Scion Real

People

Board of Directors

John Gachora is the Regional Head of the Investment Banking Division (Sub-Saharan Africa) at Absa Capital in Johannesburg. He was formerly a Managing Director at Bank of America and a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston heading the Structuring division. John holds a Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Wharton Business School (USA).

Ramesh Lakshmi-Ratan is the President of American Printer, a 133-year old firm re-inventing publishing media through direct marketing. Previously, Dr. Ratan served as President, Marketing Services Solutions at Pitney Bowes. Ramesh holds a Ph.D. in operations research and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.M.S. in operations research and marketing from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute at the University of Bombay (India), and a B.Sc. in mathematics, physics, and chemistry from the University of Poona (India).

Laila Macharia

Laila Macharia is a corporate lawyer admitted to practice in Kenya as well as in New York and Maryland (USA). In addition to her rich real estate background, Laila has wide experience managing international projects and transactions, including at the New York office of Clifford Chance, a leading global law firm, and at Kaplan & Stratton in Nairobi. She holds a B.A. in Planning from the University of Oregon, a J.D and LL.M from Cornell University and a doctorate in law from Stanford University.

Laila Macharia

Duncan (Dunne) Onyango is currently the Director for East Africa at the Acumen Fund. Previously, Duncan served as the Group Chief Finance Officer of Rift Valley Railways, where he led the structuring of a US$287M debt and equity capital investment in the rail sector. He began his career with over ten years at Abbey National, a major international bank in London. Duncan holds an honors degree in Computing and Retail Management from Oxford University.



Associates

The Scion Real team is skilled in real estate, urban studies, financial engineering, investment analysis and project supervision. This provides our clients with customised and superior real estate solutions that take into consideration their particular needs, the region’s market conditions and prevailing capital markets.