Group in New York. Kojo holds a B.Sc. (Agricultural Engineering) from KNUST, an M.Sc. (Computing Science) from University of London, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.
Chris is a seasoned and internationally experienced Professional at an Executive level, with 30 years industry experience and has strong exposure to Project & Construction Design, Development & Delivery on iconic high-end hotels and other sector projects in several global regions, having delivered projects on behalf of astute private vendors, international property & equity funds, as well as institutions and PPP’s having worked in the UAE, MENA, Indian Ocean Island regions and Southern & West Africa. Chris is a mentor and trainer with a passion to lead, coach, share & build skills and character, pursuing integrity and excellence. Chris’ current remit is Managing Director for Profica International, an ISO rated professional construction project Management Company and has been based in Lagos Nigeria for last 3 years. This is a combined strategic & advisory role, adjunct to direct oversight and delivery of all projects in the region, with particular participation and oversight of all Hospitality Projects.
Bolaji Edu is the Broll Nigeria CEO, a position he has held since September 2014. Edu is directly responsible for investment advisory involving the disposal and acquisition of real estate assets.
Before joining Broll, he worked at Aviva Investors in the European Real Estate team as an Assistant Fund Manager advising corporate and public sector pension funds on their real estate portfolios. Prior to that, he worked for JLL as an Associate Director in the Investment Advisory and Strategic Asset Management Team dealing with investment sales and purchases, developments and leasing. Edu has also worked in property management and valuations at JLL.
Jan began his career in 1999 in operations management with the dairy company, Parmalat, SA. In 2003, he relocated to Maputo, Mozambique where he oversaw all operational aspects of Parmalat Mozambique’s dairy factory.
In 2005, he moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he worked with a variety of public institutions, including the American Embassy, the US Agency for International Development, and the Embassy of Canada.
In 2006, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, USA, and completed his BSc degree Magna Cum Laude. He subsequently joined the US Embassy in Kinshasa, DRC as part of their facilities management team.
In 2009 Jan relocated to Cape Town to complete his MBA at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He was recruited by Shoprite in 2010 as the company’s business development manager for Nigeria and Ghana. He was responsible for supporting the growth of the group from three to ten business outlets by working closely with existing and new developers, and acted as project manager for all Shoprite related property projects.
Jan joined Novare in February 2013 as head of property development. He has a number of years’ experience within property development and 13 years’ work experience in Africa. He is a director of Mayibentsha Property Developers Nigeria and several companies in Nigeria. He is stationed in Lagos, Nigeria.
Opeyemi Ajayi is the Executive Vice President of the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas Limited, one of the leading cinema chains in Nigeria. Genesis Cinemas is a member of the Genesis Group, one of the largest indigenous hospitality groups in the country with interest in hotels, restaurants & Industrial catering.
Opeyemi has over 15 years combined business management, entertainment, advisory and entrepreneurship experience. Having spent his earlier work experience in the financial services working for some of the leading investment banks in the country, Opeyemi’s financial skills and commercial insights into business as a whole has played and continues to play a pivotal role in the planning and growth of the company.
Opeyemi joined Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in 2012 at its early growth stage as General Manager when the company was only operating a handful of cinemas in the country and has helped steer the business to become one of the most successful cinema operators in Nigeria with cinemas in seven locations, operating in various malls across the country and a strategic plan to open a minimum of 3 multiplexes annually for the next 5 years.
Opeyemi is an Alumnus of the Pan African/Lagos Business School Nigeria and holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos.
Ruairi specialises in land transactions and consultancy projects across Nigeria, where EMC-Real Estate act on behalf of multinational companies and government departments. Clients represented in Nigeria include; Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Novartis, Wrigley, BASF, UBS, JP Morgan, WPP, Maersk, US State Department, Actis, Lawson Corporation, Landmark.
Ruairi established the Nigeria office of EMC Real Estate in 2014 and has worked in the market since 2008. The company specialises in office and industrial transactions, in addition to development consultancy and bankable valuation studies. The firm has developed a niche focus on undertaking land searches and procurement of industrial land for multinationals across south-west and south-east Nigeria.
Ruairi is an architect by training and has over 20 years of transactional/consultancy experience having previously been a Director of one of the global service providers. He holds graduate degrees in architecture and real estate development, from University College London and Columbia University, New York.
Laide Agboola holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and a Diploma of Finance from Imperial College Business School, London, as well as a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield.
Currently, he is the Founding Managing Partner and Director of Purple Capital Partners Limited, a specialist investment firm with interest in Principal Investment and Real Estate. Under his guidance, Purple Capital Partners have developed and financed investments in the real estate and financial services sector, including the groundbreaking retail development, the Maryland Mall as well as the establishment of purplemoney, a CBN Licensed Microfinance Bank. The company has successfully raised over several millions of dollars from domestic investors, bankers and itself.
His other experience includes working with leading Corporate Finance and Asset Management teams including those of Investment Banking & Trust Company Plc (now Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc), UBA Global Markets Limited (now UBA Capital Plc, a subsidiary of United Bank for Africa Plc) as well as BGL Plc and a brief stint at Alitheia Capital Limited. He was the Founding Director of Alternative Capital Partners Limited. Olaide is a member of the Institute of Directors.
The principal hunter to identify strategic locations and destinations for the groups tactical expansion within Africa
Head of business of Business Development for Mangalis Hotel Group network allocating PLAN, BUILD & RUN opportunities to be taken under management franchise contracts.
A fundamental member of the executive committee and a key representative of the group’s development objectives in Africa.
Mr. Okasha has completed several strategic merges, acquisitions, rebranding and investments for the CNT Group and other companies/investors in the Emerging markets and Middle East area, where he also served as Regional Director of operation, turn around General Manager and business developer. He worked for the Lufthansa SG as Vice President Sales & Services for the Emerging Markets Region. Wesam fully contributed as Senior Development Officer to the TUI Group, TUI Hotels & Resorts and ROBINSON Club Brands. Introduced more than 65 opportunities with local JV partners for corporate equity placement abroad.
Gavin has over 25 years of experience in African and international retail sectors. He is one of the Directors at Broll Nigeria as well as Retail Portfolio Executive and Head of Property Management.
He is responsible for securing and maintaining leasing and property management mandates from both local and international real estate developers and investors across the retail and office sectors.
Prior to joining Broll in 2013 Gavin has worked for the Edcon Group in Cape Town South Africa. He has worked as a General Manager at Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town and as Managing Director at Sahara Centre a Super Regional Shopping Centre in the United Arab Emirates overseeing and coordinating the opening and leasing of the shopping centre. He was also responsible for the development management, leasing and design input of the Yinchuan Shopping Mall of 140,000m² in The People’s Republic of China.
A South African national, McLachlan is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Carlson Rezidor currently has 65 hotels under operation and development in 27 countries in Africa – under either their upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand. Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager. In December 2006, Andrew joined Carlson Rezidor as Director Business Development and was promoted Senior Director and then Vice President Business Development in January 2009. He established the group’s presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Carlson Rezidor’s growth strategies in this important emerging market. Since January 2007 Carlson Rezidor has added 57 hotels to their African portfolio growing from 8 hotels in 5 countries to 65 hotels in 27 countries and today has largest pipeline of hotel rooms in sub-Saharan Africa according to the study prepared by W-Hospitality. Andrew is married and has two sons
Obiajulu Uzoigwe is the Head of Leasing – Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, Nigeria with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Benin and a diploma certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
She brings a wealth of industry experience negotiating retail leasing transactions on behalf of various clients and excellent knowledge of the Nigerian retail markets, brands and formats. Prior to joining CWE, Obi had stint at Broll Property Services Limited (Broll Nigeria), Seed Group and Prize Communications Limited and has 12 years of experience in core marketing and business development spanning the Aviation, Insurance and Retail Industries.
Charlotte joined Horwath HTL in 2013 as a hotel consultant specialized in Africa. She has completed many projects in the continent and especially West and Central Africa. She has specialized in Market and Feasibility studies for hotel development in the region, from the territorial analysis to the definition of the global concept and its operating conditions. Her other business skills include valuations, due diligence services, appraisals, hospitality strategy, impact studies and audits. She had the opportunity to work with a large panel of hotel industry actors, including international and regional investors, institutions, developers and operators and has a good understanding of every actor’s challenges. She is currently in charge of the business development in West and Central Africa and opened Horwath HTL’s regional office in 2016, based in Abidjan. Charlotte regularly participates to hotel industry publications such as Hotel Yearbook and speaks at regional conferences.
Ana Fernandes Arkutu was born to sell beautiful homes. Her eye for finding that elegant, beautiful, and rare piece of real estate has been honed over the years. She loved to draw houses as a child, and read House themed magazines in her late teens. After university, she decided to take her passion further by learning from and working for the best in the real estate business to merge her dreams with reality. She started with Kristina Szekely of Marbella Spain (Associated with Sotheby’s International) who was one of the very first ladies of her era to take a huge stake in the real estate industry. Through determination and a relentless spirit to never accept defeat, she managed to meet this remarkable woman; learning several valuable lessons that have been paramount to her success in the business so far.
Ghana being her home, she knew that to make it here, she would have to talk to those who had already taken giant steps, Ana with her persistent and pleasant qualities succeeded in getting an internship with Trasacco after one meeting with the founder. She worked as an intern and steadily climbed the ladder during her 7 years tenure there.
Equipped with valuable insight and knowledge of the high end real estate industry in Ghana she decided to start her own company, Luxury Hub Ghana. She is the founder and Managing Consultant of Luxury Hub and as she likes to always say;
I am dedicated to every one of my clients and my satisfaction is seeing each of them elated after connecting them to their dream home.
Mr. Amaechi Ndili is the CEO of Lionstone Group a premier investment and holding company operating in the West African Region with a number of subsidiaries focused on Oil & Gas, Hotels & Hospitality Industry, and Healthcare.
Golden Tulip West Africa is a premier owner, operator of hotels in the West African region and operates luxury, and super luxury hotels in the West African region. With over 1,200 rooms across 6 leading hotels in Accra, Kumasi, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Warri, Golden Tulip West Africa has become one of the largest operators of hospitality assets in West Africa. It is scheduled to open a new hotel in Sierra Leone in the second Quarter of 2016.
Amaechi was until the formation of Lionstone in 2004, a Managing Director at GE Capital Real Estate Group. Prior to joining GE Capital, Amaechi was a strategy consultant with Mckinsey and Company providing strategic advice to companies primarily in the Real Estate, Oil & Gas and Power sectors. Prior to Mckinsey, he was an Investment Banker with the Leveraged Finance Group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in New York. From 1991 to 1995, he was the Director of Developments for the Honsey trust, a UK based Social Housing Developer and a Development Manager at Westbury Homes. Amaechi worked as an architect with James Cubitt and Partners in Lagos & London.
Amaechi is currently the pioneer of the first International Hotel School in Nigeria, The African Hospitality Academy, which is a partnership between the Ndili Foundation and the Hotel School, The Hague to train world-class leaders as well as to create a vibrant workforce in Africa capable enough to take over the growing hospitality industry in Africa.
Amaechi has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a M.Sc. from the University of Bath, UK. He also has a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Architecture from the University of Nigeria.
• Co-founder & Managing Director of A&C Development Co. Ltd.
• Instrumental in developing the concept and implementation of the first shopping mall in Ghana (A&C Mall)
• Developed and implemented strategy in evolving the centre into Accra’s first mixed use development
• 12+ years in retail, commercial, hotel & residential real estate development & construction projects in Ghana worth over USD100M.
• Over 20 years of leadership experience in senior management and consulting roles
Jacob has over 18 years working experience in the banking and telecommunications industries. He joined Broll Ghana in October 2016 as Head of Commercial and Transaction. Current responsibilities include operation of the Commercial Brokerage Division and ensuring occupancy levels are achieved in line with Management Contracts.
Prior to joining Broll Ghana, he was the Head of Property at Vodafone Ghana responsible for developing, defining and giving effect to the Ghana Property Strategy.
He was instrumental in the acquisition and fit-out of the Vodafone HQ at Airport City Accra and led the Vodafone property optimisation strategy.
Lanre Fatimilehin is the Chief Operating Officer for Africa Real Estate Investment and Asset Management (ARIA), which is the asset management subsidiary of Persianas Limited. Persianas is a developer, owner and operator of commercial retail properties in Nigeria.
Prior to this, he was a Principal in the Corporate & Institutional Clients Department at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria where he provided financing solutions to Nigerian corporates in various sectors. He was previously responsible for the Debt Capital Markets business of Standard Chartered in West Africa.
Before joining Standard Chartered in 2011, Lanre was a Special Adviser to the Nigerian Minister of Finance focusing on capital markets, power and infrastructure. He was part of the team that executed the issuance of Nigeria’s debut Eurobond.
Lanre began his career within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs International in London where he was an analyst and then an associate in the European Structured Finance Group.
He received a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge. He is an associate of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI).
A chartered surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor. He study Estate Management as his first degree and also acquired a post graduate diploma in property development and planning. He qualified in the United Kingdom and 17 years’ experience in the real estate industry. He has been involved with Lease Advisory, Valuation, Asset Management, Property Development Advisory and Property Management. He was also involved with the Canning regeneration scheme in London and the 2012 London Olympic.
Edward is a lawyer qualified solicitor in the United Kingdom and barrister in Nigeria. Edward has over 18 years legal experience in Commercial Property and has worked for over 14 years in the Nigerian legal and real estate sector. Edward has worked in the Commercial / Real Estate departments of some of the magic circle law firms in the city of London and has gained substantial experience in the real estate sector in Nigeria.
Bolaji Edu is the Broll Nigeria CEO, a position he has held since September 2014.
Broll is the leading multi-disciplinary firm in Nigeria offering services which include Investment and Broking, Corporate Real Estate Services, Research, Retail leasing and Advisory, Retail and Facilities Management.
Edu is directly responsible for investment advisory involving the disposal and acquisition of real estate assets. Before joining Broll, he worked at Aviva Investors in the European Real Estate team as an Assistant Fund Manager advising corporate and public sector pension funds on their real estate portfolios. Prior to that, he worked for JLL as an Associate Director in the Investment Advisory and Strategic Asset Management Team dealing with investment sales and purchases, developments and leasing. Edu has also worked in property management and valuations at JLL.
A Real Estate Finance Professional that leverages proficiency in Structured Finance, Project Management, Architecture and other pragmatic skills to execute world class developments. I believe Nigeria is on the path to economic greatness and I want to be in the forefront of constantly creating value from its latent prospects.
Flexibility is key. I am able to adapt to a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities. Able to travel at short notice. As a hand’s on Operations Director, an eye for detail and no compromise attitude that the end user should be the priority has developed me into the director that I am today. As an Operations Director I am highly motivated and multi-skilled in business, technical and ﬁnance acumen with extensive management expertise both internationally and within South Africa.
Demonstrated success in meeting pre-determined targets and operational goals, with highly developed organizational skills controlling large operations from development companies, hotel management companies, cruise ships and large commercial catering organizations. Been involved in the development and the launch of land based hotels and cruise ships. My key focus and key responsibilities are to maintain and exceed high standards of operational quality and service, maximizing proﬁts and customer satisfaction. strong business and ﬁnancial management skills with specialized skills in cost control, marketing, proﬁt enhancement and concept development.
Strengths in my leadership style are driven by exceptional training, communication and diplomacy with the ability to lead and manage large teams. Accepting challenges with a strong ability to deal with complex situations internal and external, using tact and diplomacy to defuse and resolve conﬂicts. I excel in an environment that is both aggressive and progressive with in the hospitality and development industry. My goals are to lead management teams that are open minded and modern in their ways of thinking, to strive to develop myself to un-precedent heights within the hospitality industry. From an operational perspective working with tool box mental models to establish brand positioning marketing strategies and operational bibles to streamline the guest experience from the end user perspective.
I have been involved from small scale, privately owned developments to large scale investments houses and consortiums in var-ious consulting roles from project management to operational over-sight and service delivery enhancement. Within the past seventeen years within the Hospitality Industry, I have managed to gain the experience and the expertise that I have found nec-essary to develop myself into the sort of director that I am. I have worked in diverse and sometimes extreme circumstance that pushes the abilities of a capable director to its limits, and succeeded.
Nnenna has over 17 years of experience in global real estate. As the Head of Occupier Services at Broll Nigeria, she provides advisory services to multinational clients needing professional corporate real estate services in country as well as across the West Africa region.
She has worked both as a Consultant, providing solutions for a myriad of clients, as well as an Occupier Services Executive overseeing a regional portfolio (in Africa) with 22 different locations. Prior to her relocation to Africa, she worked for Cushman & Wakefield’s Business Consulting Group in the US where she honed her expertise in assisting clients in rationalising their real estate portfolio and better aligning it with their business goals and initiatives, often leading to reduced costs, better efficiencies and enhanced operations.
Anthony Lewis was appointed in 2014 to establish and lead the JLL capital markets offering for the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa platform, with a focus on investment & transaction advisory, financing and capital solutions.
Over the previous 2 years Anthony was seconded to Standard Chartered Bank and gained invaluable transactional experience across the African continent. As the Regional Portfolio Tvlanager he was responsible for the asset management: strategy, governance and transactional activity for a 2 million sq. feet estate in 17 countries. Prior to his move to Johannesburg in 2012, Anthony built up an extensive base of technical and transactional experience in JLL’s Pan European Corporate Finance team in London. .As an Associate Director he was responsible for managing complex corporate disposals. JVs and capital restructurings in UK and Europe for a range col clients including developers, investors, institutions, barks and regulated FTSE100 corporates.
Anthony started his property career in 2003 as a Valuer and Investment Surveyor in the City of London with BNP Paribas Real Estate, before joining JLL in 2006.
Adenekan has over 15 years of experience in real estate, structured finance and private equity; and has extensive experience of originating, negotiating, structuring and taking complex commercial and financial transactions to financial close in both European and frontier markets.
With European and African exposure, Adenekan has built an extensive network of local and international contacts and clients across the financial industry.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD (2011) where he graduated as valedictorian; a first class BSc. (Hons) degree from Kingston University in the UK; and an Islamic Finance Qualification issued by the Securities & Investment Institute (London) and Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (Beirut).
Ayo Ibaru heads the real estate advisory practice at Northcourt. He holds an undergraduate degree in Estate Management and an MBA from the University of Lagos. His previous roles were at Diamond bank (Value Assurance, Insights and Innovation) where he developed frameworks for increased revenue and policy efficiency. At Stanbic IBTC bank, he was part of the Custody/Investor services business where he managed equity and fixed income investments for institutional clients. He also managed enterprise costs at Stanbic IBTC Holding Company. Ayo is a sucker for economics, psychology and property.
Gbenga oversees the real estate management and development team for Cube Square Concepts Projects Ltd.
He is responsible for sourcing and structuring new acquisitions, developments, joint ventures, master planning, contractor selection, design, construction and project management of the life cycle of every project undertaken by the company.
In his previous job as head of property and acquisitions at the Food Concepts Plc group, he lead a team that rolled out (45) forty five quick service restaurants for the Chicken republic brand and nine Butter field bakeries across Nigeria and Ghana. He He has held roles in Corporate real estate management, Strategic real estate consultancy, Acquisitions, Advisory and Project management.
Gbenga is an Executive director at Oak Sips & Bites Ltd (a confectionery and baked goods company) as well as Premium Blend Agro Allied Ltd, an Agri-Business startup.
Gbenga is a Chartered Surveyor and professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with a specialization in Management Consultancy.
Chinwe is based in Lagos, Nigeria and is responsible for the delivery of a full spectrum of real estate services across West Africa. She has over 14 years experience and was previously head of the JLL French International Desk. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Tony is the Head of Property Management at Broll Ghana. He is responsible for the asset management of all commercial properties under management, including all fixed and movable assets. He also undertakes periodic valuations to advise clients on the capital and rental values of properties within the portfolio.
Prior to Joining Broll Ghana, Tony held various positions in the UK with top property consultancy firms, his practice areas included asset management, landlord and tenant work and development appraisals. His client portfolio included pension funds, corporate & private investors and local authorities.
Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Land Economy from KNUST in Ghana and a Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying from the University of Reading in the UK.
Mayowa is a seasoned real estate professional with experience in various sectors asset classes including, commercial, industrial, residential and retail property.
Mayowa gained over 11 years experience with some of the largest real estate firms in the UK, before
taking up a consultancy role in Cote D’Ivoire and Nigeria where he was a core member setting up a Property, Facilities and Asset Management business.
He is a graduate of Built and Natural Environment from the University of the West of England, Bristol and obtained an MBA (Construction and Real Estate) at the University College of Estate Management, Reading Uk.
He is an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Member of the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM), Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).
Ronald Chagoury Jr. is the Vice Chairman of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, the developers and city planners of Eko Atlantic Project. He has been actively involved in Eko Atlantic since the start of land reclamation in 2008.
As the Vice Chairman he was involved in developing early stages of the project as well as promoting the concept and development of Eko Atlantic at both the regional and international levels.
He is a driving force behind some of the city’s key developments including the Marina District of Eko Atlantic, an international hospital, international school and luxury shopping centre. He is also responsible for directing marketing and communications strategy.
In addition, he supports group efforts to build strategic partnerships with developers and financiers aimed at creating SPVs for landmark developments within the project development area
Jimmy Olayinka Omotosho is currently the Portfolio Executive (Real estate services) of Broll Property Services Limited – part of the CBRE affiliate network. He has over 24 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of valuation, corporate real estate consultancy, rating and commercial agency from his time in both public and private practice in the UK.Prior to joining Broll/CBRE Nigeria after returning back from the UK in 2010,He had a brief stint with the Bode Adediji Partnership, one of the foremost estate surveying firms in Nigeria as a senior consultant.
He has also worked with many organizations and firms including the Valuation Office Agency in Barking,Essex,Country wide Surveyors,Allied Surveyors,Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society,Thurrock Borough Council and Frank Nigel & Co. Chartered Surveyors all in the UK. Mr Omotosho holds an Executive MBA from the London school of Business and Finance,a Post Graduate Diploma in surveying from the College of Estate Management,University of Reading and a BSc in Estate Management from the University of Lagos
Jonathan has over 20 years of retail experience with strong managerial background at senior level as well as local and international exposure in the retail and property management sectors.
He has experience in sales and marketing, visual and merchandising, stock, risk, people and project management, logistics and customs as well as performance management.
Currently, he is the Portfolio Asset Manager for AttaAfrica Ghana Retail Portfolio. His duties entail client reporting, planning and budgeting as well as asset management. Prior to this, he was the Centre Manager at West Hills Mall.
From August 2014 –July 2016, he was the Country Manager for Edcon Ghana where he was responsible for the setup of Edcon in Ghana and successful running of all aspects of the business.
Jonathan’s retail career started in South Africa where he held positions including Chain Project Manager, Regional Operations Manager and Store Manager for the Edcon Group in the Western Cape.
Leye Taiwo is the Managing Director and founder of Troloppe Property Services, and has been responsible for steering the business into its current position from inception to date as well as signing major strategic international and local partnerships. Prior to setting up Troloppe, he worked in financial advisory with Standard Chartered Bank and First Bank of Nigeria and holds a Masters in International Business from Webster Graduate School, Regents College, UK and a Bachelors in Law and Marketing from the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Real estate investment appraisal and analysis, property development, structuring indirect real estate vehicles & products, construction project management, urban planning & development, affordable housing, in-depth knowledge of the Nigeria and Ghana real estate markets.
Tola has significant exposure and work experience in various roles within Corporate and Investment Banking with specializations in Project Finance and Real Estate Finance.
He has led and closed a number of major transactions within the real estate sector in Nigeria and Ghana including the Ikeja City Mall in Lagos Nigeria and One Airport Square in Accra, Ghana. His experience spans across commercial real estate (retail and office), hotel and residential property developments with an estimated portfolio size over US$500 million. In addition, his project finance deal mandates including capital raising for major infrastructural projects in the oil & gas and cement industries. His prior work experience also includes commercial banking roles in a number of leading financial institutions in Nigeria.
Tola has a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and holds a Masters degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from University of Durham, United Kingdom. He is currently in his final year of study for an MBA Real Estate and Construction Management program at The College of Estate Management, Reading, United Kingdom.
Due to his passion for investment management, he is currently undertaking the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”) study program. This is to enhance and further develop knowledge in specific alternative asset classes such as private equity, hedge funds, managed futures and commodities as primary instruments for maximizing portfolio returns.
Taslim is an executive specialized in identifying, optimizing, and realizing value creation opportunities through the finance, strategy, and operations functions. He advised and delivered projects for global industry leaders and organizations as a Deloitte consultant, then worked in finance at Google before returning to Africa to help run his construction and real estate family business SERTEM. He now focuses on African urban development: imagining, structuring, and delivering best in class integrated real estate projects with high economic and developmental value on the continent. Taslim holds a BBA (Computer Information Systems) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, an MBA (Strategy and Decision Sciences) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and is currently completing the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Tom Mundy heads JLL’s Sub Saharan Africa research and market intelligence group based out of Johannesburg. Previously, Tom was a director in JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets research and strategy team in London. 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 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 and is a graduate of Oxford University (St Antony’s College) and University College London.
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries. He is the Principal of the W Hospitality Group, and Chairman of Hotel Partners Africa, with offices in the UK, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.
He started his consultancy career in 1983, having previously completed a university degree in hotel management at the University of Surrey, and worked in hotel management positions in the UK. From the late 1980s he has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria, advising clients there and throughout Africa.
His international experience includes advising clients on hotel and tourism development in more than 90 countries in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. With a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he is working with many of the international hotel groups who are seeking a presence there, from the oil-rich countries of the west to the tourism hotspots of the south and east. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, owner’s representation and asset management, valuations, financing, development management, procurement and agency.
In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is an active member of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including Africa Investor and BT Africa
Yomi is responsible for the management and implementation of Rendeavour’s West Africa projects and is an executive member of Rendeavour’s Board of Directors.
A New York qualified attorney with significant legal and business experience across three continents, Yomi has worked in areas including corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions and urban land development projects. Yomi has been with Rendeavour since its inception and prior to that worked with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Partners in the investment banking and private equity industries, respectively. Yomi started his career as an attorney at law in the New York and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then at Latham & Watkins in London. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Wayne has been involved in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries for 22 years. He has held operational management positions in 5-star hotels for 10 years in the United Kingdom and South Africa working for international management companies such as: Three Cities Hotels, Sun international and Forte Hotels. He began consulting in 1999 with Grant Thornton in South Africa providing specialist consulting services to a diversity of clients in the hotel, tourism, leisure and property development.
In 2003 Wayne left Grant Thornton as an Associate Director to start his own specialist Tourism Hospitality and Leisure Consulting Company focusing on assignments in Africa and the Middle East.
Wayne has worked on more than 200 assignments in 35 countries namely: Angola, South Africa, Benin, Botswana, DRC, Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah).
Wayne has also consulted to the IFC and the World Bank for the past 7 years on tourism investment climate issues and tourism programs in Africa.
Andrea Geday has been the Managing Director of EL-ALAN since inception. Prior to joining the Company, he was Operations Manager, Project Manager and Site Supervisor at NICOHO Limited. Andrea is also a Director of VACC Technical Limited, Soft Solutions Nigeria Limited, Panther Investments Nigeria Limited, Provast Limited and Alan Caray Limited. Andre graduated from Nottingham University, England (1979) with a BSc in Production Engineering and also holds a MSc in Construction Management from the University of Loughborough, England.
Jide brings a wealth of experience in the Nigerian real estate market and has directly initiated and overseen developments in excess of $150 Million (Naira 24 Billion) over the last 5 years.
Prior to co-founding PDC, Jide was Managing Partner of Balogun & Balogun law firm and in addition to his legal background has worked in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking in one of the leading investment banks in the country. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar and holds an MBA from Durham University, UK.
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