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Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe is the permanent secretary Ministry of Works & Housing and holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the same University. He moved to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in 2011 and served as Deputy Director, Audit Monitoring Department before his elevation to the post of a Director of Finance and Accounts in 2013. He also served as Director, Finance and Accounts of the Ministry in Foreign Affairs.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and
Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management.
Navin Nahata is currently the CEO for Infrastructure and Consumer Services Business at Tolaram. He has been at the helm of the Infrastructure business of Tolaram Group from 2016 which included the development of mega projects like the Lekki Port and the Lagos Free Zone. As part of his role as the CEO for Infrastructure Business, Navin also took up the role of the CEO of the Lekki Port project to drive the development efforts by providing the vision and a clear roadmap for this monumental project while at the same time developing and guiding the team of the Lagos Free Zone. Despite the challenging environment and sometimes untenable economic conditions, Navin's penchant for teamwork and building relationships with public and private partners ensured that every milestone of both the zone and the port remained on track. Lekki Deep Sea Port project within the Lagos Free Zone was named & “African Infrastructure Deal of the Year” in 2019 by Project Financial International (part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence), a testimony to Navin’s tenacity and leadership. Navin transitioned into his current role from the role of the CFO for Tolaram Group during which he was been part of the senior management team responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Group.
Ifeoma Ezeokafor is a Principal Investment Officer at IFC, focused on project and corporate finance and is the Sector Lead for the tourism, retail and property sectors in the Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been with IFC since 2000 and her past investment experience 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 is a Chartered Accountant.
Gen Reis is one of Nigeria’s leading housing experts with a track record of delivering the highly acclaimed Post Service Housing Scheme which remains one of the largest housing initiatives to date. He pioneered the Co-operative Villas, Badore in Lagos State, which is considered to be one of the best of its kind in West Africa. He was also Executive Chairman of the Federal
Housing Authority and is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. He holds a PhD in Housing Studies from the United Kingdom. Gen Reis is a recipient of two national honours: the
National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) and Officer Order of Niger (OON).
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).
Joining the firm in 1994 as pupil estate surveyor, he functioned in the Management Department carrying out day-to-day property management administration of commercial, residential and
industrial properties for lease. He also coordinate regular valuations for owner-occupied and investment properties across sectors. He is currently Head of Property/Facilities Management & Capital Markets Department, prosecuting leases and sales of residential, commercial, retail and industrial real estate investment on behalf of individuals, corporate organizations, diplomatic
community and governments, and management of commercial and residential properties. Erhabor is a Fellow of The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and Registered
by the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria.
LandAfrique´s long term commitment focuses on the development & management of a sustainable and affordable smart cities concept, that includes an inclusive balance between work, life, education, health and leisure in combination with reliable infrastructures. The indigenous African firm´s approach eliminates many of the African context challenges – including access to reliable and redundant power, water, transport and telecommunications – that often confront companies and individuals while providing modern and reliable infrastructure for its tenants. LandAfrique brings professional serviced plots, custom-built warehouses, factories, offices, lifestyle & affordable housing, commercial, health, education and datacenter properties to its pan-African clientele. Paulo brings over 24 years of comercial real estate & infrastructure experience and passion to the LandAfrique group, including housing (from affordable to high-end), industrial & logistics, commercial, datacenter and health facilities. He most recently led the Washington DC based BlackIvy´s real estate endeavors in Africa and has been with another US based, NAI Global’s Sub-Saharan Africa office as their CEO and he developed and managed BP’s real estate assets in Southern Africa. Across Africa Paulo has advised many Oil & Gas, Marine, Governments, Financial and other investors on creating value and impact with their assets. Paulo started his career in Europe at Cushman & Wakefield and Royal HaskoningDHV. He holds a BSc in Construction & Real Estate Management from Delft University of Technology and a Post Doctorate from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management in Real Estate Management & Valuation, after which he became a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has been loving to live & work the last fourteen years in Sub-Saharan Africa with his family.
ESV. Bamigbola Adedotun is a Fellow and Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (FNIVS) and a Registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer (RSV). He is also
a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) United Kingdom. He obtained his Higher National Diploma (HND) from Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos
and has a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Estate Management from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. He established Bamigbola Consulting, a firm of Estate Surveyors and Valuers with a niche for corporate clientele real estate services in mid-2008. He is also a member of International Facility Management Association (IFMA- Nigeria Chapter), a member of the African Real Estate Society (AFRES) and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) (ANIM). He has over 17 years’ experience in the profession.
Frank is a Partner of Knight Frank, Nigeria. A 25-year commercial real estate industry veteran, leading a diverse team of real estate professionals. He holds a Diploma (Estate Management) Federal Polytechnic, Auchi; MBA (Marketing); Lagos State University; and Harvard School of Business, Certificate of Competence, Real Estate Management Programme on Finance, Design and Leadership. Frank is an accredited member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Civil and Commercial Mediator; Registered Member of The Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON); Member International Facility Management Association (IFMA); Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (FNIVS); and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Frank is respected by his colleagues for his dynamic ability to empower agents and create collaborative, cooperative teams and his mobile gadgets are always at hand so he can be as responsive as possible. The result of such professionalism is his extensive portfolio of clients and referrals. Clients choose to work with Frank because of his unique combination of professionalism, infective enthusiasm and vitality. His strong base of loyal repeat customers is the reason he has been so successful for over 25 years in the ever-increasing competitive sales environment.
Temitope Runsewe is the managing director of Dutum limited, a firm focused on essential assets as hospitals, bridges, schools, roads, petrol stations and other major structures. This is
done in partnership with sophisticated customers who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise. Temitope is skilled in negotiation, business planning, analytical skills,
entrepreneurship, and public speaking. He has studied at Harvard Business School and Stanford Business School.
Prior to joining Lagos Free Zone as Head of Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Tejaswi had hands-on experience with sell-side deal origination and execution of large-scale
greenfield infrastructure projects, developing marketable deal structures and negotiating long-term contracts. With 8+ years of cross-functional experience in both Emerging and Developing economies in developing, financing and executing large scale Infrastructure projects across the value chain at both Developer’s and Contractor’s end, has the right balance of techno-commercial exposure in the field of Infrastructure Development and Financing. Went to the top tier schools in India for management education concentrated in Finance and undergraduate degree in Engineering and is keen to propel projects in emerging markets that bear both economic and social value to all stakeholders.
Andrew is a South African national based in Cape Town with over 30 years’ experience in the hotel industry in Africa. As a respected hotel deal-maker with more than 100+ deals across 32 African countries, Andrew is passionate about developing great hotels & resorts which create heartfelt experiences for guests, high value for owners, meaningful opportunities for team members and a positive impact in their communities. In May 2020 Andrew joined Hilton, the global leader in hospitality as the Managing Director of Development for sub-Saharan Africa. Leading an experienced development team and company committed to Africa at a time when Hilton is looking to press ahead with its multi-brand hotel expansion and establish Hilton as the leading player within this important region. Hilton opened its first hotel in West Africa 33 years ago in 1987 in Abuja, Nigeria and today Hilton has a growing multi-brand portfolio of 16 hotels open & under development in West Africa.
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.
From South Africa, Kyle Schofield Director of QA Venue Solutions, has amassed over 10 years’ experience in the event industry and spent the last 6 years working through Africa, assisting companies like NBA Africa expand their operations into 23 countries on the continent. Identifying venues as a key contributor to the industry's growth, Kyle has shifted his focus to develop an African focused Venue Management model that seeks to develop, manage and commercialize venues across the continent.
Mrs. Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka, a Legal Practitioner is grounded in different areas of the Law profession ranging from Insurance Law including Underwriting policies, Risk and Claims
Management. She also possesses expertise in Litigation, Probate and Land matters. She started her career at Standard Insurers where she learnt the ropes in Insurance Law, and moved to full-time legal practice and litigation with Yemi Peters & Co and then to B.O Benson Law Office working with the best hands in Probate and Land matters. She further challenged herself forging partnerships with Gbenga Afolabi Benson &Co, Lenox and Blair Estates, venturing into Oil and Gas Law and Consultancy. She worked variously at Sprint United – a Telecommunication Company in the United States as a Lawyer and Technical Consultant; Head of Corporate Strategy and Policy implementation at Dvyn Inc. also in the United States. Her vibrancy and concern for the greater development of Nigeria influenced her diverse and political engagements over the years and brings with her, years of experience in Law, Business Solutions Management and Corporate Governance.
Chinju is a business development & marketing manager at Lagos Free Zone, focused on business acquisition, product development and enterprise onboarding. She has been with LFZ
since July 2018 and her past business development experience includes the health & wellness sector in Nigeria. Prior to joining Lagos Free Zone, Chinju was a commercial finance analyst for
GE (Energy Connections) covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Her experience in this role spanned across research, debt analysis & recovery, marketing and product development.
Chinju holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from New York University (NYU) and a Master’s in Management from Imperial College, London.
Bob van Bebber designed the Soccer City Stadium which hosted the opening game of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. He has gone on to design several other sports stadia proposals throughout Africa along with the mixed use precincts and supporting developments that ensure these venues stay commercially viable. He has over 25 years of experience as an architect and has won awards locally and internationally for his work.
He is the co-founder and CEO of Purple Group; with a portfolio that includes PurpleMaryland, PurpleLekki and other residential developments as well as lifestyle brand and products. Purple
aims to provide affordable lifestyle experiences for their consumers through principal investments in superior mixed-use facilities and services. Prior to joining Purple, Laide Agboola
held various executive roles at IBTC Asset Management Limited (now Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc), Investment Banking and Trust
Company Limited (now Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc), Stanbic Capital Limited, UBA Global Markets Limited (now United Capital Plc), Alitheia Capital Limited, BGL Plc and Managing Partner and
Founder, Alternative Capital Partners Limited. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, a Master of Science degree in Finance
and a Diploma of Finance from Imperial College Business School, London.
Andrew is a chartered engineer who’s career spans the public, private and third sectors bringing a unique perspective to international development and investment. His early career was focused on water and sanitation, including two years working on springs and gravity flow systems in South-West Uganda. He then worked for the Anglican Church in Tanzania on holistic rural development before leading on the construction of over 500 primary schools for the government in Malawi. Returning to the UK he was the Department for International Development’s (DFID), senior private infrastructure adviser for 6 years. For the past 4 years he has advised Reall in a variety of roles including design, infrastructure and the vital area of end user finance in housing.
Olawunmi is Head, Premium Markets, Lagos Unit of Jide Taiwo & Co. Estate Surveyors and Valuers. With close to a decade hands on experience in the real estate industry, she has rendered professional and comprehensive property management and agency services to an esteemed class of clients that appreciate the benefit of trust and professionalism. At present, her job description details the running of the Lagos business office of the JTC premium markets – providing real estate solutions that cut across agency (sales, letting and lease), project development and property management solutions to High Networth Individuals and Corporates. Olawunmi is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a Certified Mediator.
Papa Omotayo is the CEO/Creative Director of MOE+ art ARCHITECTURE and the founder of A Whitespace Creative Agency (AWCA) and focuses on seeking to redefine pragmatic African
modernism through collaboration with contemporary artists. Papa works with a strong focus on context, culture and nature, creating ideas and work engaged in participation and collaboration that tries to find new possibilities for architecture within Nigeria’s (and Africa’s) urban centres and beyond. He is a founding member of AAND (African Alliance for New Design), ‘bukka’ a UK based education and research trust. He is on the board for Open House, Lagos, the advisory board of ArtX Lagos, African Heritage Group, Oxbridge College and is a committee member of the Child Life Line Charity
Temilola Sonola is currently the International Finance Corporation (IFC), EDGE, Green Building Market Transformation Program contact for Lagos, Nigeria. She also supports markets in the West Africa region and works closely with other regions in ensuring green buildings becomes mainstream in all markets. EDGE, Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies, works with the built environment for green building awareness and certifications; with the financial institutions in creating innovative sustainable financing and with the government to find ways of incorporating sustainable building into codes and policies. She has had a rewarding career with IFC for two decades, in different areas of Real Estate & Facilities Management, HR & Administration, Accounting and Client Support Services. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Lagos and is a Facilities
Management Professional of International Facility Management Association.
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.
Francois is responsible for managing various projects through the design and feasibility phases and has travelled and worked extensively throughout Africa. He specializes in Urban Design and Mixed- Use Master planning and has conceptualised urban precinct and masterplan designs in the West, East and Sub-Saharan African territories. His belief in the ‘guerilla urbanism’ of African cities and how design integrates local culture with best practice and commercial opportunities is informed by his ongoing travel throughout the continent. He qualified with distinction from the University of Pretoria and completed his Masters Degree in Urban Design from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also the Director of FuturePart, a
multi-disciplinary research and design unit initiated by Boogertman + Partners to explore insights that will inform the future of architectural practice in Africa.
John Oamen is the Co-Founder, LiveVend and CEO, Cutstruct Technology Limited. He started his career in Real Estate as Head, Real Estate brokerage with Greenfield Assets Limited
advising buyers on property acquisition that fit their budget which most times did not meet their needs and how to manage the space. He is a member of the Interior Designers Association of
Nigeria and built a team advising and providing solutions for property buyers. He is also the co-founder of CutStruct Technology Limited, a premium construction technology company driving innovation in the Real Estate industry using the LiveVend range of solutions.
Cynthia Banitamina is one of Ghana’s top business leaders in Real estate marketing, she is known for her extensive market knowledge, unmatched consistency in diligent operations and
excellent customer service. She brings over 9 years’ experience in real estate and a commitment to hard work into nurturing and leading high performing teams to build world class luxury real estate brands. She holds an Executive MBA in Marketing from University of Ghana, Legon and Bachelors degree in Political Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is currently the Sales and Marketing Director at Capemay Properties, the developers of The Signature Apartments .Prior to that, she held key managerial roles in sales and marketing at Clifton homes and Gold Key Properties. Her portfolio of projects includes but not limited to; Clifton Homes – Addy villas, Kai Villas, Clifton Place, The Gallery, Embassy Gardens. GoldKey Properties- Cantonments City, Meadow View and Laurels Cynthia is a firm believer in giving back to community hence she supports numerous charities including the NICU Foundation.
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.
Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.
Mr. White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.
With an MBA from MIT and the London Business School, he won 2 prestigious fellowships from the MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and the MasterCard Foundation. He holds the WEF's Inclusive Growth Award and is a fellow of the Alibaba eFounders’ Program where he is directly mentored by Jack Ma. Adetayo has delivered high impact projects at Fortune 500 companies across 4 continents. Previously at PwC, UAC Group, Dalberg, Shell-operated Natural Gas Company and Konga. A TEDx speaker, a Singularity University Speaker, a Harvard University Speaker and featured on CNN. A case study has been published by MIT on Adetayo.
James is the Director of Global Host Cities and Sports Venues for Turner & Townsend, and is currently the acting Capital Programme Director for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. He is an experienced international Program, Projects and Development Director specializing in major sporting events, urban developments, sports venues, and mixed use hospitality destinations, and has worked internationally for many years. Prior to returning to the UK in 2017, James spent ten years working extensively across the Middle East region where he was predominantly based in Doha, State of Qatar working with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Competition Venues Team as a Stadiums and Training Venues Project Director for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. James is now involved with the bidding, planning and delivery of a number of other major events and is a keen advocate for the role of sports infrastructure investment as a stimulus for mixed use development and regeneration.
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.
Linda leads ConsenSys’ global strategy team for Real Estate and strategic client opportuntiies in the sector. In this role, she has worked extensively with clients in the EMEA region including West Africa. Her focus is enabling clients at the intersection of proptech and fintech with the tools to build enterprise blockchain solutions and adopt digital assets infrastructure. She has 15+ years tech industry experience specialising in technology strategy, digital innovation and implementing transformation. This experience cuts across the spectrum from new ventures to global multinationals, to governments. Linda cut her teeth early in Nigeria’s real estate sector working as part of a family- owned office involved in residential and commercial real estate development and management across core cities like Abuja and Lagos. She led ConsenSys’ advisory and technology implementation, engagement with UK Gov HM Land Registry; bringing in ConsenSys’ expertise on enterprise ethereum solutions and digital assets on blockchain to demonstrate how to unlock further investment opportunities in the UK’s real estate markets.
She is passionate about using technology to catalyse Africa’s Investment landscape for the Real Estate Sector. Former roles incl. tech strategy and transformation at IBM, innovation at Ericsson.
Abdul-Jabbar holds a BSc. Estate Management from the University of Lagos, and a BSc. Property Marketing, Design and Development from the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is
currently the sustainable development consultant for Greencity Developments Abuja and the founder of Green Atlantic; an initiative focused on educating the construction industry on the
latest sustainable development techniques and technology. An integrator of the disciplines of marketing, construction technology and project management with a technical understanding of
estate management and an astute understanding of the legal issues of planning considerations associated with management, design and development of property.
Ronald Chagoury Jr. is Vice Chairman of Eko Atlantic. He has been actively involved in Eko Atlantic since the start of land reclamation in 2008. As a board member, he was responsible for developing the early stages of the project as well as promoting the concept and development of Eko Atlantic at both the regional and international level. He is a driving force behind some of the city’s key developments. 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.
A consummate real estate professional, Odunayo has been involved in property development, asset management, private equity and advisory services for various asset classes including master planned communities, mixed-use schemes, shopping centres, commercial buildings and hotels. Working in offices on three continents, he has held such roles as Director of Development and Projects at Eagle Hills Abu Dhabi, Development Director at Laurus Development Partners, Vice President at Ocean and Oil Holdings and Business Manager at UACN Property Development Company. Odunayo is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and a Registered Surveyor and Valuer (RSV). He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Estate Management.
Based in Dubai, Ramsay leads Radisson Hotel Group’s strategic growth across Africa and Turkey with a team based in Dubai and Cape Town. He recently expanded his role as the Head of Development for Africa, further demonstrating the commitment of the company across the continent. Tasked with increasing the Group’s hotel portfolio and footprint in his assigned markets, Ramsay is an expert deal maker, leading transactions from sourcing through to execution. He is proficient in legal contract negotiations, due diligence and financial analysis. He oversees the underwriting, strategic planning, investment analysis and asset management activities for all type of deal structuring, including conversions and take overs, financial commitments, franchise and straight management agreements. A Belgian national, Ramsay is fluent in multiple languages and with a multi-cultural background. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA specialized in Hotel Real Estate Finance and Asset Management from the ESSEC Business School (IMHI) in Paris.
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.
Engr. Femi Akintunde is an Industrial Engineer and Business Management Professional with strong entrepreneurial drive. Before starting Alpha Mead in 2006, Femi’s career spanned more than 18 years in the Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Financial Services sectors; working with Nestle, Shell and United Bank for Africa respectively. He currently leads Alpha Mead Group; overseeing business operations in Facilities Management, Real Estate & Infrastructure Development, Healthcare Management Service and Property Management &; Advisory across Nigeria and 13 African countries, where Alpha Mead operates. Femi’s expert views on the African Real Estate and Infrastructure market have been featured in both local and international media and he has keynoted events across the continent.
Kehinde Ogundimu is the Chief Executive Office of NMRC and a member of the Board of Directors. He joined NMRC as Chief Financial Officer in March 2015 bringing more than 20 years of finance leadership expertise in public accounting, oil & gas, secondary mortgage, commercial banking and executive management experience to his role in NMRC. In his position as Ag. CEO, he is responsible for the overall corporate direction of NMRC. Within Finance, he guides the Controller, Treasury, Tax and Shareholders’ relations to pursue the company’s growth strategy and meet shareholders’ expectations. Prior to joining NMRC, Kehinde worked and held various positions at Capital One Bank, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Chevron and Price waterhouse Coopers. On the Nigerian capital market, Kehinde has led multiple equity and debt financing transactions and raised several millions of dollars equivalent in Nigerian naira. Kehinde holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Master of Business Administration, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality, leisure and real estate industries. He is the Managing Director of the Lagos-based W Hospitality Group, and Chairman of Hotel Partners 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 industry experience spans over 40 years, and includes advising clients on hotel, tourism and leisure development in over 90 countries across the globe, including 39 in Africa. With a
special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he works with many of the international hotel groups seeking a presence there, and with financial institutions, investors and entrepreneurs across
the continent. 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, asset management, valuations and agency. In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. He is a founder and Trustee of the Hotel Managers and Owners Association of Lagos.
Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including Africa Investor and BT Africa. At the African Hotel Investment Forum, held in October 2018, Trevor was presented with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Africa award, for his advisory work on the continent.
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.
Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and development researcher whose works are internationally recognised for originality and innovation. He is the founder and principal of NLÉ – an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded in 2010, for innovating cities and communities. Adeyemi’s notable works include ‘Makoko Floating School’, a groundbreaking, prototype floating structure once located in the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. Makoko Floating School has since evolved into ‘Makoko Floating System (MFSTM)’ – a simple, prefabricated, building solution for developments on water – now deployed in 5 countries across 3 continents. In 2016 NLÉ was awarded the Silver Lion Prize for its second iteration of Makoko Floating School (MFS II – Waterfront Atlas) at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
Akintola Adesanmi is the Co-Founder of Spleet, a startup that provides access to premium residential solutions, with options of daily, monthly, and quarterly subscriptions. Akintola has an
extensive background in the banking and fintech space as a product manager, building and managing products, most notably for GTBank and eTranzact. Spleet provides easier living in
Africa for renters looking for spare bedrooms, shared spaces and for homeowners looking to maximise the yield from their property. The interplay of supply and demand makes rents in cities
like Lagos astronomically high and Spleet’s selling point is finding a solution to this hike in price for renters.
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.
Timi is the Commercial Manager at Agility Logistics Parks based in Lagos, Nigeria, where he isresponsible for sales and marketing of the 500,000m2 Agility warehouse park under construction on the Lagos-Ibadan Express Way that is opening early 2020, providing industrial real estate solutions and services to both national and international corporate clients requiring space for storage, distribution, packing, processing and manufacturing. He also oversees the evaluation of further warehouse park locations across Nigeria and executes the corporate marketing plans at the country level for Agility Logistics Parks. Before assuming his current role, Timi was the Commercial and Industrial Sales Manager at Rendeavour, Africa’s largest new private city builder, where he was responsible for leading the industrial, commercial and residential sales drive in Alaro City. Prior to this, he was at JLL, a Fortune 500, global, commercial real estate services firm specializing in real estate and investment management, where he was responsible for managing and delivering solutions to corporate clients, negotiations, strategic advisory services and providing innovative marketing solutions. He served in various capacities within real estate advisory, management and consulting services both at Trollope Property Services, Signature Group Limited as well as Fine and Country International Realty. Timi holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with a specialty in Commercial Property Practice. He is also an Associate member of the Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV).
Holger is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor with in-depth experience of property development and marketing in Europe and West Africa. With Aurelis Real Estate, Germany, he was responsible for the development of several residential and mixed-use developments in and around Munich. After joining Orlean Invest West Africa, he was involved in the Onne Conference Center and Eko Energy Estate in Lagos in various positions. Holger’s professional experience covers the project stages from master planning and architectural design, infrastructure and building execution to marketing and sales.
Chukwuemeka is the CEO and Co-founder of Cofundie, a property crowdfunding platform based in Ghana working to solve the housing crisis in Africa. He is passionate about applying tech toward solving common developmental problems across the continent and has spent his life doing just that. Right now with Cofundie, he is focused on helping to increase the supply of affordable housing units in Ghana and increasing access for low-middle income earners to afford those units.
Ivan Cornet has more than twenty years of real estate experience in Europe and Africa as a lawyer, an investor and a financier. Ivan is Managing Partner – Real Estate and Infrastructure of Latitude Five, a pan-African investment and advisory firm. He assists international and local investors and operators with growth strategies, providing market intelligence, identifying off-market opportunities and structuring and implementing complex commercial and financial transactions. Ivan is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK). Ivan holds senior executive positions with several African real estate companies.
Roland has garnered over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Nigeria having worked with United Bank of Africa Plc, Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and National Bank of Nigeria. He was also recently a consultant with the World Bank on the design and transaction structure of the Family Homes Fund (FHF) – a N500 Billion social intervention program for housing by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Roland was head hunted by the Federal Government of Nigeria in July 2013 to lead the turn around and recapitalization of the moribund Federal Housing Authority Homes – a mortgage bank (now known as FHA Mortgage Bank Limited). Within a 6 months’ period, the bank was recapitalized and returned to profitability. Roland is currently a member of the technical committee (mortgage sector) of the Financial System Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020), the Federal Government of Nigeria financial schemes reform driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr Igbinoba is an alumnus of the School of Management, Cranfield University, UK. He is currently leading the development and organization of the PropTech Industry in Nigeria. This task involves helping both the private sector and government with policy frameworks; and the advocacy for an enabling environment and investment climate regime for PropTech companies in the country. With an academic background in Microbiology, Roland’s post-doctoral research work currently focuses on the intersection between Sustainable Cities Development and Health. Roland is the Founder of Pison Housing Company; and The Roland Igbinoba Real Foundation for Housing and Urban Development (RIRFHUD). He is an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a concentration in Real Estate Development & Finance.
Tola is an investment banker and has had various roles within corporate and investment banking with specializations in Real Estate Finance and Project & Structured Finance. He has over 15 years of in-country and regional work experience (including Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire) which spans across various asset classes (with an estimated portfolio size over US$1.5 billion) within the real estate sector. In addition, his project finance deal mandates include debt capital raising for major infrastructural projects in the oil & gas and industrial sectors. His early work experience include treasury operations and commercial banking roles in Fidelity Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) in Nigeria respectively.
Tola has a first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and master degree in International Money, Finance & Investments from Durham University, UK. He obtained a RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management and MBA in Real Estate & Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management, Reading, UK. His research project themed “Africa – The Next Frontier?” focused on the impact of real estate funds on commercial real estate development in sub Saharan Africa. 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).
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.
I have over 12 years of experience in Real Estate as well as 8 years + of experience in SSA (Angola & Nigeria) for Saipem in the O&G industry. I am a French – Tunisian national and a graduate of ESTP & INSEAD. I joined The ArficaWorks Group early 2019. Based in Johannesburg, Our mission is to be a credible player in Workplace solutions in Africa enhancing Design and Build and Flexible services.
From the USA Daniel has spent the last seven years building Blockchain solutions. Daniel studied at the University of Michigan where he worked at Bitbox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges in the USA. Daniel subsequently cofounded the College Cryptocurrency Network (now Blockchain Education Network) a nonprofit that provided Blockchain educational initiatives at Universities in over 10 countries. In 2014 Daniel received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a Blockchain solution in Ghana which ultimately led to the concept of Seso. This experience has provided valuable expertise in the land administration and financial inclusion implementation.
Sean Godoy is a property professional with 10 years’ experience in the property industry. Most of his professional experience has been in property market analysis where he has developed a strong understanding. He has a strong interest in cities and emerging economies. Sean is passionate about SA, Africa, poverty alleviation, and education. In his own capacity and through his role on the executive committee of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in London, he actively promotes and facilitates business and charitable activity between the UK, SA, and afield.
Previously, he was a business analyst for the Conros Corporation based in Toronto, Canada for five years. His responsibilities included aiding in the development and facilitation of the company’s interests and projects in North America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Kweku is also the business development advisor for Giants of Africa, an organization founded by Masai Ujiri.
Luqman is Chief Visionary Officer and Managing Director of FilmoRealty – a leading real estate services and proptech company in Nigeria with over 25 years of industry experience in facilities management, project management and consultancy. Luqman worked in the United Kingdom for leading companies in Technology, Oil & Gas and Banking before moving back to Nigeria. He has experience in business strategy, performance management and financial modelling, and has been leading FilmoRealty since 2015. The company has seen massive growth under his leadership. He holds a BSc in Applied Business Management from Imperial College, an Msc in Global Management from London School of Economics and a Certificate in Finance from The European School of Economics. 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 – a coalition of Nigerians with the mandate to galvanize active youth participation in politics and leadership of Nigeria. He was also listed in the ’30 Most Influential in Real Estate’ by Unite2018.