Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). CAHF is the Secretariat to the African Union for Housing Finance. Kecia is a housing policy specialist and has provided strategic support to governments in South Africa in the development of national, provincial and local housing policy for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established.
Kecia’s expertise in the housing sector is broad. Over the span of her career, she has focused on affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues.
Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, in Philadelphia, USA, in 2007. She holds a Masters of Management degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelors degree with Distinction and Honours in International Studies, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where she was a Morehead Scholar.