Toni is a property pioneer and business leader with a record of unprecedented financial performance in a world-first cloud -based agency providing dynamic and world class leadership, skilled negotiating and business development success, tech-savvy and social media strategies. This, combined with expert qualifications, performance and revolutionary motivational tactics drives him to achieve peak performance in the ever changing property industry.
Shiralee Darley, South African born, fully qualified in Interior Design heads up Darley Interior Architectural Design (DIAD) – an internationally experienced team of innovative and dynamic Designers.
Shiralee, at the onset of her career gained experience in Retail Design working for one of South Africa’s leading Architectural firms – this extended on her Interior Design background by adding Architectural experience. In 1991, she followed her yearn for Leisure and Hospitality Design and became a key leader in raising the bar for South African Hospitality Design.
Under the name of the top international company, Wilson Associates, she established an office and team of Designers who initially focused on new Hotel and Resorts in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. These include, amongst others, Sugar Beach Resort and Le Telfair Resort – both in Mauritius as well as Zimbali Forest Lodge in Kwazulu Natal and The Royal Livingstone Resort – Zambia, Tsogo Sun’s Intercontinental Palazzo Hotel and Oliver Tambo Airport Intercontinental Hotel.
Shiralee also successfully secured the award for the luxurious redesign of the Blue Train, one of South Africa’s tourism icons. Ambitiously expanding her business opportunities, Shiralee negotiated hotel projects in the UAE, successfully securing and completing signature hotels including the One and Only Royal Mirage Hotels – Dubai, Park Hyatt Hotel – Dubai Creek, as well as the Shangri-La Hotel – Abu Dhabi.
In 2009, DIAD secured the commission for the Emirates First & Business Class Lounges for the new Dubai International A380 Concourse and her Design Teams Portfolio extended to Airport Design.
Shiralee’s team now have 14 Hotel projects across Africa for top Brands including ACCOR, Carlson Rezidor, Hilton and Marriott.
As Founder & Chief Executive, Shiralee continues to promote and develop young designers and manage her dynamic design team ensuring an uncompromising level of high quality interior architectural design, innovative international experience and proven ability alongside her excellent rapport and longstanding relationships
Kim joined the development team of AccorHotels in Johannesburg in November 2017. As Development Director Kim is responsible for the development of AccorHotels brands from economy to luxury segments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Previously, Kim spent eight years at Hospitality Property Fund, the only hotel REIT listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. As VP Investments, she played a pivotal role in acquiring and disposing of hotel assets in South Africa.
Kim has a bachelor degree in hospitality management from the Hotelschool The Hague and a master degree in financial management from RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
German is a creative thinker, combining an architectural design mindset with highly analytical thinking. Holding a professional degree in Architecture, he has worked on multiple projects around the globe ranging from the design of small residential typologies to the coordination of over 140.000 sqm mixed-use developments. He has always looked for new and better ways to use technology and processes to achieve a superior architectural experience in a shorter period of time.
Today, as a BIM Manager, he is constantly seeking new ways to disrupt the traditional process and develop a collaborative mindset across the industry.
Janine specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM into everyday workflows. She develops and oversees the BIM/Revit Workflows and Standards at DSA Architects. Her role as BIM Manager includes continuous staff development, user and project based support, maintaining the DSA Revit template and family libraries and overseeing the implementation of BIM workflows on projects.
Skilled in emerging software/application options forming the future of BIM, Janine is a proven leader in the best practices and methodology for integrating technology into everyday workflows for the AEC industry.
Starting with (3D) coordination to generating (4D) schedules and (5D) quantities from models, Janine has delved deep into the BIM process. In addition, she’s had the opportunity to share this knowledge with audiences and publications across South Africa as a speaker at the 3rd Building Information Modelling in Africa Conference 2018. Janine spoke about “Learning on the job – BIM is the way, but how?”, a presentation which resonated with delegates. Janine’s article, “Learning BIM on the job”, was published in the June 2018 issue of PositionIT Magazine.
Leon has more than 12-years experience in consulting across Africa. The core focus of the consulting was to assess infrastructure and maintenance projects in South Africa and to implement successful methodologies to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. This experience highlighted the importance of adopting a BIM culture and the results it could yield if implemented correctly. For the last 5 years Leon gained experience in the CAD software world and he recently helped launch a new company to support SMME’s with adopting a successful BIM process.
World citizen. Special Envoy at UN-Habitat . Continuous traveller through the Silk Road discovering
over a 100 countries and more than 500 cities. Recipient of presidential medals from several
governments Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean from Mauritius.
Elevated to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by
the French Republic. Chairperson of several institutions, namely Smart Cities in Mauritius and Board
member of UK Future Cities Catapult. Present Chair of Visio Architecture, Port Louis Development
Initiative, Africa Clean Energy Solutions. Lectured at several universities throughout the world and at
Tsinghua and La Sorbonne.
A South African national, McLachlan is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s Africa Regional Support Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager.
In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and Vice President and thereafter Senior Vice President Business Development in May 2016. He established the group’s presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.
Within the last two years Radisson Hotel Group has opened a new hotel in Africa every 45 days and signed a new hotel deal every 37 days. Today Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson features in thetop 10 hotel brands in Africa when ranked by the number of hotels according to the study prepared by W-Hospitality.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two
Nicholas is both strategic and hands on project BIM Coordinator, with experience working in an Architectural and Structural reference with 24 years behind him, consulting, designing, implementing and training Engineering and Architectural Teams and organisations while being a director in the African Autodesk Technical AEC Channel for 11 years. Nicholas has worked on a wide range of Architectural, Structural Industrial and MEP projects, both as Principal, Senior Technologist and Lead Standards Creation, IPD (Integrated Projects Delivery) Manager, BIM Manager or Digital Engineering Lead and as such has significant insight and value of understanding the project and disciplines as a whole and in their individual disciplines and putting together systems and BIM Deliverables.
He has been a Technical Director in the Autodesk African Channel and part of the development team, developing online Revit take-off and other 3rd party cloud based and VR applications.
It is essentially important that the right mix and levels of people are brought in early on and at various stages of these projects, trained where necessary and briefed to all coherently deliver fully integrated and coordinated projects in a timeous manor where teams are no longer working as isolated Silos but integrating their rich project data in a central rich and live repository known as a BIG BIM Model with its related datasets. This is achieved by having like-minded people having an attitude to work together, learn and share knowledge and skills openly. Nicholas has been trained in Architecture and Business Management, Accounting, Sales & Negotiations, Autodesk products and BIM solutions and together with his vast IT background in systems Engineering, professional Autodesk training and experience in project deliveries, Sales management, Cad software, implementation and creation of protocols and standards, it allows him to better understand and find solutions to the various complexities involved in the AEC BIM Integrated Design Environment across all disciplines. He is on the BIM Institutes Lead Committee and BIMcommUNITY Africa and often gives of his time and expertise at workshops, talks and chairing various Industry events. Nicholas has significant experience in initiating, managing and developing Project Models and BIM Teams, Including large complex multi-disciplinary projects for the Public and Private, Industrial, Mining and Medical sectors
Architect Dipo Adebo is vastly experienced, with strong project and team management skills, which are manifested in his distinctability to manage the firm for well over 30 years now, and coordinate and motivate large interdisciplinary project groups. This ensures that everyone involved feels ownership of the project, including the client, project team and users, and that the project is rooted in the local community and user culture. Arc. Adebo is well travelled, versa tile and very studios, and consistently challenges the team to better equip themselves for then ew realities of the ever evolving 21st century design and project development systems.
The over 35 years as the firm’s managing director has provided Arc. Adebo with vast experience of solving and coordinating complex architectural, technical and functional projects in close collaboration with project teams and user groups. For the past 12 years, Arc. Adebo and indeed the DAA team has especially focused on Hospitality projects in Nigeria, working with several of the international Hotel Management groups and the local boutique hotel brands, there by evolving as the premier and well sought – after Hotel design and development firm in sub-Saharan Africa.
The firm DAA ingeneral, has over the years be eninvolved in the design of a very varied range of building types: Hospitals, Stadia, Factories, Schools, Universities, Industrial Parks, Hotels, Commercial Offices, Prisons, and much more, in almost 70% of the states in Nigeria.
Tim is the Business Development Director and Head of Hospitality Design at Bentel Associates International, a well-known Johannesburg-based Masterplanning, Architectural and Interior Design practice, and has over 20 years experience in the design and construction of hotels and resorts across Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and the Middle-East.
Tim is a registered Architect and a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture, receiving his Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 1996 and Bachelor of Architecture in 1999. In 2012, he joined Extrabold Hotel Management, an independent hotel operator, as their Group Development Director, responsible for sourcing management agreements and working alongside project professional teams with respect to operator technical input.
In 2015, Tim joined Bentel Associates International to focus on hospitality projects and to grow their pipeline of work across all asset classes. The practice is currently overseeing 9 hotel projects of over 1400+ keys under construction in South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Tim is passionate about hospitality design and planning, having worked as a Consultant and also Operator-side, gaining invaluable expertise on numerous hotel and resort projects which are internationally, regionally, or locally branded (sometimes unbranded) and ranging in size and across multiple segments from budget hotels through to ultra-luxury resorts.
Neale Petersen is a real estate entrepreneur, investor, and mentor. He is the visionary behind Real Estate Investor Magazine (REIM) and REImag platform www.reimag.co.za as founder, editor-in chief since 2007.
Neale has had the unique privilege of meeting and interviewing many local and international investors, millionaires, billionaires, entrepreneurs, businessman, sport stars and entertainers to learn and share their unique secrets to their extraordinary challenges and success. His highlights include meeting and interviewing real estate mogul and current US President Donald Trump in Sydney, Australia in September 2011. Neale has also interviewed local and property and business celebrities such as Robert Kiyosaki, Dr. Christo Wiese, Dr Dolf de Roos, Mark Wainer, Des de Beer, Sol Kerzner, John Smit, Johann Rupert, Kim Kiyosaki, Ryk Neethling, and Sisa Ngebulana amongst others.
Neale is one of the authors of an inspirational book called ‘Dance until its Rains’ an accomplished public speaker, real estate influencer and mentor. Neale champions the message of calculated and responsible real estate investment, success, hope and abundant opportunity for all through various digital channels including nealepetersen.com, webinars, podcasts, video and with live audiences with entrepreneurs across the globe. Neale distills the best of real estate information and strategies available, mixing in his own streetmtested and proven principles of investment success.
Neale’s purpose is to inspire, educate and empower people to become successful entrepreneurs in building personal wealth through real estate. Neale is passionate about both the creativity and psychology when investing in real estate. He mentors many high-performing investors, entrepreneurs, businessman and is a highly sought-after seminar leader and keynote speaker.
To find out more go to www.nealepetersen.com
Horne joined Broll in 2003 as portfolio executive and was appointed group CEO in 2010 to lead one of Africa´s leading commercial property services firms, serving the investor and occupier markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Between 2004 and 2005, he was the managing director for Broll Namibia, and from 2006-2011 he was managing director for Property Management for the group. Since 2011, he has been an advisor to chairman/CEO of CBRE EMEA for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked as general manager for Properties at the Consortium of Municipal Pension Funds (1998-2003) and as senior property manager for City Property Management (1993 -1998).
With a wealth of property knowledge and experience, he is also a director at various companies, the vice president of the South African Council of Shopping Centres, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres and Africa Advisory Board for International Council of Shopping Centres.
Horne holds a Bachelor of Laws, Strategy and Execution qualifications from Harvard Business School and NQF 4 Real Estate.
Xoliswa Daku is the Founder and CEO of Daku Group of Companies, which focuses on property development, investments, acquisitions, law, facilities and property management.
Her vision is to ensure people have state of the art spaces to live, work and play on. Her forte is mixed-use development precincts and she is currently busy on historic and iconic developments both backed by international investors.
These developments are based in both mega cities of South Africa – Cape Town and Johannesburg – but does not leave out small towns in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
A Law, EMBA fundi and MCom in project management with a 20-year passion of empowering women and advancing the social transformation agenda across sectors, the Daku Group Academy currently supports young business women to gain both practical and theoretical knowledge to reduce business failures and sustain jobs created.
Nnema Byrd, CFA is the Portfolio Manager for the STANLIB Africa Direct Property Development Fund. With 19 years of industry experience, Nnema is responsible for identifying, analysing, and structuring equity and quasi-equity investments in retail, commercial and mixed-use developments in key Sub-Saharan African markets. She manages investments from the development stages through stabilization and exit, targeting returns in accordance with the Fund’s thresholds.
Nnema joined STANLIB in 2014 from a Pan-African private equity fund, where she served as director. Prior to this, she was based in the U.S., and was the Assistant Director at a manager-of-managers programme within the largest adviser to jointly-trusteed union pension funds. Nnema had also worked as a Vice President at a US-based real estate investment management firm, where she structured mezzanine, direct equity and joint venture investments in development/opportunistic and value-added real estate across the country. Her skills cover transaction structuring, property valuations, acquisitions, land development, asset management and property dispositions for residential, retail, office, hotel and industrial property.
As an active member of professional circles, Nnema sits on the Board of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), and is on the Advisory Committee for the Property Programs at Wits University. In addition, she is a member of the CFA Institute. She graduated with a BS in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), obtained her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is a CFA® charter holder. Nnema is married with two children.