Boniface Abudho Research Analyst - Africa at Knight Frank
With over six years of experience in Urban Management and Research, Boniface has served in various roles within both government and private sectors. Notably, he was a pivotal team member in reviewing the building codes for Malawi and Afghanistan and the Konza Techno City Development Plan. Boniface's educational background in Urban Planning and GIS provides a strong foundation for his professional work. As a corporate member of the Kenya Institute of Planners and the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Boniface is committed to promoting sustainable urban development. Currently, he serves as the Knight Frank Africa Research Analyst, acting as a Research Spokesperson for Africa. Boniface is passionate about real estate research and regularly contributes to several Knight Frank Global and Africa Research publications.
Michael Aldridge CEO of KOFISI Africa
Michael is a successful entrepreneur with over 15 years business experience in multiple sectors, including business services and retail. He is also committed to creating wider social impact in education through innovation in finance.
Michael cofounded KOFISI, the leading provider of flexible workspace, fit out and facilities management in Africa. Responding to client demand and the market opportunity, KOFISI, set a goal of being Africa’s top provider of inspirational workspaces. KOFISI and Sunbird operate in over six African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Nigeria. KOFISI has office centres in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. In 2009, Michael set up an investment office to manage Sir Rod Alridge’s portfolio of investments in business services companies, expanding its fundraising, corporate structuring and investing capabilities. Sir Rod Aldridge is founder of Capita Plc, Europe’s largest service outsourcing company with 64,000 staff and a FTSE listed. Michael also worked at Kroll Inc, launching its Corporate Finance team to provide advisory services such as deal origination work for leading support services businesses, industrial and private equity clients. As a trustee of The Aldridge Foundation, Michael has worked directly with the Government of the United Kingdom, primarily with the Department for Education. Michael qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen from the ICAEW in 2003 and holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, obtained in 2002. He is passionate about family, wellness, and creating systems to support entrepreneurship globally. SA Shiv Arora CEO of Superior Homes PLC Simon Chemaly CA(SA) Consultant (VP Level) at Absa Group
Simon holds the designation of Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) and is former graduate of Stellenbosch University. Simon’s career in the banking industry spans a number of years, whereby has worked in both South Africa and the UK.
Over the past seven years, he has specialized in Equity and Mezzanine Finance in two of the major South African banks, with a primary focus on commercial property finance. More recently, Simon's professional accomplishments include his role in establishing and growing the Mezzanine finance product for Absa CIB Commercial Property Finance in South Africa. His contributions have been instrumental in expanding the product amongst new and existing clients through his innovative approach and strategic mindset. Simon is known for his deal and structuring expertise in finance and banking. MD Mark Dunford CEO of Knight Frank Kenya Hooman Ehsani Director: New Developments of Greenhills Investment
Hooman Ehsani is the Director of New Developments for Greenhills Investments the developer of Tribe, a luxury 5-star boutique hotel, that has won numerous global awards including being named “one of the Top 100 hotels in the World” The Village Market mall and newly opened Trademark Hotel. Hooman is also the CEO of Century City Property with interests in residential and retail development, property brokerage services and consultancy. Century City recently won the International Property Award for the Best International Residential Development for their Palm Valley development in Nairobi. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston, where he majored in Economics and International Relations.
WG Wohoro Ndohho Georgopoulou CEO of SNDBX Capital Ltd Gikonyo Gitonga Managing Director of Axis Real Estate Limited
A highly experienced and qualified Real Estate Professional Services expert. Holder of a MSc (Econ) in Urban Development Planning from the University of London and BA (Land Economics) from the University of Nairobi. A full member of The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (Valuation & Estate Agents Chapter). Registered Estate Agent.
A professional with significant experience in the Kenyan real estate market who has been involved in the formulation of profitable real estate strategies for medium to large corporate clients with a wealth of experince gained over the last 25 years. A well known Estate Agent and Property Negotiator who is well versed in various aspects of Commercial Property Leasing, Transaction Management, Tenant Representation and conducting Property Due Dilligence and Audits. Also an experienced property manager of Commercial office properties. His expertise now extends to greater knowledge of the growing retail property market. Specialties: Commercial Property Lease and Sale Negotiations, Real Estate Market Research and Consultancy, Property and Facilities Management, Valuation of Property for accounting, insurance and mortgage purposes. Wayne Godwin Head: East Africa & Indian Oceans at JLL
As Head of Hotel Advisory in Sub-Saharan Africa, Wayne focuses on delivering strategic advisory services and capital market oversight to local, regional, and global clients across Sub-Saharan Africa. Wayne has over 13 years’ experience in the hospitality real estate industry. His broad range of experience includes hotel feasibility assignments, commercial due diligence for hospitality platforms and portfolios, hotel asset management and operator selection and management contract negotiations.
Wayne joined the team at JLL in 2015, prior to which he was a Senior Consultant with a regional hotel and tourism consulting firm. Other previous roles include analyst at JSE listed Hospitality Property Fund and Consultant at hospitality and tourism advisory firms. Wayne has a BA in Tourism Development from the University of Johannesburg, a PDM from WITS Business School, and an MSc in Property Studies at the University of Cape Town. Jason Horsey Executive Director of Unity Homes
Jason is the Executive Director at Unity Homes. Unity Homes is a vertically integrated real estate development company with almost 3,000 apartments under project at Tatu City, as well as in Nigeria by a sister company.
Prior to Unity Homes, Jason worked at Civicon, a regional construction company, from 2005 until 2017, where he went from Construction Manager in Uganda to eventually the Group CEO. Whilst at Civicon he was very involved in the nascent Oil and Gas industry and gained extensive experience in the region delivering projects in Uganda, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya. In 2018 he took up an executive role at Unity Homes, where he was already a director and shareholder, and together with the other Executive Director in the business is responsible for implementing the corporate strategy. Jason holds an Oil & Gas MBA from Middlesex University. Somaya Joshua Head: Commercial Property Finance, (Pan Africa-outside SA), Absa Corporate and Investment Banking, Absa Group, South Africa at Absa Bank Somaya Joshua Head: Commercial Property Finance, (Pan Africa-outside SA), Absa Corporate and Investment Banking, Absa Group, South Africa at Absa Bank https://www.absa.africa/
I have over 20 years experience in Financial Services both within South Africa and Globally. My global approach to client centric solutions and risk management provides a unique perspective to the range of multinational clients supported.
My experience has allowed me to provide pragmatic solutions in commercial real estate, risk analysis, business process and risk management. My subject matter expertise has impacted external and internal stakeholders (including multinationals) in both strategic, financial and operational management. I have managed change in different environments, developed high performing teams and partnered with other Executives on an ongoing basis. This results in positive outputs for the Company I am part of and innovative solutions to our clients. Zaharaa Khanbhai Head CPF (ARO) at Absa Bank
Zaharaa is a seasoned Corporate Banker with over 14 years of experience managing local and regional clients across the East African Region. Zaharaa is known for providing bespoke and ground-breaking solutions to clients’ unique funding, risk management and transactional requirements.
Mumo Kianga Development Director of MiVida
Mumo Kianga is a real estate development professional with over ten years of experience in structuring and delivering institutional-grade de commercial developments (+30,000sqm delivered), mid-market and affordable residential (+60,000sqm delivered) developments in Nairobi. Initially acting as Development Manager for the Actis-owned and funded Garden City Mixed-Use Scheme from 2015 to 2019, Mumo serves as Development Director for Mi Vida Homes, an Actis investee company focused on mid and affordable residential development in Nairobi and the wider region. Mumo holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of Nairobi and an Msc in Real Estate from Henley Business School, University of Reading.
AK Andrew Kusewa Kilonzi Director of Boogertman and Partners Architects SL Santosh Lalloo Acting Head: AM Properties at PIC Peter Mayavi Managing Director of International Housing Solutions
Peter Mayavi, Managing Director – Capital and Investor Relations International Housing Solutions, Kenya
Peter Mayavi an accomplished property development professional with over 14 years experience. He joined IHS Kenya from the Kenya Revenue Authority where he founded and headed the Construction and Property Development Division as a Chief Manager. The work at KRA included setting up the Division, property development spanning housing and commercial buildings for the Authority and property management for all the KRA Pension owned properties. Peter also had a stint in Infrastructure Consulting, heading the local subsidiary of SMEC International as Country Manager and its head of Business Development. His previous positions include Projects Manager for AMS Properties where he handled residential end-to-end developments, as well as overseeing commercial development. Peter has also held Project Management positions in the telecommunications sector as well as in Oil and Gas. Peter earned his BSc in Civil Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University in 2008 and an MA in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi in 2015. He’s currently pursuing a PhD in Project Finance from the University of Nairobi. He is also a corporate member of the Architectural Association of Kenya as well the International Project Finance Association. Kenneth Mbae CEO of Centum Real Estate
Kenneth joined Centum in 2010 as an intern in the real estate team and has grown to his current position though delivery of various projects including leading the setup of Pearl Marina (UG), establishing the estate and mall management business within Two Rivers Development, setting up Vipingo Development from value creations all the way to ground breaking. He also served as the Ag. Deputy Managing Director of Athena Properties.
Kenneth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Kenyatta University and a Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni having completed the Advanced Management Development Program. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and Institute of Directors (Kenya). AM Abdi Mohamed CEO & Managing Director of CEO & Managing Director Samantha Muna Director: Business Development of Trianum Hospitality Limited
A 28-year career in hospitality spanning hotel operations, hospitality consulting and hotel development or investment advisory. Samantha is currently the co-founder, Group MD and Business Development Leader at Trianum Hospitality, East Africa’s leading 3rd party hotel management company for hotels and extended stay serviced apartments. The Trianum portfolio comprises of 7 properties, 5 independent serviced apartment complexes with 179 units, 1 hotel with 109 rooms and 1 apart hotel that has an international franchise. Our full year performance for 2022 saw recovery at 2019 levels yet with revenues 11% higher than pre-covid levels.
Samantha previously directed Hilton’s expansion in Eastern and Southern Africa and also worked with HVS working on more than 40 hospitality projects in East Africa. She has been a General Manager with the Tamarind Group and has worked with hotel asset management firm CHM in Beverly, MA. Her career spans three continents in USA, Europe and Africa. She holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management (MMH) specialized in Hotel Real Estate Finance from Cornell University, USA, a Bachelor of Science degree in International Hospitality Management from Hotel School Les Roches, Switzerland and a Diploma in Hotel Management and Administration from Kenya Utalii College. SM Samantha Muna Director Development Africa of TUI BLUE Hotels LLC Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria Lead at IFC
Dennis Papa Odenyi Quansah is a Green Building Lead at the International Finance Corporation where he leads the IFC EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program across Western and Eastern Africa and serves as a support for the Africa sub region. He works with IFC’s global partners in green building certification and is responsible for identifying early EDGE adopters amongst commercial and residential developers, financial institutions, industry organizations, and other stakeholders; presenting the technical and business case for EDGE; and assisting in registering projects for EDGE certifications. Papa Odenyi works with national and local governments to ensure EDGE is integrated into incentives and policy planning and to assist governments create green building codes on national and local levels
He is also an Urban Development professional with a multi-disciplinary background. He has experience working in the built environment in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya and other countries in Africa and has participated in several urban redevelopment projects. He has over the past 12 years provided specific technical inputs for various real estate projects in Africa. His expertise includes Green Buildings, Sustainable Real Estate Development, Real Estate Management, Real Estate Valuation and Business Development. He holds an MSc in Urban Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, (LSE) in the UK and an Undergraduate degree in Land Economy from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology in Ghana. He is also a member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.. Graeme Reid CEO of Tilisi Kevin Teeroovengadum Board Member, JCG Group, Mauritius at JCG Group
Kevin Teeroovengadum is a Board Director of JCG (Janus Continental Group) comprised of market-leading companies in the Energy, Real Estate, Conservation and Hospitality sectors based across 10 countries in Africa. Kevin holds a BSc in Economics, MBA and MSc in Finance from Leicester University, UK. He worked for KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young in corporate finance and strategic consultancy before moving to Loita Capital Partners Group based in South Africa. He joined Actis in 2007, the leading Emerging Market Private Equity Firm, as a Director as part of their Africa real estate team where he led a number of transactions and exits. He was the co-founder and CEO of AttAfrica in 2013 which became the premier investor of shopping malls in Africa. He is a frequent writer and speaker at conferences globally and currently serves on numerous boards of companies in Mauritius and South Africa and also advises a number of companies in Africa leveraging his 22 years of experience in Africa in financial services, real estate/hospitality sector. He is also the co-founder of ProptechAfrica.
Daniel Trappler Senior Director: Development - sub Saharan Africa of Radisson Hotel Group