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Committed To Promoting African Synergy




David Beglin, Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods Architects

The Architectural Practice Now Considered One of the Most Prominent in East Africa




GAMECHANGER How do you want to convey your success? What is behind African entrepreneurship? Who are the continent’s movers and shakers? What are the challenges they have successfully overcome? How are they making positive contributions towards collective growth and sustainability of the richest continent on Earth? What is the source of inspiration that drives them? These are some of the questions, successes and stories that we are aiming to showcase to our audience!

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Q&A: African Real Estate Summit Presents: Vision for Future African Cities


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New Fund to Propel Decentralized Renewables into Mainstream By: William Brent



Decentralised Vs. Centralised Power in East Africa

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Publisher Sam Khan


elcome to the winter edition of Aspire Africa, where once again the team is happy to keep you up to date with Africa’s most significant stories, from the continent’s incredible entrepreneurial work, to advances in resources, IT and infrastructure, and much more. The fourth edition of the publication has a focus on East African architectural firm Beglin Woods. We spoke with co-founder David Beglin to find out how the firm has become one of the most respected in its field in the region. Elsewhere, we take a closer look at the debate between centralised and decentralised power, imagine the future of African cities and visit one of Nairobi’s most luxurious hotel accommodations, the DusitD2.

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There is also a special feature reflecting on the inaugural MTN Entrepreneurial Challenge powered by Jumia, offering a glimpse at some of the truly outstanding African projects that are gaining recognition and changing lives. We hope that the New Year begins well and continues likewise, and are looking forward to having the opportunity to explore more African success stories in 2017 and beyond. From all the team, we wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Until next time. Nicholas Paul Griffin Associate Editor

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#Fact China is Africa’s top trade partner, with Sino-African trade volumes now nearing $200 billion per year.


BP agrees deal with Kosmos Energy to partner on worldclass discoveries in Mauritania and Senegal resources. The total acreage, by Kosmos’ estimates, could contain roughly 50tcf of gas resource potential and in excess of 1 billion barrels of liquids resource potential.

BP announced today that it has signed agreements with Kosmos Energy to acquire a 62% working interest, including operatorship, of Kosmos’ exploration blocks in Mauritania, and a 32.49% effective working interest in Kosmos’ Senegal exploration blocks — acreage which holds world-class deepwater gas discoveries and exploration prospectivity across both countries. OIL AND GAS

The approximately 33,000 square kilometres of acreage covered by today’s agreements includes the Tortue field, estimated by Kosmos to contain more than 15tcf of discovered gas

BP will invest nearly one billion dollars, mostly in the form of a multi-year exploration and development carry to acquire a 62% interest and operatorship of offshore Blocks C-6, C-8, C-12 and C-13 in Mauritania and an effective 32.49% interest in the Saint-Louis Profond and Cayar Profond blocks in Senegal. BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley commented: “BP’s entry into Mauritania and Senegal represents an exciting strategic opportunity to work with Kosmos Energy in an emerging worldclass hydrocarbon basin. We believe our expertise in integrating the gas value chain, together with a talented exploration partner in Kosmos, along with the support of the Mauritanian and Senegalese governments, brings together

all the elements needed to create a new LNG hub in Africa.” In order to reduce development time and drive capital efficiency, the partners plan to process and transport the gas from Tortue at a nearshore LNG facility. The proposed complex could be expanded in phases to accommodate future gas discoveries. Under the terms of the agreements, BP and Kosmos have also agreed that Kosmos will remain the technical operator for the exploration phase of the project and drill three new exploration wells, beginning in 2017. In addition to the existing blocks, the companies have agreed to cooperate in areas of mutual interest in offshore Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia, with Kosmos acting as the exploration operator and BP as the development operator.

GeoAgro to deploy Iteris ClearAg on two continents AGRICULTURE J-Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced that GeoAgro, a pioneer in agronomic geographic information systems (GIS), has selected ClearAg web and mobile applications for deployment in Argentina,

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Brazil and South Africa, and potentially later in other Latin American and African countries. GeoAgro is entering into a subscription agreement with Iteris. GeoAgro is an Argentinabased company with the goal of developing solutions that

combine software tools, maps and implementation support to help the farming community improve operational efficiency and profitability. GeoAgro’s precision technology platform integrates programs that record and organize farm information via GPS for past, present and future analysis.

#Fact Over 55% of Africa’s labour force work in food production, with vast areas of arable and pastoral lands supporting agricultural economies.


Solar Capital named South African ‘Investor of the Year’ 2016 RENEWABLE ENERGY Solar Capital won the prestigious ‘Investor of the Year’ category at the South African Premier Business Awards held in Dec 2016. The annual gala event, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, was held at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, with a keynote speech made by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies.

To date, Solar Capital has invested over R5 billion (Euro 350m) in solar farms in South Africa. Paschal Phelan, Chairman of Solar Capital, commented: “We are honoured that the panel of judges, from government through to private business, recognised the value of the Solar Capital investment in the South African economy through the renewable energy sector.” The major portion of the investment was in the Solar Capital 175MW solar facility located outside of De Aar in the Nothern Cape. This is now in full production and is supplying

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South African Airways Named “Best Airline In Africa” By Global Traveler Magazine

green electricity to over 75,000 homes daily. The facility was constructed as part of the very successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme and is the culmination of a twophase project, making it the largest solar farm in Africa, the Middle East and the Southern Hemisphere. The Solar Capital projects, under the REIPPP programme, are contracted to sell electricity to the value of R25 billion (Euro 1.7 billion) to the South African power utility Eskom over the next 20 years. In 2017, Solar Capital will continue its expansion across the Northern Cape when it begins construction of a new 86 MW solar PV farm in Loeriesfontein, with an investment of R1.8 billion (Euro 125m). The Phelan Energy Group, through its subsidiary Solar Capital, has plans for further investment of over R21 billion (Euro 1.5 billion) in South Africa solar industry.

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LOGISTICS South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa, has been honored by Global Traveler magazine as “Best Airline in Africa” in the publication’s GT Tested Reader’s annual survey.

The magazine presented the award to SAA at its ceremony held on December 13th at the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, CA, recognising the airline for its consistently high-quality service that keeps it in the world-class category and best in the region for the 13th consecutive year. In this year’s GT Tested Reader’s survey, SAA also received honorable mention for “Best Airline for Onboard Service”, “Best Airline for Flight Attendants” and “Best Airport Lounges”. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017




The African continent has the largest reserves of precious metals, with over 40% of the gold reserves, over 60% of the cobalt, and 90% of the platinum reserves.

Méditel becomes Orange in Morocco

With 14.2 million customers at the end of September 2016, Orange’s Moroccan subsidiary brings together the second largest number of customers within the group’s Middle East and African footprint.

and Chief Executive Officer of Orange, commented on the transition: “Our goal is to offer fixed and mobile digital services under a single brand, Orange, and to strengthen our position in Africa and the Middle East. We are delighted that Méditel is becoming Orange at a time when the Moroccan market is firmly turning toward digitisation. From today, the Orange brand serves over 55 million Arab-speaking customers across this region, which will strengthen our leadership and help us continue to invest in providing exceptional quality of service, and a unique and incomparable experience to Orange customers in this strategically important region for our group.”

Stéphane Richard, Chairman

Yves Gauthier, CEO of Orange

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, have announced the launch of the Orange brand in Morocco, where it will replace the Méditel brand. TELECOMS

in Morocco, added: “Our customers’ uses are evolving. Today, the Moroccan market is at a decisive turning point, and the challenge for us is to support the country’s digital development. Our goal is to continue the excellent work already accomplished in this field in recent years and to make Orange a standardbearer for the telecoms market in Morocco.” “We want to be the operator that gives its customers a unique connected experience and that is always there for its customers in their day-to-day connected lives, no matter what their needs or desires.” The Orange Group has backed Méditel since December 2010, when it acquired 40% of the company.

Africa50 to develop solar power in Jigawa state, Nigeria Africa50, the infrastructure fund for Africa, has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) for an 80 MW (AC) solar PV independent power project in Nigeria. RENEWABLE ENERGY

The project, near Dutse in Jigawa state, will be co-developed with Scatec Solar, a Norwegian integrated independent solar power producer, and Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries.

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The project includes the construction of a dedicated 132 kV overhead transmission line that will connect the plant to the Dutse substation. The electricity will be sold to NBET, Nigeria’s bulk purchaser of electricity, under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Under the JDA, Africa50, Scatec Solar, and Norfund commit their resources and funding to complete the development phase of the project and prepare it for

financial close. Benefiting from excellent irradiation, the plant will help to alleviate Nigeria’s significant power deficit and diversify the country’s energy mix. This will improve energy security and provide more reliable electricity to businesses and households, contributing to Nigeria’s sustainable economic growth and greenhouse gas emission reduction objectives.

#Fact There are fewer people with internet connections in Africa than there are in just New York City.


EBRD and QNB Alahli boost energy efficiency and small firms in Egypt FINANCE The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is partnering with QNB Alahli, one of Egypt’s largest commercial banks, to support small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) and energy efficiency in Egypt with a US$ 140 million financial package.

QNB Alahli is one of the EBRD’s largest clients in the financial sector, with a partnership totalling US$ 370 million dedicated to supporting SMEs, trade and the green economy. In 2015 the EBRD provided a US$ 100 million SME

credit line and a US$ 40 million trade facility (subsequently increased to US$ 150 million) to QNB Alahli under the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). The current package includes a loan of up to US$ 100 million for on-lending to SMEs and a credit line of up to US$ 40 million for energy efficiency investments which consists of US$ 20 million committed by EBRD and US$ 20 million expected to be co-financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and supported by a US$ 5.8 million grant provided by the European Union Neighbourhood Investment

Facility (EU NIF). With this loan the EBRD is continuing its emphasis on the private sector in Egypt by providing financing for small businesses, which are a crucial part of the country’s economy. For many of them, access to finance remains an obstacle that holds them back from fulfilling their strong potential to generate growth and provide jobs.

AfDB approves €769.78M to improve urban transport in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a loan of 769.78 million euros to Côte d’Ivoire, aimed at significantly improving urban transport in the city of Abidjan. LOGISTICS

This financing will contribute to improving the living conditions of the people living in Abidjan through the development and rehabilitation of road infrastructures. More specifically, the project involves the development of 87.9 km of fast urban

roads, a 1,400-meter bridge, six interchanges, the rehabilitation of traffic lights at 89 intersections, urban waste management, and the strengthening of existing capacity for traffic control, urban planning, local revenue enhancement, road safety and the protection of natural ecosystems. “The project will be implemented from March 2017 to December 2021 and will improve traffic flow, reduce road accidents, strengthen urban management, improve air

quality, increase household revenues, recycle waste, reduce greenhouse gases and improve the quality of life of the people,” said Amadou Oumarou, Director of Transport and ICT department at the African Development Bank. Almost all intersections have severe congestion and road conditions are slowing down traffic, leading to road accidents, air pollution, and a slowdown in economic activity not only in the city of Abidjan, but also in the West African sub-region. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 11



Africa has the most extensive biomass burning in the world, yet only emits about 4% of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions.

Nestlé and USAID partner for high quality maize in Ghana The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program (ADVANCE) and Nestlé officially signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a partnership for a regular supply of high-quality agricultural commodities, especially maize, in Ghana.

Development Framework continuously helps to introduce new farming methods and technologies that can ensure sustainable grain production.


This event was attended by Emmanuel Dormon, Chief of Party for USAIDADVANCE and Freda Duplan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana.

Nestlé is committed to creating inclusive communities under its Rural Development Framework, an approach to understand and design the immediate supports to farming communities and where contribution is the most needed. Through its knowledge leadership in the area of Research and Development, the Rural

Under this new partnership, USAID ADVANCE and Nestlé Ghana will work together to build the capacity of farmers and aggregators in the three northern regions to ensure farmers produce maize that meets Nestlé’s quality standards. The objective of this partnership is to increase the quality of the overall grains supply in Ghana, by training 113,000 farmers by 2018.

Sibanye announces proposed acquisition of Stillwater Mining Commenting on the announcement, Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye, said:

Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye) is pleased to announce it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Stillwater Mining Company (Stillwater, NYSE: SWC) for US$18 per share in cash, or US$2.2 billion in aggregate (approximately R30 billion). MINING

The consideration represents a premium of 23% to Stillwater’s prior day closing share price, and 20% to Stillwater’s 20-day volumeweighted average closing share price. Stillwater Mining Company, a leading palladium and platinum producer located in Montana and 12 News in Brief

headquartered in Colorado, USA, is a Tier One producer of platinum group metals (PGMs). Stillwater currently comprises two underground PGM mines (the Stillwater Mine and the East Boulder Mine), the Blitz organic growth project and the Columbus Metallurgical Complex.

“The transaction is consistent with Sibanye’s strategy of creating superior value for all of our stakeholders by enhancing the cash flow generation through value accretive growth, which underpins our strategy of paying sustainable, industryleading dividends. The transaction represents a transformational opportunity for Sibanye to acquire highquality, low-cost, PGM assets at a favourable point in the cycle.”

#Fact Tanzania is the world’s second largest producer of sisal, after Brazil.


Wärtsilä to supply 40 MW power plant to Geita Gold Mining, Tanzania

Image: AngloGold Ashanti ENERGY Wärtsilä will supply a 40 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Geita Gold Mining Limited in Tanzania. The turn-key engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order includes four Wärtsilä 32TS engines running on heavy or light fuel oil. The plant is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2018. The order is included in Wärtsilä’s order book for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The power plant will provide a reliable electricity supply to the Geita gold mine, located in the Lake Victoria goldfields of the Mwanza region in north-western Tanzania. Being off-grid means that the mine needs to secure its own power supply and Wärtsilä’s technology fits the need very well. Since the mine needs to remain operational at all

times, the reliability, high efficiency, and quality of the Wärtsilä solution were key factors in the award of the contract. Additionally, Wärtsilä has a strong trackrecord of EPC projects in various locations in Africa. The Wärtsilä 32TS engines are two-staged turbocharged, making them ideally suited for tough operating environments, such as the high elevation location of the Geita mine. “Our two-stage turbocharged 32TS engines are well suited for this particular application. The Wärtsilä power plant offers high simple cycle efficiency, and little deration on the electrical power at the elevated site conditions”, says Joost Bos, Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.

European Investment Bank and EBRD provide €46.5 million loan each for power transmission in Tunisia TRANSMISSION The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) – the EU Bank – are supporting vital developments required for a reliable and efficient operation of the electricity transmission grid in Tunisia.

Both EBRD and EIB will be providing a sovereignguaranteed loan of up to €46.5 million each to Société Tunisienne de L’électricité et du Gaz (STEG), a state-owned utility company. The company is the backbone of the Tunisian energy sector, which is in urgent need of investment to improve the security of supply. The sovereign-guaranteed financing will be used to reinforce and strengthen the electricity transmission network, in order to enhance its efficiency and reliability and prepare the grid for additional generation capacity, including renewables.

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Appointments Darren Woods Elected Chairman, CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation Darren W. Woods, currently president of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), has been elected chairman and chief executive officer by the board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Woods, 51, was elected president of ExxonMobil and a member of the board of directors in January 2016. During his career he has held various senior domestic and international positions in ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company, ExxonMobil

Chemical Company and Exxon Company International. He has also served as manager of ExxonMobil investor relations. In 2012, he was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company and a vice president of the corporation. In this role, Woods had primary responsibility for the company’s global refining, supply and transportation activities. In 2014, he was named a senior vicepresident of the corporation

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and became a member of its management committee. Effective and disciplined succession planning is critical to the corporation’s ongoing success and a key component of its competitive advantage.

Eric Olsen, CEO of LafargeHolcim, elected Chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative for 2017 Eric Olsen, CEO of LafargeHolcim, will become the new Chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in 2017, confirmed by the organization’s annual CEO Meeting in Madrid. LafargeHolcim is one of the founding members of the CSI, which is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and was launched in 1999 with the aim of supporting the progress of the global cement sector toward sustainable development. The CSI unites 23 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries. Collectively, these companies account for around 30 percent of the world’s cement production and range in size from very large multinationals to small local producers. “It is an honor for me to be chairing this important industry organization in the coming year. Sustainability in the construction sector is not the preserve of one organization. I will focus on ensuring that the CSI continues to play an important role in building collaboration within our industry and encouraging joint action across the entire value chain.” Image: Lafarge Medialibrary - FranÁois Daburon

“As one of the largest global sustainability programs ever undertaken by a single industry sector, we have a real opportunity to drive change. Our plans are ambitious and we are conscious that we will only achieve them by working together”, said Eric Olsen. 14 Appointments

Appointments AfDB Group appoints Janvier Litse as Director General, West Africa Region The African Development Bank (AfDB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Janvier Litse as the Director General for the West Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office. Image: AfDB

The West Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office is part of the bank’s new business approach to accelerate its business and development impacts across Africa.

Mr. Janvier Litse, Cameroonian, has twenty-four years of experience at the African Development Bank. A highly versatile leader, he has held various positions of responsibilities at the bank. He served as Acting Vice-President, Operations, from 2011–2012, and from 2014 to present. In his current role, he leads a team of 700 people and has responsibility for the bank’s portfolio.

AfDB appoints Dr. Tonia Kandiero as Director General, SA Region The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tonia Kandiero as Director General for the Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office. The Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office is part of the bank’s new business approach to accelerate its business and development impacts across Africa. Dr. Tonia Kandiero, Malawian,

has worked across Southern Africa and brings experience in government, academia and international financial institutions. She is currently the African Development Bank’s Resident Representative for Tanzania, responsible for managing one of the largest African Development Fund beneficiaries with a portfolio of US $2 billion. As Resident Representative, Dr. Kandiero has enhanced

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dialogue with partners, donor coordination, and the bank’s profile in Tanzania. Dr. Kandiero holds a Master’s degree (1997) and PhD (2001) in economics, respectively, from Howard University, USA.

Africa50 appoints four infrastructure advisors to its Investment Committee The Board of Directors of Africa50, the infrastructure fund for Africa, has approved the appointment of four internationally renowned investment and infrastructure experts as Senior Advisors and members of its Investment Committee. The four Senior Advisers, Paul Hanharan (US), Assaad Jabre (France/Lebanon), Jean David Bile (Cameroon) and Imoni Akpofure (Nigeria), will assist Africa50 in making investment decisions in a manner that will ensure the attainment of the dual objectives of development impact and financial return. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 15

Q&A: Infrastructure African Real Estate Summit Presents

VISION FOR FUTURE AFRICAN CITIES My vision for future African cities, are cities of more equal opportunity and greater access, where residents can participate in the social, economic and political life of the city.” Nico Venter, A ‎ ssociate Director - Cities Lead at Arup South Africa - Arup

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Q&A: Infrastructure


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xclusive interview with Nico Venter, Associate Director at Arup’s Johannesburg Office, responsible for the Urban Design and Cities business in South Africa. At the recently concluded African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit he is presenting a case study on “Transit Oriented Development in Addis Ababa”. Arup (Pty) Ltd is the Southern African firm - part of the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) region of the global firm of Arup. African Real Estate Summit: Let’s start with some background about the work in the real estate and infrastructure sphere that you do at Arup? Nico Venter: The Cities Group (South Africa) is focused on the business of city making; embracing the emerging complexity in urban thinking, planning and implementation to create visionary, viable and equitable urban environments. Arup is an integrated consulting practice that provides the spectrum of built environment planning and design services across sectors.

Nico Venter, Associate Director - Cities Lead at Arup South Africa

to inclusive development and appropriate investment.

ARES: Any specific projects that you are involved in that you are particularly excited about at the moment? NV: Our multidisciplinary projects span from urban regeneration -to commercial -to engineering infrastructure. •

On a city level, Arup recently completed a transit-oriented development masterplan for the light rail transit system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project focused on realising the economic potential of the key stations along the light rail system, while regenerating the city, thereby making use of hard infrastructure systems to unlock multiple gains that improve the social and economic prosperity of citizens.

Arup (Structural & Facades) is involved in the development of the iconic PwC office tower, Waterfall City, Midrand. The project is a unique iconic spiral tower that signifies the emergence of the Waterfall City node, contributing to the changing skyline of the city.

Our involvement in planning and designing infrastructure in Africa has evolved to include transaction advice and property portfolio management that is inherently linked to our approach of total design. This is further extended to the inclusion of specialist design services such as transit oriented development and the provision of smarter infrastructure systems. We have focused on these specialisations in the recognition that African cities require flexible and integrated solutions that lead

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This vision to me is a planned vision, that can be realised through a principled approach to city making and service delivery, that builds on our inherent strengths to enable better futures.” Nico Venter

The Cities Group (South Africa) is focused on the business of city making •

Arup has been working as the Lenders Technical Advisor for the Rand Merchant Bank on the Stortemelk Hydropower project. The scheme is one of a few hydropower schemes that have been implemented under the South African Renewable Energy Programme and is the first to reach commercial operation.

ARES: What in your view are the main challenges to the real estate & infrastructure sectors in South Africa (and Africa)? NV: At the top of my list are: •

The need for proper planning and design;

The deficiency of appropriate legislation to support planning and implementation;

The structuring of appropriate project finance, that include capital, operational and maintenance cost;

The separation of pro –poor and pro – business policies;

The lack of understanding the value of good design.

ARES: And the opportunities? NV: The rate of urbanisation in Africa and the rise in more stable governments that we have seen in the last decade are a real opportunity to improve our cities and the lives of their citizens. The interest and commitment of many city authorities to advocate for and implement mass public transit, special economic zones and renewable energy projects is a positive trend that bodes well for African urban dwellers and investors. In addition, there is great potential to design, plan and implement smarter solutions (not necessarily high tech – but smart tech), that

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Q&A: Infrastructure will enable cities in Africa to leapfrog those in other regions in terms of development, climate change response and resilience; thereby creating a new urban agenda for progress in Africa.

ARES: What is your vision for this sector? NV: Cities by their traditional definition are places of opportunity and access. For many people living in African cities today, this is not the case. Spatial and economic exclusion have created what urban scholars refer to as the phenomenon of ‘large and poor’ cities. These are cities where the benefits of urbanisation through the clustering of people and opportunity are unrealised. My vision for future African cities, are cities of more equal opportunity and greater access, where residents can participate in the social, economic and political life of the city.

Thirdly, optimizing the use and applicability of that particular infrastructure. Fourthly, unpacking these opportunities in small practical steps that can be implemented and multiplied (and adjusted) throughout the urban environment by a multiple of roleplayers.

ARES: What are you most looking forward to at the event? NV: Arup is a firm that values collaboration. This is a concerted effort that is imbedded in our design processes and our products. So, we are always on the look-out for new partners and associates that can enrich the work we all do. For me, events such as these are a great platform to engage the right people, and build relationships for future projects. ASPIRE

This vision to me is a planned vision, that can be realised through a principled approach to city making and service delivery, that builds on our inherent strengths to enable better futures. The vision is to create meaningful places where people (citizens, government and commerce) thrive throughout their lives.

ARES: You are presenting a case study at the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit on “Transit Oriented Development in Addis Ababa”- can you give us a sneak preview of your message at the event?

The African Real Estate and Infrastructure Summit is an international platform that brings together the full spectrum of the African real estate sector.

NV: My message is really about having a contextual understanding of the urban environment that you function within. Secondly, seeing the opportunity that infrastructure (planned, existing or new) offer the city and its users.

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n industry knows it has gone mainstream when the most risk-averse money – institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, banks, hedge funds, endowments – starts to move in. It looks like that’s about to happen for decentralized renewable energy – home and business rooftop solar, mini-grids – in emerging economies like Africa.

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2 billion people, almost a third of humanity, are without the opportunity that comes from access to reliable energy.

Deutsche Bank AG’s proposed $3.5 billion debt fund for decentralized renewables was approved at a Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meeting in China in October 2016. GCF is the vehicle for a commitment by advanced economies to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020. Deutsche Bank AG is an accredited entity under GCF. Michael Hoelter, a director of Sustainable Investment at Deutsche Bank Asset Management, told Power for All that its Universal Green Energy Access Program (UGEAP) proposal in the first two years will be focused on Nigeria, Benin, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. Envisioned to last 15 years, UGEAP intends to mobilize $300 million in its first two years, including a first close of $100 million ($40 million from GCF, $10 million guaranteed by SIDA and $50 million in private sector money), and a second close of $200 million ($40 million from GCF, $10 million from SIDA and $150 million from the private sector). “When we hit $300 million, this will be when institutional investors really start to come in. We will have a proven history and they will be ready to write larger tickets,” said Hoelter. “Pension funds can’t afford the luxury of losing money like impact investors. They need to secure a pay-out to pensioners in 20 years. UGEAP provides meaningful and sensible investments for them.” UGEAP will fill a huge gap in debt finance that currently exists. Many companies in the decentralized renewable energy sector have raised equity, but the next phase of development requires debt and local currency finance. But local banks are hesitant to serve the sector – a new industry, unbanked consumers, heavy up-front capital project costs and other reasons. UGEAP will essentially “help local banks overcome the

Renewable Energy hurdles that they face” by providing “risk offtake”, said Hoelter. The Deutsche Bank fund will focus on three categories of investment: 1. solar home systems, 2. mini- and micro-grids for communities and remote villages and 3. clean energy supply to businesses in the industry and service sectors and selected on-grid projects. Hoelter estimated that allocations to each category would over the life of the fund be 20%, 20% and 60% respectively, but during the first two years solar home systems would dominate. Companies selling solar home systems need the money badly and funding is the only bottleneck, while mini-grids still need some work to get to bankability. UGEAP is expected to create 1,500 MW of renewable electricity, via 450,000 new solar home systems, 10,500 solar mini-grid systems and 900 solar systems for small and medium enterprises. Deutsche Bank expects the initiative to create up to 15,600 permanent jobs and 7,900 temporary jobs, with a goal of about half of all jobs going to women. Deutsche Bank started its sustainable investment activities in 1997, when it launched a micro-finance fund, and has since expanded into other areas including agriculture, financial inclusion and most recently climate. ASPIRE

William Brent William Brent is a director at Power for All, a campaign to accelerate adoption of decentralized renewable energy and to end energy poverty before 2030.

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he following points are the summary of findings from three round tables at the East Africa Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) in Kenya, 28th August 2015.

24 Decentralised Vs. Centralised Power in East Africa by A. Marshall

Remote areas are often suited to micro-grids. Solar power stations can be balanced by diesel and/or biogas hybrids.


The groups considered the large centralised power distribution networks in Europe and the United States, which are evolving towards a more de-centralised structure. The groups went on to evaluate the aging infrastructure in parts of East Africa, coupled with significant increases in demand. How should East Africa develop its network in the future in order to match demand and supply, achieve optimal energy efficiency and increase the deployment of renewable energy? A further factor was considered in relationship to the intermittency of renewable power generation infrastructure, such as wind and solar power and how this can be addressed within the East African market. Group conclusions / thoughts •

Larger centralised power plants will continue to be a key component of the power generation mix in major urban areas such as Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kampala, due to high demand for power. Consistent users of power, such as industrial buildings, should look to offset their power demand by self-generation via renewables and combined heat and power technology.

Remote areas are often suited to microgrids. Solar power stations can be balanced by diesel and/or biogas hybrids.

Hydro and geothermal have good potential for base-load power, however they are often in locations remote from end users, meaning transmission of this power is often a necessity.

Distributed generation means less strain on the transmission network and reduced investment costs.

Inter-connectivity is important within and between countries in order to balance loads.

The ability for power generators to be able to connect to the grid, both technically and legislatively are important factors in enabling the development of a more decentralised power distribution network. Creating energy from waste materials is an interesting proposition, meaning problematic materials can be treated close to the site of use and in parallel generate renewable power. In summary, Africa can learn from the inefficiencies of older developed power distribution networks. It is most likely that East Africa will develop a hybrid solution, encompassing both centralised and decentralised power generation, in order to meet future demand ASPIRE

Alexander Marshall Alex has the lead international role for marketing and compliance for Clarke Energy. Clarke Energy specializes in the supply, engineering, delivery and maintenance of enginebased power plants.

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MTN Powered Entrepreneurship by Jumia Challenge

By: Nicholas Paul Griffin


n February 2016, in Lagos, Nigeria, a brand new Pan-African competition was launched, the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge (MTNEC) Powered by Jumia.

The first of its kind in Africa, the competition brought together over 1,000 entrepreneurs, students and investors to collaborate on ways to amplify and 26 MTNEC powered by Jumia - Continental

consolidate the continent’s entrepreneurs. Offering over $75,000 worth of prizes, the competition targeted over 60 universities in 13 countries across Africa, challenging students to develop a unique digital application or smart solution that will solve a tangible problem faced on the continent.

Entrepreneurship MTNEC challenges students to develop a unique digital application or smart solution that will solve a tangible problem faced on the African continent.

Bertille Guitton Head of Communication and PR Jumia Group

Jumia Group The inaugural year of the prize was powered by African e-commerce giants Jumia, a group aiming to create a connected digital Africa by bringing together African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together. Bertille Guitton is Head of Communication and Public Relations for the Jumia group, and was involved in the running of the MTNEC competition. Ms Guitton spoke with Aspire Africa recently to give us the lowdown on the first year of this important prize. “When we look at Jumia and what we built,” she says, “be it our own logistic fleet, the cash

on delivery payment option, which had never been heard of in developed markets, or our own mobile money wallet, we truly adapted to the realities of the African countries in which we operate and the behaviours of the African consumer.” Jumia’s operations have highlighted the necessity of providing local solutions to local challenges. Furthermore, the group has been promoting African entrepreneurship for several years, through various platforms. “Our J-Force program allows more than 70,000 sales consultants to make a living for themselves and pursue their entrepreneurial adventures; to local brands, African vendors Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 27

Judges of the MTNEC Challenge: (R to L) Jeremy Hodara - co-CEO of Jumia Group, Prof. Walter Baets - Director, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Herman Singh - MTN Group Chief Digital Officer

and SMEs, we give our platform to showcase their products and reach out to millions of clients.” The MTNEC is the next stage in the group’s long-running commitment to supporting entrepreneurship in Africa. With a focus on sustainable and responsible digital solutions, the prize reflects both Jumia and MTN Solution Space’s passion for responsible e-business. “It was born out of a desire to show the world the amazing innovations and ideas that come out of the African continent and help the entrepreneurs who carry those ideas turn them into great start-ups and companies, with a particular focus on innovative digital solutions.” The MTN Solution Space came out of a partnership between MTN and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in 2014, beginning as an African innovation hub, 28 MTNEC powered by Jumia - Continental

and seeking to inspire, nurture and equip the next generation of African innovators. Through learning and exchanging, MTN Solution Space provides an environment where students, entrepreneurs and researchers are free to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing the African people.

Entrepreneurial Challenges Being an entrepreneur and working on a start-up in Africa is not always an easy task. The drive and passion is there, but the infrastructure is lacking, with government support being variable and access to investment extremely limited. “We wish to change this,” Ms Guitton says, “and provide those entrepreneurs with an outlet for their project: we give them a voice

MTNEC was born out of a desire to show the world the amazing innovations and ideas that come out of the African continent.” Bertille Guitton


Sarah-Anne Arnold Solution Space Manager for sure, as this challenge was media-tised, and will be even more so next year.” These two prominent African companies, MTN and Jumia, also provide entrepreneurs with mentorship and infrastructures, allowing them to put all of their energy and focus into the development of their start-up. “Most of all,” Ms Guitton goes on to say, “we give them visibility in Africa and abroad to make sure that when the time comes, their beautiful project will be able to get access to investment.” The first year of the competition received close to 1,529 applications in less than a month, with tremendous digital projects in the fields of education, health, tourism, power, hospitality and many more from 26 different African countries. “Clearly, the drive is there,” she adds, understanding the huge potential that remains

untapped in African entrepreneurship, “the projects are there. We are simply there to promote their adventure and lend them a helping hand along the way.” The prize is made up of a wide range of judges from several different backgrounds, industries and business, all with one important thing in common, a shared passion for the promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa. Jérémy Hodara, the co-CEO of Jumia Group, is a thriving entrepreneur himself, having successfully launched and managed more than 9 services in 23 African countries, including Jumia, Jumia Market, Jumia Travel, Jumia Food, Jumia House, Jumia Jobs and more. Before this, Jérémy spent seven years working at McKinsey in France, India, and the USA, consulting clients in retail and e-commerce, and graduated from HEC Paris with a Master’s degree in Management Science. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 29

The competition’s inaugural finalists

MedRX app enables patients to ask medical

were Pass NG from Nigeria, Vicoba from Tanzania and MedRX from Ghana.

and related questions, receiving answers from verified healthcare professionals.

Inaugural winner of the prize was Ghana’s MedRX, based in Accra, an interactive health platform for all users who have health needs Herman Singh is the Group Chief Digital Officer of MTN, is coach and mentor to many young professionals and is at the forefront of programmes for both their education and development. He has co-authored a textbook in the field of Operations Management. The competition’s inaugural finalists also represent an eclectic mix of talent, bringing to light all the very best that African entrepreneurship has to offer, and setting an extremely high bar for those wishing to enter the competition in coming years. is a web, desktop and mobile-based CBT examination preparatory and testing platform, with a vision to help candidates excel in all the major Nigerian examinations and tests, represented by the team of Samson Abioye, Abayomi Akanji and Oluwaseun Oluyemi. Tanzania’s Village Community Banks (Vicoba) is an important instrument of development 30 MTNEC powered by Jumia - Continental

work, allowing people who do not have access to conventional bank accounts to access informal investment groups. The Vicoba app creates a collaborative platform that includes existing tools for financial and task management in a way that is uniquely adapted for the African market. The company’s team is made up of Sofia Mwaliza and Justice Donatus. The inaugural winner of the prize was Ghana’s MedRX, based in Accra, an interactive health platform for all users who have health needs. The app connects users to health personnel from various fields including hospital, pharmacy, laboratory and academia. MedRX enables patients to ask medical and related questions, receiving answers from verified healthcare professionals and identifying the medication they need, as well as being able to find the pharmacies and hospitals closest to them.

MTN Solution Space building

To provide assurance, MedRX verifies the legitimacy of those providing medical advice and assistance and guarantees confidentiality and the security of personal information. The MedRX team is made up of Victoria Acheampong, Hayford Brako and Yannick Ambig. The team at the MedRX had the following to say about its product: “Health is a very important way to move any nation forward, and this trend can be seen across the African continent.” As a team, we wanted to make this integral connection easier between medical resources and the people on the ground, and the MedRX application does just this.” “The implementation of our application will give us the opportunity to be more effective in our country and create positive change and it will be our ultimate goal to upscale and take

this positive change to everyone across Africa. We truly hope that this is the beginning of a very bright future for us.” The future certainly looks bright for the MTNEC prize and Jumia’s role in promoting it. Ms Guitton gave us a final indication of the group’s future plans in continuing to champion African entrepreneurship. “First of all,” she says, “the first objective is for us to accompany and provide mentorship and guidance to the finalists of this year. The challenge does not stop when they receive the prize, it only begins then.” “Secondly, we look forward to organising the second edition of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge by Jumia in 2017, taking in all our learnings from last year and making it even bigger and better.” ASPIRE

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Sacha Poignonnec co-CEO Africa Internet Group

Beglin Woods is now considered one

of the most prominent architectural firms in East Africa.


enyan architectural design company Beglin Woods has been operating in the region since the 1990s, but its founders and directors, Irishman David Beglin and Englishman Simon Woods, have been plying their trade in Kenya since the 1970s. In 1991, after both men had built up impressive portfolios in Africa through their respective architectural practices, they opted to merge firms and form Beglin Woods Architects & Interior Designers. The practice has expanded rapidly since that time, and is now considered one of the most prominent architectural firms in East Africa. Beglin Woods has worked on a wide variety of major residential, commercial, industrial and tourism projects.

Large Output Beglin Woods is responsible for a large output of work, with each project having its own special qualities. Some of these projects focus on sustainability, others on design, and others on service to community and clients. “We started with hotels,” Mr Beglin tells us. “We had Hemingways in Watamu and very quickly got the Mayfair in Nairobi, Mara Simba lodge in Masai Mara and Mara Simba in Naivasha. Later we got Mara Simba in Samburu and Sankara Hotel in Nairobi.” Alongside these projects, the firm undertook educational and institutional work with the International School of Kenya (ISK), the United States International University (USIU) and the 34 David Beglin · Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

US Government-sponsored Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Kisumu and Nairobi. Other projects have been industrial, including the commissioning of work on the original Nation Press building in 1998, as well as playing an integral part in the construction of the new and improved Nation Press hall, built on Mombasa Road in 2015. The firm has built several branches of SIMBA Colt Motors in Nairobi and Mombasa, new buildings for Bidco Oil Company in Nakuru, a group of banking facilities for several local banks and office projects and parks like Watermark in Karen and Eaton Square in Gigiri. “In housing, we have done ten or twelve gated communities, several high-end individual residences, recently several service and luxury apartment buildings, including an award winning 17 apartment building called Nova in Nairobi.” Further apartment blocks in Nairobi are added to a 6-storey apartment hotel building for Best Western and several high rise apartment complexes, as well as the finishing touches to a sixth building for United States International University. The firm has built a large portfolio of several hundred buildings over the years, with each decade offering a different type of project. Mr Beglin enjoyed working on safari lodges in the 1980s, the offices and industrial jobs in the 1990s, and the housing and offices since then. “The United Nations building, Eaton place and the Watermark Building are all award winning examples of well-scaled sustainable work that offers users an enjoyable, comfortable working environment,” Mr Beglin adds. Sankara Hotel and Hemingways offer refined and enjoyable hospitality facilities at the

The United Nations building, Eaton place and the Watermark Building are all award winning examples of well-scaled sustainable work.� David Beglin

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David Beglin Co-Founder/Director

Simon Woods Co-Founder/Director

Katherine Mungau Director

Kunal Patel Director

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We enjoy the lifestyle that emanates from producing economical and well-crafted design work.” David Beglin

Capital One apartments, Nairobi, Kenya top of the market, and the firm’s apartment complexes contribute to an enjoyable urban lifestyle, with individual houses and villas continuing the lifestyle theme. With such a busy working schedule throughout the year, the firm tends not to record its milestones. “Our decade anniversaries seem to come often,” Mr Beglin says, “and our twenty-fifth anniversary approaches.” In addition, it has not been easy to achieve external milestones, as the awards system in Kenya is not well established. Mr Beglin admits that steps are starting to be taken to recognise achievements in the area. “The architectural association is starting to do awards every two years. We have won 36 David Beglin · Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

international property awards for Watermark, Eaton and local awards for Naivasha Simba, and Nova Apartments.”

The World Marketplace “We enjoy the lifestyle that emanates from producing economical and well-crafted design work,” Mr Beglin explains, highlighting the firm’s core values. “As technology develops, so do building components and services.” For Beglin Woods, the world is now a marketplace, with anything able to be bought from anywhere. This allows buildings to be more sophisticated and economic, encouraging the firm to introduce elements into a building that were not possible a short time ago.

The firm’s East African operations are firmly based in Kenya.

Majority of development work undertaken in Kenya has been done in Nairobi.

Nova Apartments - Award winnning luxury apartment building in Nairobi

38 David Beglin ¡ Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

The expansion of the world marketplace now makes our project management service much more relevant.” David Beglin

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“The expansion of the world marketplace now makes our project management service much more relevant. We are now more involved in sourcing, procuring and installing components from many sources.”

The firm’s East African operations are firmly based in Kenya, and Mr Beglin explains that the country’s market is more than adequate for Beglin Woods to work within, although work in other countries is not ruled out.

The building process is becoming much more about sourcing and purchasing, with windows, doors, finishes, fittings, furniture and fabrics all being obtained from different sources. Most of the well-established manufacturers now have agents within Kenya.

“We choose to work from one office in Kenya,” he says. “The profession is well established in neighbouring countries and we don’t seek work outside Kenya. If such an opportunity presents itself, we form a joint venture with a local firm.”

“The co-ordination of so many imported items is a new skill that all designers need to have now in Kenya. In fact, many firms in other countries have long ago developed these skills and work efficiently on a global scale. This is now the way forward in Kenya.”

Due to its status and population, the majority of development work undertaken in Kenya has been done in Nairobi, but Mr Beglin is able to identify great prospects in other towns and cities in Kenya, such as Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri, Nanyuki and Isiolo.

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The property sector in Kenya is proving particularly profit-driven.

With the property sector in the country proving particularly profit-driven at the current time, there appears to be no specific rules to the way it functions. Investors are prepared to pay more for a good building, but not substantially more. “So the buildings that attract investors need to be built within tight budgets,” Mr Beglin says. “The buildings that we do are all done within these budgets and show that well-designed buildings are affordable.” There are new trends affecting the market on a daily basis, all of which have an effect on Beglin Woods’ business, including rapid developments in building security,

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The firm encourages the use of solar power to create as much energy as possible.

home automation, solar generated power, sewage treatment and building components themselves. The accessibility of the world marketplace ensures that Kenya will shortly have greater access to goods, meaning there will be the possibility for buildings engineered to the highest international standards. Kenya benefits from a climate that ensures buildings do not need heating, cooling, insulation, air conditioning or complex mechanical services. With the country enjoying sun year-round, the firm encourages the use of solar power to create as much energy as possible.

We are greatly concerned that infrastructure is not keeping pace with development.” David Beglin

As solar generated power develops, free electricity will become commonplace, and in coastal locations this could lead to cheap desalination and affordable portable and irrigation of arid areas by cheap water pipes from the oceans. This in turn will allow plantation of sustainable timber, bamboo and softwoods, which should lead to hardwoods being phased out of buildings and replaced by sustainable alternatives to help preserve forests. The same sun will then produce light and power and large tracts of arid land can be reclaimed for farming and living, meaning there are some exciting times ahead for

Cover Feature tomorrow’s designers, though there are still some concerns. “We are greatly concerned that infrastructure is not keeping pace with development, particularly with power sewerage and portable water supply. This is influencing development to overcrowd suburbs and complicate traffic movement and contribute to congestion.”

Changing Landscape The architectural landscape is going through a significant change, with clients now requiring a fully-developed and costed concept. This can be particularly difficult for firms just starting

Ultramodern Office Complex, Eaton Place, situated in the plush suburb of Gigiri in Nairobi

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The understanding of the project and budget is the most important aspect of a build.” David Beglin

United States International University (USIU) library building in Nairobi out to afford. There are now many different architectural styles being published. “Sometimes it is good to ask a client to show examples of what he [or she] likes,” Mr Beglin says, “and to produce web images of projects we feel would appeal. This can also be discussed at an early meeting and certain options omitted.” The understanding of the project and budget is the most important aspect of a build. A written resume of the problem and an estimate is frequently required, and fast freehand drawing essential, as architects need to sketch ideas during discussion. 42 David Beglin · Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

There is often a need to develop efficient drafting and presentation methods, meaning employing 3D and ordinary models is vital. Planning authorities now need a great deal of information, and early discussions with them are paramount. Likewise, quality construction documentation makes site supervision more efficient. The overall aim of these additional steps is to get quickly to an accepted concept that can be agreed upon by both client and architect. “All of this points to a very passionate and lean approach. Most clients simply want their needs met and don’t enjoy discussions

Young architects must realise that very little real practical contractual experience is gained at school.” David Beglin

on theory, and many clients react best to techniques that have been used before.” Architecture now has a wide split between traditional and avant-garde techniques, and Mr Beglin believes young architects should gain their expertise on a few traditional building solutions before embarking on new techniques. While some architects might enjoy working with progressive and innovative technology, many clients don’t, so developing a clear understanding of both the client and the problem is essential in any professional relationship. “Knowledge of the profession is critical,” Mr Beglin says. “Young architects must realise that

Property & Real Estate very little real practical contractual experience is gained at school.” It is important that their working years concentrate upon continual practice learning, courses and reading. Above all else, Mr Beglin believes, young architects should be visiting buildings, looking at and learning from ongoing construction. The American publication, Architectural Record, offers an excellent facility for ongoing learning. Each project requires research, so the study of projects in use is helpful, as is market research on materials, products and prices. New buildings are mostly built on small budgets, and it may be necessary to engage in significant importation to get a job on budget.

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Young architects should gain expertise on a few traditional building solutions.

This means undertaking research on lead times, shipping delivery, duties taxes and warranties. Reputable producers will have local agents, as back up service is essential, such as in the case of elevators, boilers pumps and mechanical and electrical items. “Budgeting and financial management requires great care,” Mr Beglin says. “Funds should be set aside for unpaid work like competitions.” Provisions should therefore be made for projects that go beyond scheduled completion dates, and for periods of reduced workload. The choice of good professional colleagues is important: mechanical engineers, structural

engineers and electrical engineers should be chosen for their experience. No young architect should try to do mechanical or electrical design without experienced engineering input. Many suppliers now offer design and build. This is now common in a day’s installation, along with security and home automation, solar heating and photo voltaic cells. Energy systems can cost 40% of a building, so they should be fully studied. Many companies will offer full fit out services, aiming to be something of a ‘one stop shop’ for interior design furnishings and furniture. In addition to these new techniques, publicity has now become a hugely important subject.

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We have four directors. Each director can handle about three active jobs on site.� David Beglin

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Firms now more than ever need to have their own quality, well-run websites.

Any new work a firm undertakes should be represented in the form of a blog post.

Beglin Woods team and offices Firms now more than ever need to have their own quality, well-run websites, as well as access to social media in the form of Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, among others. Any new work a firm undertakes should be represented in the form of a blog post. Printed CVs are now something of a rarity, as most applications arrive online, and will mostly be a print out from a web page or online brochure. Updating these is an essential part of a professional application. One of the keys to Beglin Woods’ success has been its consistency, particularly in having kept its office at the same size since the firm was started. Mr Beglin feels that there are key 46 David Beglin · Co-Founder/Director, Beglin Woods

statistics to a comfortable professional life. “We have four directors,” he says. “Each director can handle about three active jobs on site, three active jobs in the pipeline and three jobs at very early proposal stage. This allows us to have anything between 30 to 40 jobs at any one stage.” Only 20 of these jobs will likely get built, with a staff of just 20 to support. This allows each director to be involved with every detail of every job, keeping them in demand and with a reputation for being hands-on, particularly with financial control and project management. ASPIRE

Watermark Business Park located in Karen, Nairobi

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Clarke Energy

EFFICIENT POWER GENERATION 48 Clarke Energy · Continental


Clarke Energy An exclusive with Group Marketing and Compliance Manager, Alexander Marshall By: Nicholas Paul Griffin

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Clarke Energy is an award-winning multinational specialist in the engineering, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants.


ritish energy firm, Clarke Energy, is a multinational specialist in the engineering, installation and maintenance of reciprocating engine-based power plants and gas engine compression stations. The company’s services range from the supply of an engine through to the turn-key installation of a multi-engine power plant, with facilities that deliver fuel efficiency and help reduce carbon emissions. Applications include combined heat and power (CHP) with natural gas, biogas, landfill gas and coal gas or high efficiency diesel-fuelled power generation.

Power House Beginning its trading life in 1989, Clarke Energy was originally based in Aintree, near Liverpool, and started by providing spare parts to users of marine, industrial and locomotive diesel engines across the world. By its fourth year, the company had expanded, employing 40 people and experiencing increased turnover.

Alex Marshall Group Marketing and Compliance Manager

Clarke Energy fosters a culture of integrity and high ethical standards, employing a dedicated, highly trained team of sales, engineering, project management, commissioning and maintenance staff deployed around the world. Over the years, Clarke Energy has helped develop many cutting-edge renewable and high efficiency gas generation projects, including some of the early landfill gas power plants, CHP facilities, coal mine methane and, more recently, quad-generation plants.

In 1992, the company purchased new, purpose-built premises at Unity Grove in Liverpool’s Knowsley Business Park.

In 1999, the company successfully attracted investment from venture capitalist 3i plc to help forward its growth ambitions.

In 1997, the company’s name was changed to Clarke Energy Ltd, and its primary focus became about the delivery of quality installations that are backed up with reliable, accountable aftersales support.

This was followed by the acquisition of Cogen India in 2003 and Jenbacher France in 2004, further expanding Clarke Energy’s global holdings.

Nowadays, Clarke Energy provides employment for a large workforce across nineteen countries. In 2000, it moved to its international headquarters, ‘Power House’, situated in Knowsley Business Park. 50 Clarke Energy · Continental

The company’s worldwide presence consists of offices in Ireland, opened all the way back in 2005, Tunisia, Algeria, Tanzania, Bangladesh, South Africa and Cameroon in 2015 followed most recently by Papua New Guinea and the USA in 2016.

Clarke Energy has helped develop many cutting-edge renewable and high efficiency gas generation projects.


Tropical Power’s biogas plant at Gorge Farm near Lake Naivasha, Kenya, is currently the largest grid connected biogas plant in Africa The company has grown year on year since its inception. Employee numbers and turnover figures have also been consistently on the rise, with 2015 seeing a record turnover in excess of £233m, and worldwide employee numbers reaching over 1,000.

In 2010, following a successful ten-year relationship, the company completed the buy-back of shares from 3i Two years later, UK private equity firm ECI partners bought a minority stake in Clarke Energy as part of plans for on-going future expansion. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 51


A range of gas-engine oils that has been developed to deliver optimum value to equipment operators through enhanced wear protection, long oil life and high system efficiency.


Clarke Energy has sold and supplied more than 500MW of engine-based power plants across Africa.


GE Jenbacher Engine

African Energy Clarke Energy has sold and supplied more than 500MW of engine-based power plants across Africa. This includes captive power plants for industry, multi-engine IPP facilities, biogas plants, landfill gas power stations and furnace gas-fuelled generating stations. The company has a presence in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Tunis and Algiers. Clarke Energy deploys decentralised power plants backed up by reliable, in-country service teams. The company was able to successfully prove the concept of gas-fuelled power generation in Nigeria.

In addition, it has delivered some pioneering installations, including the combined heat and power plants, tri-generation facilities, biogas plants and landfill gas power stations for the continent. Over the years, the company has benefitted from a high-profile partnership with GE, a corporation known for delivering high-quality power generation products and cutting edge research and development. The company has developed dedicated Jenbacher product service support facilities with remote monitoring, spare parts stock-holding, and has two of the few GE authorised Jenbacher full-engine rebuild and refurbishment facilities globally, in Knowsley and Dhaka. Aspire Africa ¡ Jan/Feb 2017 53

Clarke Energy is the largest authorised distributor and service partner for GE Power & Water’s Gas Engine Division.


Clarke Energy supply around 4% of Nigeria’s total installed power generation fleet On the back of the successful partnership between Clarke Energy and Jenbacher, the company began to expand overseas, culminating in the award of distributorship in Australia and New Zealand in 1998, followed by Nigeria in 1999. The company is now the authorised distributor and service provider for GE’s Jenbacher gas engines in Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Clarke Energy compliments this partnership through facility engineering, installation and maintenance. The company’s installations and balance of plant are dedicated to delivering facilities that match the quality of the core GE generator. The company’s history in the maintenance and service sector ensures its employees know 54 Clarke Energy · Continental

that the most important thing for customers is to ensure the highest levels of running hours for their power generation assets. This dedication has seen Clarke Energy supply around 4% of Nigeria’s total installed power generation fleet, as well as pioneering biogas, landfill gas and combined heat and power installations on the continent. All of this fits in nicely with the company’s expansion plans, with the aim being to continue to grow its installed fleet across the continent, as well as its service teams and incountry resources. Clarke Energy’s vision is to deliver energyefficient and renewable power plants for the entire continent, with a focus on distributed generation, generating power close to the site of use, and using Africa’s own resources for its power supplies. ASPIRE

1MW of electricity: Elgin Fruit in South Africa utilises fruit pulp left over in the juice production process as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion

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Intrasoft International

56 Intrasoft International ¡ East Africa


HARNESSING AFRICA’S ICT STRENGTH An Exclusive with Intrasoft International’s East Africa Regional CEO, Wambui Mbesa By: Nicholas Paul Griffin

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Intrasoft International runs operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 13 different countries.


eading European IT solutions and services group Intrasoft International has a strong international presence, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organisations. Established in 1996, and with headquarters in Luxembourg, Intrasoft International now runs operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 13 countries.

Wambui Mbesa East Africa CEO

International Presence Intrasoft International employs over 1,500 highly-skilled professionals, from over 20 different nationalities, speaking more than 18 languages. Over 500 organisations in over 70 countries have chosen to use the company’s services to meet their business needs. These organisations include European Union institutions and agencies, national government organisations, public agencies, financial institutions, telecommunication organisations and private enterprises. Intrasoft International is a subsidiary of Intracom Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in South-East Europe, with nearly 40 years of experience, 2,300 employees, offices in 19 countries and projects in 70 countries. On the back of early success in the banking and public sector in East Africa in late 2015, the company went forward with the establishment of Intrasoft International East Africa (IIEA), capitalising on an emerging market enjoying rapid growth. Through its subsidiary in Kenya, Intrasoft International aims to better serve the needs of local customers, as well as focusing on developing new business opportunities, 58 Intrasoft International · East Africa

software development competence and a new services portfolio.

Product Line As a company providing services across different industries, Intrasoft International has a range of products that benefit a wide range of customers and companies within the banking and risk and compliance sectors. In banking, the PROFITS® Integrated Core Banking System is a modern system covering all core and near-core functions of retail and corporate banking, combined into a customercentric and product-oriented approach. The system’s business-rules-based architecture allows the logic of all components to be easily defined, reducing time to market. Its design aids fast adaptations and expansions, and its portability allows for operation on a variety of modern technological platforms. Fully focused upon the specific products and services provided by SACCOs and MFIs, the PROFITS® for Saving & Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) and MFIs is a lighter version of the original PROFITS® system.

Intrasoft International employs over 1,500 highly-skilled professionals, from over 20 different nationalities, speaking more than 18 languages.

The system is comprised of specific components offering functionality that covers the full spectrum across a business’ operating model, organisation and all applicable departments, and includes robust business model and reporting capabilities.

technologies and provides high-availability (built-in load balancing and fail over) with minimal configuration efforts.

The system assists such institutions to overcome the challenges faced in regulation compliance and is therefore a banking solution capable of supporting future transformations to a full commercial or micro finance bank. Covering retail and corporate banking, the i-PROFITS® Internet Banking System is integrated with PROFITS® and can be interfaced online, in real-time with any other core banking system as a stand-alone solution or part of Intrasoft International’s OmniChannelling Platform. The technical architecture of the i-PROFITS® system is based upon cutting edge


This architecture also provides for vertical and horizontal scalability, ensuring that the bank can not only accommodate future transactions’ high volumes, but can also easily introduce additional functionality. In addition to the PROFITS® system, Intrasoft International offers two other key solutions within the risk and compliance and legal industries. These solutions are known as ESKORT and NOMOS. ESKORT is an integrated compliance solution covering all aspects of compliance work, from pre-audit case selection to appeals and debt recovery, providing comprehensive support for risk analysis, case management and control/ investigation.

Intrasoft International East Africa Team

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Intrasoft International’s aim is to join

Many African governments & businesses

Africa’s development and help accelerate economic growth.

are improving their operations, embracing delivery of high-quality services.

Finally, Legal Information Database NOMOS is primarily addressed to the legal, technical and financial circles of Greece, the broader public sector, private companies, legal entities of public and private law, freelancers and the general public.

Africa Despite being the world’s second largest continent, Africa still faces significant social challenges such as disease, famine, unmet demand for transparency and accountability in the public sector, low level of resource exploitation, poverty, unemployment and war. In spite of these challenges, the continent has potential that far outweighs its risk. Some of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. It is this potential that Intrasoft International chose to focus on when establishing a subsidiary in Africa. It is precisely these challenges that have led to the great thrust in the continent towards home grown innovative solutions aimed at solving the unique challenges Africa faces. Today, Africa is known as a continent for ICT innovation. Intrasoft International’s aim is to join Africa’s ICT strength and provide solutions to current and future challenges.

This successful delivery of ICT solutions is made possible by the company’s highly skilled human resource base, which has collectively hundreds of man-years of experience and domain knowledge in several key areas. This success is demonstrated in the over 500 EU institutions, national governments, Telcos, banks and private sector enterprises that Intrasoft International has already served. ICT innovation offers a great opportunity for building Africa’s private and public sectors. Many African governments and businesses are improving their operations, embracing delivery of high-quality services that citizens and customers are increasingly demanding, and they are leveraging ICT to do so. Intrasoft International’s market relevance and innovative product base is best seen within its PROFITS® scheme. In this era of unprecedented digital change, the financial institutions it serves need agile solutions to enable them to adapt quickly to such change. The range of changes in the industry can be overwhelming, stemming from new trends such as mobile commerce, cloud and big data, security and an ever-changing regulatory environment.

While pursuing its corporate goals, the company aspires to contribute to Africa’s development and help accelerate economic growth.

PROFITS® for SACCOs anticipates and has incorporated futuristic functionality, such as Inter-SACCO borrowing, which enables SACCOs to lend to each other to meet their daily financial needs in a similar way to overnight lending performed by commercial banks.

This is done by solving current and future challenges in both the public and private sectors through ICT innovations and solutions. Intrasoft International’s strength lies in its track-record in undertaking and delivering complex, mission-critical ICT projects.

IIEA aims at deploying PROFITS® banking solutions to the many financial institutions in Africa including banks, SACCOs and micro finance institutions, many of which are still using outdated technologies or have no ICT systems or automated processes.

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The strategy in Africa is to engage local companies in order to promote direct job creation, as well as empowering and developing a local ecosystem.


Launch of the Mwalimu Commercial Bank System, Tanzania

One Year On Intrasoft International has just celebrated its first year of physical presence in Africa, embracing a general philosophy centred around working with local partners, the transfer of technical know-how and the promotion of best practice. In September 2015, the company established its new subsidiary in East Africa with the official registration of Intrasoft International East Africa, with an official launch following in July 2016. With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, IIEA oversees business in various countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia and Botswana. The company’s focus in Africa is on public sector solutions as well as banking solutions.

The company is looking at building efficiencies through solutions to both the public and private sectors. Its vision is to join Africa’s ICT strength and provide solutions that will accelerate economic growth across the continent. The strategy in Africa is to engage local companies in order to promote direct job creation, as well as empowering and developing a local ecosystem that can undertake support and maintenance services for Intrasoft International’s customers. For government projects, the company strives to build capacity and transfers knowledge to empower civil servants to own its systems. Once empowered, they can serve their customers in the manner citizens have increasingly come to demand of their governments. Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 61

NSSF Kenya: Intrasoft International delivered the Pension Administration System for the state owned Social Security Fund Across all its projects, Intrasoft International promotes excellence through application and adoption of best practices. The company has developed significant expertise in successfully implementing complex solutions globally and participating in global forums. For NSSF in Kenya, Intrasoft International delivered the Pension Administration System, based on its Social Security and Health Insurance Application Suite. This led to improved operational transparency, traceability and efficiency in service provision. This has produced a reduction of suspended and unallocated payments, and monthly 62 Intrasoft International ¡ East Africa

benefits payments handled have increased by almost 35%, with turnaround time for benefits payments also improving without an increase in personnel. There has also been increased efficiency in registrations and the introduction of e-collaboration services which did not exist before. Currently, over 4,000 employers are web-certified and interacting electronically with NSSF. Interoperability with other organisations were included (online communication via web services) which did not exist before, including online integration with KRA, the Huduma Organisation, banks and the e-citizen portal.

IIEA is playing a critical role in the Huduma project in Kenya in partnership with a local organisation. Huduma is a project designed to transform public service delivery by the Kenyan government by utilising service centres in all 47 Kenyan counties. On top of this goal, Huduma also aims to re-engineer, automate, integrate and roll out digital services in the country. IIEA’s role in this process is to provide project management and quality assurance expertise. Intrasoft International has deployed its flagship banking system, PROFITS®, in the East African market in a major bank in Kenya, in Centenary Rural Development Bank in Uganda (under deployment) and Mwalimu Commercial Bank in Tanzania. As a comprehensive suite of solutions that includes core banking, internet, mobile and agency banking, loans automation, business intelligence and MIS, the system promises to be a game changer in the region’s banking sector. Other important banking projects include the Zambia Electronic Clearing House, where Intrasoft International is implementing the national payments switch to provide an infrastructure that will promote interoperability of all retail bank-led and nonbank-led payment systems. In the public sector, the company already has a string of high-profile contract awards and successful implementations, including the National Social Security Fund in Kenya as well as at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). With the KRA Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence project, Intrasoft International is a strategic subcontractor for the implementation of the risk analysis module of the ESKORT Compliance Application Suite, a proprietary solution for the company. 64 Intrasoft International · East Africa

Vision for the Future Africa’s growth is on an upward trajectory. Technology continues to be a major contributor to this growth through rapid adoption. Intrasoft International is committed to playing a leading role through its proven ICT capabilities, ensuring Africa moves forward into its great future. Intrasoft International continues to employ and train young, talented people at its centres of excellence across the world, and is committed to growing the regional business, increasing the international exposure of its team and mentoring young people in leadership in ICT. Intrasoft International believes its African customers deserve to experience efficiencies in their businesses through technology and innovation, and have subsequently committed to providing solutions that will help achieve this. The company’s mantra is “creating value together”, and is achieved by being relevant and working together with its customers in Africa to understand their unique environments and provide world class ICT services to help enhance their effectiveness as organisations. In order to remain relevant in Africa, Intrasoft International needs to adopt an innovative approach and to think outside of the box. The ability to build credible local capacity to serve the African market will be critical to its success. ASPIRE

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DusitD2 Nairobi front facade

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SETTING An Exclusive With DusitD2 Nairobi General Manager, Michael Metaxas By: Nicholas Paul Griffin

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Boutique hotels are a new concept in Kenya and other African countries.

Mr Metaxas joined Dusit International from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he managed two properties, the Westin Athens and the Arion, a luxury collection hotel and spa at the Astir Palace in Athens, Greece. Mr Metaxas has actively participated in the growth of Kenya’s hospitality industry, having returned after a fifteen-year absence. A wealth of experience and understanding of diverse cultures makes him well-suited to delivering an enlivening guest experience. “The hotel first opened its doors in September 2014,” says Mr Metaxas, “and had its grand opening in March 2015. Dusit International was established in Thailand in 1947 and has seen this Thai family-owned company grow to an international hotel chain over the years.”

Michael Metaxas General Manager


oasting contemporary, colourful chic and a refreshing sense of playfulness, DusitD2 Hotel and Resorts offer a unique combination of cutting-edge design, hightech connectivity and efficient, modern convenience. Boutique hotels are a new concept in Kenya and other African countries, beginning to appear in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York and San Francisco, where their popularity prompted multinational hotel companies to enter the market. In 2015, DusitD2 appointed a new general manager to its Nairobi hotel, Michael Metaxas, a man with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, 18 of which were spent in various senior roles at InterContinental Hotels and Resorts across the globe. 68 DusitD2 Nairobi · Kenya

The chain’s portfolio includes sites worldwide, reflecting a truly global approach to the hospitality industry, with stunningly designed boutique hotels in Thailand, China, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. The DusitD2 Nairobi is hidden away from the hustle and bustle in a secure and peaceful haven off the leafy suburb of Riverside Drive, just minutes from the central business district, and a stone’s throw from the heart of the city’s vibrant social scene. With intriguing spaces that balance a modern yet timeless aesthetic in an intimate boutique setting, DusitD2 Nairobi is the very definition of contemporary chic. The hotel’s location has a big part to play in raising the profile of this highly prestigious residential and embassy area. “Also,” Mr Metaxas adds, discussing the hotel’s unique location, “as we have seen the corporate businesses grow in the area, DusitD2 is certainly able to meet and surpass all the needs of its clientele.”

We have seen the corporate businesses grow in the area, DusitD2 is certainly able to meet and surpass all the needs of its clientele.� Michael Metaxas


Soko: the daylight-flooded restaurant

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DusitD2 Nairobi is the perfect

The hospitality sector in Kenya is growing fast

urban retreat for both work and play.

and will continue to do so in the years to come.

DFit fitness centre Offering world class cuisine from its array of bars and restaurants, stylish and spacious guestrooms, unique event spaces, the award winning Devarana Spa and a striking red swimming pool, DusitD2 Nairobi is the perfect urban retreat for both work and play.

The hotel is comprised of 101 rooms, with a variety of types and suites. The food and beverage outlets have been awarded various prizes over the hotel’s short period of existence and the hotel is proud to have collected these many awards.

“Our mission is to be the preferred Kenyan hotel, delivering consistent and dynamic service in a contemporary, secure and serene environment.”

“Our Thai restaurant, the Soi,” Mr Metaxas says, “hosts a garden terrace popular in the evenings, whilst our two Thai chefs bring to your table the culinary surprises of Thai street food served in the most exquisite possible way.” The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Soko, offers an array of specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with its signature spare ribs dish carefully prepared over 10 hours of slow-cooking.

“We can achieve this by being committed to exceeding guest expectation, enhancing each and every experience offered by an inspired and motivated team delivering value to our stakeholders and community.” 70 DusitD2 Nairobi · Kenya

Our mission is to be the preferred Kenyan hotel, delivering consistent and dynamic service in a contemporary, secure and serene environment.� Michael Metaxas

Manufacturing Hospitality

Devarana Spa: 7 treatment rooms

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Dusit International is currently looking at new opportunities to continue its expansion in both Kenya and also in Africa as a whole.” Michael Metaxas


D’sire suite

D’luxe suite

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International Celebrity and American singer - songwriter, activist Erykah Badu with General Manager, Michael Metaxas

“The Zing lounge and bar features live jazz music every Wednesday night, whilst on Fridays our in-house DJ entertains you till the late hours of the night. Our meeting and conference facilities, all with daily light availability, can meet any need for events ranging from weddings to conferences and other social gatherings.”

is no better satisfaction and achievement than being recognised by our guests. This is what makes us continue to try to do better by offering our special service.”

Earlier this year, the Nairobi branch won the coveted Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year for Nairobi in the Luxury Travel Guide for the second consecutive year, highlighting its consistency in high global standards and personalised customer service.

Nairobi is a hub for Eastern Africa and thus has the advantage of being able to offer everything needed for those on holiday or business.

DusitD2 hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and inspirational manner, with a focus on providing personalised service. The hotel was also the winner of the Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Africa and Best Luxury Business Hotel in Kenya for the years 2015 and 2016. “These recognitions come through the votes of our guests,” Mr Metaxas explains. “There

The hospitality sector in Kenya, in particular Nairobi, is growing fast and will continue to do so in the years to come.

The city’s infrastructure continues to improve, placing Nairobi high on the list of preferred cities for both business and holiday destinations. There is therefore a mutual beneift for both Nairobi and the DusitD2. “Dusit International is currently looking at new opportunities to continue its expansion,” Mr Metaxas explains, indicating that the chain is looking to take advantage of the country’s growth in the coming years, “in both Kenya, but also in Africa as a whole.” ASPIRE Aspire Africa · Jan/Feb 2017 73

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