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 Chief Executive Office 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.