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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Leggiero is a first-generation entrepreneur. His creativity and mentality as startupper have allowed him over the past 20 years to successfully establish and sell more companies in different industries, thus creating the financial basis for investing in real estate.
His obsession are the historic buildings, which are often empty and that he tries to buy to give them a new light and a new function, adapting them to modern living. Salvatore believes that Italy, already famous for being the country where there are the most beautiful things in the world, is also the country where there are the most beautiful buildings on the planet.
So, renewed and transformed into offices, shops or hotels, these properties will be income generators for their owners and for the surrounding community, for many years.
Salvatore Leggiero was born in Naples, grew up in Florence and lives between Milan and London.
In addition to supervising the main service lines (Advisory, R4loans, Professional Services, Transaction Advisory and Debt Advisory Services), she also coordinates business operations in Italy.
Previously, as European Coordinating Manager, she was responsible for supervising pan-European projects and cross-border projects with USA.
Paola is a lecturer (Master in Real Estate Property Management) at the University of Milan and Turin.
She is also a Member of the Italian Professional Association of Architects since 2000 and Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2005. She has been a Member of RICS Italian Board from 2006 up to 2013 and is now Member of the RICS International Virtual Valuation Network. In 2006 she helped to found AREL (Real Estate Ladies Italian Associatio
Paolo joined us to work on the Salerno Ferry Terminal project in 2002 and subsequently was involved in a number of our projects including the High Speed Train Station in Naples and the MAXXI, Museum of XXI Century Arts. He was made an Associate in 2012 and Senior Associate in 2015.
During his time at ZHA, Paolo has participated in several projects, including the D’Leedon residential towers in Singapore; and Esfera Monterrey, a mixed-use development in Monterrey, Mexico. He is currently the Project Architect for the City Life project in Milan, a mixed-use development including an office tower, a retail gallery and a residential complex. He is also one of the project’s Revit leaders, using the program on the Milan project since 2007 to enhance building accuracy and quality control during the design and construction process. In addition to leading projects, Paolo draws on his rich experience applying software to the design and modelling of buildings, frequently acting as an expert adviser on BIM, design integration and coordination in project delivery.
Leonardo Cavalli was born in Como, Italy, in 1962 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Università Di Politecnico Milan in 1986. He is a member of the Italian Institute of Architects since 1988.
From 1990 to 1994, he worked as a senior architect for Cino Zucchi Architetti (CZA) and in 1994 became a partner of Systematica srl, an urban planning consultancy. In 2000, he became managing partner of Systematica Works, a branch specializing in architecture and masterplanning.
In 2007, Cavalli founded One Works with Giulio De Carli, an independent design and consultancy firm integrating Architecture, Infrastructure and Urban Engineering. He is currently chairman and managing partner of One Works; his main field of activity concentrates in infrastructure and retail related architecture, working on projects throughout Italy, Europe and the Middle East.
One works, founded in 2007, with over 20 years’ experience, is a global architecture and engineering company that operates with an integrated approach of consulting and design, in the areas of transport infrastructure, Masterplanning, Commercial Real Estate and Public and Private Buildings, to shape the most complex projects.
One Works operates from six strategic locations across the globe, with its headquarters in Milan and offices in London, Rome, Venice, Dubai and Singapore. From these locations, a team of over 150 architects, designers and engineers provide a flexible and stable approach to the design and delivery of projects worldwide.
Among its most important projects currently underway, there are: eleven new metropolitan stations between Doha and Riyadh, including the Major Stations, the Transport Education Center, that will be built in Doha, the important extension project of Venice’s airport Marco Polo, the great San Marino’s outlet “The Market”.
Mr. Korosh Farazad, asserts market integrity and an unconventional approach to Structured Financing. He originally founded Farazad Investments, which operated globally, with a, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia with an ever expanding portfolio and new innovative funding ventures in the pipeline. He founded Farazad Advisory in 2015 which is headquartered in the UK.
His unique approach has been at the forefront to the firm’s success and paved the way for international recognition from regulatory bodies, who actively seek out his expertise. Regulatory Compliance is a necessity that is a critical component to be adopted by all reputable firms. KYC checks and Anti Money laundering practices are all common terminology in today’s business language. This has had a positive impact on business transactions, as it enables lenders to identify the end receiver and avoiding past bad practices. Farazad Investments (FI), fully supports regulated practices and complies with all the regulated bodies, ensuring all transactions are fully compliant.
His unrivalled knowledge of International Banking catapulted the core of the business and Farazad Investments (FI) was founded. FI’s key activity was to facilitate medium to large scale structured finance plans for major corporations. His ethical approach and sound reputation attracted direct business relations with heads of states and senior officials within Governments.
It is Mr. Farazad’s transparent approach to financing and creative thinking, which introduced an award winning in-house financing formula, which has been praised by international Institutions wanting to adopt the formula and enhance traditional funding methodology.
FI’s capability in the lending market strengthened with access not only to Regulated Funding Houses but also the Private Family Offices that often demonstrated more willingness to compete in the market. FI’s survival during these challenging times, counted on Mr. Farazad’s ability to diversify and establish a secure platform, by adapting the traditional mechanics of conventional financing, in a volatile market.
FI has successfully assisted in advising and structuring projects for funding valued over USD $3.2bn to date.
Fabio Masolo, thanks to his futuristic vision, placed himself with his design at least 5 years ahead of the market and established dozens of Monobrand luxury stores.
Fabio Masolo’s vision is a set of products that make up the Italian lifestyle appreciated worldwide. Giorgio Collection’s products include as well statues, carpets, paintings, lamps, ceramics and chandeliers designed and made with the most sophisticated artisanal techniques.
Thanks to his intuition and being established on worldwide markets, he does not hesitate to search for new realities anywhere in the world. Recentely he has achieved considerable prestige also in the Contract sector where he developed new hospitality and residential systems. The company has been structured to design and supply “turn-key packages” that also include kitchens and home automation, making the company’s offer desirable for every builders and architects. He has made custom products on behalf of his customers which have become “icons of beauty”. For this reason he got an award in 2018, delivered to his son Emanuele Masolo (fourth generation), as the best furniture company in the luxury and contract sector.
Master Assets Investments was founded by Mr. Cheung Yiu Tung (Billy) whom created this company to construct world class developments in Eastern Africa. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda because they have been experiencing unprecedented economic growth in the last decade fueled by political and macro-economic stability, structural reforms and market liberalization and natural resources.
Some of the projects in Kampala, Uganda, Master Assets are proud of, includes Marriot Residences Inn and Richmond Hill Luxury apartment, Smart Hotel and The New Taxi Park to name but a few…
The recent developments in Kigali, Rwanda, includes Century Park Hotel and Residences, New Century Luxury apartments and the Kigali Marriot Hotel. It is clear that this company is founded on the basis to create value for investors by constructing world class developments in Eastern Africa.
Born in the UK and raised in Italy, Africa and the United States, Filippo holds a degree in International Relations. He started his career in the relocation business and has over 9 years’ experience in Property Acquisitions and Development, 7 of which he worked for Staycity as their Development Director and helped them become one of the leading Apart Hotel operators in Europe. He then moved to Germany and worked for Brera Serviced Apartments as their Development Director. In 2017 he teamed up with his brother Carlo and launched Nomad Aparthotels.
Claudio is an Architect specialized in BIM and Computational Design. He is the founder of Strategie Digitali srl a Computational BIM and Project Management consulting firm based in Milan, Italy. During his last 10 years of experience, he has had the opportunity to work in different BIM roles in different world areas: from BIM researcher, BIM consultant, BIM manager and BIM Entrepreneur. This exposure has given him a deep understanding of the BIM process for architectural offices. Nowadays he spends most of his time helping companies improving efficiency and effectiveness in building design. He participates actively in the BIM national and international debate, taking part in BIM-related events and conferences, participating in university research groups, and giving his consultancy to governance projects.
After completing his architectural studies in Milan and Los Angeles, Davide started his career in Indonesia where, at just 25, he gained international recognition for the design of PSP bank headquarters – one of the tallest skyscrapers in Jakarta. In 1998 he moved to London and joined Design International. Embracing the company’s ethos to tailor unique, commercially viable projects, Davide has pushed the design boundaries in every project undertaken. Rising rapidly within the company, he became a Partner in 2002, and Chief Executive Office in 2006.
Committed to constantly setting new benchmark designs that are both financially sustainable and aesthetically strong, Davide has been Project Principal on many ground-breaking developments, including Odysseum in Montpellier (2009), Morocco Mall in Casablanca (2011), Nave de Vero in Marghera (2014), Il Centro in Arese (2016). These, and many other Design International projects have been recipients of some of the most coveted industry awards, including ICSC, Mapic, Mipim, RLI, a Guinness World Records™ and over 30 other international property awards across four continents.
Davide retains a hands-on approach, working closely with colleagues and guiding teams to deliver projects which tell their own unique story. Under his leadership, Design International has grown into a globally-recognised practice.
Design International is a London based architecture practice with over 50 years of award-winning history and offices in London, Milan, Dubai and Shanghai. With over 36 million sqm of built world class architecture in the portfolio, the practice has worked in almost every corner of the globe and on projects of every size.
Design International is a multi-disciplinary practice with seven integrated divisions: Architecture, Masterplanning, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Landscape Design, and Branding
The practice combines contemporary creative thinking with a bespoke local sensibility, striking a balance between strong designs and creating buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings, which creates a sense of belonging for the customers. Design International works across the whole spectrum of architecture with a particular focus on retail, mixed-use and hospitality developments. Its integrated and multi-disciplinary skills allow for a holistic approach to architecture that results in developments where the artistic, commercial and social aspects are in complete harmony.
BVI is an asset management and special servicing company focused on secured NPLs and UTPs. It currently manages over Euro 3.6 billion GBV in 7 different portfolios on behalf of Bayview Global Opportunities Fund. Bayview Italia is owned by Bayview Asset Management (BAM), an investment management firm focused on investments in mortgage credit. As part of the real estate team, Leonardo is responsible for the hotel investment activities.
Leonardo has joined BVI from Marriott International where he oversaw the company’s development activities in Italy and the Balkans. He has previously worked for Pierre & Vacances, the Orco Property Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Meininger hotel group. He also worked for Hilton, first in feasibility, based in the U.K. and covering Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, and then in development, based in Rome covering Italy. Leonardo has also worked in different operational positions including F&B and rooms as well as in asset management. He has lived in five different countries and speaks Italian, English, and French. He graduated from University of Perugia in 2004 and ESSEC Business School in Paris in 2008 where he specialized in hotel real estate and asset management. He is a member of RICS Italy.
A long and illustrious career with over 30 years of experience, and numerous prestigious projects in his portfolio, resulting in more than 275 plus projects, the majority being 5 stars hotels, Tarek Hegazy joined Living Design in 1999 and has since then gradually risen to become the Principal and Creative Director of the company since 2006.
His company, Living Design, a Swedish based International Interior Design firm established in 1984 is considered by its peers to be one of the leading interior design and turn key suppliers in Europe and Scandinavia with more than 280 hotel projects successfully completed to-date. Living Design has earned over 120 awards for their hotels and is considered a top ranked interior design firm within the hospitality, high end residential and commercial projects.
During his time at the helm of Living Design, the company has grown to be a leading design player within its field. This all encompassing role has given him the impetus to develop a much stronger work and cooperation ethic with all key players involved within this industry. From clients, banks, investors and operators, he continuously assists them in their comfort and ease of use with the facilities he creates, and of course, with his own team of professionals. Living Design has achieved a large number of projects in all 4 continents, and for some of the most prestigious hotel brands across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the US.
Prior to Living Design, he served as a Senior Designer with the Ruler’s Office in Dubai contributing to some of the early major Hotel development in Dubai such as Dusit Hotel, the Emirates Towers, Burj Al Arab. Mr. Hegazy has also served at various major companies in his carrier all of them from the top 100 in the Design.
Living Design is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with another office in Geneva, Switzerland taking care of private clients for the high end residential market.
Mr. Hegazy is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as a member of the Swedish Architect association, and the Egyptian syndicate of Engineers and the reputable IIDA
Mr. Hegazy has lectured and continue to lecture about design and Interior Design to prestigious bodies including the American Institute of Architects, the Chinese Institute of Architects and several governmental bodies across the globe in addition to design conferences and is considered as one of the top executives in the Hospitality business. He has won numerous awards in Design and his work has been featured regularly in worldwide publications.
In joint venture partnership with luxury operator General Hotel Management (GHM), Dr. van de Bunt co-founded the new lifestyle brand ‘TIN Hotels’, which is born out of a strong desire to reach out to the growing middle class segment and providing guests with an unrivalled and authentic lifestyle experience at a more favorable price point. A place for everybody with as passion for quality, design, culture, and the unconventional.
Before launching Tin Hotels, Peter van de Bunt founded Dubai-based hotel investment advisory firm Van de Bunt Partners in 2006 when he was appointed by a leading regional real estate investment company to develop a hotel portfolio in the MENA region. Dr. van de Bunt holds a doctorate degree in real estate economics and has 20 years global experience in real estate development, consulting and hotel investment. He has given advice on hotel projects and transactions in excess of USD 3.1 billion.
Ezio has more than 20 years experience in Hospitality, Real Estate, and Leisure Real Estate markets in Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, and South Africa. Before joining HVS, Ezio was Head of Southern Europe at Northcourse Advisory Services (Madrid), the hospitality and real estate consulting arm of Wyndham Worldwide, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. He was also Head of Expansion & International Development at Compañia de Las Islas Occidentales (Canary Islands) and Director – Head of Real Estate and Hospitality at Ernst & Young Financial Business Advisors (Milan).
He started his career with Investment & Tourism Consulting Associated with exposure to European and Latin America markets and REVA – Real Estate Value Advisors – a boutique firm focused on real estate and financial advisory. He is a native of Italy, graduate in Economics and Business Administration, Master in Tourism Economics at Bocconi University. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English.
17 years of experience of working in large scale complex integrated, high end leisure resorts projects and private villas. Excellent attention to detail and ability to successfully manage the many facets of the project. He has extensive experience on drawing production packages, project timings, budget, records and drawing protocols. Reviewing drawing packages with designers, FF&E designers and Cad operators. Working alongside Detailer and assisting with design and construction detailing. He is keen in understanding structural, MEP engineering principles as well as architecture & building fit‐out. Andrea is also involved in conceptual design, design development, documentation, coordination and ensuring high standards and protocols are applied. He has an excellent coordination with the Client, Consultant, Contractor and Supplier. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture at “Milan Polytechnic” in Milan, Italy in 1999.
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.
Mojola Ola is an astute engineer with over a decade of experience spanning the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and I.T. sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronical and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Mojola began his career with Foster Wheeler Energy Limited in the United Kingdom as a Project Electrical Engineer; working on oil and gas projects for leading IOCs and clients including Exxon Mobil, Sasol, Iraq South Oil Company amongst several others.
After having gained some experienced he returned to Nigeria and worked briefly with Chevron Nigeria Limited as a Project Analyst, overseeing implementation of several community-based projects across Nigeria for the organization.
Further to his short stint at Chevron, Mojola joined ABB Nigeria as the Key Account Manager for Panel Builder and OEM assigned with the task of developing ABB’s panel builder and OEM partner business within the Nigerian territory.
In 2015, Mojola joined Schneider Electric Nigeria operations; a leading energy management and automation company. Due to his sterling contributions and performance, he was appointed a member of the Schneider Electric Nigeria leadership team and currently serves as the Head of the Building Segment and Partner Business in Anglophone West Africa.
He is a member of the institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) as well as a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE). Mojola is an avid contributor to the probable solutions to Nigeria’s energy issues as well as a major proponent of the use of technology in 21st Century buildings. He regularly shares his views via different public speaking platforms as well as articles online and in the printed media.
His technical expertise and interests cut across; energy management, building automation, design and implementation of electrical systems for commercial buildings, electrical network design and analysis, substation design and construction, alternative energy systems, amongst several other power solutions.
Mojola is a seasoned management professional and has attended several management courses at Duke University, and Lagos Business School amongst others.
With 18 Years of Sales experience within the Construction Industry, specializing in the sanitaryware segment, she has a deeply rooted passion for Africa and its development.
Laurinda currently heads up the Global Projects business for Hansgrohe in Sub Saharan Africa. The aim is to drive demand generation through specifying of Hansgrohe products in hospitality and residential projects. Her expertise lies in the offering of green solutions as well as technical consulting prior to installation of Hansgrohe products. The goal being to showcase the value of partnering with Hansgrohe for secured return on investment.
By aiding in the writing of specifications and procurement of Hansgrohe products together with the professional team, it ensures the project is given expert advise and that the products delivered to site is technically sound. This results in supply chain management of each project running smoothly and timeously.
As a professional she believes that to be successful in business, one needs to value integrity and offer sustainable long term solutions to projects on the continent. As team leader for Sub Saharan Africa Laurinda strives to leave behind a legacy of excellence through offering a reliable quality brassware product for residential and hospitality projects in Africa.
Evelyn Edumoh is a seasoned Business Manager with nearly a decade of experience in Sales and Management in Real Estate. Over the years, she has acquired skills in Crisis & Change Management, New Business Development, Strategic Planning and Negotiation, Excellent Communications & relationship management. She pioneered the establishment of Port- Harcourt Gardens and Served as a Sales Director in Lekki Gardens Estate Limited (one of the leading real estate firms in Africa) before her current role.
She currently sits as the Business Director of Foreshore Waters Limited, a pioneering market leader for Affordable Luxury Homes and the most successful visible brand in the upscale region of Lagos.
She holds a B.sc in Computer Science from the University of Abuja and an M.sc in Business School Netherlands, with Certifications from Lagos Business School and Harvard Business School.
Funke joined Actis in 2007 as a member of the private equity investment team based in Lagos, before transitioning to the Africa Real Estate team in 2010 focusing on West Africa origination and execution. Funke leads the investment management on various deals in the office, retail and hospitality sectors as well as a broader oversight role on some West African investments. Funke is also a member of the Actis Macro Forum.Prior to joining Actis, Funke gained six years private equity experience spanning origination, investment structuring and asset management at African Capital Alliance, a leading Nigerian private equity firm where she also helped in establishing its real estate fund.Funke started her career at Arthur Andersen (Now KPMG Professional Services), is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.
Paul is the Group 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 in the professional experience of design and execution of projects in Africa, USA and Europe. He served as Development Director with Beacon Housing, in UK. Paul was the Executive with responsibility for the Property and Logistics team of Regus Plc during its rapid expansion years, which oversaw the opening of 190 business centers globally. He has expert knowledge of commercial property and workplace management and led Landmark’s expansion into America, Europe and Africa, has raised in excess of $100m of funding for Landmark and grown the company to achieve a PWC endorsed book valuation in excess of $200M. Paul is an African business magnate, with a deep and passionate interest in real estate in Africa driven by his goal to create the first pan African real estate and service organization. He sits on the Board of several institutions in Europe, America and Africa and has significant charitable interests in Health and Education as well as mentors a young leadership group. Paul is focused on adding value to the region through the creation of job opportunities in several African cities.
Damilola handles lodging development for the West Africa region at Marriott International. She has a background in African hotel investment advisory, having worked in 25+ African markets conducting market and financial feasibility studies while at W Hospitality Group and more recently, at Hausse Hospitality. Damilola also had a stint performing investment and portfolio analysis at RLJ Lodging Trust, a US hotel REIT based in Washington DC. She has an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School, Paris.
Patrick has over a decade of experience in Financial Advisory, Investment banking, insurance and Investment Management, within and outside Nigeria. He was the Top graduating student with a B.Sc in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an MBA from Lagos Business School Pan-African University. Patrick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and an Honorary Senior member of the Chartered Institute of Banks of Nigeria (HCIB). Patrick is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT) and The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS). In addition, he is a qualified stockbroker of The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Registered Bond Trader with SEC and is currently on the final stage of the U.S. based Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.
Patrick worked with Stanbic-IBTC for almost a decade and spent some time pioneering a local joint venture with Fortis Investments of Luxemburg prior to joining Skye Financial Services Limited.
Patrick has been exposed to extensive Finance/management related training by IESE Business School (In Spain), Citibank NY (In USA); Commerzbank (In Germany); Fortis Investments (In UK, Holland, Belgium, France), ING Bank (In Holland & Belgium).
Patrick, led the fund management team which has very successfully managed the Skye Shelter Fund (Nigeria’s first Real Estate Investment Trust) from its inception.
Patrick was recently awarded with a Certificate of Distinction as one of Nigeria’s Top 25 CEO’s in 2015. The Award was given by BusinessDay Newspaper in collaboration with Microsoft (Nigeria).
Patrick is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (GMP18).
Patrick is the Managing Director of SFS Capital Nigeria Limited and also serves as the Deputy Managing Director of SFS Financial Services Limited.
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 over 10 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.
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.
Mr. Bernard Longe is a banker by profession. He started his career at First Bank Plc where he rose to the position of MD/CEO in 2000 and retired in April 2010. He holds several board appointments including South Atlantic Petroleum Company Limited, Wheatbaker Investment & Properties Limited (Chairman) and was until recently the Managing Director of TY Holdings Ltd. He is Presently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of CDK Integrated Industries Ltd; a leading manufacturer of premium Porcelain Tiles and Sanitary Wares based in Sagamu, Ogun State.
Mr Longe is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria and has attended various technical, management courses and seminars at Harvard Business School, IMD Lausanne/Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore
In recognition of his achievements, he was conferred with the award of Officer of the Order of the Niger; OON in 2001 by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Mixta Real Estate Plc – a leading real estate development company with over two decades of developing communities in Nigeria and over N130billion in assets.
Prior to joining Mixta, Kola worked in various capacities in companies such as Asset & Resource Management company (ARM), Harbor Point Limited, Schounbraun McCann Group (now FTI Consulting), Stonehenge Real Estate Group, The Church Pension Group and Goldman Sachs. He holds a B.Sc in Business Administration from the Bernard Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and MSc Real Estate with Finance Concentration from the New York University.
Starting in 1998 when he first started using AutoCAD, Mr. Ayoade ADERELE rapidly researched and developed skills in all aspects of AutoCAD software. These include producing 2D drawings and 3D wireframe models and photorealistic renderings. His skills also included customising AutoCAD using the built-in AutoLisP programming languages and other product enhancement tools that were introduced over the years. His skills have been enhanced by attending various Autodesk training programs including Autodesk University that holds annually in Las Vegas, NV, USA
In 1991, Mr. Ayoade ADERELE founded AllCAD Consult Limited, a company with which he pioneered the introduction and has driven adoption of Graphical Information Technology Solutions such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Corporate Infrastructure and Facilities Management (CIFM) Software and associated services in Nigeria.
AllCAD Consult Limited is an authorized AEC Specialized reseller to Autodesk the world’s leading developer of design and digital content development software and a business partner to ARCHIBUS Inc. the world’s leading developer of Computer Aided Facilities Management Software.
In October, 2010, Mr. Ayoade ADERELE became an alumnus of the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and was honoured to be voted by his 57 graduating classmates to speak on their behalf at the graduation ceremonies.
He is a Quantity Surveyor, Construction Manager and BIM (5D) Specialist with interests in sustainability and
technology in the African Construction Industry. He is a Researcher, Blogger, Advocate and Trainer (Autodesk Certified Instructor) exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality (VR/AR), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and BIM-compliant Construction Management Softwares in construction projects. He has consulted and participated in numerous construction, infrastructure and estate development projects deploying Technology and Building Information Modelling to ensure project efficiency.
He is a researcher, consultant and seasoned business information system expert. His area of interest includes Smart City, Digital Construction, Geographical Information System and Building Information Modelling. He is an with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Digital Architecture from the prestigious University of Liverpool where he taught for over 4 years in the area of Digital Construction and Building Information Modelling. He has a Master of Science in Digital Architectural Design from the University of Salford, Manchester. He has led several workshops and publications on Building Information Modelling implementation.
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 property & facilities management and development & project management.
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
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 listed in ’30 Most Influential in Real Estate’ by Unite2018.
Akin Opatola is an alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, he started his career at Dorchester Property Management Company, Ikoyi after which hemoved on to Joe Akhigbe & Associates a firm of Chartered Estate Surveyors and Valuers. He then gained over 11 years experience in the Nigerian financial services industry with Skye Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc where he rose to become a business manager at Apapa, Lagos.
Akin Opatola is the senior partner at Olawale Jordan Company, a firm of Estate Surveyors and Valuers with
offices in Lagos and Abuja. Prior to this, he was Head of Origination and Brokerage at Northcourt Real Estate and before then he was the Chief Operating Officer of Brokerfield Real Estate Services Ltd.
He has over 15 years of work experience and in-depth knowledge of Valuation, Commercial Brokerage, and
Corporate Real Estate Consultancy.
He is an Associate member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers. A member of the
International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and the current treasurer of the Nigerian Chapter.
A member of the African Real Estate Society (AFRES)
He is also an accredited RICS Commercial Mediator.
And a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Auctioneers.
Akin is a director at Fulton McNaire Investment Ltd. Fulton McNaire Investment Ltd is a real estate development & investment company founded in 2015 and currently having some very exciting large scale residential, retail and mixed use projects at various developmental stages in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.
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.