Team

Rendeavour’s senior management team draws on cumulative decades of experience in Africa and other high-opportunity emerging markets.

Stephen Jennings

Founder and CEO

"Quite simply, we are building Africa's Urban Future."

Stephen Jennings is a pioneer of capital markets in Africa and Central & Eastern Europe, responsible for over $200 billion of investment flows to these regions. He has been living and working in emerging markets for more than 25 years.

Since 2012, Stephen has focused on Rendeavour, of which he is the largest shareholder.

Prior to Rendeavour, Stephen founded Renaissance Group, in 1995, building investment banking, securities sales and trading, asset management and consumer finance businesses across Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

During the period between 1983 and 1992, Stephen worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New Zealand and in the New Zealand Treasury. He also consulted for the governments of New Zealand and Australia on issues of privatization.

George Kapanadze

Group CFO

"Transforming dreams to goals and goals to reality, this is what we do at Rendeavour"

George is an experienced financial executive who has held diverse roles across Europe, Africa and CIS, covering financial management in various environments, from business start-ups to restructurings.

Prior to joining Rendeavour in 2014, George worked at Renaissance Group and Renaissance Capital supporting the Asset Management, Investment Management, and Private Equity business units. From 2008-2012, George worked at PwC as an auditor in financial services and banking division.

George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tbilisi State University and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Preston Mendenhall

Group COO; Country Head, Kenya

"The aspirations of the people in our markets inspire Rendeavour to succeed."

Preston has more than 20 years' experience in emerging markets. Based at Tatu City, he manages the 5,000-acre Special Economic Zone in Kenya, as well as Rendeavour's operations across the company's new city developments.

Previously, Preston was Head of Marketing & Public Affairs for Renaissance Group, the Moscow-based emerging markets investment firm. Prior to Renaissance, Preston was Vice President for Strategy of Russian Standard, Russia’s leading global consumer brand with interests in financial services and alcohol beverage production and distribution.

From 1993-2006, Preston was a producer and correspondent for NBC News, covering global events in the Soviet successor states, Europe, Central and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Preston is a graduate of Cornell University and Phillips Exeter Academy.

Yomi Ademola

Chairman, West Africa; Country Head, Nigeria

"Rendeavour is creating new urban paradigms across Africa."

Yomi is a New York qualified attorney with significant legal and business experience across three continents, including corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions and urban land development projects. Yomi has been with Rendeavour since its inception and prior to that worked with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Partners.

Yomi started his career in the New York and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then Latham & Watkins. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Chris Barron

Country Head, DRC

"Building Kenya's future"

Responsible for the delivery of Kiswishi, Chris joined Rendeavour in 2011. Chris was previously Country Head for Rendeavour in Kenya.

Prior to Rendeavour, Chris worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, where he served in the Darfur region of Sudan, Somalia, the West Bank and Gaza and Pakistan. Prior to that, he worked in the humanitarian sector with the HALO Trust, in Cambodia, Angola, Eritrea and Abkhazia. Chris started his career with the Australian Defence Force, where he served in the Australian Regular Army as an infantry officer.

Chris is the Chairman of the Rendeavour CSR Committee.

Perminas Marisi

Country Head, Ghana

Perminas Marisi is a project management professional with a rich background in city management. Prior to his role as Country Head, Ghana, he worked as Head of City Management and Development Control Company (DCC) for Tatu City, Appolonia City’s sister city in Kenya.

In that role, Perminas focused on building the safest and most secure, green, sustainable, environmentally friendly and resilient city that captured imagination of many. He led a team of agile, innovative and experienced professionals committed to attaining world-class urban development and management standards.

Prior to his time in Tatu City, Perminas served as the Head of Facilities and Project Management at Broll Property Group, where he oversaw and managed integrated facilities and project management services for leading multinational and local client accounts in the East African region. At Broll, Perminas honed his expertise in facilities projects planning and execution, budgeting and business development. Perminas has also previously worked in Pentawave East Africa as a consultant facilities and project manager and in Retriever East Africa as a Technical Client Support Supervisor.

Perminas holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and postgraduate qualifications in project management, health and safety.

Ayesha Agyemang Buadu

Deputy Country Head, Ghana

Working with Rendeavour in Ghana for over a decade, Ayesha has risen through the ranks to Deputy Country Head and Head of Sales. Ayesha manages sales and business development for Appolonia City and King City, which have welcomed more than 1,000 property owners to these new cities for all Ghanaians.
Before Rendeavour, Ayesha worked as a Business Development Manager for Sterling’s Group Projects. She also worked for an apparel manufacturing company in Accra.

Ayesha is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), where she is currently working towards obtaining final certification. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, London.

Alex Kahu

Deputy Country Head, Kenya

"Tatu is envisioned to be a smart sustainable city with modern infrastructure"

Tatu Connect is the game-changer in providing world-class utilities

A veteran of Tatu City, Alex started his career with the company as an ICT engineer and rose to the Head of Utilities. Today, he is responsible for the management of power, water, waste and ICT infrastructure, leading a vibrant and dedicated team of water, electrical, and telecom engineers.

In addition to his role at Tatu City, Alex serves as Head of ICT for Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City and six other new city developments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alex holds a Bachelor of IT from Strathmore University and an MBA from Kenyatta University.

David Karimi

Deputy Country Head, Kenya

"We are here because of you. Be part of a well-planned city in a secure, tranquil and serene environment."

David has over six years' experience in the real estate industry. He has previously worked as a real estate advisor with other leading real estate companies and as a financial advisor in Old Mutual.

David has a bachelors degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Daystar University.

Rachel Kanyora

Group Financial Controller

‘Great minds thinking independently together to achieve a great vision ‘

Rachel is responsible for Rendeavour’s financial reporting processes and accounting systems implementation strategy. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, England, and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Prior to joining Rendeavour in 2016, Rachel worked at EY for eight years as an audit manager, gaining experience in real estate and insurance sector audits.

Dean Landy

Head of Urban Planning & Design

With 25 years of experience, Dean, a former partner and architect in one of Australia's largest design firms, is renowned for his strategic thinking and place lead approach to urban design.

A thought leader in sustainable urban development, Dean authored 'Creating Vibrant Communities,' a groundbreaking book guiding the creation of 15-minute cities. His global speaking engagements reflect his commitment to fostering healthier, more sustainable, and livable urban environments.

Beyond his professional success, Dean is the CEO of One Heart Foundation, an NGO transforming lives in East Africa through sustainable villages providing education and care to vulnerable children. His humanitarian efforts have broken the poverty cycle for hundreds of children, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Dean's impact is evident in numerous industry accolades, including the AIA Presidents Award, Young Alumni of the Year Award, and recognition as a finalist for the Property Council of Australia 'Industry Impact Award'—all testament to his global contributions in creating stronger communities and improving the quality of people’s lives.

Jonathan Batty

Group Head of Marketing & Communications

Jonathan Batty is Rendeavour’s Group Head of Marketing & Communications. Based in Tatu City, Kenya, he’s responsible for promoting the Rendeavour brand and story across Africa and attracting international investors to Rendeavour’s seven new city developments.
Jonathan has two decades of international experience working at the intersection of technology, business, and society in the world’s fastest-moving markets.

Prior to joining Rendeavour, he was Director of PR, Social Media & Digital Marketing for DXC Technology - a leading Fortune 500 technology services company which owns Luxoft – one of the biggest global players in software engineering.

Before that, Jonathan spent 15 years at IBM where he was responsible for shaping IBM’s marketing and communications function across Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS. He spent two years based in Nairobi where he promoted IBM’s Smarter Cities and Research agendas across Africa. He was also assigned to IBM’s research lab in Beijing where he drove IBM’s leadership in air pollution management in China and beyond.

Mikhail Makhyanov

Senior Financial Analyst



Kuat Zhalelov

Deputy CFO

Melody Hao

China Business Manager

Richard Were

Transactions Manager

Anne Kimani

Talent Coordinator, Kenya and Ghana

KHADIJA BELGORE-YUSUF

Head of Legal and Compliance, West Africa

Khadija’s legal career spans over 16 years working in some of the most prestigious law firms in Nigeria, where she led teams and several turn-key legal projects in both the corporate and public sectors. In 2024, Khadija was included in the inaugural Legal 500 GC Powerlist for Nigeria. Prior to joining Alaro City FZC, Khadija led the Competition Law Practice Unit at the prestigious firm Olaniwun Ajayi LP.
Khadija holds an LL.B from the University of Ibadan and an LLM, Corporate Commercial Law qualification from the University College London.

Morgan Chuck Oriahi

Projects Director, West Africa

Morgan has over 40 years of international experience in engineering, construction and project management. A Bechtel certified Project Site Manager, his experience spans significant mega projects in 6 continents in energy (oil & gas) and infrastructure projects worldwide.

Before Rendeavour, Morgan worked 18 years for the Bechtel Corporation in the USA (one of the most respected EPC management companies in the world), KBR-Halliburton in the USA for 18 years, and Abram/William Brothers for 4 years in the engineering and construction of major highways, bridges, and multi-level directional interchanges in metropolitan Houston Texas.

Morgan has a Master’s and Bachelors Degrees in Civil Structural Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma USA.

ALEKSANDRA SHEVCHUK

Head of Marketing & Communications, West Africa

Aleksandra Shevchuk is a marketing and communications professional with a track record of driving impactful campaigns for global brands such as Kaspersky Lab, Samsung Electronics, Raiffeisen Bank International, and IBM. She has demonstrated success securing and maintaining #1 position share of voice for leading brands in the finance, technology, and consumer electronics sectors. Aleksandra is known for crafting content marketing strategies that fuel enterprise client acquisition and bolster brand awareness. She holds a degree in journalism from the Moscow State University.

Sharon Manoah

Head of Legal, Ghana

Angela Mbuthia

Chief of Staff

Jedidah Mwangi

Senior Power Engineer

Jackline Muturi

Financial Operations Manager

Brian Ontumbi

Business Enterprise Manager

Board of Directors

Stephen Jennings

Founder and CEO

"Quite simply, we are building Africa's Urban Future."

Stephen Jennings is a pioneer of capital markets in Africa and Central & Eastern Europe, responsible for over $200 billion of investment flows to these regions. He has been living and working in emerging markets for more than 25 years.

Since 2012, Stephen has focused on Rendeavour, of which he is the largest shareholder.

Prior to Rendeavour, Stephen founded Renaissance Group, in 1995, building investment banking, securities sales and trading, asset management and consumer finance businesses across Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

During the period between 1983 and 1992, Stephen worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New Zealand and in the New Zealand Treasury. He also consulted for the governments of New Zealand and Australia on issues of privatization.

Yomi Ademola

Chairman, West Africa; Country Head, Nigeria

"Rendeavour is creating new urban paradigms across Africa."

Yomi is a New York qualified attorney with significant legal and business experience across three continents, including corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions and urban land development projects. Yomi has been with Rendeavour since its inception and prior to that worked with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Partners.

Yomi started his career in the New York and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then Latham & Watkins. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Frank Mosier

Chairman

"Rendeavour is a driver of sustainable economic development for countries, and a catalyst for upward mobility for individuals across Sub-Saharan Africa."

Frank Mosier is the lead investor in Rendeavour and non-executive chairman of the board of directors. With more than 30 years of experience in emerging markets, Frank is also the founder and managing partner of Lockington Capital Partners, a private investment firm. Originally from Pennsylvania, Frank holds a B.A. in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College. Frank has served on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC

Deputy Chairman

After more than 40 years as an entrepreneur working in the UK and overseas, Michael Ashcroft is an active investor in new companies and ideas. At various points in his business career, he has headed companies employing more than 100,000 people. In 2000, he was knighted and became a member of the House of Lords (Lord Ashcroft of Chichester, KCMG). Lord Ashcroft has written 17 books, mainly on politics and bravery, and four of these books on gallantry have been made into television series.

David Kippen

Director

David is a private equity executive and corporate manager based in Bermuda. Previously, David was based in New York, San Francisco and London, where he was focused on TMT, energy and industrial sectors globally with Credit Suisse First Boston, JPMorgan Chase and UBS. Over the past 25 years, David has completed over 40 M&A transactions together with private and public debt and equity financings in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. David has also developed cross border ventures, worked with growth stage companies and acted as an interim CFO. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins/SAIS in Washington DC.

Simon Edwards

Director

Simon has been working in investment and capital markets for over 30 years.
After graduation in Economics and Finance at University of Sheffield, he started his career in New Zealand in investment analysis and fund management then moved to London with Credit Suisse First Boston in 1992. In 1997 he moved back to his home city of Liverool to become the Chief Executive of the Merseyside Pension Fund, one of the largest public sector pensions funds in the UK, overseeing assets of over £5billion. In 2002, with several colleagues he started a new fund management group, Midas Capital Partners limited, as chief executive and majority owner. This proved successful and the business was sold in late 2007. Also during this period Simon held non executive director roles including Standard Life Private Equity, London Scottish Bank, Merseyside Special Investment Fund and several Charitable organisations. He now spends his time between homes in Italy and UK and concentrates on managing his personal assets.

In Memoriam

Stuart Mowbray

Stuart chaired the Rendeavour Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees. He was an avid consumer of Rendeavour news, devouring our daily media monitoring service and sending emails to team members with new ideas for the business. He keenly followed our community outreach, arriving for one board meeting in Kenya with a friend’s spare computer, so it could be donated to a local school.

Stuart had an extensive investment banking career, specializing in ECM and Corporate Finance/M&A. He worked in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne, holding senior executive positions with CSFB, SBC, Nomura and Societe Generale.

Stuart graduated from Victoria University, Wellington (LLB), and Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University/HKUST) (MBA). He served as a Barrister & Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Forever missed by the Rendeavour family.

Odema Ogbeh

A key member of Rendeavour Nigeria and Alaro City teams until she passed away tragically in 2024, Odema was an exceptional leader.

Odema was the first Group Head of Human Resources at Rendeavour. She founded Renwoman, a group focused on supporting professional women at Rendeavour with mentoring and addressing the challenges and opportunities of women in the workplace. Renwoman ultimately expanded from Rendeavour Nigeria to the wider Rendeavour Group and then on to Renmoney. Odema’s career trajectory was nothing short of remarkable, starting from Human Resources Manager in Nigeria, progressing to the Group Head of Human Resources, then on to the Head of Operations in Nigeria, and ultimately assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer of Rendeavour in Nigeria.

One of Odema’s enduring legacies is the fast growth and success of Alaro City, a testament to her unwavering dedication, work ethic and leadership. Alaro City will forever bear the mark of her contributions.

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