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Tebogo is the founder and CEO of Talis Holdings, a diversified investment holding company with interests in finance, property, ICT and agriculture.

Having graduated with a B.Sc. in Engineering from Wits University, Tebogo started his prolific entrepreneurial career to build a portfolio of successful businesses which today form the Talis stable.

Tebogo has a passion for urban renewal, as is evidenced by the success of Talis Property Fund in building a portfolio of iconic inner-city commercial assets as well as developing the Pan African Shopping Centre in Alexandra, Sandton.

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Paul Jackson is the founding CEO of TUHF (Trust for Urban Housing Finance) where he has overseen the financing of over R4bn of inner-city affordable residential property and established himself as the foremost expert in financing South African urban rejuvenation.

Paul has a wealth of experience in development finance holds board directorships on the Johannesburg Social Housing Company and Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. Paul was also a National Rowing Coach, attending four Olympic Games.

He coached the Olympic Gold winning Coxless Fours at London Olympics in 2012.

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Louis Van
Der Watt

Louis is the co-founder and CEO of the Atterbury Group. Under his leadership, Atterbury has grown into the largest commercial property developer in South Africa, with offices in Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Ghana and the Netherlands.

Louis also co-founded Attfund, a South African shopping centre fund which merged with Hyprop in 2009, as well as Attacq Limited, the driving force behind Waterfall City and Mall of Africa in Midrand.

Louis has won a number of awards such as the Christo Wiese Medal for outstanding entrepreneurship from the South African Academy of Science and Arts and Business Leader of the Year Award from the Capital City Business Chamber.

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After starting his career in finance, Rian transitioned into real estate – building the Ithemba Group into one of the leading affordable rental housing providers in South Africa.

In addition to being CEO of Ithemba Group, Rian is also the co-founder of Circlevest Securitisation and executive director of Ithemba Group Investments – a property investment company that holds investments in companies worth over R2bn.

Rian is a board member of the Johannesburg Property Owners and Managers Association (JPOMA) and has held board positions on various inner-city improvement districts.

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Brian has over 17 years' experience in the commercial and industrial property industry since starting his career when he joined Syfrets as a property finance banker in 1997.

Since then he has been involved in the property industry in a variety of forms: he headed up structured property finance at Nedcor Investment Bank Limited from 1999 to 2003; he represented Nedbank as a non-executive Director on the board of Sycom Property Fund (from 2001 to 2004).

He then left the bank to join Zenprop Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd in the capacity of Managing Director from 2004 to 2007 and finally, before joining Genesis Properties (Pty) Ltd in May 2010, Brian was the Regional Executive in charge of the Gauteng Region of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. Brian now heads up RMH Property as CEO.

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Ilaria Benucci joined CDC Group in 2013 and is currently Head of Construction and Real Estate (“CRE”). In this role, Ilaria is responsible for CDC’s equity investments in Africa and South Asia in the CRE sector. Current portfolio includes logistics, hotels, mixed use developments and residential.

Ilaria joined CDC from AIG Global Real Estate where she was responsible for investments in emerging Europe, Russia and Turkey. Before AIG, she spent over 10 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where she was leading the Property and Tourism team.