Conference Speakers

Industry Key Note Speaker

Name: Ms. Stella Kilonzo

Position: Division Manager, Financial Markets Division

Company: African Development Bank

Ms. Stella Kilonzo is reputed for strategic intellectual leadership and implementation demonstrated through the delivery of innovative results in senior positions responsible for complex agendas. As head of the Capital Markets Division at the African Development Bank, Mrs Stella Kilonzo is responsible for driving innovation in capital markets in the whole of Africa to boost development. She leads both the client-side capital markets lending transactions and development aspects. The Division has intervened both in the private and public sectors transactions through equity investments, partial credit guarantees, debt, sovereign loans and technical assistance on policy, regulatory reforms & capacity building. To implement the Bank’s High 5 agenda on Improving the Quality of Life of the people living in Africa, she innovated mortgage finance lending solutions at the Bank for private sector mortgage financing client companies. Prior to her current role, she served as Chief Executive of the Capital Markets Authority in Kenya from 2008-2012, where she led the capital markets development in introducing new capital markets products, as well as led a successful reform agenda to transform Kenya’s capital markets global competitiveness. She subsequently founded Astute Capital Limited, a strategic advisory firm specializing in corporate finance. She has worked at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), USA, and PricewaterhouseCoopers Africa. She is a Choiseul 100 Africa Laureate; served as a thought leader of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Financial Systems 2012-14; and on Banking and Capital Markets 2011-12. She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Kenya; is a Forbes 20 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa and among 100 most influential people in Africa, 2011. She is the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award recipient 2012. Stella has a First Class Honors BComm Accounting degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Loyola University Chicago, and is a USA Certified Public Accountant.


Name:  Benedito Murambire Jr

Position: Investment Manager

Company: FSDMoc

Benedito develops FSDMoç financial inclusion agenda by initiating, structuring, and negotiating partnerships designed to increase financial services for micro, small and medium MSMEs, small farmers and households. Benedito brings over 20 years of experience in microfinance, strategic organisational development, institutional capacity building, and training design and delivery. Before joining FSDMoc, Benedito worked for Ernst & Young, ICC, and provided consulting services for development agencies, such as UNDP, GIZ, USAID, UN-Habitat, DFID, among others. Benedito holds an MBA from the ISCTE Business School from Portugal. He attended the Harvard Business School – Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance, the Wharton University and University of Cape Town Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, doing a PhD on Affordable Housing Finance.


Name: Duncan Kayiira

Position: Manager, Consulting MA

Company: BDO Uganda

Duncan holds a certificate in Housing Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also holds a certificate in strategic mapping and management from the prestigious Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certification Boot Camp, in the USA. Duncan has up-to-date knowledge of the housing and housing finance sectors in the Central and East African Regions, and has led and coordinated a number of studies on how to enhance affordable housing and housing finance among low income earners in Regions. For the past five years, Duncan has authored profiles on the housing and housing finance sectors in Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan, and the East African Community Regional Bloc, for CAHF’s Yearbooks (2012 to 2016).

Name: Dr James Mutero

Position:  International consultant

Dr James Mutero has worked as a consultant over the last 25 years, advising governments in Africa and other regions on housing finance, housing policy, and the economic analysis of urban development and infrastructure programs. This work has covered Bahrain, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zanzibar. He has extensive managerial experience and has been the team leader in many housing and urban development assignments. Dr Mutero obtained his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge (Institutional and Housing Economics focus) and his bachelor’s degree in Building Economics from the University of Nairobi.


Name: Femi Adewole

Position: Managing Director

Company: Shelter Afrique

Mr. Adewole, a Nigeria national, joined as Director, Business Development and Operations in June 2011 . He has over 15 years of experience in construction/project finance in the UK and Nigeria and previously worked as Chief Executive Officer/MD for First World Communities in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently the Managing Director of Shelter Afrique, where he has served in several executive capacities. Mr. Adewole is a renowned public speaker and has demonstrated passion for youth development, housing and rental policy in Africa, affordable housing and sustainable urban design. Mr. Adewole holds an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School, an MSC in Land Management and Development from the University of East London, an MSC in Architecture and a BSC in Architecture, both from the University of Ile-Ife, Nigeria.