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SPACE is a two day conference that combines interactive workshops, panel sessions and keynote presentations designed to educate, stimulate ideas and further an attendees’ knowledge and network. 

*This is a draft agenda and is subject to change. 

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Day One – Tuesday 13 March 2018

12:00 - 13:00


Registration and Welcome Coffee

13:00 - 15:00

Workshop 1

How to Build the Business Case for Green Buildings with EDGE

A look at challenges and solutions to resource efficient buildings. What tools are available to measure the ROI on sustainable solutions and are favourable funding terms being made available to encourage sustainable development? 

This interactive session will let you build a green building with the best payback period and analyse case studies for green finance from the World Bank Group experience.

Prashant Kapoor
Chief Industry Specialist-Green Buildings, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

13:00 - 15:00

Workshop 2

How to Identify and Select the Right Materials for your Efficient Building

Making the right choice of materials is one of the most difficult processes within constructing your green building. In this session, review how others have done so, where and what to consider, without completely breaking the bank.

  • Understand how to balance such choices with the cost of manufacturing and importing 
  • In a continent of rich abundance, are there local choices you can work with?  
  • How to create the local economy for sustainable and responsible materials

Elizabeth Wangeci Chege
Chairperson, Kenya Green Building Society

Andrew Gremley
Architect / Director, Pharos Architects

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:15

Networking Round Tables

Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert. 

Please note: Each round table will be run twice (15:30 - 16:15 and 16:30 - 17:15), enabling you to attend two of the five sessions.

Pick your issue, swap business cards and get vocal.  


1. What is the ROI that you can generate from green buildings?

A discussion about the realistic return of an investment from examples in Africa.   


Azmeena Bhanji
GM - Real Estate Developments PDM

2. Realistic and expected payback periods

What are the key energy efficient implementations within buildings that you can adopt and what are the payback periods from these investments?


Bachir Rajji
Area Director of Engineering and Design META, Radisson Hotel Group

3. Payback periods on retrofitting your building to ensure efficiencies are gained

Considerable savings can be achieved after a building is retrofitted. Ask your questions on realistic costs up front and expected payback periods.


Calvin Boia
Marketing Manager, Verde Hotels

17:30 - 18:30


Speed Networking

Speed Networking is a great way to break the ice and ensure you go into SPACE already knowing your fellow attendees. Swap business cards, introduce yourself, your work and why you are part of SPACE – make a connection and organise a business meeting.  Then move on – this is fast pace, speed networking for business – so bring lots of cards!

18:30 - 19:30


Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two – Wednesday 14 March 2018

07:30 - 08:30

extra curricular activity

Pre-conference “mind and body” session

Yoga – healthy body and healthy mind

08:30 - 09:15


Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:30

Welcoming Remarks & Official Opening

Matthew Weihs
Founder of Africa Event Services and Managing Director, Bench

09:30 - 10:00

Key Opportunities within African Real Estate: 80% of buildings that will exist in 2050 have yet to be built

  • What is the real future for efficient and sustainable investment and development?

  • Understanding the impact urbanisation and population growth will have on green development and investment and plans to address them

  • Will regulation or industry play a role towards the adoption of green buildings and how?

Wangari Muchiri
Real Estate & Sustainability Consultant & Analyst, East Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

Jane Afrane
Regional Head, Africa Regional Network, World Green Building Council

Gloria Mamwa
Head, Property, East Africa & Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank

Raphael Mwito
Business Development Manager, BRITAM

Alexandre Smertnik
Vice President, Hospitality Investments, Quantum Global Alternative Investments​

10:00 - 10:30

How to Educate the Entire Value Chain on Investing and Developing Efficient Buildings

  • Identifying and overcoming common objections and restraints  

  • Where to begin and how to get buy-in from all stakeholders  

  • Providing a successful project management blueprint by establishing and implementing green standards 

Wangari Muchiri
Real Estate & Sustainability Consultant & Analyst, East Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

Myles Kritzinger
Deal Maker, International Housing Solutions

Hasnain Noorani
Owner and Managing Director, PrideInn Hotels & Conferencing

10:30 - 11:00

Incorporating Efficient Build Planning into the Design Process

  • How to approach and incorporate efficient build into the design conversation
  • What are the crucial elements that need to be discussed initially
  • Designing and planning for green elements throughout development

Caroline Ray
Regional Director - East Africa, Arup

In conversation with:

Prashant Kapoor
Chief Industry Specialist-Green Buildings, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Moses Kimani
Architect and Urban Designer, Tatu City Ltd

Karen Koigi
Investment Manager, Africa Logistics Properties

Dhruv Pandit
Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15

Unearthing the Return on Investment from your Efficient Property

  • Review of ROI: what has been achieved and what is attainable in different Real Estate asset classes? 

  • Approach to investment especially with regards to sustainability and security of the region 

  • What needs to be considered in order to achieve ROI in different asset classes

Sean Couzyn
Director, Sutherland Engineers

In conversation with:

Azmeena Bhanji
GM - Real Estate Developments PDM

Myles Kritzinger
Deal Maker, International Housing Solutions

Dhruv Pandit
Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

12:15 - 12:45

What is the Current and Future Role of Government with Investing and Developing Efficient Buildings?

  • COP22 adoption and government plans to adhere 

  • Should we expect further regulation being passed across developments – how will this impact developments going forward?   

  • Subsidies, grants and incentives – will import and export tariffs enforce change?  

Madhur (Muddy) Ramrakha
Board Treasurer, Kenya Green Building Society

In conversation with:

Peter Odhengo
Senior Policy Advisor Climate Finance/Green Climate Fund NDA, National Treasury and Director, GKIT

Mairura Omwenga
Chairman, Town and County Planners Association of Kenya

Nickson Otieno
Director, Niko Green Ltd

12:45 - 13:30

How is Construction Paving the Way for Efficient Properties?

  • Learn the latest innovations in green construction   

  • Evaluating the different accreditation standards for construction (LEED, EDGE, BREAM, etc.) 

  • Understand what needs to be considered before embarking on construction 

Elizabeth Wangeci Chege
Chairperson, Kenya Green Building Society

In conversation with:

Arch. Juliet Kabere
Manager Training and Capacity Building, National Construction Authority (NCA)

Raphael Mwito
Business Development Manager, BRITAM

Bruce Walker
Chief Executive Officer, Verde Hotels

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch

14:30 - 15:00

Evaluating Availability and Where to Source Sustainable Materials

  • Building for the future – how manufacturing will aid development? 

  • What makes materials sustainable? 

  • Comparing the benefits of sourcing locally versus internationally 

Dexter Moren
Director, Dexter Moren Associates

In conversation with:

Nick Mwai
Head of Corporate Finance, International Green Structures

Esther Obonyo
Associate Professor of Engineering Design & Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

15:00 - 15:30

Ensuring Payback on your Investment with Efficient Property Maintenance

  • How to retrain your facilities management team to get the most from your investment and are green leases right for your organisation?

  • Maintaining your property effectively to maximise the value of your asset 

  • What is the expected payback and when? 

Levi Obingo
Senior Research Analyst, Asoko Insight

In conversation with:

Chris Coulson
Managing Director, Garden City

Gikonyo Gitonga
Managing Director & CEO, Axis Real Estate

Andrey Lyubimov
Development Manager, Imaran Group

Bachir Rajji
Area Director of Engineering and Design META, Radisson Hotel Group

15:30 - 16:15

Innovative Efficient Solar/PV, Water & Waste Management Solutions


John Kabuye Kalungi
Managing Director, BESIC Group


  • Is controlling water usage across your development the way forward? 
  • Evaluating water re-use from different sources

Eric Loki David
Architect & Environment Design Consultant, Planning Systems Services Ltd


  • What solutions can you adopt to reduce waste and will it provide a financial payback?
  • How to manage the reuse of waste?

Janet Ruto
Geocycle Coordinator, Bamburi Cement


  • Success stories: what has been achieved so far?

Moses Banturaki
Managing Director, Danish Cleantech Group

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 16:45

Exploring Green Building Investment and Development in the Rest of the World

  • Standing on the shoulders of giants - will Africa follow in their efficient build footsteps?
  • Comparing different regions in Africa to different parts of the world
  • Who should be the benchmark for the African market to measure returns and adoption success?

Matthew Weihs
Founder of Africa Event Services and Managing Director, Bench

In conversation with:

Ritu Kumar
Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC

Prashant Kapoor
Chief Industry Specialist-Green Buildings, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

16:45 - 17:30

How and Where to Secure Green Finance for your Investment and Development

  • What green finance is available for you?
  • How to use short term finance for your long-term asset
  • What are the different interest rates that are available?

Abraham Muthogo Kamau
Director, Business Origination, Miradi Capital

In conversation with:

Harriet Chebet Ng'ok
EU-Funding Project Manager, Finance & Competence

Dr. Mwenya Kasonde
Chief Executive Officer, Sishima Holdings Ltd

Nicholas Mugendi
General Manager, BIMAS

17:30 -

Conference Closes