To help us achieve our mission of fast tracking Proptech adoption in Africa, APF has appointed an advisory board, whose members are encouraged to assist and mentor start ups; advocate for the growth and success of the continent’s Proptech industry and to make a positive impact in accelerating Proptech adoption in Africa.
Roland has garnered over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Nigeria having worked with United Bank of Africa Plc, Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and National Bank of Nigeria. He was also recently a consultant with the World Bank on the design and transaction structure of the Family Homes Fund (FHF) – a N500 Billion social intervention program for housing by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Roland was head hunted by the Federal Government of Nigeria in July 2013 to lead the turn around and recapitalization of the moribund Federal Housing Authority Homes – a mortgage bank (now known as FHA Mortgage Bank Limited). Within a 6 months’ period, the bank was recapitalized and returned to profitability. Roland is currently a member of the technical committee (mortgage sector) of the Financial System Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020), the Federal Government of Nigeria financial schemes reform driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr Igbinoba is an alumnus of the School of Management, Cranfield University, UK. He is currently leading the development and organization of the PropTech Industry in Nigeria. This task involves helping both the private sector and government with policy frameworks; and the advocacy for an enabling environment and investment climate regime for PropTech companies in the country. With an academic background in Microbiology, Roland’s post-doctoral research work currently focuses on the intersection between Sustainable Cities Development and Health. Roland is the Founder of Pison Housing Company; and The Roland Igbinoba Real Foundation for Housing and Urban Development (RIRFHUD). He is an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a concentration in Real Estate Development & Finance.
Ronald Kaweesi is the Project Lead at PropTech Uganda and Regional Chair for the Federation of International Blockchain Real Estate Experts (FIBREE). He has worked for various real estate and innovations companies locally and internationally such as Built World Innovations, Siemens Real Estate, Allianz Real Estate, Collier International and RE/MAX among others.
He obtained his bachelor’s from Makerere University Kampala before further pursing MBA focusing on Digital Technologies Management and Masters in Land Management from Technical University of Munich. His areas of specialty are Digital transformation and technologies, Digital business models, Real estate and natural resource management.
Gil Sperling is the CEO of Flow, a proptech platform which is revolutionising how people rent and live. Sperling started his career as an engineer, and was one three founding partners of Popimedia, one of Africa’s biggest ad-tech and performance marketing companies. Popimedia went on to be bought by French based global communications group – Publicis. Through his experience and expertise within the tech industry, Sperling, together with the co-founders of Flow, are revolutionising the economics of rent with a shared value approach, bringing in behavioral economics to make the entire renting process more affordable, more transparent and more seamless.
Real estate enthusiast with a passion for the built environment and experience in construction project management & monitoring, development management, market/ feasibility studies & facilities management. Holding qualifications in building engineering & associated studies, I have worked in myriad of projects in the Kenyan & American markets. As part of Kenya Green Building Society Board, we’re engaged in driving opportunities for transformation of our building practices towards environmentally sustainable buildings. I seek to engage stakeholders in upskilling blue-collar level citizens towards better employment. As Vice Chairperson at the Institution of Construction Project Managers of Kenya, there’s engagement across board with built environment stakeholders in addressing built environment issues.
Sean is an experienced, independent and youthful property consultant operating through his company, Divercity Property Solutions in Africa and the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the executive committee of the South African Chamber of Commerce. It is this role, as well as his years of experience in all sectors of the property industry, that has made him an invaluable property consultant and the perfect mentor for the aspiring real estate leader.