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Olasupo Shasore is Partner at Africa Law Practice (ALP) and Editor-in-chief of Commercial Law Reports Nigeria. He was past Chairman: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association and former Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice Lagos. He specialises in shipping/admiralty litigation; arbitration; alternative dispute resolution; energy/natural resources/infrastructure; public and constitutional law. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); and is frequently selected as an arbitrator. He commenced infrastructure intervention with a master plan for the construction of 9 multi-court purpose-built court houses and was involved directly and indirectly in many public policy and legislation developments.
Feyi Boroffice is currently leading the Private Sector Development agenda at the World Bank in Nigeria. She has worked extensively in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia negotiating in International Trade, Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship projects in Nigeria, Uganda, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Belarus and Macedonia etc. She also has experience as an entrepreneur as founder of 2Hats Network, a leadership development company for professional women with multinational clients including Accenture, PwC, Citibank, and ING. Feyi has an MBA and a B.Sc. Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Rowland Abonta is an Estate Surveyor & Valuer of a repute with special interest in Facility Mgt., Property Devt., Property & Assets Valuation, Project Mgt., Estate Agency & Brokerage, Property Rates & Taxation. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor & Valuer, and He has served the Institution in various capacities; Chairman of Abuja Branch, Asst. National Secretary, Hon. National Secretary and a serving National Council Member from 2006 to date.
Didi Akinyelure is a BBC News Journalist and the 2016 winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. She has worked in the Asset Management division of Barclays and the Investment Bank, Oceanic Capital. Didi created “A Place in Africa”, a Pan-African lifestyle and property television show showcasing the beauty of Africa through real estate. She then went on to Anchor and Produce CNBC Africa’s morning show, “Open Exchange West Africa” for four years. In 2015, Didi Akinyelure created a weekly segment in her daily show called “Entrepreneur of the Week. She holds a 2:1 degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.
Dr. Andrew Nevin is Partner, Chief Economist and FS Advisory Leader for PwC Nigeria. He has almost 30 years’ professional experience and has lived in Asia, North America, and Europe. Andrew has extensive experience helping global companies enter and expand in Nigeria/Africa. He recently returned to become Global Leader of Project Blue, now focused on both envisioning and shaping the Future of Financial Services. He holds a PhD: Economics, an MA: Philosophy and Politics, and a BSc (Hon): Computer Science and Mathematics. He was named Strategy Consultant of the Year 2010 by the Management Consultants Association (UK).
Fola is the founder of Themis Capital. His experience prior to co-founding Themis spans principal investing, corporate finance and private equity. Fola has lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa’s most important economies. Fola most recently worked with the global investment firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, where his focus was on private equity opportunities in Africa. His experience also includes time at Ocean and Oil Holdings, a principal investment firm based in Nigeria and eight years at Standard Bank, five of which were spent leading the mergers and acquisitions advisory business in Nigeria.
Yamini Virani is CEO of Celebrus Business strategies, a USA sales consulting firm with a division in Kenya. Yamini has advised many companies in the USA & Africa. She specializes in working with CEOs of real estate development companies in Africa to build high performing sales teams. Yamini was voted the best keynote speaker at the 2018 Real Estate Development summit in Kenya. She is also an author & her book on high performing sales teams is set to release in December. Yamini holds an MBA in Finance and is a Fellow of the Association of the Chartered Certified Accountants.
Gbenga Olaniyan is a qualified Estate Surveyor and Valuer. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Estate Management. He has worked for Fox and Company and briefly with Rainbow Home Savings and Loans Limited as the Assistant General Manager (Estate). He is presently the Founder and Principal Partner of Gbenga Olaniyan & Associates (Estate Surveyors & Valuers) and the Founder and Chairman of Estate Links Limited. Estate Links is the international arm of the real estate practice with offices in Surrey, England; Philadelphia, USA and affiliates in South Africa.
Kehinde Ogundimu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He is a professional with 20+ years’ experience in financial services, energy and public accounting. He started his career at PwC and worked in various capacities at Texaco Overseas and at Pepco Energy Services, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and finally at Capital One Bank, as Head of Debt, Derivatives and Securitization before joining NMRC. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a CPA and a CFA. He has attended executive management programs at Harvard Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Moshood Olajide is currently Partner and General Counsel of the West Africa Market Area for PwC, Nigeria. He has had various roles at PwC including Director of Tax and Regulatory Services, Senior Manager of Tax and Regulatory Services, and Manager of Tax and Corporate Advisory Services and Consultant. Prior to that he was an Associate at Aluko & Oyebode. He obtained his LLM from Columbia Law School where he was a member of the Student’s Senate Body at Columbia Law School. He attained his LLM at Obafemi Awolowo University.
Paul Onwuanibe is the 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’ professional experience in the design and execution of projects in Africa, the USA and Europe. He previously served as Development Director with Beacon Housing, in UK. He has expert knowledge of commercial property and workplace management and led Landmark’s expansion into America, Europe and Africa.
Adeniyi Akinlusi is currently the Chief Executive Officer at TrustBond Mortgage Bank Plc, Nigeria. He is a versatile self- and result-driven professional with over 20 years’ experience in banking, strategic leadership, strategy execution, corporate turnaround and transformation. He holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and an MBA in Marketing. He is a Fellow of the: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers, and Honorary Senior Member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (H.C.I.B).
Ifeoma Ezeokafor is a Principal Investment Officer at IFC, where she focuses on project and corporate finance in the property, tourism and retail sectors. She has been with IFC for 17 years and her investment experience during that period also includes the health, education and manufacturing sectors. Her geographical coverage originating and executing transactions has been in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
Prior to IFC, Ifeoma was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that worked with SecTrust (now Afrinvest West Africa). She has an MBA, from INSEAD, France, a Master of Banking & Finance from University of Lagos, Nigeria and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.
Driven by the need to contribute his quota towards filling the housing deficit in Nigeria, Mr. Kennedy Okonkwo founded Nedcomoaks Ltd where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director and incorporated the company in 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Ibadan and an MBA in marketing from the Lagos State University. He has developed several housing estates across the Lagos metropolis throughout his career. He has attended several management courses in Mauritius, US and the UK. His experience spans across information technology, human resource management, manufacturing and process & systems driven construction management.
Kunle is the Managing Director of Ecobank Capital, Nigeria and the Group Head of Real Estate for Ecobank Transnational Inc. (ETI). Prior to joining ETI in 2012, he spent most of his professional career in Jones Lang LaSalle in London where he was Chair of Lead Directors in Corporate Finance covering advisory, debt and structured finance. In addition, Kunle is responsible for all of ETI’s non-core and real estate investment assets’ related business across Africa. He has led numerous project teams, advised major institutions and corporations on financial transactions. Kunle holds a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has attended various management courses in INSEAD and Warwick University, UK.
Patrick Ilodianya has over a decade of experience in Financial Advisory, Investment banking, insurance and Investment Management, within and outside Nigeria. He has a a B.Sc in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an MBA from Lagos Business School Pan-African University. Patrick is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT) and The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS). Patrick worked with Stanbic-IBTC for almost a decade and spent some time pioneering a local joint venture with Fortis Investments of Luxemburg prior to joining Skye Financial Services Limited.
Jide is the CEO of Ogun State Property Investment Company, a statutory corporation with a focus on the development of residential, commercial and industrial real estate hubs and new cities in Nigeria. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and has a degree in Business Leadership from Cranfield School of Management. He is the founder / former CEO of Legacy Holdings, a Real Estate Holding company, and the current Special Adviser to the Governor of Ogun State.
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.
Adeniyi Falade is a CA and an investment Banker. He started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lagos. Previously, he served as Managing Director of Lead Capital and Head of Investment Banking Group of Ecobank Nigeria & Lead Bank. 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, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc), Chemistry from the University of Ibadan. He was appointed onto the Board of Crusader Sterling Pensions Ltd.
Andrew McLachlan is Senior VP, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group. Andrew has 28 years’ experience in the hotel industry. A respected African hotel deal-maker with more than 100 deals in 32 countries, Andrew leads a team of experienced hotel developers with the responsibility to grow the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands across sub-Saharan Africa. In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson Hotel Group as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and VP and thereafter Senior VP Development in May 2016. He is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.
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.
Ali Djire is the Country Manager and the West African Lead at Fraym, a geospatial data platform focused on Africa. He works with local and multinational firms to get unprecedented insights into their customers. Before Fraym, he was an associate at Kupanda Capital; a private equity firm focused on building and scaling pan-African companies. In 2016, he led the company’s expansion efforts in Nigeria and West Africa. Before Kupanda, Ali worked with Root Capital, a trade finance company where he spearheaded their market entry and operations in Burkina Faso. He holds a dual degree in Business Management and Agriculture.
Kola is the Founding Partner at Ventures Platform. He is an avid angel investor and mentor to startup founders. He has started and chairs a number of companies. Prior to focusing on venture building, Kola worked in corporate finance, administration, corporate turn-around and strategy, having started off as a financial analyst with Fifth-Third Bank, after his MBA and initial training as an Electrical Engineer in the United States. Kola’s foray into technology started with when he co-founded a leading Nigerian enterprise software company – Emerging Platforms. He has attained professional training from the Harvard Business School, University of California – Berkeley Law, Lagos Business School, and IESE Business School. He currently serves on the Presidential Committee on Job Creation and he is a mentor at the World Bank XL Africa program.
Abutu Odu is a partner and experienced expert in the Real Property Sector. Abutu holds an LLB. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Abutu is one of Nigeria’s most renowned Real Property experts. Abutu enjoys advising on complex prime property acquisitions, real estate development, joint venture developments and construction projects, and routinely offers expert advice on, successfully closing transactions, appropriate land legislations and practices, related taxations and charges, zoning, sub-division and land use issues, land allocation and the perfection of title to real estate property.
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.
Olurogba Orimalade is a University of Lagos graduate and an alumnus of the 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 an accredited RICS Commercial Mediator and a member of the RICS West Africa Market advisory Panel. He is the Principal partner of Rogba Orimalade & Co., firm of chartered Surveyors. Olurogba Orimalade is a columnist for the highbrow Living monthly magazine on Nigeria’s luxury real estate market.
Peter Coker is a business development professional with a strong background in technology, organizational development, sales and marketing. His experience cuts across several industries including fast moving consumer goods, government, entertainment, real estate and education. He is passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship and business in Africa and firmly believes in the power of human potential. He is currently Managing Director of Previs Developments, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and has completed a Certificate in Enterpreneurial Management.
Basheer Oshodi studied estate management and obtained his Masters in General Management at the University of Lagos. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Islamic Economics, a Masters in research, and completed the Trans4m PhD on Integral Development, with Da Vinci Institute. He started his career in a commercial and mortgage banks, and then moved to the state government in Lands Bureau. He worked in the UK as a business analyst and then returned to Nigeria – this time fully concentrating on Islamic banking. He is a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) and the American Economic Association (AEA).
Jemil Dawodu is Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate. He is a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He studied 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 has 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 Olympics.
Tosin Ajose is a business lawyer with over a decade experience. She is well known for her commercial savvy, excellent analytical skills, vast transactional experience and her relentless desire to add value to her clients through innovative solutions, forward thinking and attention to details.An astute public speaker and an IFLR ranked lawyer, Tosin until very recently headed the Real Estate/Construction, Capital Markets and Corporate Commercial Teams in a top commercial law firm in Nigeria, she is currently the Lead Advisor in DealHQ, a boutique transaction advisory firm in Lagos, Nigeria.
Modupe Odunyemi founded CapitalSquare, a pioneer coworking space, providing flexible and affordable workspace solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Lagos. She previously worked in advertising and FMCG sales. She also runs an interior design studio, MAO Creative Design Studio. Modupe has been featured in publications for the Nigerian startup and small business ecosystem. She has spoken at Google events, Social Media Week Lagos, Startup Week Lagos, and the Nigerian Coworking Conference etc. She has been identified as one of YNaija’s 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in Tech. Modupe holds a Masters in Management and a Bachelors in Computer Science.
Olaotan Towry-Coker is a passionate entrepreneur with 14+ years’ experience in incubating and growing early-stage businesses. Driven by a passionate desire and drive to solve problems, and impact people across age, gender, language, nationality and religious divides, Olaotan Towry-Coker is your example of a young African professional and entrepreneur who is conceiving ideas, creating solutions and delivering change that gives greater meaning to lives. He founded Afritickets.com, the leading event ticketing resource in Nigeria, as well as Cranium One, which provides shared workspaces for entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses. He holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Olufemi is the General Manager at Harbor point Ltd where his core responsibilities are deal structuring, fund raising, partner/investor relations, property acquisitions & disposals and broader investment activities. Prior to joining Harbor Point at the start of 2015, he was the Head of Commercial, Industrial and Investment Property broking unit at Broll Nigeria (an affiliate of CBRE) where he represented top local and international clients on behalf of who he has successfully concluded transaction valued in excess of $100M. His deep market knowledge has garnered him extensive contacts both within the Real Estate Industry and the broader Investment market.
Joel Amawhe is the founder of myPadi.ng. He is a Techpreneur, with a mix of domain and technical experience. myPadi.ng is an online hyperlocal marketplace making school stress-free in Africa starting with student housing in Nigeria. myPadi.ng connects students faced with the dearth of on-campus hostels with vetted off-campus accommodation across Nigeria. Joel has a solid background in IT and is very passionate about the advancement of student housing in Africa.
Olufunbi Falayi is a Computer Science & Economics graduate and studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Executive). He created LeadSpace – a network of shared workspaces for startups, entrepreneurs, professionals, freelancers, content creators and creative artists with world class facilities. He is also the Co-Founder of Passion Incubator; an early stage technology incubator and a Partner at Fastforward Student Innovation Fund. He helped launch an Entrepreneurship training institution, Southern Business Academy Lagos. He advised startups at the Harvard Business School – African Business Conference 2015 and a Yahoo! Panelist on Innovation at the South by SouthWest (SXSW) Conference 2015.
Nnenna Alintah is Head of Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) at Broll, Nigeria. She has a wealth of international and regional expertise in solving client’s real estate problems, focusing on strategic portfolio analysis and long-term real-estate strategies for enhanced operational efficiencies and cost savings. Alintah has 15 years of experience in global real estate working as both a consultant, providing solutions for a myriad of clients, as well as a CRES executive overseeing a regional portfolio (in Africa) with 22 different locations. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Architecture.
For seven years, Micheal was a Director of Real Estate for West Africa for Actis. He has a proven track record of full cycle retail investment and development: site origination, equity investment, planning approvals, development management, tenant leasing, asset management and exit of the largest retail malls in Nigeria, Ghana, and broader West Africa. He directed Actis’ West Africa retail strategy, research, rollout. Previously, he worked as an investment banker at Merrill lynch in NYC. Other Wall Street experience includes $450m Crown American REIT, largest transaction of its type at the time.
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
Chris Titmas 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’ current remit is Managing Director for Profica International.
Odunayo is responsible for managing the development programs of Rendeavour’s West African projects including urban planning, development conceptualisation and implementation, V/transaction structuring and negotiating and stakeholder management. A consummate real estate professional, Odunayo work history includes advisory and project management, delivering projects across West Africa. Projects he has been involved with include the Centenary City Project and the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja, the Trade Fair Redevelopment Project, The Exchange and One Airport Square in Accra, and The Heritage Place, The Wings and Ocean Crest projects in Lagos.
Jan began his career at Parmalat where he relocated to Mozambique where he oversaw all operational aspects of the dairy factory. In 2005, he moved to Ethiopia where he worked with a variety of public institutions. In 2006, he enrolled at the University of Maryland and completed his BSc degree. He subsequently joined the US Embassy in DRC as part of their facilities management team. In 2009, Jan relocated to Cape Town to complete his MBA at the University of Cape Town. He was recruited by Shoprite in 2010 as the company’s business development manager for Nigeria and Ghana. Jan joined Novare in 2013 as head of property development.
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. Prior to this, he was a Principal in the Corporate & Institutional Clients Department at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria. Before joining Standard Chartered in 2011, Lanre was a Special Adviser to the Nigerian Minister of Finance. Lanre began his career within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs International in London. He received a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge.
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah is Program Lead for IFC EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program in Ghana and Nigeria. He is an Urban Development professional with experience in the built environment in Ghana. His expertise includes Sustainable Real Estate Development, Real Estate Marketing and Agency, Real Estate Management, Real Estate Valuation and Business Development. He has also undertaken socio-economic surveys for voluntary relocation and other resettlement packages. He holds an MSc in Urban Policy and Development and an Undergraduate degree in Land Economy in Ghana. He is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
Opeyemi Ajayi is the Executive Vice President of the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas Limited, one of the leading cinema chains in Nigeria. Opeyemi has over 15 years combined business management, entertainment, advisory and entrepreneurship experience. 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. Opeyemi is an Alumnus of the Pan African Business School Nigeria and holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos.
Ann Nvene holds a Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nigeria and a Certifcate in Lease Negotiation from the University of Pretoria SA. Ann joined Broll in 2005 and has 13 years post-graduation experience in the retail, research and property management.
Dr. Chii Akporji is a well-published author, has +20 years’ experience in development finance, played a key role in the start-up of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and is Director: Policy, Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Dr. Akporji served as Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, where she assisted in the execution of several economic reforms, which yielded between 4% and 6% GDP Growth from 2012–2014, and led to the recognition of Nigeria’s economy as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MA and PhD, has executive management certifications from Harvard and Wharton Business School.
Trevor J Ward has been specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries for over 30 years. 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 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.
Joseph Amo-Mensah is the Chief Executive Officer at Broll Ghana Limited. He is a specialist in Property and Facilities Management, Shopping Mall Management, Valuation Practice, Projects Management, Risk Management, Credit Appraisal, Consultancy and Brokerage, Financial Control, Asset and Liability Management, Strategic management in both public and private sector. He has an extensive international exposure and experience in professional practice. He was CEO/Executive Director for HFC Realty Company Limited in Ghana, and was seconded as General Manager of Accra Mall. He was also Head, Property and Facilities at Stanbic Bank, Ghana (Part of Standard Bank Group).
Jonathan Lotter 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. 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.
Abdulhakeem Sadiq is Founder & CEO of Zama, an innovative Real estate advisory firm driven by technology and passion for people. He responsible for developing and managing portfolio optimization and execution of strategies for Nigerian and international corporates. He also provides perspectives on the investment environment for portfolio construction, potential investment opportunities and execution strategies to achieve client goals & objectives. He has partnered with local and international professionals to launch Zama. Zama will help inspire and recalibrate the Nigerian Real estate space to meet international best practice. He holds M.Sc. Real Estate management and development and B.Sc. Business Administration.
Hakeem Ogunniran is the Founder/CEO of Eximia Realty Ltd and Home4Me Nigeria Ltd – developers of the MaestroVille, Lekki and joint promoters of the proposed New Marina City, Lagos. He recently retired as the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Uacn Property Development Company Plc – Updc.
A Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Arbitrator, he holds LLM and MBA degrees of the University of LAGOS. He was a former Fulbright Scholar of Yale Law School and alumnus of senior Management and Leadership programs at Ashridge Management College, London Business School, Cranfield University(U.K) and Harvard Business School, USA. Mr Ogunniran’s work experience includes legal advisory, sales and marketing, leading change, corporate planning and supply chain management. He was the CEO of MDS Logistics, Division of UACN from 2000 – 2010.
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. He is a member of the Society of Property Researchers.
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 portfolio executive (Real Estate Services) at Broll. He has over 28 years of work experience and in-depth knowledge of valuation, Corporate Real Estate Consultancy, Rating and Commercial Agency. 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.
Sa’adiya Aminu is the MD/CEO Urban Shelter Ltd. She has 15+ years’ progressive leadership experience. She has a passion for surpassing operational, financial and operational objectives by delivering world class real estate developments. She has lead Urban Shelter through change management and repositioned the company to be an industry leader. Sa’adiya has been effective in high-profile decision-making roles within government and private sector leading policy dialogue & legislative advocacy; while providing leadership and strategic direction. Sa’adiya heads the Thematic Group for Housing and Urban Development of NESG. She provides governance as a board director to various companies.
Abi Adisa is Co-founder and CEO of Amara Suites, Nigeria’s largest and fastest growing premium serviced apartment operator. Abi is a Managing Partner of Oridun Capital Management, an early Amara investor and alternative asset manager, investing primarily in a few early-stage, fast-growing companies, with a focus on West African markets. Abi has worked in private equity, venture capital and technology roles at Cignal Ventures, Spinnaker Ventures, Sprint, Comcast, Excite@Home, and Allied Technologies Group.
Abi holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and is an alumnus of the Africa Venture Capital Fellows program, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Wesam Okasha joined Hilton in July 2018 as the Senior Director of Development for West Africa. Previously, he held the position of Group Business Director at Mangalis Hotel Group responsible for the growth of their Noom, Seen and Yaas brands in Africa. A German citizen with extensive experience across multiple markets in multiple roles ranging from hotel operations, sales and business development. Wesam’s experience across EMEA, Asia and the Americas includes roles with several international companies: Mövenpick, Maritim Hotels, TUI,
Thomas Cook, Aldiana Clubs Lufthansa/LSG and the RIU Hotels.
Priye Johnson is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Acres & Hectares Development Services Limited, Nigeria. A highly motivated, versatile and charismatic business manager with over 15 years professional experience spanning across management consulting, service management and real estate. He is currently leading and/or involved in some very exciting large scale residential, retail, office and mixed use projects at various developmental stages in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Priye was previously Head, Property Development for Uraga Real Estate Limited (Member of the Honeywell Group) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Customer Feedback Services, both in Nigeria.
Anne Rinu is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years’ experience. She has managed diverse portfolios across the UK, Europe, Africa and the West Indies, and assists in strategic planning, risk management, financial analysis, and strategic advisory. Anne has an established track record in strategic advisory, Asset Management, Project Management, and Facilities Management. At StanbicIBTC, with a portfolio of 230 buildings, she led the accelerated growth expansion, managing dynamic stakeholders to achieve asset rationalisation, space optimisation & digital banking transformation. Her consultancy roles involved market research studies on mixed use schemes, land reclamation, commercial and residential master plan, valuations/ financial appraisals.
Erujuwa Gbadebo is a chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience in Nigeria and the UK. In 2008, she headed up Broll Property Services Ltd. During her tenure, she interfaced with numerous clients and steered 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. Erejuwa is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
Fareed Arogundade is the Founder of Workstation, Nigeria. He also is a member of the Federal Government of Nigeria – Presidency and the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity. He worked previously for Pacific Vanguard Limited as Managing Partner, at Midland Resources Limited as Director, and at Ikot Abasi Power as Business Development Executive. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Ola Awodipe is currently the Head, Real Estate Operations at Mixta Africa, a real estate development company that has successfully developed 10 000+ residential units across Africa. Prior to joining Mixta Africa, Ola was Business Development & Strategy Executive for Fine & Country West Africa. An advocate for PropTech in Africa, she leverages her experiences and industry insights to provide guidance on the convergence of property and technology in creating value in real estate. She looks forward to a future where all land and property services are managed on a secure, user-friendly system that provides equal access for all.
Nkechi Oguchi is the General Manager of Ventures Park. She is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs on their quest to provide solutions to pressing problems or gaining world domination, this she does through coaching and advisory. She is a proud alumni of KNUST and the Institute of Commercial Management, UK. Next to enjoying writing business strategies and partaking in think tanks she also enjoys reading and making fruit salad with her family.
Fabio Nava is the Vice President of Capital Markets at JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group. He is an experienced Lender with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Banking, Private Banking, and Financial Analysis. Strong professional with a Chartered Financial Planning degree from University of the Free State. He is involved in Investment Sales, Investment Acquisitions, and Debt Facilitation.
Olubunmi Archer holds a degree in Russian and a Master of Business Administration. She worked as Head: Special Products, Commercial. While in Leadway Assurance, she managed the Default Insurance Programme. Her key responsibilities included the relationship management of the relationships between Leadway assurance and the various parties that make up the DIP and was part of the team that developed the Leadway Travel Insurance Product in collaboration with Allianz Global Alliance. She is also a franchise owner with Leadway Assurance Company Ltd and consults extensively for SMEs.
Femi Akintunde is an Industrial Engineer/Business Management Professional. Before starting Alpha Mead, Femi had a career spanning +18 years in Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Financial Services sectors. He leads Alpha Mead Group; overseeing business operations in Facilities Management, Real Estate & Infrastructure Development, Healthcare Management Service and Property Management & Advisory across Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda and Dubai. Femi’s views on African Real Estate and Infrastructure have been featured in local and international media and he has keynoted events across Africa. He is a registered member of COREN, NSE, NIM, IPM, IIE, IFMA, among others.
Dolapo Omidire is the Founder and Team Lead at Estate Intel. He spent over 2 years at Broll in Nigeria as the Lead Research Analyst working on market and feasibility studies for international and local institutional real estate investors. Dolapo also spent over a year at AXA Mansard Investments as an Alternative Investment Analyst. 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, UK.
Ms Ajene-Sagna is the Head: Business Development at Rendeavour. She has over 14 years’ of experience, with skills in the design and implementation of portfolio optimization strategies. Prior to joining the Sub-Saharan Africa team, she had worked for the JLL Paris in the capacity of the Head of the French International Desk. She had also worked for the JLL Washington DC
office overseeing the US Department of Defence Military Housing privatization initiative. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor’s in Arts from Dartmouth College and a diploma from the Tuck Business School Bridge Program.
Luqman Edu worked in the United Kingdom for leading companies in Technology, Oil & Gas and Banking before moving back to Nigeria to work for Oando Plc. He has been leading FILMO in an acting capacity since 2015. He holds a BSc: Applied Business Management, an MSc: Global Management and a Certificate in Finance. He also received the traditional title of ‘Dan Masanin Sarkin Musulmi’ (friend to the King and Leader of the Learned) from the 18th Sultan of Sokoto. Furthermore, Luqman is passionate about the development of Nigeria and is a founding trustee of The 67 Million Youth Initiative
Resit Tolga Baburoglu, is the Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Ronesans Construction (Ronesans Nigeria Construction Limited). Tolga Baburoglu has been in the Sub-Saharan Africa for over 20 years and calls Africa his home. He has taken responsibilities at the Executive Level and has been the Managing Director to Ronesans Construction, Sub-Saharan Africa, and has held the position since 2011. A graduate of TED Ankara College and Middle East Technical University in Turkey, He took basketball seriously in his early days, enjoys golf and cycling, is a father of three.
Benjamin Manu is the Regional Manager (West Africa) for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is responsible for leading the recognition /development plan in West Africa, working to develop relationships within the built environment and to drive the adoption of International Standards. Benjamin has 11 years’ working experience in programme and project management with international organisations as well as key account management, PPPs, business linkages programmes, education, advocacy, systems improvement, governance, community development, policy dialogue, research, technology and knowledge transfer. He previously worked with the UNDP to develop climate change response strategies in the health sector for the Ghanaian government.
Frank is a Partner of Knight Frank Nigeria and a 25-year commercial real estate industry veteran. He leads a diverse team of real estate professionals and specialises in applying his knowledge and expertise of the market to broker commercial office, industrial, retail and family property transactions. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Hon. Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Housing, Lagos State has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector. He is a seasoned security and development expert with a bias for the political economy of development. Hon. Lawal holds an M.Sc. degree in Violence, Conflict and Development and a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Botany. He is also a product of the Harvard Kennedy School and the World Bank Institute, Washington DC, an Associate Member of Food Studies Centre, SOAS and Board member, Lagos State Security Trust Fund. He also holds certificates in Strategies for Managing PPP and Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
Uba Nnamdi is the Co-founder of HouseAfrica, a decentralized real estate ecosystem that leverage blockchain technology to make buying, selling and rental process less costly and more convenient and secure to investors. As a Co-founder and Lead blockchain developer of HouseAfrica, Uba promotes optimal performance, reliability, and security across core business systems to make HouseAfrica represent a whole new category of real estate investment and renting/purchasing services. Previously, he distinguished himself as a leader in the field developing mobile payment processing systems and telecoms apps in an MTN Trade Partner.
Emmanuel Adegboyega Balogun, is an Attorney, Administrator and Consultant with over 20 years’ experience. He is currently the Managing Partner of Balogun, Balogun & Balogun Lagos. Previously, he worked as an Administrative Controller for Lekki Free Zone Development Company Lagos after being promoted from General Manager, Legal. His previous titles have been Acting Deputy Managing Director, General Manager Legal and Admin & General Manager Legal. He obtained his Barrister-at-Law (B.L) from Lagos State University and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). He is resourceful, articulate and effective at prioritizing tasks with vast experience in law, administration and management spanning 18 years.
Tola is currently responsible for managing real estate debt structuring and advisory mandates in Stanbic IBTC Capital. He has over 12 years of in-country and regional work experience which spans across commercial real estate, hotel and residential property. 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 early work experience also included treasury operations and commercial banking roles in Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank. Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and master degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University.
Dr. GS Yakubu is a cerebral and versatile real estate developer with +27 years’ experience and track record of spearheading large-scale urban development projects from cradle to completion. He is adept at leading cutting-edge real estate and infrastructure development firms, with strong experience in leadership, strategic management and execution, financial deal structuring, project management, sustainability and corporate governance. He has been involved as development manager on several projects in Nigeria, including The Wings Office Complex Lagos, The Upbeat Recreation Centre Lagos, Seattle Court and several residential estates for Shell Trustees in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
Eme Essien Lore is Country Manager for the IFC’s Nigeria office where she oversees all investment and advisory activities in Nigeria. She spent a few years with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office in Nairobi where she supported the development and execution of several initiatives. She is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University; she also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Aba Naadja Asante-Koranchie is Head: Corporate Real Estate Services, Broll Ghana Limited. She has +13 years’ experience in global real estate. Prior to joining Broll Ghana, She worked as Head of Facilities and Valuation Departments for UT Properties Limited. She had oversight of high-end residential estates with +200 housing units. She also worked as a Property Manger overseeing +26 bank branches located in all parts of the country, ensuring better efficiencies and enhanced operations. She holds an EMBA: Entrepreneurship, and a degree in Land Economy. She is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.
Emeka R. Offor, is Director: Strategic Communications, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). He holds an M.Sc. Corporate Governance and an MBA, and over 26 years in banking, corporate governance, business consulting, research, negotiation, investment promotion, public policy development and strategic communications. 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. Emeka is a fellow of the Society of Project Management and Development Professionals International.
Tosin Oshinowo is a registered architect in Nigeria and a member of the Royal Institute of the British Architects. She has been lead Architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) since 2012. CmD+A is an architecture and design consultancy in Lagos. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design and her experiences have been shaped by working in leading international practices (Skidmore Owing & Merril’s LLP London and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam). She practiced at James Cubitt Architects and was team-lead on many projects. Her written work includes an article on 'the reclamation of public space in Lagos'.