Botsreal is privileged to host some of the foremost professionals working in the Botswana’s property market. As the goal of our forum is to enrich the working experience of our delegates through relevant information, detail-orientated insights, we take great care in selecting a high caliber of speakers, who, in many respects, set the tone for the day. Furthermore, as a speaker you get the most visibility and the most significant corporate brand exposure. If you would like to get in touch with us about speaking at BotsReal, please contact Kfir Rusin at email@example.com.
Sandy Kelly began his career in the construction, property development and property finance industry in South Africa. He moved to Botswana in 1988 to “open the doors” for Time Projects Botswana. He was instrumental in developing PrimeTime’s initial portfolio and its successful listing on the BSE in 2007. Since then, as managing director of Time Projects and PrimeTime he has led the team that has built the company’s investment properties from an initial 13 to 26 today including the drive into Zambia.
Sethebe Manake is a business owner, standing at the helm of Botswana’s first Property Research and Consulting Firm. She has extensive experience in the real estate industry particularly with pension fund portfolios, listed property portfolios, consortiums, joint ventures and privately owned portfolios. Her last corporate role was Chief Executive Officer of listed property company Letlole La Rona, before being offered a regional Asset Management position at Stanlib South Africa. Sethebe holds a Bachelor of Science in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Strategic Management from the University of Derby and Botswana Accountancy College.
Bakang is the Managing Director of Leru Property Group with over 10 years’ experience in Real
Estate Developments and Investments. He holds a BSc Property Studies, Business and
Entrepreneurship Programme at the University of Nevada, USA and completed an Auctioneering
diploma in 2016. Previously he was employed as the Head of Property Developments/Investments at
Khumo Property Asset Management (Botswana), a subsidiary of Eris Property Group and BIFM.
Bakang started his career at RMB Properties, Eris Property Group (SA) before joining Khumo PAM.
Bakang is a Trustee and Member of the Board of Trustee for Gaborone City Development and
Investment Trust, Chairman\Co-founder of Botswana Green Building Council.
Graham Kusano is a Senior Development Asset Manager at IHS responsible for managing some of the fund’s investments in developmental assets. Prior to joining IHS Graham headed up the Liberty Group Property Development Team responsible for developing retail, hotel, commercial and hospital assets for the Groups R30bn portfolio and 3rd party clients on the continent. The team was responsible for deal origination right down to delivery. He was at Liberty for over 6 years. He has also worked in other facets of the property industry which include property management and finance. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from the University of Cape Town.
Selwyn Blieden is a Principal at Barclays Africa and leads the bank’s commercial property finance business in Africa (ex-South Africa). Prior to taking on this role, he was a founding member of the RMB Westport team, leading structuring and corporate management for RMB Westport’s developments in Nigeria. Previously, he co-founded and managed Rand Merchant Bank’s Opportunities in Global Real Estate portfolio. Before joining Rand Merchant Bank, Selwyn was a consultant in the Johannesburg office of McKinsey & Company, serving clients in several African jurisdictions. Selwyn is a CFA Charterholder and holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Tuelo Botlhole is the General Manager of PPC Botswana. He is an experienced Business Manager with 16 years of experience in Operations Management in the FMCG, Manufacturing and Construction sectors. As PPC’s first local GM, Botlhole brings an intimate knowledge of the business and an embedded understanding of the local market to the role. His key functions include Strategic Management with critical Management functions, including oversight of the complex ecosystem of cement production and its role within the construction industry. Botlhole is a results-oriented leader with a penchant for innovation and solutions that are responsive to the unique challenges within the local context.
Geri Wessels gained valuable experience by conducting market research in sub-Saharan Africa as a hospitality analyst. She joined Hilton in June 2013 as part of the development team to assist in realizing the growing number of opportunities on the African continent. Geri is responsible for securing exciting new projects in the SADC region. Prior to her return to South Africa, Geri was based in the United Arab Emirates for five years, focusing on development in the Middle East and North Africa hotel markets.
Montshwari Mooketsi is currently the Chaiman & Board Member of Real Estate Advisory Council (REAC). He is also the Managing Director For More Property Valuers Pty Ltd and Executive Chairman of Excess Petroleum Pty Ltd. He is a founding Member & full member of the Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB) for which he was president from 1998-2000 and from 2005 to 2010. He is currently also the Chairperson of Lands and Housing Sector of BOCCIM for High level Consultancy Council. Montshwari holds a Diploma in Land Use Management, a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from North London University, Oxford Brookes University and University of Botswana respectively.
Aged 54, Civil Engineer, Masters in Business Management and Transport, AMP (Harvard Business School), IEP (INSEAD), Alumni Association (EPFL, INSEAD, HBS). As Chief Executive Officer of the Realestate Group, he has been involved in property development and investments for over 26 years in Africa. In 1992 he set up RDC Properties Limited, the first Botswana Listed Property company. Has been awarded the Order of Merit by The King of Spain. He is the Honorary Consul of Italy and Spain in Botswana and actively involved in community works as a Paul Harris Fellow