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View professional biographies of prominent African celebrities, politicians, corporate and business leaders.

Mona Mahdy

Mona Mahdy spearheads the Oracle NetSuite organization for Africa & Levant. As a professional in the technology industry for the past 16 years, Mona advanced through multiple roles within multinational organizations. Starting out in product & brand management for the public sector, channel management, sales, and most recently leading Oracle NetSuite’s expansion across Africa &… read more »

Lee Naik

I am a techie at heart and one that has been fascinated with transforming the way we work and live to make a real difference to people, companies and the world we live in. I have spent most of my professional career as a digital and technology transformation specialist,designing, leading and executing the transformation of… read more »

Jo-Ann Pohl

I have experience spanning start-ups to listed corporates and have operated locally, regionally and globally. I was appointed Group CFO at Bowmans in October 2017 and sits on the Board of CAFSA, Sanari Capital and MMI Lending as a Non-Executive Director. Previously I was consulting to Texton Property Fund Ltd and an Executive Director and… read more »

Hari Ganesh Kumar

I lead Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE technology propositions across Asia-Pacific, India, MENA & Africa. As Enterprise Proposition Lead, I work with large organisations propelling their adoption of technology to meet their global tax and accounting compliance and reporting requirements. In addition to driving engagement and ensuring customers get the most out of the ONESOURCE suite and… read more »

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

I am an entrepreneur with 11 years experience in TMT in Africa, focused on the intersection between traditional media, mobile networks and the Web. Wide- ranging experience in product development, management, mergers &acquisitions, social entrepreneurship and tech start-ups.

Adrian Frey

Adrian Frey is the Managing Director of Beluluane Industrial Park and Free-Trade Zone (a Public- Private Partnership). The park is occupied by 35 companies from 15 different countries and supports a workforce of over 5000 employees. Beluluane offers the perfect location for establishing manufacturing business, distribution centres and connecting with the local, SADC and international… read more »

Olivier Granet

Olivier Granet is the former CEO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for a portfolio of over 200 hotels consisting of 50,000 rooms across over 30 countries. He joined the Middle East team in 2011 at a time when the Group had 40 hotels in the region. With almost 20 years… read more »

Irina Unkovski

Irina Unkovski is a qualified quantity surveyor, specialising in infrastructure procurement methods. She has close to 20 years’ experience working within the infrastructure and built environment industry, with both the public and private sector, on various infrastructure initiatives. Irina Unkovski has completed various consulting assignments mostly at National and Provincial Government levels specifically development of… read more »

Deborah Nicol-Omeruah

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… read more »

Kevin Teeroovengadum

Kevin Teeroovengadum has an MBA and M.Sc. in Finance. He worked for KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young in corporate finance and business consultancy before moving to Loita Capital Partners Group. Kevin Teeroovengadum joined Actis as a Director as part of their Africa real estate team. At Actis, he led the origination of a number of… read more »

Simon Ardonceau

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… read more »

Kecia Rust

Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to government in South Africa for the past 20 years. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and… read more »

Ivan Cornet

Ivan Cornet is co-founder and managing partner of Latitude Five where he is in charge of real estate. Ivan assists international and local investors active in West Africa, providing market intelligence and identifying off markets opportunities, as well as structuring commercial and financial transactions. Ivan Cornet holds a business law degree and a Master in… read more »

Hakeem Ogunniran

Hakeem Ogunniran is the Managing Director of UACN Property Development Co Plc. He is a Lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and holds an LL.B, LL.M and MBA from the University of Lagos. Hakeem Ogunniran joined UACN Plc as Manager, Legal Services and later worked in several functional areas such… read more »

Dolapo Omidire

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… read more »