Our Team

CAHF Staff

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.  Email: kecia@housingfinanceafrica.org

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.  Email: kuda@housingfinanceafrica.org

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.  Email: olivier@housingfinanceafrica.org

Alison Tshangana joined CAHF as the Head of Research and Market Intelligence in June 2018. With nearly 10 years experience in the public sector, her areas of interest include human settlement policies and programmes, inter-governmental finance and public expenditure analysis. She recently joined CAHF from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), where she led SALGA’s work on human settlements, acting as a local government sector advocate and policy analyst. She has senior management experience at provincial level in South Africa in both the housing sector and Treasury. During her time with the Western Cape Department of Local Government and Housing, she was responsible for developing Western Cape housing policy, as well as research and information management. Prior to this, Alison spent two years heading the budget office at the Western Cape Provincial Treasury. Her experience in the NGO sector includes four years at IDASA, a South African NGO supporting democratisation, where she founded and led a unit which undertook research and capacity-building activities on budgeting for government’s response to HIV/AIDS. She has also worked with an international NGO based in Washington DC which undertook conflict resolution programmes in the Middle East and elsewhere. Alison obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude) and Religious Studies from Brown University in Rhode Island, United States.  Email: alison@housingfinanceafrica.org

Alfred Namponya is the Business Intelligence 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.  Email: alfred@housingfinanceafrica.org

Thandiwe Dhlamini holds the position of Project Support Officer within the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She holds a BA in History and Development Studies with Midlands States University in Zimbabwe. She has experience in project support, implementation and management which she has gained through working with Local and International Non- Governmental Organisations which focused on human rights, women’s rights, land grabs and tax campaigns, parental and family matters, Social Behaviour Change Communication and Capacity development of Social Services Practitioners. She is passionate about community development and curbing injustices and inequalities affecting the underprivileged.  Email: thandiwe@housingfinanceafrica.org

David Chiwetu joined CAHF as a Junior Research Manager in April 2019. In this capacity, his work focuses on overseeing and managing CAHF’s research in Nigeria, Ghana and the Central African Region. He has a personal interest in exploring the role that financial institutions and town planning authorities can play in positively shaping the development of African cities. He has completed a MSc in Development Planning where his masters research report looked at how small scale developers are supported in the property development process. He also holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Witwatersrand.   Email: david@housingfinanceafrica.org

Maria Nkhonjera is a Senior Research Manager at CAHF, where she contributes to sector monitoring and market intelligence in the southern African region. She has a special interest in the role of development finance and financial inclusion in African markets. Maria previously assumed the role of Economist at CCRED, conducting evidence-based research across industries, and authoring international conference papers and book chapters. Her areas of focus included trade and industrial policy analysis, regional integration and development finance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Maria holds an MCom (distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BCom (Honours) in Economics from the University of Johannesburg. Email: maria@housingfinaneafrica.org

Jean Philippe Ado is a research manager in charge of West Africa at the Center for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). It assists CAHF in its missions and activities in French-speaking Africa by doing extensive research on the housing finance market in this region; by offering technical and intellectual support in the drafting and publication of the housing finance Yearbook in Africa.  He is involved in developing CAHF professional relationships with its French-speaking partners to strengthen the organization’s efforts to participate in the development of the housing sector in this region. He is also involved in activities carried out in English-speaking Africa because he is bilingual. He has participated in numerous conferences, seminars, and trainings on affordable housing finance in Africa and is the author of one of our working papers on the role of microfinance in housing finance in Côte d’Ivoire. He holds an LLM in corporate law, a PgDip in commercial and business law, and both from the University of Witwatersrand; and a short course certificate in housing finance from Wharton University-University of Cape town training. Email: jean.philippe@housingfinanceafrica.org

CAHF Interns

Alex-Armel Kipayko is an intern in the francophone programme department at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He is assisting CAHF in its missions and activities in francophone Africa by conducting substantial research in housing finance market and by providing research support in the housing finance yearbook.  He is an aspiring Chartered Accountant (SA), who holds a BCom Accounting Degree from the university of Witwatersrand (South Africa).  Email: Alex-Armel@housingfinanceafrica.org