Our Board

Paul Jackson, Chairman

Paul Jackson is the CEO of TUHF, a specialist mortgage lender in South Africa, focusing on inner city residential rental property.   Prior to TUHF, Paul held positions as senior operations manager at the Johannesburg Housing Company, general manager for the Transitional National Development Trust (TNDT) and divisional manager for southern Africa at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. While he was at the TNDT, the company was awarded first prize by the JSE/Deloitte & Touchefor corporate governance with a special acknowledgement for excellent achievement.  Paul has also held board directorships on the MvulaTrust, Alexander Social Housing Company, Brickfields Housing Company, and the Johannesburg Social Housing Company.

Claudio Acioly

Claudio Acioly is an architect and urban planner, a development practitioner with more than 35 years of experience.  He joined UN-Habitat in 2008 as chief Housing Policy and coordinator of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme. He also coordinated the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions to the Executive Director of UN-Habitat – AGFE.  During his tenure as head of housing policy, he led the housing policy work of UN-Habitat in countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Malawi, El-Salvador, Uganda, Vietnam, Nepal and Ecuador and was directly involved in housing policy planning and implementation as well as slum upgrading.  He is currently the head of Capacity Building and Training of UN-Habitat leading several global programs and initiatives linking capacity building, institutional development and policy change.

Christian Agossa

Christian Agossa is the former CEO of CRRH-UEMOA and over the same period was the Permanent Representative of the West African Development Bank (BOAD) on the Board of Directors. He was also the General Manager of BOAD TITRISATION, and has previously been Special Advisor and Financial Advisor to the President of BOAD where he served more than 26 years. He is a Board member of the African Union for Housing Finance.  He holds a degree from Sciences Po Paris (ECOFI) and Paris Dauphine University (Master of Applied Economics) and a postgraduate degree in Applied Economics from IEP Paris. Christian AGOSSA also holds a Certificate in Business Excellence from the Advanced Management Program of Columbia Business School. 

Nomsa F Ntshingila

Nomsa Ntshingila is the Executive Manager for HR at National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC). Prior to her position at NHFC, she was Managing Director of two of the companies she started, an HR Director at Otis SA, HR Consultant at Wesbankand an English Teacher at a high school. Nomsa has extensive experience in HR strategy, policies, recruitment and training. She has been responsible for employee development, succession planning,  organisational development and industrial relations. She holds a PhD in Psychology from UNISA, an MSc in Clinical Psychology from the Medical University of South Africa, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Forte Hare. She has served as a CAHF board member since February 2016.

Kecia Rust

Kecia 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