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REITs Masterclass


The aim of the masterclass is to provide participants with a working and practical knowledge of Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs).


This course aims to give an overview of the real estate investment trust (REITs) process. The aim of this course will be to introduce participants to basic concepts of real estate investment trust (REITs) environment.


The course will also introduce participants to corporate finance decision making from a REIT managers perspective such as REITs IPO, REITs Valuation, the role of REITs in a mixed asset portfolio.


This course aims to give students a foundational knowledge with regards to the use of investment principles and tools in understanding real estate investment trusts (REITs).


After the masterclass, participants will be able to:


    • Competent in articulating the structure of real estate investment trusts
    • Possess analytical tools to assess REITs value
    • Undertake decisions in REITs decision making
    • Understand financing decisions as well as capital structure strategies available to REIT Managers
    • Ability to understand the role of REITs in a mixed asset portfolio
    • Emerging and contemporary issues in REITs


Modules will take place from: 09h00 am – 16h00 CAT (GMT+2)


      • Module 1/ Day 1: (20 MAY 2021)
        • Introduction to Real Estate Investment Trusts: Basic Concepts
        • REITs Valuation
        • REITs Capital Structure 


      • Module 2/ Day 2: (27 MAY 2021)
        • REITs Management
        • REITs as an Asset Class
        • Case Study: Retail REITs?




Chief Economist – RealQuant Analytics, South-Africa
Advisory member of the South African Council of Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP)


Prof. Dr. Kola Akinsomi is an Associate Professor in Real Estate Finance & Investments at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa and Chief Economist of RealQuant Analytics.


Prof. Dr. Akinsomi is the Vice-President of the African Real Estate Society, Director of the International Real Estate Society and Chair of the Future Leaders of the American Real Estate Society.



Professor- Georgetown University, U.S.A


Professor Morris is a seasoned commercial real estate executive with deep expertise in property & portfolio acquisitions, corporate strategy design and execution, capital markets and executive leadership. Prof Morris has worked for three (3) Best-in-Class REITs as a senior executive responsible for property acquisitions, JV developments, capital markets & financings: Boston Properties Director of Acquisitions; Charles E. Smith (Archstone-Smith) Director of Acquisitions and Lerner Enterprises’ LMH Realty Group LLC, a private equity platform sponsored and owned by Lerner, Morris & Hillman. He is a nationally recognized REIT expert & brings real world experience to life in the classroom & has helped several students secure positions at public REITs.


Founder/M.D- Eximia Realty Co. Ltd, Nigeria


Hakeem Ogunniran is a leading thought leader on African real estate structuring, funding and delivery and has been described as having a ‘unique understanding of the connection between financial models, capital markets and brick and mortar all within the context of Africa’s complex and challenging operating environment’. He possesses extensive experience in capital raising, having led five major capital raises including the floatation of a Real Estate Investment Trust over an eight-year period. A frequent speaker at international conferences, seminars and retreats, he was the Lead Speaker for Africa at the 1st International Conference on Corporate Governance at Shanghai, China, in May 2010.


M.D, Perigeum Capital, Mauritius.


Shamin A. Sookia joined Perigeum Capital as Managing Director as from July 2016, following a 30-year career spanning across various fields including auditing, taxation, management and consultancy services, global business and financial restructuring. Perigeum Capital Ltd is a boutique corporate finance firm licensed by the Financial Services Commission of Mauritius and is positioned as a key player in the Mauritian capital markets industry.



CEO, Equities Property Fund, South-Africa


Andrea graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Mathematics and Management from King’s College, London. He immigrated to South Africa in 1995 and initially worked as a Commercial Property Broker in Bellville. He was one of the founding members of a food import business (Rialto Foods) in April 1998 and was instrumental in growing this business into the Italian food importer of choice of Woolworths. He sold his shares in Rialto in 2006 and formed the Chiluan Property Group and developed six A-grade distribution facilities for top quality tenants. Chiluan sold its distribution assets to Equites on listing. His intimate knowledge of the industrial market, and ability to research and find opportunities, market, build and manage all his properties in-house, has resulted in Andrea being able to outperform his competition and secure long term A-grade income tenants in the Cape Town industrial market.


Senior Vice President, Research & Economic Analysis at NAREIT, USA


Calvin Schnure is Senior Vice President, Research & Economic Analysis, and joined Nareit in March 2011. He analyzes developments in the macro economy and their impact on REITs and commercial property markets, and on financial returns to REITs. He monitors performance of mortgage REITs and conditions in the U.S. mortgage market. He also conducts original research on REITs’ stock market returns and economic fundamentals. Calvin began his professional career in the 1990s as Economist at the Federal Reserve Board. While at the Fed he analyzed the non-bank financial sectors for the Flow of Funds Accounts, corporate profits and commercial paper markets in the Capital Markets group, and also analyzed business fixed investment, including capital spending on nonresidential structures, for the Fed’s economic forecast. Subsequently he was Vice President for US Economics at JPMorganChase, where he analyzed and forecast economic and financial market conditions, and advised senior management and clients. He was Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2002 through 2006, and Director of Economic Analysis at Freddie Mac from 2006 through 2011. Calvin earned a B.A. in Economics from Williams College, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.