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

Craig Smith

Craig Smith holds a MSc in Real Estate Finance & Investments from the University of Reading as well as a Bcom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management and a BSc (Hons) in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and MRICS designations. Craig began… read more »

David Damiba

David Damiba has 25 years of finance experience with an extensive African fund management, portfolio construction and risk management track record covering all asset classes. David was until June 2018 a Partner at Helios Investment Partners, where he co-founded and co-led the firm’s activities in African mezzanine and structured credit. In that capacity, David originated,… read more »

Bevan Smith

Bevan Smith is a CA (SA), CFA and holds an BCom (ACC) (Hons). Bevan Smith joined the Delta Group in 2015 as Investment Manager and then moved to Senior Investment Manager at Grit Real Estate Income Group. Bevan held the roll of Investment Principal at RH Managers, a firm specializing in green field healthcare investments… read more »

Ken Osei

Ken Osei, Principal Investment Officer; Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Consumer Service- International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ken is based in IFC’s Johannesburg office and responsible for originating, structuring, closing and managing portfolio investments in the sectors of Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Consumer Services at IFC in sub-Saharan Africa. IFC’s Consumer Services sector includes commercial property, retail, hotels, housing,… read more »

Manuel Vieira

Manuel Vieira is the Chairman of Meridian32 group, based in Mozambique. Manuel has been an entrepreneur for the past 20 years, with investments in Mozambique and Portugal. Previously he was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (auditing) and KPMG (consulting), and the Financial Manager for Pestana Hotel Group in Southern Africa. Manuel Vieira is… read more »

Olaf Schmidt

Olaf Schmidt is Manager of Property, Retail & Hotel, Health & Education Investments for the African Region at the IFC. His previous responsibilities as Global Sector Lead for Property, Retail & Hotel investments and Hub Lead for Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services in Western Europe included helping build business with European sponsors across emerging markets and… read more »

Nnenna Alintah

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. Nnenna Alintah has 15 years of experience in global real estate… read more »

Niyi Adeleye

Niyi Adeleye has over 20 years of in country, regional and international work experience and has developed competences in various disciplines. Niyi Adeleye has a first degree in Building Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University and Master Degrees in Construction Management and Construction Economics from University of Lagos and the London Southbank University. He is… read more »

Joël Bruneau

Joël Bruneau joined Omnicane in 2011. He has a total of 20 years of management experience after working in three main lines of business, with 10 years in senior management positions at IBL and Medine Ltd, among others. He obtained an MBA with distinction from the University of Birmingham, UK after completing his BCom degree… read more »

Tilda Mwai

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… read more »

Patrick Katabua

Patrick Katabua is Account Director and SADC Hub Lead in the Occupier Services Division. The role entails ensuring that client’s business strategy is met / enhanced through optimization of real estate. This could be in the form of Consultancy, Strategic Advisory, Market Research, Transaction Management (acquisitions, disposals, consolidations, re-gears, etc…) Patrick Katabua is French and… read more »

Shamin A. Sookia

Shamin A. Sookia is MD of Perigeum Capital Ltd. Shamin A. Sookia was the Head of Listing for the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) and was actively involved in the strategic shift to internationalize its platform and move up the value chain of listed/traded products. Shamin has been involved in setting up the listing regulatory… read more »

James Lewis

James Lewis is a Proprietary Partner and Managing Director of Knight Frank Middle East and Africa overseeing operations in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe which together employ over 800 people. Knight Frank provide; Property Asset Management, Valuation, Development Consultancy and Research, Occupier Services and Commercial Agency, Capital Markets, Healthcare… read more »

Ilaria Benucci

Ilaria Benucci joined the CDC Group in 2013 as Investment Director: Industrial Businesses. She has also led CDC Investments in two East-African commercial banks. Ilaria joined CDC from AIG Private Equity where Ilaria Benucci was responsible for investments in emerging Europe and Turkey. Her background is in private equity and financial institutions investing across Europe… read more »

Cheick Sanankoua

Cheick Sanankoua is Managing Partner at HC Capital Properties. Prior to HCCP, Cheick was an investment professional at Helios Investment Partners. Cheick started his career in investment banking in New York and London with Merrill Lynch, where Cheick Sanankoua worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) group. Cheick holds a Master of Business Administration (Africa)… read more »