Thomas Reilly 2021 Speaker

Managing Director

Growthpoint Investec African Properties Ltd


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 Growthpoint Investec African Properties Ltd (GIAP), a business in which he played a key role in founding as a joint venture with Investec Asset Management and Growthpoint Properties, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). GIAP has demonstrated significant growth under his leadership and is emerging as a leader in the asset class within Africa, with assets on its balance sheet in excess of $500million and a global investor base. GIAP aims to list on the London Stock Exchange over the medium term.

Prior to GIAP, Thomas founded and was CEO of the first listed pan-African REIT structured real estate company (SACREIL) and was also the Managing Director of Sanlam Properties Ltd, the real estate business of the Sanlam Group which was historically one of the largest property holding companies in South Africa where he also successfully broadened its strategy to disintermediate the banking sector in the provision of commercial property finance.

Thomas’ earlier career was built in the South African interest rate and equity derivative markets, ultimately successfully building and managing 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 (completed 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.


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