African Century is an operating investment company that has developed a strong portfolio in sub-Saharan Africa, principally in East and Southern Africa.

Real Estate Promotion has a great influence in the urban landscape, in the natural environment and habits of society. It adds value to the commercial sector and to the communities in that region and around it, raising life’s quality and conditions.It is within this awareness that ACRE is proud to act, assertively, sustainably and dynamically.


Create a diversified portfolio with high quality standards that benefit our clients, partners and the communities and regions where we work on.


– Build a diversified portfolio of properties types namely offices, retail, industrial parks and residential spaces, boosting the activities that provide a stable income stream;

– Target mainly high end markets and clients who offer hard currency revenues;

– Securing land holdings and options that allow for a medium to long term growth;

– Focus on the locations in which African Century is already established which represent a higher growth potential;

– Provide an exquisite customer service and after sale service that has a direct impact in the satisfaction of the end client;

– Respecting the local architecture and contributing to the development of the regions we invest in and, promoting the values of social responsibility and commitment to the environment that define African Century.

Quality, Safety and the Environment

We are strongly commited to offer to our clients, communities and teams the best quality services, environment, safety and health ensurements in all management activities and projects we have developed.

The structuring, development and implementation of the Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety Management System makes us certaint that we are betting on a challenge that will contribute decisively to consolidate the Organization’s prestige with our partners.


The team behind African Century has considerable combined experience of investment banking, private equity, corporate finance and operational management, and knowledge of business sectors and markets all over the world.

In the countries in which we operate we have in depth knowledge of local cultures, politics and the business operating environment.

Adherence to the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency is critical to our business model; we create strong boards and make use of professional advisers representing the best of both African and international expertise.

Jonathan Chenevix-Trench - Founding Partner

Is the former chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley International, where he spent over 23 years in a wide range of roles covering most of the investment banking business. In addition, he was chairman of Morgan Stanley’s regulated banks in both the UK and in Russia. He is also the founding partner and chairman of a UK based real estate company, investing in commercial, retail and residential property in the UK and Germany.

Pedro Pinto - CEO – Partner of the African Century Group

Formerly founded and managed his own business in the food and beverages services sector, for 8 years, previously he was country manager for CDC Group plc for 4 years, with responsibility for over US$100m of investments in Mozambique, including in the Real Estate sector. He has also worked in the financial services with BBVA and ABN Amro, in Portugal and the Netherlands, for 8 years, in a variety of management positions.

Chris Ringrose - Partner

Chris Ringrose joined African Century Group at its inception in 2008, and has been CFO of its Foods business for the past 5 years. He is formerly of the corporate travel management specialist HRG plc, where he spent 4 years as corporate finance manager during its IPO. Previously he was at KPMG for more than 10 years, latterly as an associate director in their Transaction Services practice. He has extensive experience of fundraising, cross-border M&A and investment appraisal.

Diogo da Cunha - Commercial Manager

Has six years’ experience working in Mozambique in Retail management and as a Hospitality and Real Estate entrepreneur. Previously he has owned and managed various businesses in Portugal including Portugal’s largest water cooler company.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.

Thomas L. Friedman