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.
Adelaide Steedley is the Director of Citymark, within the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance. She has worked for U.S.-based, national non-profit mission-driven organisations that assist community-based organisations in expanding the availability of affordable housing for low income households. Her responsibilities have ranged from overseeing construction and development, to underwriting the City of Boston’s public investment in large-scale multi-family housing developments and managing the allocation of funding to city-wide and regional affordable housing initiatives. She has also supported the development and implementation of public-private investment instruments to facilitate capital investment in housing with banks, insurance companies, foundations and other local partners. Adelaide has a Master’s in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and in 2008 became a life fellow of the Emerging Leaders program, a joint fellowship of Duke University and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Kudakwashe Mativenga is the Finance and Office Manager at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). In this capacity, Kuda is responsible for financial management, donor and contract management, governance and risk management, as well as office administration. He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit arena, having worked for Oxfam GB, PATH and the Synergos Institute prior to joining CAHF. He has a personal interest in development finance, especially the role development finance institutions play as catalysts for economic growth and development. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree with Honours in Finance and Banking, from the University of Zimbabwe, an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and has attended the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town.
Olivier Vidal is the Francophone Programme Manager at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. 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 worked with the World Food Program and the French ministry of foreign affairs. He holds a Master Degree in International Development and Economics from the French Institute of Political Studies – Sciences-Po Toulouse, France, and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Aix-Marseille University.
Alfred Namponya is the Data Architect for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He comes from a background of data mining and analytics, with special expertise in credit risk management and financial risk modeling. He has extensive experience in enterprise data architecture, advanced big data analytics and business intelligence applications. He is an ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Accountancy from the University of Zimbabwe. Alfred completed the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town in 2017.
Noluthando Ntshanga is the Coordinator of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF). She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in housing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), certificates in African microfinance training and housing microfinance product development, and attended the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining CAHF, she worked for Habitat for Humanity International EMEA region as a Housing Microfinance Officer, supporting the design and development of housing microfinance products and providing institutional technical assistance to microfinance institutions. Before this, she was a researcher and assistant lecturer at UKZN, and junior project manager supporting the delivery of low-cost housing throughout KwaZulu-Natal. Her expertise includes housing policy, housing project management, housing microfinance product development, market research and supporting institutional development. She has a passion for finding innovative ways to deliver low-cost housing, and in assisting the frontier market to improve their livelihoods through financial inclusion.
Sireena Ramparsad is a research specialist at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science specialising in housing and Master of Science in Town and Regional Planning, both from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and attended the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town. Her background in housing and town and regional planning has broadened her expertise within the development and built environment field. Sireena has gained extensive experience working as a development economist, lead researcher and strategic planner across a multitude of projects, focussing on spatial economic development, including property market assessments and local/regional area planning. Sireena is currently registered as a candidate planner with the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) as well as the South African Planning Institute.
Raisa Cole is a research specialist at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town and a double Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from the University of Pierre Mendes France and the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. She completed the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town in 2017. She has worked with various international development organizations including the UN WFP, GIZ, AU and Solidaridad on issues of urban resilience and sustainable development. Raisa has a particular interest In urban risk mitigation and addressing Africa’s development challenges through market based solutions and impact investment.
Manitha Nadasan is a research specialist at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Housing and is completing her Masters in Town and Regional Planning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her experience in the development economics, housing and town and regional planning disciplines has fostered her expertise within the development and built environment fields. She has worked on a variety of projects across a number of sectors which include tourism, infrastructure, waste management, agriculture and agri-business, maritime, manufacturing, the green economy, investment promotion and facilitation, rural development as well as real estate. This has enabled her to gain invaluable and extensive experience in the development field and strengthened her skills as an economic spatial specialist and a strategic planner. She is currently registered as a candidate planner with South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) and is registered with the South African Planning Institute (SAPI).
Joseph Tembe is an intern at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a triple major of English, Philosophy and Politics. The combination of these subjects has honed an appreciation for writing and detailed research. As member of the CAHF team, he provides support to the research division, and assists other staff members with their research needs. His main tasks include staying abreast of developments in the housing finance sector across Africa and identifying relevant developments for future CAHF work. He will complete his LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017.
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Aqualine Suliali is a consultant for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She has extensive management consulting experience and is the Director of GAP Solutions. She is also currently consulting for the PYGMA Group on their affordable housing projects. Previously, she was Project Director at Angsam Holding, a private equity investment firm with operations in Angola, Mozambique and South Africa. In this capacity, Aqualine was responsible for deal origination, assessment and presentation to the investment committee. Aqualine was a director at Community Investment Strategies (CIS), an affordable housing development firm in New Jersey, U.S.A. She was a project manager at Conifer Realty, a real estate development firm, responsible for the management of housing development and urban redevelopment projects, including acquisition, predevelopment and financing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree, and a Mini MBA in Finance Essential, from Rutgers University, and attended the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town.
Miriam Maina is a spatial data and analytics consultant at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. Her work focuses on the use of data and analytics to drive a better understanding of African cities, and to support policy making and urban development. She has participated in various research projects on housing and informal settlements, as well as urban and rural planning, working as a project manager, researcher and data analyst. She is also a doctoral student at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, where she’s studying the influence of spatial planning in shaping the City of Johannesburg’s urban space economy. She has an MSc in Town and Regional Planning (Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a BA Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) from the University of Nairobi.