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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.
Mr. Pitan has corporate and banking experience spanning over 25 years. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics as a UAC scholar from the University of Ibadan in 1982. He obtained a Master’s degree in International Management as a Rotary International Scholar from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus, Glendale, Arizona. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School (SMP 5) and London Business School (SEP 43 ). He is also an alumnus of the Haggai Institute in Singapore. He is an ordained senior pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Pitan started his banking career in 1986 at Citibank Nigeria. He subsequently joined Industrial Bank Limited (Merchant Bankers) as part of the pioneer team in the role of Head, Trade Finance. He left the Bank in 1991 to run Credit Lease Nigeria Limited, a company founded by him to pursue his dream in export business.
Mr. Pitan came back to the banking industry in 1996 by joining FSB International Bank Plc as AGM / Head of Middle Tier market and public sector. He later served as Group Head, Commercial and Consumer Banking Group. He also headed the Corporate Banking and Energy groups. He was promoted to Executive Director of the Bank and Managing Director of ENSEC (Energy division) in March 2001.
Mr. Pitan joined First Interstate Bank Plc in August 2004 as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He led the Bank successfully through a merger with eight other Banks to form Unity Bank Plc. From January 2006 to February 2009 when he voluntarily retired, he served as Executive Director of Unity Bank Plc in charge of Corporate Banking and Treasury Management.
Olukayode had participated in many innovative transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market. He was the Chairman of the Technical Committee that led to the merger of Centerpoint Securities Ltd and FIIST Ventures Ltd to form Unity Registrars Ltd and served as Chairman of the Unity Registrars Ltd. He was also the Chairman of the Technical Committee that merged Kapital insurance Plc, lntercontinental Assurance Company Ltd and Global Commerce and General Assurance Co Ltd into UnityKapital lnsurance Co Plc and also served as Director of the new entity. He was the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the landmark transaction where nine banks were merged to form Unity Bank PLC and the listing of the bank on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He also midwifed the formation of FUG Pensions Limited by serving as the Technical Chairman for the pooling together of the interests of Futureview Financial Services Ltd, Unity Bank Plc and Glanvill Enthoven & Co Ltd to form a viable and significant player in the Pensions management industry. He subsequently served as Chairman of FUG Pensions Ltd. Mr Pitan has also served as the alternative Director of Kakawa Discount House Limited, Director Newdevco Investments & Securities co. Limited, Director Banque International Du Benin (BIBE) and currently Chairman, Habitation of Hope- An NGO set up by Pastor(Mrs) Folu Adeboye to salvage, transform and empower the abandoned, hopeless and homeless street boys and girls in our society. He was recently the MD/CEO of Caroline Properties Ltd and director of Excel E& P Ltd. E& P Ltd.
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).
Gbolahan Lawal is a seasoned administrator; result oriented and passionate about all that he does, with over 20 years post graduate experience. A security and development specialist, with bias for political economy of development, especially in low and middle income economies, with many years of experience in the public sector. He has experiential knowledge of real-time business dynamics, global economic challenges and opportunities.
Gbolahan obtained a Master of Science [M.sc. degree] in Violence, Conflict and Development, Department of Development Studies, from the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], University of London; this is sequel to his Bachelor of Science [B.sc Hons] degree in Botany, from the University of Port-Harcourt. He is also a product of the Havard Kennedy School of Government and the World Bank Institute, Washington D.C. Mr Lawal, Associate member, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, and Board Member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, also holds certificates in strategies for managing PPP from ECAPS in Cambridge and Advanced Management Programme [AMP] from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
He is a recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the development of the agricultural sector of Lagos State. As the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives under the then Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s administration between July 2011 and May 2015, he raised the State’s food security profile through the initiation of various programmes and projects such as the Integrated Rice Mill, Imota; High Quality Cassava Factory, Poka-Araga, Epe, and the Songhai Regional Centre, Badagry. He also coordinated the activities of the Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme [Agric-YES] which has today become a youth empowerment model for many states of the Federation when he served as a Senior Special Assistant on Special projects to the Governor Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).
He started his career as a Scientific Officer with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council [Federal Ministry of Science and Technology] in 1994; and later got commissioned as Cadet Assistant Superintendent in The Nigerian Police Force. While in service he held several duty posts amongst which was as Aide-de-camp [ADC] to the one time Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He retired voluntarily from the force in 2008 as Superintendent of Police.
Given his ability to manage challenging projects, lead people, and build teams, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Housing by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in October 2015. As the Commissioner for Housing, he has set the blaze with the introduction of the Rent –to own, an home ownership program set to move a larger number of residents of Lagos State to the home ownership ladder and the master-craftsman program, a train- the -trainer initiative aimed at improving the skills of artisans and workmen in the built industry.
He has interest in sports, music and the arts. He is happily married with children
Bismarck J. Rewane is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited in Lagos, Nigeria, a Macro- economic Research and Financial Advisory Firm.
He has more than thirty years experience as an Economist, Banker & Financial Analyst. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Bankers of England and Wales and a Fellow of The Nigerian Institute of Bankers.
He started his career with Barclays Bank International Limited in the U.K. in their graduate training programme. He worked with the Economic Intelligence Unit of Barclays Bank International before joining the First National Bank of Chicago (now J. P. Morgan/Chase). During a long stint in merchant banking with the First National Bank of Chicago, he rose to the level of a General Manager and Treasurer of the Bank, which later came to be known as the International Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited. He retired from the Bank to co-found Financial Derivatives Company, the leading Economic and Business Research institution in Nigeria. The company acted as financial advisers in the conceptualization and establishment of a flag carrier airline for Nigeria between 2003 and 2005. The firm has also advised on notable projects in the oil, gas and other sectors of the economy. It also advises most top drawer companies on policy and macro-economic scenarios in Nigeria.
Mr. Rewane serves on the Board of Directors of some multinational & Nigerian companies including Guinness Nigeria Plc (Subsidiary of Diageo – the largest spirit company in the world), Navgas (A subsidiary of Vitol – the largest oil trading company in the world), Top Feeds Nigeria Limited & Delta Packaging Nigeria Limited (Subsidiaries of Seaboard Allied Company of Kansas City Missouri) & First City Monument Bank Limited.
Mr. Rewane is a part time facilitator of the Macro-economic programme at the Lagos Business School, Executive Breakfast Session and a renowned and acclaimed commentator on contemporary political and economic issues.
Kola Ashiru-Balogun is the Managing Director, Mixta Real Estate Plc, a position he assumed in January 2015. Before assuming his current role, Kola served as Vice president of the company. Over the years, Kola has also worked in various capacities such as a General Manager of Harbor Point Limited, Manager at Schonbraun McCann Group, Acquisitions Associate at Stonehenge Real Estate Group, Project Manager at The Church Pension Group, and a Research Analyst with Goldman Sachs
Kola has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Bernard Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, New York (USA) and MSc Real Estate with Finance Concentration from the New York University, New York (USA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obi Nwogugu is a Principal at African Capital Alliance (ACA), responsible for managing the firm’s real estate funds.
Prior to joining ACA, Obi worked at Clarion Partners, a New York based real estate investment management firm, with Bank of America (Mergers and Acquisition), Global Crossing Inc. and McKinsey & Company.
Obi holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Nigeria, an M.S. Computer Science from New York University, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Mr. Adeniyi Falade is a chartered accountant and an investment Banker. He had his professional accountancy training at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lagos. Before his appointment as Managing Director- CrusaderSterling Pensions Ltd, he had served as the Managing Director of Lead Capital and Head of Investment Banking Group of Ecobank Nigeria Plc and Lead Bank Plc. He had also at various times served as Head of Internal Control/ Chief Inspector and Head of Risk Management Department of Lead Bank Plc. He holds a Master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc), Chemistry from the University of Ibadan. He was appointed onto the Board of CrusaderSterling Pensions Ltd on February 7, 2007 as Managing director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
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.
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.
• 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
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.
Patrenia is a Corporate Real Estate Professional with Experience in Facility management, Site Selection, Workplace design, Mergers/Acquisitions/Disposals with significant outcomes in leading Joint Venture Commercial deals, Business Development/Partnering for Medical Service delivery, Lease & other RE Negotiations while working across complex and varied stakeholders. Her career spans over 20 years with roots in Industrial engineering and building dream motorcycles at Harley-Davidson (USA) to branches in Leading a Learning Consultant Practice at Phillips Consulting (NG). She has served on the Board of the United Way, Leadership Lancaster, and as immediate past president (now Ambassador) for the American Women’s Club of Lagos. Volunteers regularly for the Afara Women’s Leadership Development Program. Patrenia also serves as a Director in Fastline (FISL), an Integrated Security Services firm.
She is employed at Shell Nigeria, responsible for Strategy/Portfolio Planning & Commercial Deals. Patrenia, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, and is a candidate for the Masters in Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation (CORENET). She is a Certified High Performance Organization Facilitator (DDI), Thomas System Behavior Profiler (DISC) and a Member of MIT’s Society of Organizational Learning (SOL). She was the winner of the 1998 Jefferson Award for Extraordinary Public Service for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, USA and 2004 Winner of the Nobles West Africa Achievement Award. Patrenia has earned a reputation as a ‘Turnaround Queen’; a people-oriented technical problem-solver, natural connector of people to opportunities. She has passions for service, history, and her family. Patrenia is a contented mother of five and has happily adopted Nigeria as her home.
Pierre joined Novare in 2005 as a member of the teams managing the Novare funds of hedge funds and the multi-manager portfolios with responsibility for product structuring and operational due diligence. He moved to Novare Equity Partners in 2009 to establish the Novare Africa Property Fund. Pierre is a director of Novare Fund Manager and several companies within Nigeria. He has 16 years of industry experience.
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.
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.
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.
Emeka is driven by a passion to solve business challenges on a sustainable basis. A first class scholar, trained in United Kingdom (M.Sc Corporate Governance) and Lagos Nigeria (MBA), he has developed competences and expertise spanning over 26 years in banking, corporate governance, business consulting, research, customer service, training and leadership, marketing, negotiation, project finance, investment promotion and public policy development.
Prior to his current position, he has worked with leading banks in Nigeria at strategic levels where his contributions resulted in quantum leaps for the banks. He also worked in different capacities in the Public Service including Director, Real Sector; Director, Human Resources Development; Director, National Competitiveness & Policy Advocacy, Director, Investment Facilitation & Incentives Administration, etc.
Emeka is also a conference speaker and member of the editorial board of the African Journal of Business Management.
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 small format retail development, the Maryland Mall. The company has successfully raised funding from a wide investor base and banks.
His other experience includes working with leading Corporate Finance 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) with brief stints at BGL Plc and Alitheia Capital 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 AfricaHead 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 Blue Hotels & Resorts and ROBINSON Club Brands. Introduced more than 65 opportunities, in MEA, Asia and Indian Ocean, with local JV partners for corporate equity placement abroad.
Dolapo is the team lead at estate intel, an online platform that offers a range of research tools, reports and data on African real estate markets to support institutional investors in their decision-making process. He spent over 2 years in Broll Nigeria as the Lead Research Analyst working on market and feasibility studies for international and local institutional real estate investors with over $38bn in assets under management. Dolapo also spent over a year at AXA Mansard Investments as an Alternative Investment Analyst managing and maximising performance of a portfolio of real estate assets while supporting the execution of new investment strategies.
Dolapo is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) with a specialty in Commercial Property – Research and also holds a BSc in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Debo currently works with the Debt and Equity Capital Markets teams within Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited with responsibility for origination, transaction execution and distribution. A finance professional with sixteen (16) years Nigerian financial markets working experience, Debo has spent the last thirteen (13) years in corporate finance where he has been involved in, and led, teams that successfully advised on capital raisings (debt and equity), mergers & acquisitions, divestments/acquisitions, privatisations and corporate restructurings for wide ranging sovereigns and corporates in various sectors of the economy with hands on experience garnered from working in a few leading Nigerian investment banking firms.
Prior to investment banking, Debo worked in the Service Management department of United Bank for Africa PLC where he was involved in helping the bank transit to a more robust banking software as well as with Access Bank PLC where he worked in the Commercial Banking Group with focus on the hospitality and travel space. Following from Access Bank PLC, Debo joined the prestigious Management Development Programme of First City Monument Bank PLC in 2003 where he was exposed to different areas of the bank including institutional (corporate) banking, treasury, finance control, credit risk management, branch operations and equities research (then managed by CSL Stockbrokers Limited).
Debo has a MBA (Finance and Strategy) from the Warwick Business School, United Kingdom and a first degree in Real Estate from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has attended various trainings within and outside Nigeria and is actively involved in a number of capital markets and real estate industry advocacy committees set up with a view to improving the capital markets’ regulatory and operating landscape in Nigeria.
Abayomi is founder and chief executive officer of Student Accommod8, Nigeria’s first and only branded purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) developer and operator.
A graduate of business administration, he has over 16 years experience in property trading, development, construction and management sectors in the UK and Nigeria.
He is a passionate and committed professional with strong business acumen and is highly motivated and known to provide strong and creative leadership.
His vision for Student Accommod8 is to become Africa’s leading developer and operator of PBSA which provides a comfortable and stimulating environment for African students to achieve their academic potential
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.
Based in Lagos, his role is to implement Massmart development plans in Nigeria and Ghana.
Prior to joining Massmart, Faustin was West Africa Development Director for CFAO Retail and Senior Consultant for Siwara Associates.
He is a Retail Property Development specialist. After graduating from the Montpellier (France) National School of Architecture, he worked for various French top Property Developers, conducting feasibility studies and making recommendations on developments concepts in Africa.
Faustin regularly contributes to African property magazines and blogs.
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.
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.
Mohamed El Kheir: A Marketing Management professional, with extensive experience in B2B businesses in multiple industries. Was involved in working with couple of startups in Nigeria such as WOODstyles, which gave him the experience of developing a winning long term strategies in unpredictable environments.
Mrs. Adenike Fasanya-Osilaja is the Mortgage/Housing Finance Specialist Consultant to the Nigeria Housing Finance Program, implemented out of the Central Bank of Nigeria. She is renowned in the international housing industry as an expert technical adviser on all housing matters in the areas of policy development, industry training, underwriting, standardization and quality control.
Mrs. Osilaja is a Minority & Women Owned Business Owner (Chicago, IL), who has owned and operated Marvel Ventures Mortgage, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois since 2000, and has been in the housing and housing finance industry since 1996.
She is a Lawyer, Certified Mortgage Consultant, Certified Islamic Finance Expert, Trainer/Consultant, Writer, Notary Public, and a Certified Delegate Speaker for the US National Association of Women in the Real Estate Business (NAWRB).
Lucio Frigo is a real estate investor and developer operating across Sub-Saharan Africa through Apis Real Estate, a private equity manager he established with Apis Partners to focus on affordable housing and social infrastructure across the continent, and his real estate development company Materia. Apis Real Estate is launching the innovative US$100mln Apis Affordable Housing Fund (AAHF) to establish a sustainable model for developing the affordable quality housing stock Africa critically needs. Investment costs are lowered through the use of best-in-class construction solutions that leverage materials available locally and the long-term sustainability of projects is ensured through financing models that encourage ownership at affordable prices and investment into key social infrastructure that becomes the heart of residential communities.
Lucio’s approach stems out of over a decade of property investment experience matured in Africa, the West and the Middle East at global firms such as Abraaj Capital, Colony Capital and Goldman Sachs.
Chris Lee has served as the Managing Director of Miniso Lifestyle Nigeria Limited, Nigeria since 2016. Lee has had a meteoric rise in the sales and retail business since he began his career in 2002.
Before joining Miniso, he served as the Regional Sales Manager in Uni-Trend, China from 2015 to 2016. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Financial Planner in AIA Berhad, Malaysia and he also served as the Retail Manager in Telenor, Malaysia from 2009 to 2011. His first Retail Management role was at Sony Electronics, Malaysia where he worked from 2002 to 2009.
Through his more than 15 years in various management positions at leading technology and retail companies, including three roles in direct retail management and over a decade doing business in Asia, Mr. Lee provides meaningful management experience and retail knowledge.
He received his undergraduate degree in Information Technology in 2002.
A registered and chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience in Nigeria and the UK, Erejuwa is an experienced real estate and property consultant, with experience of working within Nigeria’s fast-paced real estate market.
Having worked for many years in the UK, Erejuwa returned to Nigeria in 2008 to head up Broll Property Services Ltd., (the Nigerian affiliate of CBRE), a position she held for over 5 years. During her tenure, she interfaced with numerous clients including Chapel Hill Denham, The Rivers’ State Government, Airtel, Maersk, the UK Foreign Office, the US Consulate and Southern Energyx to name a few, as well as many financial based institutions such as Standard Chartered Bank, Actis, FBN Capital, Stanb
ic IBTC, AXA-Mansard, African Capital Alliance and Alpine, steering the company from a little-known real estate firm, into the foremost, all-inclusive property services firm in Nigeria
In 2014, Erejuwa first consulted for the prestigious UK firm, Cluttons LLP, then was appointed CEO of the Nigerian subsidiary, with the mandate to grow that firm in the Nigerian real estate space. The oldest property services firm in the UK, Cluttons LLP was also the first ‘foreign’ firm to enter the UAE real estate space. During its short stay in Nigeria, Cluttons grew to having four retails malls, one residential and one commercial property under management, plus consulted for the likes of Shell, Cummins, Huawei, Nokia, AXA-Mansard, Harps, Afriland and South Energyx.
Erejuwa is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
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).
Damilola is the hospitality and advisory specialist at estate intel. She has been involved with multiple hotel and real estate developments and acquisitions in over 25 African countries, as well as in markets in Europe and the United States.
She spent 5 years as a Senior Consultant at W Hospitality Group, where she advised on the feasibility of new hotel, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as on the selection of hotel operators such as Marriott, Hilton, Carlson Rezidor, and Accor for these projects. She subsequently spent one year working at RLJ Lodging Trust, a U.S. based hotel REIT, underwriting and analyzing potential hotel acquisitions in different U.S. markets. Damilola has also held finance and accounting roles at Marriott International and Tishman Speyer Properties, and worked in hotel asset management on a portfolio of mid- and up-scale hotels in Central & Eastern Europe, belonging to Orco Property Group.
Damilola holds a BSc. Accounting from the Hunter College of the City University of New York and an MBA in International Hospitality Management from the ESSEC Business School, Paris, France. And she has also completed certifications in entrepreneurship and business strategy from Wharton Business School (U-Penn) and Darden Business School (University of Virginia).
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.
Ms Ajene-Sagna is the Head of West Africa, JLL based in Nigeria. She is responsible for the execution of real estate solutions for corporate clients in the West African region. She has over 14 years’ of experience spanning the United States where she worked on public-private partnership deals with the United States Military, and France where she managed global account for international corporate clients as the Head of the French International Desk (FID). As such, she is skilled in the design and implementation of portfolio optimization strategies for key clients with large asset bases.
In her present role, she oversees the delivery of a full spectrum of real estate services including financial analysis, strategic advisory, portfolio master planning, valuations, project and development services, transactional services and change management/work place solutions.
Prior to joining the Sub-Saharan Africa team, she had worked for the JLL Paris office in the capacity of the Head of the French International Desk. She provided CRM and Portfolio/Asset management services for key international clients such as Société Générale, Credit Agricole CIB, Sanofi, SAP, and France Telecom/Orange.
She had also worked for the JLL Washington DC office overseeing the US Department of Defence Military Housing privatization initiative where she established 50 year real estate Master Plans and developments execution for the US Army/Air Force. With her team, she led the development partner selection process and provided strategic advisory on different business structures incorporating both public and private sector funds. She also participated in the fund raising efforts in the US Capital Markets and made lender recommendations. Her projects received US Congressional approval for implementation.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor’s in Arts (High Honors) from Dartmouth College and a diploma from the Tuck Business School Bridge Program. She was selected as a member of the Choiseul 100 Africa, top 100 African economic leaders, the Africa leadership Network (ALN) & provides mentorship through various organizations including the Tony Elumelu foundation. She heads the Real Estate Circle for the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Nigeria.
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).
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.
ESV.Olurogba Orimalade is a University of Lagos graduate and an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School(LBS).He is a Fellow of both The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers( NIESV) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS).
He is presently the Chairman of The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and valuers(NIESV)Lagos state branch, the biggest branch of the institution which accounts for 40% of the total membership of Estate surveyors and valuers in the country.
He is the Principal Partner of Rogba Orimalade & Co.(firm of Chartered Surveyors,Estate Surveyors and valuers).
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah is an Urban Development professional with a multi-disciplinary background. He has experience working in the real estate industry in Ghana and has participated in several urban redevelopment projects. He has over the past 8 years provided specific technical inputs for various real estate projects in Ghana. His expertise includes Sustainable Real Estate Development, Real Estate Marketing and Agency, Real Estate Management, Real Estate Valuation and Business Development. He has also undertaken socio-economic surveys aimed at profiling project affected persons (PAPs) for Property Impact Assessment for Compensation and Supplemental Assistance for voluntary relocation and other resettlement packages.
Papa Odenyi has worked in various capacities with organisations such as the Methodist Relief and Development Fund in the UK, Consortium for Innovations in Human Settlement Development (CIHSD), Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd, Clifton Homes and Mobus Property Developments in Ghana and currently works with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group). Through his works and studies, Papa Odenyi intends to contribute positively to the development of our global world through the proper development of urban spaces.
He holds an MSc in Urban Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, (LSE) in the UK and an Undergraduate degree in Land Economy from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology in Ghana. He is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, swimming and watching soccer.
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
Mr Jimmy Olayinka Omotosho is the Senior Partner of J.O Omotosho & Associates, a firm of Chartered Surveyors. Estate Surveyors & Valuers, with offices in Lagos and London. Prior to this, he was the portfolio executive (Real Estate Services) at Broll Property Services Limited – part of the CBRE affiliate network. He has over 28 years of work 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 U.K. Prior to joining Broll/CBRE Nigeria after returning back from the U.K in 2010, he had a brief stint with the Bode Adedeji partnership, one of the foremost Estate Surveying firms in Nigeria as a senior consultant.
His career started with a position as a Graduate Valuer with the District Valuer/Valuation Office Agency (An Executive Agency of the Inland Revenue U.K) in 1990 working under the District Valuer covering Barking, Dagenham and Havering Boroughs in Essex.
In August 1995, he resigned from the public sector in the U.K to join private practice and worked for a host of firms/organisations including Countrywide Surveyors, Allied Surveyors, Andersons Chartered Surveyors, Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society before joining the partnership of Frank Nigel & Co Chartered Surveyors.
He 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 U.K, and a BSc in Estate Management, from the University of Lagos.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the U.K, and an Associate of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
He is currently the chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Nigeria Group and currently serves as a member of the professional practice committee of the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON). He is also a member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) National Education committee to date.
He has attended many courses and training seminars both locally and internationally across the globe, and is a prolific speaker who has delivered and presented papers at seminars/conferences. He has also written several published papers and articles in the field of professional practice, valuation standards, International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS), Taxation, etc.
Yinka’s raison d’etre is “doing things well and exceeding expectation.
He is happily married with children.
Sara Cheche is an Investment Manager in CDC’s Real Estate and Industrials Direct Equity team. She has worked on a number of real estate transactions across Africa including industrial warehouses, mixed use developments (residential, retail, office & hotel), urban development and affordable housing.
Prior to CDC Sara Cheche worked for Deloitte’s Corporate Finance consulting team in Tanzania and the Boston Consulting Group in Boston.
Sara holds an MBA from London Business School (LBS).
Adetope is Vice President for Transactions and Advisory Services and heads the Nigerian office of HTI located in Victoria Island, Lagos.
He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry obtained from Babcock University, Nigeria in 2003 and an MSc in Finance and Management obtained from the Cranfield School of Management, UK in 2013.
He started his career at KPMG Lagos in roles including Assurance and Risk Advisory Services, and later Business Consulting, rising to a Senior Associate position.
He subsequently joined ARM Investment Managers, Nigeria’s largest non-bank Financial Services Group where he held several senior roles covering Corporate Finance and Strategy, Proprietary Investments, Project Finance, Hospitality Asset Management, and Hospitality & Retail Fund Management.
Adetope was a leading member of the team responsible for the structuring and establishment of the first specialist Hospitality and Retail real estate investment fund in Nigeria, rising to an Assistant Vice President position, in a Fund Manager capacity. He was also involved in the asset management and successful refinancing of the Fund’s first development in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Since joining HTI, Adetope has been involved in several management contract negotiation, market and financial feasibility, brokerage, and finance raising projects and transactions.
Adetope’s over 13 years work experience covers projects across West and North Africa, in countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Guinea, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
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 is the Founder and CEO of Troloppe Property Services. He has been active in real estate development for over 10 years and held positions in corporate finance and strategy within the finance and real estate industries. He is responsible for driving Troloppe’s growth strategy and building strategic partnerships. He has expert knowledge of the real estate market and has been responsible for their rapid ascension as one of the leading indigenous multi-disciplinary real estate services’ companies in Nigeria. He is passionate about real estate and data driven market intelligence.
Tayo Odunsi is a Chartered Surveyor with over 10 years of professional real estate experience. He holds an undergraduate degree in Estate management from the University of Lagos, a MSc. Real estate finance and investment degree from the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK as well as a MBA from the Imperial College London. Some of his previous roles were at FBN Capital, GTHomes and ARM Investment Managers. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the African Real Estate Society. He also serves as a Director at Ventures Park, the leading co-working space in the heart of Abuja. He’s an ardent art lover, valuer and curator. Tayo enjoys soft rock, gardening and mentoring young people.
Tola is currently responsible for managing real estate debt structuring and advisory mandates in Stanbic IBTC Capital. He has led and closed a number of landmark transactions in both Nigeria and Ghana including Ikeja City Mall (Lagos) and One Airport Square (Accra). He has over 12 years of in-country and regional work experience which spans across commercial real estate, hotel and residential property developments with an estimated portfolio size over US$1.2 billion. In addition, he has had significant exposure and work experience in various roles within Corporate and Investment Banking with specializations in Project and Structured Finance. His project finance deal mandates including debt capital raising for major infrastructural projects in the oil & gas and cement industries. His early work experience also included treasury operations and commercial banking roles in Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) respectively. Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and master degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University. He has also obtained a RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management in Reading, United Kingdom. In addition, he has attended a number of dedicated real estate training and conferences both regionally and internationally. Tola has been actively involved in a number of real estate industry advocacy committees set up to engage key regulators to unblock constraints to catalyse the growth and development of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Tolu is an Investment Principal at Actis. He focuses on retail, office and industrial opportunities in the West and Central African region. In this role he is responsible for deal origination, structuring, financing, portfolio management and exits. He is involved in a number of notable investments one of which is the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja, Nigeria.
Prior to Actis, Tolu was a Vice President at African Capital Alliance where he covered retail, office, hospitality and residential investments.
Before Private Equity, Tolu was an investment banker at Citigroup Global Markets. He advised companies in North America’s energy, power and chemicals sectors.
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
Warren is the chief operating officer of the Vantage Capital group and is involved in all areas of operations including investing, fundraising and finance. He joined Vantage as its chief financial officer in 2007.
Warren is a chartered accountant who served a year of academic articles at the University of Witwatersrand and the remainder of his articles at Arthur Andersen before starting his banking career with Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank.
During his time at the bank he concluded numerous bank funding deals across different sectors. His last position was in the bank’s acquisition finance team where he successfully concluded a number of leveraged finance transactions, before joining Vantage.
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.
In 1993, Pharmacist Joke Bakare founded Medplus, a pharmacy-led health and beauty retail chain.
She pioneered the chain pharmacy concept in Nigeria, and has built an organization patronized for genuine and trustworthy products, while providing a superior service experience.
Today, Medplus is credited as one of the most innovative sources of health and beauty products, with 34 outlets nationwide.
A registered pharmacist, with an eye for product and trends, Joke brings extensive experience in retail operations and management and oversees all aspects of the company’s business, including strategic direction and initiatives. The Medplus success story is a testament to her intuition and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills.
Today, Medplus is not just a drug dispensing retail store but a total wellness partner.
Pharmacist Bakare is committed to revolutionizing the healthcare sector and there is no wavering in her tenacious commitment to delivering holistic healthcare to consumers and Nigerians.
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