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Oladipo Pius Idowu-Agida is an innovator and a disruptive aficionado with over 12 years experience in the real estate sector. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom, Oladipo’s Education and expertise spans across various aspects of Real Estate including Business Development, Sales & Marketing, Strategy Operations, Client Relationship Management, Construction and Project management. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Guardian and counselling/ Political Science from the University of Ibadan, a Master’s degree in Managerial Psychology (MMP) from the University of Lagos; an MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School and several other degrees from Pan-Atlantic University Nigeria and IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. With a rare and remarkable passion for people and capacity building, he continues to pursue excellence in the real estate sector in Nigeria. Mr Oladipo Idowu-Agida lives in Lagos, Nigeria and he is the Chief Executive Officer of Dradrock Real Estate Limited.
Eguono Soewu is a Senior Counsel with the Energy and Project Finance Practice Group of Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun, a full service integrated law firm. Over her 13 year career, Eguono has advised clients on real estate transactions and been involved in title investigations, transaction structuring, contract negotiation, preparation and review of contracts of sale,
deeds of assignment, leases, facility usage licenses and joint development agreements. She routinely advises clients on bids, acquisitions, joint ventures and related transactions and has acted as team lead on several transactions where she coordinated the conduct of extensive corporate and title due diligence, reviewed transaction agreements and prepared due diligence reports that highlighted: transaction risks; proffered advice on mitigating transaction risks; key contractual terms and their implications on the relevant transactions.
Garreth Elston is the Chief Investment Officer of Reitway Global’s suite of global listed property funds. He is an investment management professional with over twenty years of international capital markets’ experience in South Africa, North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Mr. Elston has a deep passion for real estate and has significant experience in listed and unlisted real estate investments, property development and real estate private equity. Mr. Elston holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, an MA
in International Relations, and a BCom in Banking Management.
James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. He is the Co-Founder of Unissu, the global leader of PropTech data, information and resources,and has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends. As a result, he is a much sought-after speaker on the future of the property industry both in terms of how people and companies in the sector should adapt to facilitate change.
Mr. Asamoah is an investment professional with over 25 years of experience originating and executing transactions in both developed and developing markets. He has personally led over US$4billion in transactions across the African continent. In April 2017, he was appointed the CEO of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment (GIIF), an investment vehicle, initially capitalized at US$250 million, with a mandate to originate, structure and invest in infrastructure-related projects across Ghana. Between Oct – Dec 2016, he was advising the Federal Government of Nigeria on the implementation of their infrastructure program. Up until February 2016, he was the Vice President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank (AfDB), with responsibilities including the Bank's Power, Infrastructure, Private Sector Operations; Financial Institutions/Markets & Equity, including Private Equity Funds; NEPAD and Regional Projects. He was previously the Deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), an International Organization
established and headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, and initially capitalized in 2007 at over US$1 billion.
Immediately prior to this Mr. Asamoah was the Vice President for Private Sector and International Investments at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), based in Johannesburg. Mr. Asamoah was formerly the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Managing Director of the World Bank based in Washington D.C., and later became a Principal Investment Officer at the IFC in Johannesburg, leading IFC's activities across Africa in the ICT sector. Prior to this, Mr. Asamoah was an investment banker in the City of London with HSBC Markets. He has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London.
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.
Mustapha Njie (TAF), is the man behind the success called TAF AFRICA GLOBAL LIMITED, a company registered in 8 African countries with dominance in Gambia and Nigeria. Mustapha has been involved in the development of the GIETAF Special Economic Zone in Gambia, the design and development of the RIVTAF Golf Estate, Port Harcourt in Nigeria as well as the design, development and furnishing of the the 52 A.U Presidential villas in Gambia. He was recently awarded the GBB Best Affordable Housing of the Year 2018 and the CNBC/AABLA Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (West Africa). Mustapha has also taken part in a number of conferences including the Annual Africa Business Conference at Harvard Business School 2019 and 2003 (panellist), Africa CEO Forum 2019 (panellist) and the Wharton Business School 2004 (panellist).
Olumayowa Ogunwemimo is the Managing Director of FSDH Asset Management. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She rose through the corporate ladder at FSDH Asset Management to become Managing Director having served in various units of FSDH Merchant Bank such as Risk Management, Research and FSDH Asset Management Ltd. She currently oversees the Fund Management of the UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust, which was the first, and is currently the largest REIT in Nigeria.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Kofi Addo has had a considerable experience in international trade, public sector policy and management for a period of almost twenty years. His core expertise includes Policy Analysis, Trade Analysis, Business Development, Investment Appraisal etc. As Minister Counsellor and Head of Trade and Investment Section of the Ghana High Commission, UK, his primary responsibility is to advise the Government on matters relating to Trade and Investment promotion and to aggressively promote and protect Ghana’s commercial interest in United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland as well as the world at large.
In addition, he undertakes market intelligence activities to enhance bilateral trade between Ghana and especially UK and present policy documents of Government at various institutions. He has over the last four years made presentations at University of Turkey, Leicester University, Coventry University, Nottingham University, Imperial College, etc. on Industrialise Africa, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure Development, etc. He has also made series of investment promotional presentations in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, and other cities in UK to attract potential investors to Ghana.
Kofi has previously served as the Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Counter-part Coordinator for the Ghana Government–IDDA (World Bank) Micro Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) Project (2005-2008).
Dr. Olabanjo Johnson Obaleye, MD/CEO of Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Plc holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, Baltimore, USA. He has a Master Degree in Financial Management from the University of Abuja and BSc Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Dr. Obaleye has worked in several banking institutions, which included Afribank Nigeria, Midas Bank, and Societe Bancaire Nigeria Limited before he joined the services of Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank as GM/CEO in 2004. He moved ITMB Plc from less than 100-million-naira balance sheet to over 10 billion naira, making the bank to become the best primary mortgage bank in Nigeria. Dr. Obaleye has attended many high-profile seminars, symposia, training workshops, conferences, and courses locally and internationally, and delivered thought-provoking papers in diverse fields of human endeavor, spanning banking and finance, mortgage and real estate, leadership, human capital development, corporate strategy, and business process re-engineering. Dr. Obaleye is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). An alumnus of Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, USA. He is a seasoned administrator, mortgage and real estate development expert with over 25 years of banking experience. He has a deep belief in the possibility of shelter for all through an efficient and effective mortgage system anchored on proper policy and legislation that have the capacity to create a much-needed enabling environment. He has participated in various national high-ranking policy reform committees on real estate and mortgage banking. Presently, he is serving as the Chairman, Audit Committee at NMRC, Publicity Secretary of MBAN, and member CBN-OFISD committee on consumer education among others.
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).
Greg is the Founder & CEO of Africa Works, a pioneering and innovative workplace solution provider in Africa. Africa Works provides Design & Build services as well as Flexible Workplaces solutions to Global Corporates in 12+ countries through 9 offices on the continent. After 7 years in Kenya, Greg recently relocated back to his home-town – Paris. Greg is also the Co Founder of the French African Foundation as well as the French Chamber of Commerce in Kenya.
A registered and chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience in Nigeria and the UK, Erejuwa is an experienced real estate and property consultant, with experience of working within Nigeria’s fast-paced real estate market. Having worked for many years in the UK, Erejuwa returned to Nigeria in 2008 to head up Broll Property Services Ltd., (the Nigerian affiliate of CBRE), a position she held for over 5 years. During her tenure, she interfaced with numerous clients including Chapel Hill Denham, The Rivers’ State Government, Airtel, Maersk, the UK Foreign Office, the US Consulate and Southern Energyx to name a few, as well as many financial based institutions such as Standard Chartered Bank, Actis, FBN Capital, Stanbic IBTC, AXA-Mansard, African Capital Alliance and Alpine, steering the company from a little-known real estate firm, into the foremost, all-inclusive property services firm in Nigeria In 2014, Erejuwa first consulted for the prestigious UK firm, Cluttons LLP, then was appointed CEO of the Nigerian subsidiary, with the mandate to grow that firm in the Nigerian real estate space. The
oldest property services firm in the UK, Cluttons LLP was also the first ‘foreign’ firm to enter the UAE real estate space. During its short stay in Nigeria, Cluttons grew to having four retails malls, one residential and one commercial property under management, plus consulted for the likes of Shell, Cummins, Huawei, Nokia, AXA-Mansard, Harps, Afriland and South Energyx.
Erejuwa is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.
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.
Simon Ardonceau joined the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Strategic Consulting team in 2016 to develop the substantial potential for customised real estate consulting advice across the continent. He currently has strategic input in a wide range of assignments, and has been involved on several high profile and complex developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Gulf Corporation Council. His decade in the real estate industry has shaped his niche expertise in property related market assessments, development advisory as well as financial and investment analyses. Simon holds a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School, France and a Master in Real Estate from the European Business School, Germany.
Anthony is the Managing Partner of IBC Equity Partners Limited, an Accra based private equity and transactions advisory firm. Anthony’s areas of expertise include real estate development; private equity; and transactions advisory. Anthony has advised on a number of real estate transactions in hospitality, student housing, offices, and mixed-used development. He is currently the transactions advisor on the Pullman Accra Airport City Hotel and Serviced Apartments project, a 364-key capacity development. Anthony has worked in various leadership capacities as Head of Investment at Venture Capital and Teachers’ Fund at different times; and Transactions Advisor at Ernest & Young, Ghana. Anthony held various analyst positions at Sterling Securities Ltd, where he started his career as investment banker. Anthony graduated from Rhodes University (2001) with a BComm in Economics and Computer Information Systems.
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.
Kola Ashiru-Balogun is the Managing Director of Mixta Nigeria, a position he assumed in January 2015.
Before assuming his current role, Kola served as Vice president of the company and was responsible for the execution of its major projects. Over the years, Kola has also worked in various capacities such as a General Manager of Harbor Point Limited, Manager at Schonbraun McCann Group, Acquisitions Associate at Stonehenge Real Estate Group, and a Research Analyst with Goldman Sachs. Kola obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Bernard Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, New York (USA) and an M.Sc. in Real Estate (with Finance Concentration) from the New York University, New York (USA).
Sam has 20 years post qualification experience majoring in Banking, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Advisory Services. He began his Investment Banking career at the Capital Markets Group of NAL Bank Plc, now Sterling Bank Plc. He was a core member of the corporate finance team at Sterling Capital Markets Limited from where he moved to UBA Global Markets, which later became UBA Capital Plc. He left UBA Capital to become a pioneer staff and head of Corporate Finance at Dunn Loren Merrifield from where he moved to Planet Capital Limited as an Associate Director and later Director and head Corporate Finance Advisory Group. Sam has worked on numerous high-profile transactions, raising in excess of $1 billion for various institutions. He is the founder and CEO of Kairos Capital Limited which commenced operations in late 2018. He holds a BSc. Degree (2.1) in Business Management from the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (1999) and an MBA (Finance), from the University of Lagos (2015). He has attended a number of executive courses: Lagos Business School – Chief Executive Program (2015) and IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain – Advanced Management Program (2015).
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.
Andrew is a South African national based in Cape Town with almost 30 years’ experience in the hotel industry. A respected African hotel deal-maker with more than 100 deals across 32 African countries, Andrew is passionate about developing great hotels & resorts engineered to be relevant to both guests and owners. Andrew leads a team of experienced hotel developers with the responsibility to grow the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands across Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Group Brand Communications Manager at Protea Hotels. In 2002 Andrew set his foot into the hotel development world as Special Projects Manager at Protea Hotels. In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson Hotel Group as a Director in Development and he established the group’s presence in the region by opening a dedicated development office in Cape Town. Since opening the development office, the Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio has grown from 5 hotels in 3 countries in Africa to 100 hotels in 31 countries in Africa, with Andrew taking on more responsibilities and being promoted to Senior Director, then Vice President and then to Senior Vice President Development in May 2016. Radisson Hotel Group has doubled the number of rooms in operation in the region and over the past four years a new hotel is added to the African portfolio every 21 days. According to the latest Africa Pipeline Report by W Hospitality, Radisson Blu brand leads the way with the largest number of hotels under construction in Africa. Radisson Blu brand has held this number 1 position for the last number of years in Africa. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.
Nkechi Oguchi is the CEO of Ventures Park. There she leads a team that is focused on catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. She has spent the last 6 years Providing advisory and support for startups. She is passionate about supporting innovators on their quest to provide solutions to pressing problems. She is a proud alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and the Institute of Commercial Management, UK. She is a licensed Pharmacist. She’s most recognized for lending her voice on the future of work and advocating empowering women in business. Next, to enjoying writing business strategies and partaking in design thinking sessions she also enjoys reading and making fruit salad with her husband and son.
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.
Bidemi is Partner | CEO at Taxaide® and Partner at Anaje Olumide Oke Akinkugbe (AO2 LAW®). A dual-qualified lawyer and chartered tax practitioner, Bidemi’s practice straddles among taxation, finance, insolvency, trusts, white-collar crime and information communication technology. He routinely advises and represents free trade zone (FTZ) developers, approved enterprises in FTZs and regulators in appreciating the nature of FTZs, especially in relation to taxes, customs, immigration and foreign exchange control. Bidemi founded Taxaide® in 2014 to build processes and systems for the efficient and effective management of taxes and related functions for businesses, individuals and governments.
Dr. Femi Johnson is the MD/CEO Homebase Mortgage Bank. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the NMRC. He was the pioneer CEO of Guardian Express Mortgage Limited in April 2004 and was appointed Deputy MD/COO of Spring Mortgage Limited. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of ICAN, a Fellow of CITN, a Fellow of CIBN and an Associate of NYSSCPA. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and he holds a DBA degree in Economics and Finance. He also holds an MBA degree.
Anisha joined the investment team at Grit in May 2017 and is currently the Investment Manager overseeing investment in the North and West African region for Grit. During her tenure in her role, she co-led entry into Ghana, a new investment jurisdiction for Grit and closed three deals in Ghana for the Group. She has five years experience working in real estate investment and finance in the UK and Mauritius. She holds a masters in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics which she passed with distinction and was also awarded Best Performer. She was also awarded the Best Postgraduate Dissertation Award by the Investment Property Forum, UK.
Uzo Oshogwe is the Managing Director/CEO of Afriland Properties Plc, and joined the company when it was still known as UBA Properties.
She holds a BSc in Chemistry from Ambrose Alli University, Edo State and an MSc in Information Systems Design from the University of Westminster, London. She has over 20 years’ working experience, mainly in Information Technology and Banking. Uzo also holds a professional certificate in Real Estate Management from Harvard Business School. She is also a RICS accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.
Prior to joining UBA Properties, Uzo worked with UBA PLC, Ford Motors UK, J. Sainbury’s UK and Accenture UK.
Yemi is a registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer with cognate work experience in the real estate space spanning over 20 years. He has anchored various Real Estate Consultancy services for
Financial Institutions, Government, Individuals and Corporate organizations. He is a graduate of Stratford Academy, UK and University of Sunderland, U.K. He is a member of Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as well as African Real Estate Society. He is presently the Managing Partner at Estatelinks
Limited, a firm of international Real Estate Consultants with its niche being global real estate consultancy, project management, valuation and commercial real estate.
Nonyelim Okolie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Leadspace, a chain of coworking spaces launched in 2016 to solve the infrastructure deficit that impedes the growth of businesses. The company, which currently has 3 locations in Lagos, aims to become the largest network of coworking spaces in Africa. Nonyelim is a Sociology graduate of the University of Lagos and has obtained a Graduate Certification from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). She also served as the Vice-President, Finance and Administration at AIESEC Lagos and served at The Future Project, organizers of the Future Awards Africa. She loves helping entrepreneurs identify collaboration and growth opportunities.
Kwabena Boamah, CIPM – Kwabena is the Chief Investment Officer of STANLIB Ghana Limited, with lead oversight for a USD 530 million portfolio. STANLIB Ghana is a subsidiary of the pan African group that spans 8 countries across the continent. A vastly experienced portfolio manager, he has overall oversight responsibility for developing investment strategy, asset allocation and monitoring. Kwabena was at the core of the team that built up the asset management subsidiary of Ecobank Ghana Ltd responsible for managing the firm’s institutional funds. He also worked as an Analyst at Databank Brokerage Ltd. where he held responsibility for the fixed income portfolio. He has also been a stockbroker on the Ghana Stock Exchange. An industry expert, he was part of the committee set up by the National Pensions Regulatory Authority to review the private pension schemes investment guidelines for the industry in 2017 and also represents Ghana Securities Industry Association on Pensions. Kwabena holds an MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management and a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.
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.
Abayomi is founder and chief executive officer of Student Accommod8. A graduate of business administration, he has over 16 years’ experience in property trading, development, construction and management sectors in the UK and Nigeria. He is a passionate and committed professional with strong business acumen and is highly motivated and known to provide strong and creative leadership. His vision for Student Accommod8 is too become Africa’s leading developer and operator of PBSA which provides a comfortable and stimulating environment for African students to achieve their academic potential.
William is Co-Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Accra with a mission to build Osu Ako Adjei area as the city’s innovation district and the nerve center for Accra’s entrepreneurs & bold thinkers. His work is at the nexus of Talent, Tech & Capital for social impact. He has led Impact Hub Accra’s growth to become Accra’s premier startup hotspot with a diverse community of 250+ members and over 2200sqm of progressively green workspaces under management. Working with a grassroots movement committed to “DIY Urbanism”, William and his team are focused on transforming spaces all across Osu Ako Adjei in Accra into activated living and work spaces where different local and global ecosystem players converge to engage Ghana’s vibrant community of innovative entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
Chinwe has over 20 years of experience in strategic advisory, asset management, and portfolio rationalization transactions for various property sectors. She spent 14 years with Jones Lang LaSalle where she opened the West Africa office in Nigeria, established the French International desk in Paris serving global fortune 500 corporates, and worked on PPP Housing Privatization initiatives with the US Military in Washington DC. Chinwe holds an MBA from Harvard, a BA High Honours from Dartmouth and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). She sits on the Women In Housing Sector Initiative (WIHSI) board, and serves as a guest lecturer at the Lagos Business School Strategy department.
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.
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.
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, with over 100 transactions to her credit across, corporate commercial, mergers & acquisition, private equity, capital markets, finance (project/corporate) and infrastructure practice areas. Tosin, until very recently headed the Real Estate/Construction, Capital Markets and Corporate Commercial Teams in a top tier commercial law firm in Nigeria.
Tosin, has done extensive policy work in the Financial Services space, first as a Legal Enabler under the Central Bank of Nigeria’s FSS 2020 initiative, subsequently as a professional member
of the National Housing Finance Programme set up by the Federal Ministry of Finance with a mandate to overhaul the Nigerian mortgage finance sector, she is currently a volunteer with the
Presidential Delivery Unit, office of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria and a member of the Mining thematic group of the National Economic Summit Group. Tosin is a thought leader in the Real Estate, Construction and Capital Markets space, she holds to her credit over 10 speaking engagements annually both within and outside the legal industry. Tosin is a regular
resource person and trainer at the Pan African University (Lagos Business School) and the Centre for Housing Studies (University of Lagos).
Tosin sits on the Board of 2 indigenous Nigerian companies and a not for profit board where her contributions to strategic thinking and governance are greatly acknowledged.
Fareed is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur with global experience across a diverse set of industries including advertising, energy and real estate. He is the Managing Partner for Pacific Vanguard Limited, Director of Midland Resources Limited, worked as Business Development Executive for Ikot Abasi Power and the Founder and CEO of Workstation International Co-Work Limited. Fareed is also a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity for the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is not Fareed’s resume stripes that led to his successful career, but his passion for improving life in his country and making a positive impact across Africa and emerging markets. His work has been featured in Forbes, TechCabal, Africans Building Africa, TechMoran, Business Day, Arise TV, Techpoint, Disrupt Africa, The Guardian, Konbini and Channels TV. Fareed holds a BBA in Finance from the Howard University School of Business. In his spare time, he likes exploring new restaurants, discovering new cities, watching and investing in the stock market, and visiting art galleries.
Mr. Sammy Adigun is a chartered surveyor with vast experience in project management, project finance and value engineering. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He became MD of Sammya Nigeria Limited an infrastructure construction company in the year 2000 and worked on several infrastructure projects around Nigeria. Mr. Adigun is also the promoter of Nigerian Equatorial Guinea Gas Development Project. He is a director on the board of EchoStone Development Nigeria Limited.
Damola Akindolire is a building professional with more than 7 years experience in the real estate industry. He has vast experience in physical assets management as well as project management. He started off his career as a project supervisor with Mydas Homes before moving on to Hedgestone capital as a real estate investment and research analyst.
Prior to joining Alpha Mead Development Company, Damola was Manager, Real Estate Development in Saunders Development Company, an arm of Sankore Global Investment (Owners of Diamond Securities Ltd). He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB UK) as well as Australian Institute of Builders.
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.
Jemil Dawodu brings a wealth of international industry experience to the company. Prior to joining CBRE Excellerate, he worked at various public sector authorities on their real estate portfolio (i.e. Newham, Woolwich, Haringey, Swale etc.), Cluttons LLP, CBRE and Strettons in London as part general practice surveyor, valuation, property management, asset management and corporate real estate. He has a degree in Estate Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Development and Planning from the London South Bank University, UK and is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (UK). 6th December 2018, CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE) announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Excellerate Property Services (Excellerate is the parent company of Holdco EPS Nigeria Limited) to meet the growing demand for high-quality real estate services in Africa and the Middle East. The joint venture, CBRE Excellerate, will merge CBRE’s facilities management operations in Africa and the Middle East with several of Excellerate’ s businesses, including corporate real estate services, facilities management, valuation and project management services as well as property management services outside of South Africa. With the formation of the joint venture, Excellerate will end its affiliation with Cushman & Wakefield. Excellerate will work closely with Cushman & Wakefield to ensure continuity of services for existing client assignments. CBRE’s affiliation with Broll Property Services in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Indian Ocean will also end with the formation of the CBRE Excellerate joint venture. In light of the recent CBRE Excellerate JV Partnership announcement we would hereby like to clarify certain important operational aspects. Excellerate has given 6 months’ notice to Cushman & Wakefield to terminate the Alliance Agreement. It is however important to note that the Alliance Agreement will only terminate effectively on 6 June 2019 (“Termination”) and as such, all Excellerate’ s obligations and rights in terms of the Alliance Agreement remain fully intact until the Termination. The CBRE Excellerate JV will merge several of Excellerate’ s businesses, including corporate real estate services, valuation and project management services as well as property management services outside of South Africa, with CBRE’s facilities management operations in Africa and the Directors: J Turner; M van der Walt Company Secretary: WFO Roedl &Partner Corporate Services Limited.
Olawunmi Tokunbo Sadiku Raised on retail, his family ran a supermarket chain (former Domino Stores renamed Fas Supermarket in Ilorin, Kwara State) for 36 years (1970 – 2006). With studies in English (BA Hons.), MBA and a professional programme at the LBS School of Media and Communication, he is currently the Business Development-/Property Manager for the Shoprite Group in Nigeria: overseeing the development strategy and business expansion projects. Aside his 8 years in retail operations and project development within Shoprite, he has worked in advertising, the non-bank financial sector, and sports marketing. A huge fan of Bolton Celtics (NBA) basketball team and Manchester United, he also Co-Owns an American Flag Football team in Lagos, Nigeria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Adetoro Bank-Omotoye is the Managing Director of Cruxstone Development and Investment Limited, a Metropolitan Real Estate Development and Management firm located at Lekki phase 1, Lagos Nigeria. With over a decade experience and keen insight into urban development & management of residential, mixed-use and retail properties, he galvanizes his team to successfully provide high-yield luxury real estate investment opportunities to investors. Mr Bank-Omotoye has completed several millions of dollars’ worth of urban real estate transactions
nationally & internationally. His newest project, The Iconic Towers, Victoria Island, is one of the most audacious world class project set to redefine the real estate and hospitality landscape in West Africa.
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.
CEO – Eko Development Company, Eko Development Company is the prime developer of Luxury Towers and Commercial space in the Marina District of the iconic Eko Atlantic City, Lagos. He is an actuary by profession with over 25 years’ experience in Financial Engineering for Large Real Estate and Infrastructure Projects.
Deborah Nicol-Omeruah is the Chief Commercial Officer for UACN Property Development Company Plc (UPDC) and is responsible for identifying, developing and implementing new real estate development opportunities, driving business growth, and increasing profitability across the entire business. This includes strategic joint venture partnerships, and asset management of the UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
Deborah is a real estate professional and certified financial adviser with experience spanning real estate development, corporate finance and financial advisory. She has worked with Broll Property Group as Standard Chartered Bank’s Asset Management Director for Africa; Chief Operating Officer for Landmark Group, an Africa focused real estate company; Head of Home Loans at Stanbic IBTC Bank, and Senior Private Banker at both HSBC Bank and Lloyds Bank UK.
Raymond Chukwuemeka Ihuoma is the MD/CEO of RCI Atlantis Alternative Ventures Limited, a real estate development and investment firm. Prior to setting up this company, I had gathered over 5 years core experience in real estate development where he was part of a team that raised capital and executed projects valued at over $5 million. Prior to setting up his own firm, he coordinated business development teams that sought out value yielding projects and matched them with investors seeking healthy returns for their investable funds. Raymond hold an MBA degree from the Lagos Business School. When he’s not busy crunching real estate numbers, you can find him buried in his other obsession; cars, or spending time with friends and family.
Mrs. Blessing Achu is the Founder of 360 Creative Innovation Hub. Her love for fashion and her understanding of the needs of the fashion industry in Nigeria led to the creation of 360 Creative Hub, which aims to fuel fashion advancement through technology and business. 360 Creative Hub is building an Ecosystem for Creatives in fashion, Crafts and Tech space. She has over a decade experience in entrepreneurship and Business Development in Nigeria’s Telecommunications Sector. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Nigerian Student Fashion Design Week, mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, and promoter of leadership in young women, she sits on the board of few startup companies in Nigeria and is a beneficiary of the Texinnova Acceleration Program, the only fellow selected from Africa, Fellow Enpact Mentoring Program,Cherie blair mentee and African women Entrepreneurship Cooperative. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education from University of Nigeria Nsukka. She is currently got a scholarship to study Women’s Entrepreneurship Online Certificate program offered through Cornell and Bank of America. She has extensive experience in Business Development and Account Management in the Software and Telecommunication sector in the Nigerian Market. With over 10 years’ experience, Blessing has successfully developed and Implemented sales and marketing plans that aided the acquisition of major accounts. Vibrant, result-driven sales strategist with wealth of cognate experience, proven track record of achievement, demonstrated success driving revenue growth while providing visionary sales leadership in highly competitive markets.
Adetola Adegbayi is the Executive Director responsible for the General Insurance Business Division of Leadway Assurance Company Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Wales, UK and a Master of Laws from the University of Bristol, graduating with a distinction in jurisprudence. Her background and commitment as a lawyer, with over 28 years of work experience in research, law and insurance business, ensures that she understands the demands and needs of clients in structuring insurance/alternative risk financing solutions to address special/peculiar needs. Adetola is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) London as well as the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN). She has obtained certificates in Oil Insurance at the Intermediate & Advance Level from the CII and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
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.
Prince is the Contract & Commercial Manager of Aecom Professional Services at the Tema Port Expansion Project in Ghana. He is also the Executive Director of Aecom in Ghana. He holds BSc in Building Technology and MSc in Construction Project Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Prince is a registered professional with IAACM and has 14 years of experience in managing procurement, commercial and contractual portfolios on construction projects. His experience covers working on numerous projects in the United Kingdom and other West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. His market sector experiences include Ports & Marine, Commercial & Retail, Industrial, Residential, Education and Refurbishment.
Dr Tunde Sodade is currently the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, the special purpose vehicle through which the Lagos State Government promotes, develops and manages the development of the Lekki Free Trade Zone. He has managed, consulted and taught about capital projects development and management through the major life cycle stages in leading institutions, municipal and State Governments in North America. He led the set up of Ernst & Young’s Major Capital Projects Advisory Services practice in Calgary, Alberta where
he focused on the oil and gas, governmental and public utilities sectors. Dr. Sodade is passionate about promoting higher standards in the planning, development and implementation protocols for public infrastructure projects in developing countries. He would like to see more consideration of specific features like socio-economic developmental maturity, natural endowments and strategic intent reflected in the conception through implementation phases of capital projects in the developing world. His doctoral research (conducted by practical immersion) was focused on the dynamic complexities in large-scale public infrastructure projects.
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.
Olawale Ayilara is a visionary executive and entrepreneur with over 10 years experience starting and running businesses in the South West Region of Nigeria. He is the Founder & CEO of LandWey Investment Limited, a real estate investment company employing innovative methods that are disrupting the Real Estate sector in the region. Prior to founding LandWey, he worked as Head, Business Development, Creativity and Strategy at Eagles Insight and Innovations and Co-founded Nigerian Property Investments Group; a real estate platform for Nigerians in diaspora. Olawale is a business strategist that has spent most of his career in Business Development, Innovations & Strategy. An alumnus of Lagos Business School with an MBA from the London Metropolitan School of Business, a diploma from Harvard Business School in Boston where he studied Real Estate Management, Finance, Design and Leadership and a bachelors’
degree from Tai Solarin University, Nigeria where he studied Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering. He sits on the board of over 10 high profile businesses, and is a member of the
Sponsors for Young Growing Business Association, a pan African organisation comprising a network of leading African professionals thriving in challenging career paths. He served as the President of the Nigerian Advocates for Positive Change and the Senior Director of the Beyond School Initiative Organisation. He has been honoured with numerous awards and professional recognition some of which are; Business Day Nigerian Business Leadership Awards 2019 – Real Estate Investment Company of the Year Award, 2019 and The Most Innovative Real Estate Leader Award 2017. His extraordinary achievements as an accomplished entrepreneur under the age of 30 saw him being listed in the Forbes Africa Under 30 Class of 2018.
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).
Mark heads up the West Africa business for Turner & Townsend and is responsible for driving growth into the region. Prior to that he led the development of the business’s East Africa Hub
strategy and was responsible for the Turner & Townsend offices within the hub. He has also headed up Turner & Townsend’s Energy business in Africa previously. He has over 20 years’
experience in Project Management and Project Controls in the Oil & Gas, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors, with vast experience in complex projects through the various stages from
feasibility through to execution and close out. He has travelled extensively across Africa to consult and set up project controls teams or to assist clients with existing projects in both Up and
Downstream Oil & Gas projects.
Tunde McIver is the founder of MusterPoint Coworking Space. He is an innovative product developer with over 9 years’ experience in designing and developing innovative products that enhance productivity and solve problems in Africa. He was part of the team that developed Service Care an electronic real-time customer feedback solution. In 2017 he founded MusterPoint Coworking Space a workspace solution company seeking to enhance workspace experience in Africa through the development of well curated, distributed and energy efficient Workspaces.
With over 15 years of international experience in real estate, construction, engineering and project management, Bachir has impacted the ability of companies he has served with to create
and protect value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. He also thrives in maintaining relationships with a network of experts in the real estate field of equity sourcing,
development, construction, and property management. He currently holds the position of General Manager at Urban Shelter Limited – a leading real estate company located in Abuja, FCT in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his current position, he has been successful in creating new businesses worth over $100 million dollars, and prior to his foray into the Business Development world, he served in construction project management at Clark Construction, LLC in Washington, DC. Bachir is a member, and serves on committees of various engineering, project management and real estate affiliated organization in Nigeria and the Washington, DC area such as National Society of Professional Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council and District of Columbia Building Industry Association. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and an executive degree in Real Estate Management & Finance from Harvard University.
Tilda currently works as part of the Development Consultancy and Research team based in Dubai focusing on covering property market research across the African continent. Tilda is tasked with coordinating research among the Knight Frank offices in Africa, covering a range of property market sectors including the commercial, residential, hospitality and specialist sectors such as healthcare and education. Prior to joining Knight Frank in 2019, Tilda worked as a researcher in Kenya and the broader African context. Her work ranges from the publication of academic papers, market reports to public sector research. In 2018 she was part of the working committee on police housing reforms in Kenya. Tilda holds a Bachelors in Real Estate Management from the University of Nairobi.
Daniel is a senior investment professional with Verod Capital Management Limited, one of West Africa’s leading Private Equity Firms. He is responsible and serves on the board of a number of Verod’s portfolio companies including Greensprings School, Rainbow College, Pampers School (K-12), Transnational Academic Group (Higher Education), Rotopint (Manufacturing), GZ Industries (Manufacturing), CSCS (Financial Services) and Daystar Power (C&I Solar). He has over 10 years of professional experience, primarily in private equity and corporate finance. He
holds a BSc in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University and a Business Strategy Certification from the Johnson College of Business, Cornell University.