Africa Hotel Investment Forum

October 2018 – Kenya

AHIF

October 2018 – Kenya

How we choose our speakers

Our Speakers are key influencers in the African hotel investment market. Our speaking faculty is chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and insight that they are happy to share.

If you would like to be considered to be part of the speaking faculty in 2017, please contact Sacha Serikoff

2017 Speakers

Dr. Edouard Ngirente

Prime Minister of Rwanda

Adefunke Adeyemi

Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and Middle East, IATA

Clare Akamanzi

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board & Cabinet Member

Maha Abayazid

Director of Investor Relations, Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels

Mbwana Alliy

Managing Partner, Savannah Fund

Mohammed Almarzooqi

Interim CEO and board member, Kerzner International Ltd.

Paul Ansah

Vice President - Development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Scott Antel

Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President, Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners & President, HAMA MEA

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Philippe Bijaoui

Chief Development Officer EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

Damien Braud

Regional Head - East Africa, Proparco

Donald Bremner

Managing Director , Stirling Hospitality & HAMA MEA Industry Chair

Gerard Brown

Divisional Director – Airports, ForwardKeys

Jean Byamugisha

Executive Director, Uganda Hotel Owners Association

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu

Chief Investment Officer, Development Bank of Rwanda

Ewan Cameron

Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Rahul Chaudhary

Executive Director, CG Corp Global

Karim Cheltout

Vice President - Development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung

Founder and Chairman, Master Assets Investments Ltd., Chairman, Century Park Hotel & Residences Ltd

Ian Clarke

Associate Director - Crisis and Security Consulting, Control Risks East Africa Ltd

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Jair Conceição

Business Developer, Cabo International Partners B.V. (CIP)

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development West Africa, Hilton

Steven Daines

CEO HotelServices Africa and Middle East & CEO New Businesses, AccorHotels

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Michelè de Witt

Director, Horwath HTL (South Africa)

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Eseosa Ekhaguere

Head, Real Estate & Construction Finance PBB , Stanbic IBTC

Selim El Zein

AVP – Hospitality, Deyaar

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Réda Faceh

VP Development Northern & Western Africa, AccorHotels

Ramzy Fenianos

Vice President Development – EMEA, Minor Hotels

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Andrew Forte

Vice President, Architecture, Design & Construction, MEA, Hilton

Soumobroto Ganguly

Deputy Managing Director, Genesis Group Nigeria

Erwan Garnier

Director, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Samuel Githinji

Investment Director, IFU

Olivier Granet

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Francine Havugimana

Vice Chairperson, Rwanda Private Sector Federation

Sir Richard Hawkins Bt.

Regional Director Hotel Operations – Africa, Minor Hotels

Bright Himambile

Training Officer, Radisson Blu Lusaka

Graham Howard

Director: Hospitality, Gaming & Development, United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Alexis Janoray

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, AccorHotels

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Director, Grant Thornton

Winifred Ngangure Kabega

Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation, Rwanda Development Board

Mbiki Kamanjiri

Manager Advisory Services, Grant Thornton Kenya

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

David King

Project Manager, Cape Town Air Access (WESGRO)

Simone Kuhn

Manager, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christophe Kundig

Director of Development Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Saahil A. Lalit

Associate Director, Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

Andrew Langdon

Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, Areen Hospitality Design

Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Paul Mack

Executive Director, The Latitude Hotels Group

Shamil Manek

Executive Director, The Merwest Company

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nizar Mawani

Director of Real Estate Developments, Rahmyn Developments and Real Estate

Simon McGregor

Chief Financial Officer , Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd

Bobby McKenna

Managing Partner, CPS Tanzania

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bernard Micallef

Senior Industry Specialist - Hotels, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hubert Musoni

Board Director, Top Tower Hotels Ltd

Josiah Mvula

Planning and Business Development Manager, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

Dalitso Mwanza

Chef, Radisson Blu Lusaka

Col. Chance Ndgano

Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

Xander Nijnens

Executive Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

Belinda Nwosu

Research Consultant, W Hospitality Group

Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita

Secretary-General, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS)

Vernon Page

Chief Financial Officer, CityBlue Hotels

Dhruv Pandit

CEO, Fedha Group

Amit Patel

Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

Ramsay Rankoussi

Senior Director Business Development, Middle East & Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Damien Rizzi

Associate Director - Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

Daniel Sambai

Country Manager, Serena Hotels Rwanda

Suresh Samuel

Managing Director, Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Gillian Saunders

Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism, Grant Thornton

Laurent Schatzmann

Director of Marketing & Development Africa & Middle-East, Swiss Education Group

Alexis Sharangabo

Former Olympian and Rwandan national record holder,

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Filippo Sona

Director - Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Charlotte Specht

Senior Consultant, Horwath HTL

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Chris Titmas

Director, Profica International

Costas Verginis

Vice President Lodging & Mixed-Use Development MEA, Marriott International

Mohamed Wade

Founder & Managing Director, Amandla Capital

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

Geri Wessels

Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Nicolas Willemin

Senior Investment Manager, Proparco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

2016 Speakers

Hassan Ahdab

Regional Vice President, Africa & Indian Ocean, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President, Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development West Africa, Hilton

Lars Christensen

Founder & Owner, Markets and Money Advisory

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Marc Finney

Head of Hotel & Resorts Consulting , Colliers International

Soumobroto Ganguly

Deputy Managing Director, Genesis Group Nigeria

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

Mike Haemmerli

Senior Vice President Development, Kempinski Hotels SA

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Jonathan Hubbard

Head of Investor Services EMEA - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Director, Grant Thornton

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Victor Kgomoeswana

Director, Africa is Open for Business

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, Areen Hospitality Design

Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Shamil Manek

Executive Director, The Merwest Company

Majid Mangalji

President, Westmont Hospitality Group

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Frank Mustaff

Managing Director, Horwath HTL

Xander Nijnens

Executive Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

Henrik Nordlander

Head of Regional Office, Swedfund International

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Filippo Sona

Director - Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Charlotte Specht

Senior Consultant, Horwath HTL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Norman Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Philip Wooller

Area Director Middle East & Africa, STR

Tim Smith

Managing Partner, Consulting & Valuations, HVS Cape Town

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Hospitality, Deloitte

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Geri Wessels

Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Paul Ziegler

Chief Executive Officer, Onlime

Valentina Zeisler

Vice President, Hospitality & Tourism , DEG German Development & Finance Institution