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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Philip Campher

66 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Giancarlo Lanfranchi

45 Non-Executive Non-Independent Deputy Chairman of the Board

Andrea Taverna-Turisan

45 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Chrystal Grauso

35 Executive Finance Director, Director

Johnny Cullum

52 Non-Executive Non-independent Director

Kevin Dreyer

52 Non-Executive Non-Independent Director

Ruth Benjamin-Swales

51 Non-Executive Independent Director

Nazeem Khan

58 Non-Executive Independent Director

Riaan Gous

48 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

Biographies

Name Description

Philip Campher

Mr. Philip Leon Campher is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Leon joined Old Mutual in the investment division during 1973 after graduating from the University of Stellenbosch. During his 13 years with Old Mutual he was an investment analyst and portfolio manager. In 1985 he left Old Mutual to form Syfrets Managed Assets where he was portfolio manager and CEO. Syfrets Managed Assets was the institutional asset management business of Syfrets Trust which was part of the Nedcor Group of companies. In 1993 Leon left Syfrets and was one of the founding members of Coronation where he was CEO of Coronation Fund Managers and Executive Director of Coronation Holdings which was listed on the JSE. Coronation is still one of the top 5 Fund Managers in South Africa. Leon was also instrumental in the formation of African Harvest Limited, which was listed on the JSE and was one of Coronation’s major investments. Leon was chief executive officer of African Harvest. At the end of 2002 he retired due to ill health. In 2003 Leon was instrumental in the formation of Investment Management Association South Africa where he served as CEO until 2008. In 2008 Leon was instrumental in the formation of Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (“ASISA”) and was appointed CEO on 1 October 2008. ASISA represents all the life offices, fund managers, mutual funds, fund platforms, and multi managers in South Africa. ASISA has 116 members. ASISA members manage approximately R5.6 trillion on behalf of clients.

Giancarlo Lanfranchi

Mr. Giancarlo Lanfranchi is Non-Executive Non-Independent Deputy Chairman of the Board of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Giancarlo is the CEO and founder of the Swish property group, a prominent Western Cape based property development group which has successfully implemented brownfield and greenfield developments in excess of R2.5 billion over the past 15 years. Under the guidance of Giancarlo, the Swish property group has won numerous awards such as the NHBRC award for the best Brownfield’s re-development and development initiatives in South Africa in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as well as the CNBC award in 2006 for Best High Rise Development in Africa. The Swish property group also spearheaded the first successful residential-from-commercial conversion in Cape Town’s CBD. In a joint venture with Redefine Property Income Fund (renamed Redefine Properties Limited), the Swish property group successfully completed a R600 million mixed use development in a previously marginalised area of Cape Town, catalysing the revitalisation of Woodstock. Prior to the establishment of the Swish property group, Giancarlo ran his late father’s privately-owned construction company successfully. Giancarlo is a co-founder and currently an executive director of an offshore property company, which invests in distribution warehousing with long term leases in the United Kingdom and has been involved in transactions to the value of £80 million.

Andrea Taverna-Turisan

Mr. Andrea Taverna-Turisan is Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Andrea graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Mathematics and Management from King’s College, London. He emigrated to South Africa in 1995 and initially worked as a Commercial Property Broker at McCreedy Friedlander in Bellville. He thereafter started a food import business (Rialto Foods) in April 1998 and was instrumental in growing this business into the Italian food importer of choice of Woolworths. He sold his shares in Rialto in 2006 and started specialising in the development of distribution warehouses for his own account. He has since started the Chiluan Property Group and developed 6 A-grade distribution facilities for top quality tenants. His intimate knowledge of the industrial market, and ability to research and find opportunities, market, build and manage all his properties in-house, has resulted in Andrea being able to outperform his competition and secure long term A-grade income tenants in the Cape Town industrial market. A focused strategic property philosophy has under scored the rapid growth of his group’s A-grade industrial property portfolio in the last six years. Andrea is co-founder and currently a non-executive director of an offshore property company, which invests in distribution warehousing with long term leases in the United Kingdom and has been involved in transactions to the value of £80 million.

Chrystal Grauso

Ms. Chrystal Grauso is Executive Finance Director, Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Chrystal completed her studies at the University of Stellenbosch and completed articles with BDO Spencer Stewart Cape Town Incorporated in 2003. After her articles she was appointed the senior audit manager to the managing partner and managed a portfolio of clients, specialising in construction and property investment. Chrystal joined the Swish property group in 2006 as the Financial Director and was responsible for financial structuring and reporting, risk management, acquisitions and property management.

Johnny Cullum

Mr. Johnny Cullum is Non-Executive Non-independent Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Johnny is a qualified Civil Engineer and a partner in CSV Construction, one of the Western Cape’s biggest diversified civil contracting companies. Johnny has extensive industrial property knowledge and his property owning companies are the primary landlord in and around the Cape Town International Airport. Johnny is also extensively involved in renewable energy generation in South Africa and his company, Mulilo Renewable Energy Proprietary Limited, has been one of the most successful players in the renewable energy sector, having been awarded 6 tenders.

Kevin Dreyer

Mr. Kevin Dreyer is Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. He runs the development arm of the Cape Town International Airport based consortium and is also a major shareholder in the property portfolio of the Cape Town International Airport based consortium. He has substantial knowledge of the Western Cape industrial property sector and has negotiated and implemented several significant transactions in the airport node. Kevin also owns a company, Automotion Airport Parking (Proprietary) Limited, which renders valet parking services at the Cape Town International Airport.

Ruth Benjamin-Swales

Ms. Ruth Eleanor Benjamin-Swales is Non-Executive Independent Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Ruth is a University of Cape Town graduate who qualified as a CA(SA) in 1989. After completing her training, she worked at Ernst & Young, and then moved to the Office of the Auditor General. In 1997 she was invited to join the partnership of KMMT Brey, which became part of Ernst & Young in 2002. She was an audit partner for the firm in Cape Town, where she was responsible for a portfolio of clients in the education and public sectors. Since qualifying, Ruth has served the accountancy profession through her involvement in many subcommittees, councils and boards, including the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa and as president of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. She is also the immediate past president of SAICA in the southern region. She is currently senior policy advisor/CEO ASISA Foundation/ASISA Ed Fund Trustee at ASISA. She is responsible for ASISA Foundation and ASISA Enterprise Development Fund, serves on Transformation Board Committee and Financial Sector Charter Council.

Nazeem Khan

Mr. Nazeem Khan is Non-Executive Independent Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Nazeem Khan attended the University of Natal (Durban) where he obtained a BSc (QS) degree. He has been in the quantity surveying profession for the past 30 years and has varied experience in all aspects of property development. Nazeem also has significant experience in the listed sector where he has served on a number of company boards, including Brimstone where he also currently chairs the audit committee.

Riaan Gous

Mr. Riaan Gous is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Equites Property Fund Ltd. Riaan graduated with BA (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch after which he joined one of SA’s leading law firms, Hofmeyr, Herbstein Gihwala Inc (now known as DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc). As a director of the firm Riaan practised in the commercial department with a strong focus on mergers and acquisitions and property transactions. In 2001 Riaan joined the Arabella Group, which formed part of the German based Schoerghuber Group, one of Germany’s largest privately-owned property companies, as an executive director where he was intimately involved in the development and operational phases of the Arabella property portfolio. During 2011, Riaan joined Andrea and Giancarlo in their property businesses in anticipation of the Equites listing. During this period he also partnered them in several property developments and acquisitions. Riaan also has extensive experience in the financial services industry having served on several boards of companies that specialise in this sector.
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