Africa FM is Led by Capable Team of FM Practitioners

Africa FM is led by a team of experienced FM practitioners with African roots and more than 100 years of combined industry experience in the African and Global Facility Management industry. 

Board Members

Maged

Eng. Sherif Maged Khaled

Chair

Sherif has been a staff member in the American University in Cairo since 1996. He is currently the Executive Director, Integrated Services, Facilities and Operations Department. He is managing and leading a 150+ million EGP annual budget and 36+ million EGP revenue of the Housing, Housekeeping, Landscape, Sustainability and Transportation Departments with four sub units and a team of 200 managers, staff and craft employees serving a client base of 8,500+ community members daily.

Sherif has also worked in HAMZA ASSOCIATES – Cairo, Egypt from 1993 – 1996 as a Structural Engineer. He directed a team of structural designers to effectively design the Alexandria Library in a timely manner, under the sponsorship of UNESCO.

He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the The American University in Cairo, 2002, with a concentration in Marketing and International Business. Also, he has a Master’s of Science degree in Reinforced Concrete Structures, from the School of Engineering, Cairo University, 1999. His Bachelor of Science is from Cairo University, 1992, School of Engineering, Civil Engineering

He has obtained the credentials of Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) from IFMA. In addition, he has obtained his LEED Green Associate certificate in 2015. Lately, he was granted the PMP certificate from the PMI.

He is a member in APPA Institute for Facilities Management 2017. He is also a Certified Maintenance Planner/Scheduler from (ILM) since September 2012. He is a subject matter expert (SME) of AUC FM Academy and course developer. 

Sherif is the Vice President of the Egyptian Facility Management Association (EGYFMA) and one of the 15 founding members, and a member in Global FM on behalf of Egyfma.

Maria

Maria Morapedi

Vice Chair

Maria brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience in the property industry. She has gained invaluable international experience from the United Kingdom where she worked with various local authorities and private sectors. She also worked in Botswana to set up the FM department at Botswana Accounting College. Her roles were at strategic and operational level. 

Maria holds a BSc Property Management and an MSc in Construction and Project Management. She is the EuroFM Ambassador for Botswana and a certified member of IWFM. 

Maria founded FMCE Africa in 2017, and the 1st conference was hosted in Gaborone Botswana in September 2019. FMCE is a Pan African integrated Facility Management (FM) conferencing, consultancy, and training company. Under the consultancy services FMCE assists clients develop the right skills, capacities, culture, and strategy to effectively preserve and grow the value of their assets and facilities. 

As a Pan- African conference and exhibition platform she set the company to host annual conference events by putting together speakers / product developers and service providers in one platform to raise the profile of FM across the Africa continent, for knowledge exchange, advocate for professionalising the industry, adoption of ISO standards, networking and educational purposes. 

 

In 2020 she hosted the first Africa wide virtual conference which brought together renowned FM speakers from across Africa and the globe under the theme “Working together to accelerate adoption of FM across Africa”. A major outcome of which was the inception of Africa Facilities Management Community. She led the Africa wide skills gap survey and continues to play an important role in growing the profession in the continent. She is the Vice Chair of AFM.

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Dr MKO Balogun

Association

MKO holds an MBA from Lagos Business School of Pan African University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, B.Eng. (Hons) from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He has over 19 years working experience in various capacities covering general management, Customer Service, Manufacturing, after sales, Sales/Marketing, Project and Facilities Management, and industries like Vehicle Assembly Plant; vehicle dealership; Security Company; Fast Food, Banking and aviation sectors of the Nigerian economy, making him a fully rounded professional in both private and public sectors.

As a facilities manager, and popularly called Mr. Facilities. He founded the African Facilities Management Institute. He has been a major speaker at various international FM and Building Industry programs in Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai, SA, attended various international FM conferences in US, Dubai, Ghana, Nigeria. His area of focus in recent times is Sustainability & Smart City Development. MKO has attended several International FM programs of International Facilities Management Association, IFMA 2010, 2013, British Institute of Facilities Management, BIFM, 2014, Middle East Facilities Management Association, MEFMA, 2009, 2014 as well as training programs with Peugeot in France, 2001 and GM in Kenya, 2002.

He is a member of COREN; Nigerian Society of Engineers; Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Management Consultants; Nigerian Institute of Management and a fellow of Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria and Institute of Administration and also a member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), Nigerian Chapter, he holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FACILITIES MANAGER (CFM) one of the few in Nigeria and among the 3000 people in the world with the certification he also holds the Facilities Management Professional (FMP) Certification.

Walter

Walter Kundai Gohori

Business

Walter takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage.   He is a business leader who provides direction that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in Real Estates, Facilities, Construction and Corporate Services   information that levers the business.  

Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic business partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Walter earns a seat at the table wherever he serves. Currently, as a Snr Group Manager – Realty & Facilities at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, a Pan – African Financial Institution with a footprint in 33 countries, Walter oversees the operations of a property portfolio of more than 800 properties spanning from West, Central, East and Southern Africa. Ecobank also has presence in Dubai, France, UK and China with premises and assets managed by Walter.  

He led the successful asset due-diligence during the business expansion of the bank from 6 -to – 33 countries. He is now spearheading major strategic shifts for automating the entire asset management including premises and maintenance. He also led the initiative to adopt solar energy across the bank. Previously, as a Group manager Technical Services with a Regional Hospitality Group, Walter led business development for the property division of African Sun Group of Hotels.  Earlier he rose through the ranks of The Transport & Logistics sector transitioning from Operations Management to General management.   He began his career in Infrastructure Projects Management /Financing with Intermarket Bank and CBRE. Walter holds an MBA from the University College of Estates Management, London, BSc Town Planning from University of Zimbabwe, MSc from Women’s University in Africa, and Procurement & Property Management Certifications.

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Dr Luke Obala

Academia

Luke M. Obala is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Real Estate, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying and immediate former head of the then Department of Real Estate University of Nairobi. He a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a joint Master of Science in Development Planning and Management from Dortmund Technical University, Dortmund, Germany and Bachelor of Arts in Land Economics (Hons) from University of Nairobi. He is a Registered Estate Agent, Member of Kenya Institute of Planners, Member Kenya Institute of Management with more than 25 years of teaching, research and practice in real estate profession. He has published several journal articles and book chapters covering property and facilities management, valuation as well planning. In addition, he is a knowledge partner in devdiscourse.com a virtual community keen on tracking the progress towards achievement of Sustainable Goals globally.

Martin

Martin Shaningwa

Communication & Administration

Martin has been a full-time staff member at Broll Namibia since 2016, a strategic partnership between the Broll Property Group South Africa and the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies founded in 2003. He was the in-country Facilities Management representative for the then Edcon Group Stores with a complement of 66 stores in Namibia, under the Broll Property Group until 2020.

He was the in-country Technical Facilities Manager for the Massdiscounters brands (Game Stores) in Namibia from 2016 to 2019. During the same period, he was also managing Holdsport Ltd.’s only Sportsman Warehouse leased facility in Namibia.

He has been the interim Head of Facilities Management at Broll Namibia since 2019 and currently managing a NAD 36 million annual budget for the Shoprite Namibia Group portfolio of 73 sites across Namibia. The portfolio comprises of both owned and leased facilities with disciplines ranging from MEP, HVAC+R, IT, and various soft services.

He has a strong technical background with a Red Seal (Trade Diploma) and N3 in Electrical Engineering. He was the Senior Maintenance Electrician at Meatco Namibia, the leading fresh meat products manufacturer and exporter in Namibia. After 3 years of service, he advanced his maintenance career by joining Namibia Breweries Ltd as an Electrical Engineering Technician.

His developed analytical and attention to detail as well as a passion to improve the lives of people led to a career shift from Engineering to FM. He is currently one of a few certified Infra-red Thermographers in Namibia. He has embarked on a new journey of personal development in the FM world to further enhance his contributions to FM and the global community at large through the promotion of sustainable developments and initiatives.

Executive Committee

Maged

Eng. Sherif Maged Khaled

COO

Sherif has been a staff member in the American University in Cairo since 1996. He is currently the Executive Director, Integrated Services, Facilities and Operations Department. He is managing and leading a 150+ million EGP annual budget and 36+ million EGP revenue of the Housing, Housekeeping, Landscape, Sustainability and Transportation Departments with four sub units and a team of 200 managers, staff and craft employees serving a client base of 8,500+ community members daily.

Sherif has also worked in HAMZA ASSOCIATES – Cairo, Egypt from 1993 – 1996 as a Structural Engineer. He directed a team of structural designers to effectively design the Alexandria Library in a timely manner, under the sponsorship of UNESCO.

He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the The American University in Cairo, 2002, with a concentration in Marketing and International Business. Also, he has a Master’s of Science degree in Reinforced Concrete Structures, from the School of Engineering, Cairo University, 1999. His Bachelor of Science is from Cairo University, 1992, School of Engineering, Civil Engineering

He has obtained the credentials of Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) from IFMA. In addition, he has obtained his LEED Green Associate certificate in 2015. Lately, he was granted the PMP certificate from the PMI.

He is a member in APPA Institute for Facilities Management 2017. He is also a Certified Maintenance Planner/Scheduler from (ILM) since September 2012. He is a subject matter expert (SME) of AUC FM Academy and course developer. 

Sherif is the Vice President of the Egyptian Facility Management Association (EGYFMA) and one of the 15 founding members, and a member in Global FM on behalf of Egyfma.

Hikmot

Dr. Hikmot Koleoso

Education

Dr. Hikmot Koleoso has a First Degree Honours in Estate Management and a MSc. qualification in Construction Management both from University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos Nigeria. Hikmot holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Investment from University of Reading and another Pg.D. in International Education from Oxford Brookes University in England. She is a lecturer and facilities management specialist and consultant whose Ph.D. research focused on Facilities Performance Management. In 2011, in the course of her Ph.D., she had a 3 months split doctoral training in a facilities management research and consultancy firm in Kent, United Kingdom, where she was involved in FM researches to recalibrate an existing FM benchmarking model and to develop a carbon emission reduction model for building construction material specification amongst others.

Hikmot is a Registered Estate Surveying (RSV) practitioner and has worked in this capacity in the banking industry, federal public service and real estate private practice. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Lagos and lectures in both the Post Graduate and Undergraduate Programmes in Estate Management and valuation and Facilities Management. Dr. Koleso served as the Coordinator of the University’s Masters Programme in Facilities Management (MFM) for 6 years and currently holds the position of Sub-Dean in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences in the university. 

Hikmot has produced 2 Ph.Ds. in facilities management (as a co-supervisor) and is currently supervising 5 other candidates. She has served as an external examiner to higher institutions for Under graduate and Post graduate examination within and outside Nigeria, served as a reviewer to a number of national and international journals and as a Co-editor in book of readings. 

Dr Koleoso served as a facilitator in several workshops and continuing professional development programmes for the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, the Nigerian Chapter of the International Facilities Management Association and Unilag Centre for Housing amongst others. She has provided consultancy and training services to establishments including Lagos State Government and Central Bank of Nigeria, as well as in the strategic review of FM considerations in building developments as a member of the integrated design team. Hikmot has been involved in interviews for appointment of Heads of Facilities Management units of establishments including that of Flour Mills Nigeria Ltd. 

As a seasoned researcher, Dr. Koleoso has been involved in collaborative studies within and outside Nigeria in FM topical areas and sustainable urban development such as: environmental sustainability, non-biodegradable plastic waste management and facilities performance measurements including benchmarking and building thermal quality. She is a member of 2 research clusters of the African Research University Alliance and has authored/co-authored over 45 scholarly articles. Hikmot has presented papers in international conferences in different places including England, Scotland, Denmark, Ghana and South Africa amongst others and has served as a panelist in several forums. 

Kathy

Dr. Kathy Michell

Research

Kathy has been on the full-time academic staff at the University of Cape Town since 1995 and is currently the Deputy Dean Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. She also lectures and co-supervises at the Master’s level on strategic asset and facilities management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

She has a Master’s degree in cost and systems engineering from the University of Cape Town and a Doctorate in property and facilities management from the University of Salford.

She is a core member of the Urban Real Estate Research Unit and the Sustainability + Cyber Research Unit for the Built Environment at UCT. Her primary research focus is in the application of urban and community-based facilities management in leveraging socio-economic development in African cities. She serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals and is the regional editor (Africa) for the Journal of Facilities Management.

She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the South African Facilities Management Association and is the immediate Past-‐-President of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and recently completed a four-year term as a Council Member on the Council for the Built Environment in South Africa.

Isaac Owusu Adjakwah

Partnership and Industry Development

Mr. Isaac Owusu Adjakwah is a Facility Management Professional (FMP) successful in leading fit for purpose (FFP) hard and soft Total Facilities Management, Project and Technology Management in the Aviation and Healthcare sectors through innovation and strategic planning for high growth organizations.

He has expertise in Asset Management, Reliability Centred Maintenance, Project Planning and Management, Space Planning, Enterprise Risk Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Contract Administration and Management among others.

He has been providing strategic lead in the management and maintenance of  Aviation  and  Healthcare Technology, Support Services, and Human Capital Management  since 2007.

Mr. Adjakwah holds an MBA in Engineering Management from Coventry University, United Kingdom ,a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Engineering from Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (formerly University of Applied Science Giessen), Germany. He also holds a Diploma in Project Management and Design from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Takoradi Technical University.

He currently is the Board Chairman of Ghana Chapter of the International Facility Management Association(IFMA).

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John R Samuel

Membership

John R Samuel Pr Eng; Pr CPM; C Eng; AFP; BSc Eng(Civil), GDE; MBA; MSAICE; MICE; MASCE (life); SAFMA

John is a Civil Engineer and Specialist Advisor in Facilities Management, Public Private Partnerships, infrastructure development and management consulting in the built environment. 

He started his career as a consulting civil engineer involved in infrastructure development and then spent thirteen years with BP.  John was with Turner & Townsend for eighteen years consulting on a variety of infrastructure and immovable asset development and management commissions for both the Public and Private sectors. On retiring from Turner & Townsend he Joined J Maynard in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) office managing the Cogeneration Programme and then moved back into FM and PPP consulting.  

John has consulted to Government, parastatals and the Private Sector on Strategic Asset Management, programme management, infrastructure development, Strategic Facilities Management, outsourcing and insourcing of Facilities Management services and PPPs. He has been involved on many of the accommodation PPPs in Southern and Central Africa covering a range of different types of immovable assets, was lead advisor to the Department of Public Works for the outsourcing of FM services at the Parliamentary Complex in Cape Town and on the GIAMA guidelines and has advised provinces on infrastructure planning and management. He has been the lead strategic Advisor to South African Airways (SAA) advising on the restructuring of the FM service, assisted the University of the Witwatersrand insourcing FM services, reviewed the organisation structure for the provision of Soft Services at UCT, led the feasibility Study for Student Housing for SHIP MO, advised Stellenbosch University on whole life costs, is assisting ESKOM Facilities Management and was contracted to Telkom as the COO of Gyro the Property Company 

He has advised Government on a number of PPPs in Uganda, Australia, Botswana and South Africa, was a member of the Review Committee for the development of the Standardised Provisions for PPPS and the recent World Bank review of PPPs in South Africa commissioned by National Treasury. He has presented at numerous seminars on asset development, Facilities Management, facilities procurement using alternative funding mechanisms including PPPs and Contract Management using Design Build or Design Build Operate and Maintain (DBOM) contracts. 

John is an executive Director of the Board of the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) responsible previously for Professionalisation and currently for Education & Training and is a director at Africa Facilities Management (AFM).

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Maria Mberema

Board Secretary

Maria is a property specialist with vast experience in the public and private sector. She is highly driven with good leadership qualities.  She has over 10 years’ extensive career in the Property industry which includes Property Valuations, Property Management, Real Estate and Project Management.

Maria holds a Degree of Master of Science in Project Management with the University of Cape Town; a Bachelor of Property Studies Honours; National Diploma: Land Valuation and Estate Management with Polytechnic of Namibia now known as the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST); International Certificate Course in Property Valuation (The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme-MTCP); Certificate with the Namibia Estate Agents Board and An Introduction to Sectional Title Certificate.

She is currently the Project Management Officer with the City of Windhoek under the division of Housing and Land Delivery. In addition, she serves as a Board Secretary for Africa Facilities Management Association and also serve on the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) for the revised Diploma in Property Studies Programme through Namibia University of Science and Technology where she volunteers as a Guest Lecturer on a part-time basis. She is a Member of the Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC), under The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN), acting under Section 9 (1) (i) of Procurement Act, 15.

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