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Meet the VIP Speakers – 13th Abuja International Housing Show

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The 13th Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) will be holding from 23rd to 26th July 2019. The globally recognised Show on housing and construction will among other things, including exhibition and making sales, feature a strong panel of national and international speakers.

The speakers who are drawn from reputable institutions like mortgage banks, real estate companies, housing regulatory agencies, construction companies, housing finance firms etc. and from various countries including USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda etc. will speak on this year’s theme which is; ‘’Driving Sustainable Housing Finance Models in the Midst of Global Uncertainty.’’

Meet Them:

Prof Yemi Osinbajo

Prof Yemi Osinbajo is the current Vice President of Nigeria, a lawyer and politician. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law practice firm. He was previously appointed as the Attorney General of Lagos state, also known as the Commissioner of Justice during the governorship tenure of Bola Tinubu. He is an accomplished lawyer and visionary leader.

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is Governor of Lagos state. He contested and won the 2019 gubernatorial election under the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, as well as the London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his gubernatorial ambition, he was the Managing Director/CEO of Lagos State Property Development Commission (LSPDC). He is an accomplished banker and public servant.

Godwin Obaseki

Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki is the current Governor of Edo State. He was the Chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team inaugurated by former Governor Adams Oshiomole in March 2009. Obaseki holds post graduate degrees in both Finance and International Business, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria. Obaseki served as executive board member of several private companies including Afrinvest.

Samuel Atta Akyea

Samuel Atta Akyea is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. A member of the New Patriotic Party of Ghana. He is the Minister for Works and Housing, and the current Member of Parliament of Akim Abuakwa South constituency. He is only the second person apart from President Nana Akufo-Addo to have been elected as MP of that constituency in the 4th republic. He has worked at the Attorney General’s Department, at Akufo-Addo Prempeh & Co. He has worked at Zoe, Akyea & Co., for a period of 14 years. He has been a Member of Parliament since January 2009. He has also served on the Finance, Public Accounts Judiciary and Appointments Committees of Parliament.

Lew Shulman

Lew Shulman is the CEO and Chairman of The Board, iBUILD Global Incorporated, USA – a mobile application on citizen-to-citizen (C2C) housing market disruption tool that empowers people to build, reversing their housing plight through small-scale construction based on each individual’s unique needs. Lew Shulman is an international Investor, Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur. Currently Lew is leading a technology company (Co-Founder) which has developed an end to end Mobile Platform for the construction/housing space in developing countries with partnership contributions from IBM and MasterCard Innovation Labs. He will be sharing his experience over a diverse career and applying his knowledge and desire to help develop and apply scalable solutions to complex global social issues at this year’s Abuja International Housing Show.

Debra Erb

Debra Erb is the Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she leads a team of finance officers to develop, diligence, underwrite and close SME debt and guaranty facilities in emerging markets. She also oversee a worldwide responsibility for business development in the housing finance and mortgage finance sectors. She was previously the President, Societas International Institute for Real Estate Finance, initially funded by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America to support research, technical assistance and training in “best practices” of mortgage finance around the world. The globally acclaimed mortgage expert will be sharing valuable information at this year’s Show.

Kecia Rust

Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). She is a housing policy specialist and has worked with both public and private sector practitioners in promoting access to affordable housing and housing finance in Africa for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Over the span of her career, Kecia has consulted and undertaken research in affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues. Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, U.S.A. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A., and a Masters of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Anders Lindquist

Anders Lindquist is Founder and President, Business Development at EchoStone housing. He has over the years coordinated a company that applies special technology to build homes and properties. He will be sharing the secrets behind EchoStone’s ability to reshape and modernise building construction in Africa and beyond.

Robert Hornsby

Robert Hornsby is the CEO of American Homebuilders of West Africa (AHWA), through which he is tackling the housing deficit in West Africa and giving the African diaspora better ways to invest in their home countries. He will inspire participants at the Show with his ability to produce positive change in challenging global environments. His passion for places he has worked and the people he has met will be an interesting feature when he speaks at this year’s Show.

Olivia Caldwell

Olivia Caldwell is a Principal at the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI), where she is currently leading projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and the South Pacific. Olivia has a decade of experience in housing finance, housing public-private partnerships, post-disaster reconstruction and green construction. Prior to joining AHI, Olivia worked for CEMEX, one of the world’s largest cement companies, in developing affordable housing solutions in Latin America, with an emphasis on post-disaster reconstruction in Haiti. Olivia has an Executive Master’s in Management from the London School of Economics, an MA in Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University, and a BA in Anthropology from McGill University.

Agnes Tokumbo Martins

Agnes is a Director at Central Bank of Nigeria. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Lagos in 1983, and joined the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1990. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration also from the University of Lagos. In 2001, she proceeded to London South Bank University, United Kingdom to study Advanced Information Technology specialising in Object Oriented Analysis and Design and graduated with a Distinction. She obtained a second Bachelors degree in Applied Accounting with First Class Honours from the Oxford Brookes University, also in the United Kingdom. She is the first female president of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Lagos Chapter. She is a member of Risk Managers Association of Nigeria’s Board of Trustees.

Mounia Tagma

Mounia Tagma is the Regional Manager, Affordable Housing Institute, Morocco. She is a prominent stakeholder in North-Africa and Middle East Housing Development.

Femi Adewole

Femi Adewole is the MD/CEO of Family Homes Funds – an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at facilitating affordable housing delivery by entering into specific partnerships with supportive state governments, developers and international partners/agencies that can provide technical support and financing for project implementation. Femi Adewole is a real estate and housing professional with over 25 years’ experience leading housing initiatives across Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Until his appointment, he was managing director of Shelter Afrique, the Nairobi- based pan-African housing finance company.

Deji Alli

Deji Alli is the Chairman and CEO of Mixta Africa SA. Prior to this, he served as the founding CEO of Asset & Resource Management Company Limited (ARM), a role which he stepped down from in July 2015. Deji’s career also spans Prudential Portfolio Managers Limited, UK and the African Development Bank. He holds a B.S degree in accounting and a post-graduate degree in Finance from the University of Lagos.

Kehinde Ogundimu

Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu is Managing Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc and has been its Executive Director since November 26, 2015. Mr. Ogundimu is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ work experience in financial services (secondary mortgage and diversified banking), energy and public accounting. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and subsequently worked in various capacities at Texaco Overseas (now Chevron Nig. Ltd) in Nigeria and in the Washington DC region at Pepco Energy Services, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and finally at Capital One Bank, where he was the Head of Debt, Derivatives and Securitization before joining NMRC. Mr. Ogundimu is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. He has attended several executive management programs in leading educational institutions including Harvard Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Mr. Ogundimu holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and obtained an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Ahmed Dangiwa

Ahmed Dangiwa is the MD of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria. He is an architect with over 30 years of Real Estate, Infrastructure Development, Banking and Management experience spanning private and public practices as well as in academia. He was previously a Managing Partner of AM Design Consults since 1996, an architectural and real estate development consultancy firm, and Jarlo International Nig. Ltd, a Construction Company, where he supervised the delivery of several outstanding projects in diverse areas and sectors across the country, mainly in real estate development. Arc. Dangiwa excelled as a mortgage finance practitioner, rising through the ranks in Sahel Mortgage Finance Limited from a Property Manager to Head of Credit Control to becoming the Manager, Mortgage Banking Division.

Prof Mustapha Zubairu

Prof Mustapha Zubairu is the Project Consultant, Niger state Smart City Project. Before his appointment, the lecturer from Federal University of Technology, Minna facilitated a partnership between the Niger government and the UN habitat which attracted the Korean Business Society to the state.

Prof Johnson Falade

Prof Johnson Falade is Former country rep for UN HABITAT in Nigeria. She is a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Member Town Planning Registration Council, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, and Member Nigerian Society of Landscape Architects.

Prof Charles Inyangete

Prof. Charles Inyangete is the Former and Pioneer Chief Executive Officer – Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC). He was previously the Chief Executive Officer T-Mortgage Limited, Group Chief Executive Officer Integrated Risk & Investment Services (IRIS), and Independent Non-Executive Director, Exim Bank.

Andrew Chimphondah

Andrew Chimphondah is the MD of Shelter Afrique, the Pan-African finance institution dealing exclusively with providing affordable housing finance and advisory solutions in Africa. Mr Chimphondah, a Zimbabwean national is a Chartered Accountant and member of both the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ). He holds an MBA majoring in International Finance from the Durham University Business School (United Kingdom). He is currently completing his PHD thesis on innovative housing finance solutions for the affordable housing market with the Da Vinci Institute in South Africa. Mr Chimphondah, has more than 20 years Finance and Business executive leadership experience in real estate finance, retail and wholesale banking. He joined Shelter Afrique from Housing Investment Partners (PTY) Limited where he served as the Group Chief Executive. He has also worked as the Managing Executive for National Housing Finance Corporation which is the largest developmental financial institution in Southern Africa. He has also served as Director and Managing Executive Levels focusing on home loans at ABSA and the Standard Bank in South Africa.

Hakeem Ogunniran

Hakeem Ogunniran is the MD/CEO Eximia Realty, Abuja. He is the former Managing Director of UACN Property Development Company Plc. He also served as Divisional Managing Director of MDS Logistics, a Division of UAC of Nigeria Plc. He served as Manager, Legal Services of UACN Plc. From 1998 to March 2000, he served as Western Area Manager, Marketing Manager, GBO/MDS Division of UACN and Acting Managing Director of UPDC at various times. He was a Director of UACN Property Development Company Plc until 2018. Mr Ogunniran attended various training programmes including the General Management Programme of Ashridge Management College, U.K (2000) and the Strategic Leadership Programme of Cranfield University, UK. He served as President and Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria. Mr. Ogunniran holds LL.B, Masters of Law (LL.M) and MBA degrees from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.

Ugochukwu Chime

Reverend (Surv) Ugochukwu Obiora CHIME, Surveyor, Real Estate Developer, Physical Development Consultant etc, is the National President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), and President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA). He is a notable FMBN consultant in Real Estate Development with many successful developments across the country to his credit. He had a 15 years working experience with Anambra/Enugu States Government in Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development (May 1980 – June 1995). He started serving as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of COPEN GROUP OF COMPANIES from June 1995 till date. He served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (2003 – 2007). He is also the Chairman, Bethel Microfinance Bank Ltd and sits on the Board of many other companies.

Adeniyi Akinlusi

Mr. Adeniyi A. Akinlusi is the President, Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN). He was previously the Chief Executive of Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc. Mr. Akinlusi held various strategic and leadership positions in Intercontinental Bank Plc, and in March 2006, he was seconded to Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc as the Managing Director/Chief Executive. After over 20 years of extensive and diversified banking experience in niche banking including, Corporate, Retail, Branch, Regional, Oil and Gas, Public Sector and Mortgage banking, he retired from Intercontinental Bank as a General Manager.

Mr. Akinlusi served as a Director of Intercontinental Homes Savings & Loans Plc. Mr. Akinlusi holds a B.Sc (Accounting) from University of Ilorin and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos. He is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate (ACIT) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT), an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (HBS) Boston, U.S.A., the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland, Lagos Business School, (LBS), Lagos, Nigeria and a Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB). He has also attended various Management, Strategic and Leadership courses in Nigeria and abroad including London Management Centre (London); I.E.S.E. Business School, University of Navarra (Barcelona, Spain) and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).

Dr Femi Johnson

Dr. Femi Johnson, DBA, serves as a Non-Executive Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc. Prior to becoming the CEO of Homebase Mortgage Bank, Dr. Johnson started his banking career in 1992 at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc., and then worked in Diamond Bank Limited, as well as First Atlantic Bank Plc. before joining Guardian Express Bank Plc. in 2001 as the Group Head, Telecoms and Technology. He was the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Express Mortgage Limited in April 2004 and was appointed Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Spring Mortgage Limited in September 2006, following the merger of banks that birthed Spring Bank Plc. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Fellow (FCTI) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), a Fellow (FICA) of the Institute of Credit Administration, a Honorary Senior Chartered Banker (HCIB) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and also an Associate of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, (NYSSCPA). He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and he holds a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) degree from the Cranfield University, United Kingdom in Economics and Finance. He also holds an MBA degree from the Lagos Business School and had previously obtained an MBA from the University of Ado-Ekiti.

Olabanjo Obaleye

Olabanjo Obaleye is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of one of Nigeria’s top mortgage banks, Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank Plc. He was previously an Operations Manager both at Societe Bancaire Nigeria Ltd and Midas Bank Plc.

Ifeoma Okoye

Ifeoma Okoye is the Executive Director at Brains and Hammers. She has over 20 years’ experience in start-up operations across human capital management, real estate development and management, business strategy, turnaround plans, process mapping and business re-engineering. She is a real estate investment strategist and has managed several aspects of construction projects. She was previously Managing Partner, Brent Consulting; Head, Human Resources Visafone Communications and others.

Jumoke Adegunle

Jumoke Adegunle is the General Manager of Lafarge Affordable Housing and Buildings. She is a curious-minded engineer and business manager. Inspired by innovation and creativity. Follower of architectural and engineering design. Travel enthusiast and explorer.

Eucharia Onimisi Alozie

Architect (Mrs) Eucharia Onimisi Alozie is the head of the Public Private Partnership for Housing & Works in Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing Abuja. Alozie joined the Civil Service as Senior Town Planning Officer in the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development where she rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Director, URD & PPP in the Ministry from 2011 till date. She became the Head, PPP (Housing) in 2014 and in 2016 her responsibility was expanded to include Head, PPP (Works). In the course of her career, she has coordinated, planned, designed and implemented several Federal Government housing & works programmes nationwide. She has also headed and served in various sensitive committees in the Ministry.

Afolabi Imoukhuede

Afolabi Imoukhuede is a Senior Special Assistant in the office of the Vice President on Job Creation and Youth Employment (Npower). Prior to his appointment to national assignment, he is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of MCS Consulting Limited. An Accountant by profession, he is an experienced International Development consultant with sector focus in construction, real estate and small business development. He is also a certified Project Management and Human Capital consultant with particular emphasis on the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Mr Olu Olarenwaju

Mr. Olu Olanrewaju has been Executive Director of Operations at East Thames Group Limited since December 14, 2015. Mr. Olanrewaju served as an Executive Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at East Thames Group Limited until December 14, 2015. Mr. Olanrewaju joined East Thames in December 2013 to lead its Communities and Neighbourhoods directorate. He has a wide remit including all the Group’s landlord services, customer service, care and support, and repairs delivery. Mr. Olanrewaju served as Managing Director of Housing Association PCHA at Genesis Housing Group Limited since June 2009. Mr. Olanrewaju served as managing director of housing and regeneration group Midland Heart. He served as Interim Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods since October 2013 and was a member of East Thames board from 2001 to 2008, first as Chair of East Homes, an operating subsidiary, then as Vice Chair of the Group. He has two decades of experience in housing, including senior roles at several housing associations such as Midland Heart and Radian. Mr. Olanrewaju is also on the board of a small housing charity and is a trustee at Common Purpose.

Sa’Adiya Aliyu Aminu

Sa’Adiya Aliyu Aminu is CEO Urban Shelter Limited. After completing her education, she joined the Debt Management Office as a technical assistant to the Director-General. In 2009, Sa’adiya joined Urban Shelter Limited as a Senior Manager to the Chairman office. In a role requiring a deft hand and a steady touch, she streamlined the operations of the Chairman’s office, increasing efficiency and productivity. Her success in this role led to her promotion as Chief Operating Officer, where she aims to leverage her organisational talents to move the company forward.

Jide Odusolo

Jide Odusolo is the special adviser to the Governor and Chief Executive, OPIC (Ogun State Property Investment Company). He is Commercial Real Estate guru with previous working experience at Octo5 Enterprises as Chief Strategist; Legacy Holdings Limited; Texaco Overseas Petroleum Unlimited and Ecobank.

Dorothy Baziwe

Dorothy Baziwe is the Executive Director of Shelter and Settlements Alternatives: Uganda Human Settlements Network (SSA: UHNET).

Kayode Omotosho

Kayode Omotosho is the Executive Secretary of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN). His sojourn in the Financial Sector which commenced from National Bank in 1981 resulted into his appointment with Resort Savings and Loans Limited in 1993 as the Pioneer General Manager and consequently an Executive Director covering areas such as Mortgage Banking Operations, Treasury Management, Accounts/Finance/Systems as well as Human Resources Department. In July 2003, he assumed the exalted position of the Pioneer Executive Secretary of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN) to contribute his humble quota to the growth, development and smooth-functioning of a well-structured Mortgage Banking/ Housing Finance Sector in Nigeria.

Imeh Okon

Imeh Okon is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure. She previously worked as the Project Manager, Power Africa with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is an Infrastructure Expert with over 15 years’ experience in various sector reforms and privatisation transactions. Imeh began her career at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in 2002, where she was a key member on the team that contributed to the successful privatisation of 23 terminals of the Nigeria Ports. She also participated in the reform work for the Railway, Aviation, River Basins and Energy sector. She was also a member of the 7 man team mandated from BPE to operationalize the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in 2005.

Mr Roland Igbinoba

Roland Igbinoba is the Founder, Pison Housing Company; Growth and Development Economist; Health Economist; and PropTech Enthusiast. He is the President Roland Igbinoba Housing Foundation. He was previously the MD/CEO, FHA Mortgage Bank, and Deputy President Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN).

Kunle Faleti

Kunle Faleti is a US Career Mortgage Banking and Risk Management Professional with over 25 years international experience in Mortgage Operations, Retail Lending, Retail Risk Management and Affordable Housing Solutions. He has previously worked as Senior Mortgage Underwriter, SunTrust; Consultant/Mortgage Specialist (Nigerian Housing Finance Program), World Bank Special Project; Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Union Homes Savings and Loans Plc; Managing Director/Cheif Excutive of Mortgage Subsidiary (Diamond Mortgages), Diamond Bank Plc and others.

Festus Adebayo

Festus Adebayo is the MD/Convener of Abuja International Housing Show. He is also Founder and CEO of media company, Fesadeb Communication. With a professional training in law, he also previously worked as a Banker. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, with Masters in Business Administration from University of Lagos. He is a media guru and member of Nigeria Institute of Management and a leading promoter of Housing Development in Nigeria. He has received commendation awards for his impressive contributions to housing development from various professional bodies, NGOs and government establishments. He is the president of Housing Advocacy Network – The leading advocacy platform for promoting home ownership, mortgage education and affordable housing in Nigeria. He is the owner of Housing Television Programme on Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Television Continental (TVC). He is an advocate partner of African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF). He is also a member of Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria; Nigeria Bar Association and others.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

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