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Oscar Mgaya is CEO of Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company. He has 18+ years’ commercial real estate and financial services experience. Prior to TMRC, Oscar was the Director: Real Estate for Limited Brands and worked for JP Morgan Chase and General Electric Company. He holds a BA in Finance/Management and a MA in Management from Walsh University. Oscar is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF). He is also a Board Member of Watumishi...

Rob McGaffin is a town planner and land economist. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town where he is researching the location decisions of the different economic sectors in Cape Town. He has previously worked as a senior lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape town and in commercial property finance at several financial institutions. Prior to this he worked as town planner in the City of Cape...

James Doree is a Managing Director at Lion’s Head and has primary responsibility for managing the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com). Through this and other initiatives, he originates and executes transactions in financial services, housing, renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Since 2015, the ALCB Fund has raised $175 million in committed capital and has made investments in more than 15 African countries. In addition to his work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, James has advised European utilities,...

Heather studied architecture at the University of KwaZulu Natal, before working for a Durban based housing NGO, the Built Environment Support Group. She then joined the Cato Manor Development Association (CMDA), an eThekwini Metro area based programme which focused on redressing spatial inequality in a historic central part of the city. She managed CMDA’s housing programme across informal settlement upgrading initiatives, incremental housing programmes and credit linked affordable housing. Heather is the chief executive officer of Sohco, a non-profit social...

Olivier Vidal is the Francophone Programme Manager at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa since October 2016. In this capacity, Olivier is responsible for overseeing the development of CAHF activities in Francophone Africa, through the support of the French Development Agency. Before joining CAHF, he worked for six years for the African Development Bank in the Financial Sector Development Department, lately as a Senior Research Officer inside the multi-donor partnership Making Finance Work For Africa. Before this he...

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 property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and...

Stefan Zingerle is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Casa Orascom, a developer of turnkey affordable housing solutions in emerging markets. Casa Orascom and its affiliates have built over 45,000 homes in 12 countries as part of large-scale government programs, integrated town developments and disaster relief initiatives. Stefan is a board member of Ville Verte, a town development company delivering over 31,000 affordable homes in Dakar, Senegal. Stefan also serves as CEO of Société de Reconstruction de Baraka (SOREBA), a slum rehabilitation...

François Perrot is the Managing Director of 14Trees Ltd, a Joint-Venture company between LafargeHolcim, the world leader in building materials and CDC Group, the UK development finance institution. François has developed LafargeHolcim’s Affordable Housing initiative which addresses the needs of low income families in emerging countries, using innovative offers such as microfinancing and new construction materials. In 2017, the initiative, which is the largest private sector affordable housing program, contributed to build 100,000 housing units, impacting over 1 million people...

Mamadou Bocar Sy has been actively involved in the emergence of the real estate sector in Senegal for the past 25 years. He has been Managing Director of the Senegalese Housing Bank (BHS) since December 2010 after being Deputy Managing Director since 2006. He holds a Master degree in economics, from the University of Dakar, a bachelor degree in Banking Management from Paris 1 Sorbonne University and a diploma from the Center for Economic and Banking Financial Studies (CEFEB)....