Management team

A highly experienced and dedicated management team

More about Thomas Reilly

Thomas is an accomplished Investment professional with more than 25 years’ experience across a range of asset classes including direct commercial real estate investment in both the listed real estate and private equity markets, commercial real estate finance and the financial markets including fixed income and equity derivatives.

Thomas is the Managing Director of Lango Real Estate Ltd (Lango), a business in which he played a key role in founding as a joint venture with Ninety One and Growthpoint Properties, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Lango has demonstrated significant growth under his leadership, emerging as a leader in the asset class in Africa. Lango aims to list on the London Stock Exchange over the medium term.

Prior to Lango, Thomas founded and was CEO of the first listed pan-African real estate company (SACREIL) and was also the Managing Director of Sanlam Properties Limited, the real estate business of the Sanlam Group, where he also established a commercial property finance business. Thomas’ role in the Sanlam Group previously also extended to the position of Group Treasurer, along with being a member of the executive of Sanlam Capital Markets, responsibilities which culminated from his investment banking career in the interest rate and equity derivative markets, where he successfully built and headed Emerging Markets focused financial markets trading and structuring businesses for two class-leading financial institutions. Thomas holds a Master of Science Degree (MSc Global Finance) from the University of London’s CASS Business School (awarded with distinction). He also holds a post graduate Honours degree in Economics and a Batchelor of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of South Africa.

More about Gaby Sithole

Gaby is the Director of Asset Management at Lango. His key responsibility is to carry out strategic asset management of the properties by maximising capital value and net income while mitigating the related risks of the property portfolio.

Gaby has extensive real estate experience, having worked in the industry for the past two decades. Prior to joining the Lango, he was the Retail Asset Manager for the JSE listed Fortress Property Fund. Prior to that he was a director for Property Management at Excellerate Real Estate Services t/a JHI, overseeing the execution of the property management function for several clients, including both listed and non-listed clients. This covered the whole spectrum of properties from Retail, Office, Industrial including some Residential apartments.

Gaby holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Financial Management from University of Johannesburg and has completed his Top CIMA studies

More about Thomas Schultz

Thomas Schultz is an investment professional with 21 years’ experience, working exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa, across multiple fields, including private equity, asset management and commercial property.

Thomas is a Director at Lango, responsible for acquisitions and investments for the Company. Before joining Lango, Thomas was an Executive Director of the first listed pan-African real estate company (SACREIL). Prior to that, he was the Executive Head of Investment Management for Sanlam Emerging Markets, the asset management arm of the Sanlam Group in the rest of Africa. His previous roles within the Sanlam Group include: Head of Investments for Sanlam Investment Management Africa and Chief Operating Officer for Sanlam Investment Management Emerging Markets.

Thomas has broad investment and operational experience in a number of African countries, having started his career in private equity with Brait Merchant Bank and African Alliance. Thomas has a post graduate Honours degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

More about Eric Weirich

Eric graduated from the University of South Africa and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accounts with over 10 years experience across Africa and the UK. Eric is the Finance Director of Lango with a key focus on the financing reporting and compliance, cash managements and tax optimisation and other back office activities. He is also focussed on building up robust back office processes and controls that will enable Lango to achieve its medium term listing ambitions. After having spent five years at PWC in South Africa and London, Eric spent a further eight years in London occupying various positions within the Finance function at Gazprom, one the leading global oil and gas players.

Eric subsequently held the role of Finance Director at Grit Real Estate Income Group, a listed pan-African real estate investment company, where he actively contributed to the listing of the group on the London Stock Exchange and ensuring first time compliance with new listing regulations and numerous reporting processes.

Before joining Lango as Finance Director, Eric was employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ascencia Limited, a property company focused on the retail sector domiciled and listed in Mauritius, which owns and manages in excess of 200,000m² of retail real estate in Mauritius and other countries in Southern Africa.

More about George Adjei-Ampofo

George is responsible for the regional support of investments, asset management and finance within Lango’s West African portfolio. George has gained a lot of experience in Private Equity, Accounting, Auditing, Corporate Finance, Taxation and Management Consulting spanning over fifteen years.

Before joining the firm, George worked with Excellerate Property Services Ghana (CBRE Excellerate) as an Independent Contractor in the capacity of a Portfolio Manager. He worked for several years with Broll Ghana Limited, as the Portfolio Finance Manager, where he was in charge of Accra Mall, West Hills Mall, Achimota Mall and Kumasi City Mall’s finances. His role included budgeting, cash flow forecasting, managing relationships with regulatory authorities and financial institutions, management accounting and financial control. Having previously worked with Black Star Advisors (a Private Equity Firm), George is well versed with deal origination, due diligence, structuring and evaluation to investment monitoring and fund administration. He was an Audit Senior at Baker Tillly Andah & Andah, leading teams in forensic audits, assurance and internal audits and provided financial advisory services for firms in different industries.

George also consulted for the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) in setting up financial management systems and training for various SMEs across the country. This led to the release of funds by the USADF to various SMEs to support their businesses.
George Adjei-Ampofo is an ACCA finalist

More about Helen Mutshekwa

Helen is an Associate Principle, Lango Real Estate. She is responsible for property asset management function in the portfolio.

Prior to joining the team, Helen was an Asset Manager at the Public Investment Corporation for 7 years managing assets across various sectors focusing on identifying and implementing value adding opportunities with the portfolio under management.

Prior to that she worked at a listed REIT within the asset management team where she was responsible for analyzing the portfolio and market fundamentals, preparation and presentation of monthly performance reports and running with the property acquisition and disposal process.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town and completed a BCom degree in Financial Management.

More about George Petje

George is an Associate Principle of Investment at Lango. He is responsible for core property acquisitions and investments of the portfolio.

Before joining Lango, George gained broad real estate investment experience as an associate at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sub-Saharan Africa Capital Markets team, with a focus in delivering client mandates in direct property investment sales, research and capital raising advisory. Prior to that he was an analyst at MacroSolutions (a division of Old Mutual Investment Group), where he was responsible for asset analysis, valuation, financial modelling, performance and risk analysis across multi-asset classes. He started his investment career in with Old Mutual Property where he took part in the Old Mutual Graduate Programme, before formally joining the Old Mutual Property’s asset management team.

George graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc. Degree in Property studies (Honours) and has completed an MBA from Wits Business School.

More about Refiloe Seoloane

Refiloe Seoloane ACA CA(SA) is responsible for financial reporting, investor reporting and investor relations.

Refiloe has real estate investment management experience working as an investment analyst for Global and South African listed equity real estate strategies. Prior experience includes investment idea generation focused on listed financial services equity investments across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Refiloe has real estate investment management experience working as an investment analyst for Global and South African listed equity real estate strategies. Prior experience includes investment idea generation focused on listed financial services equity investments across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Refiloe joined Investec Bank in 2012 and completed her chartered accountant qualification within the Investec CA Programme. During the CA Programme, Refiloe gained broad financial management experience across a number of business units, including Private Capital (Private Debt and Private Equity), Group Legal (UK), Internal Audit (Risk and Governance) and Group Finance (Financial Reporting and Analysis). She joined Ninety One in 2014 (formerly Investec Asset Management).

Refiloe holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Honours) degree from the University of Johannesburg. Refiloe is an Associate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The Board

A grouping of highly experienced Africa industry leaders

Valentine Chitalu

Non-executive director View Linkedin

Estienne de Klerk

Non-executive director View Linkedin

Craig McKenzie

Non-executive director View Linkedin

Yan Ng

Non-executive director View Linkedin

Thomas Reilly

Managing Director, Lango Real Estate View Linkedin

Investment Committee

A grouping of highly experienced Africa industry leaders

Norbert Sasse

Chief Executive Officer (Group)
Growthpoint Properties
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John McNab

Co-Chief Investment Officer
Ninety One
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Hendrik du Toit

Chief Executive Officer
Ninety One
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George Muchanya

Head of Corporate Finance
Growthpoint Properties
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Thomas McCallum

Independent Member
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