Africa Hotel Investment Forum

2-4 October 2018 – Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper Hill Nairobi, Kenya

AHIF

2-4 October 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya

Programme at-a-glance

AHIF 2018 - Day 1

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee in Sponsors' Exhibition

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

09:15 - 10:00

Macroeconomic Overview

10:00 - 10:30

Outlook on the Broader Real Estate Sector

10:30 - 11:30

An Update on Hotel Performance in Africa

10:45 - 11:15

Networking

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:15

Round Table Sessions

11:15 - 00:15

Round Tables I

12:15 - 01:15

Round Tables II

12:00 - 14:00

State House Visits for CEOs

13:15 - 14:15

Networking

Networking Lunch at the Radisson Blu

14:15 - 15:15

Round Tables III

15:15 - 16:00

Growing an African Brand

16:00 - 16:00

Leader’s Panel

17:00 - 18:00

Speed Networking

18:00 - 21:00

Networking

Networking Reception

AHIF 2018 - Day 2

09:00 - 11:00

Kenya Tourism Festival: Opening Address* at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre

12:00 - 13:00

Registration and Networking Lunch at the Radisson Blu

13:00 - 01:05

Welcome back

13:45 - 15:15

One-on-one Interview with Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton

14:15 - 15:00

The AHIF Annual Pipeline Report

15:00 - 15:30

Hard Talk with Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Kenya

15:30 - 17:30

Round Table Sessions

15:30 - 16:30

Round Tables IV

16:30 - 17:30

Round Tables V

18:00 - 21:00

Networking Reception

AHIF 2018 - Day 3

08:30 - 09:30

Morning Refreshments

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Back

09:15 - 10:30

FINANCE FORUM

10:30 - 11:15

The Role of Tourism in Conservation

11:15 - 11:45

Project Showcase

11:45 - 12:15

One-on-one Interview with Federico Gonzales-Tejera, President & CEO, The Radisson Hotel Group

12:15 - 12:30

Closing Remarks

Present your project

As part of the programme we extend a platform for existing or potential hotel developments looking for partners to invest, operate, develop or undertake a joint venture.

The format will be a ‘elevator pitch’ style where those selected have three minutes and two slides to ‘present their project’.  We will be circulating details to all attendees of the projects which take part so interested parties are able to connect with presenters for further information.  The projects will also be posted on the AHIF website.

Please submit:

  • a synopsis of no more than 500 words including:
    • the vision
    • an outline of the size and scale
    • projected date of completion (if possible)
    • existing stakeholders
    • what you are hoping to get out of AHIF
  • Please include any supporting documentation that will reinforce your project

To be considered for inclusion in ‘Present Your Project’ you must be a registered delegate of AHIF and submit your entry as outlined below by July 2018 to Mala Patel.

Selection is at the discretion of the organisers, unfortunately we are not able to include all projects submitted. 

2017 Advisory Board

We are extremely grateful to the 2017 Advisory Board for their input in developing a well rounded and balanced programme with topics and regional issues that were presented and discussed on panels at the AHIF 2017 conference. 

Philippe Baretaud

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

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development West Africa, Hilton

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Marc Finney

Head of Hotel & Resorts Consulting , Colliers International

Neil George

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

Mike Haemmerli

Senior Vice President Development, Kempinski Hotels SA

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

Andrew McLachlan

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

Xander Nijnens

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

Peter Penev

Vice President, Acquisitions & Development , Hyatt International (EAME) LLC

Gillian Saunders

Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism, Grant Thornton

Tejas Shah

Regional Vice-President – Acquisitions and Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hyatt International South West Asia Ltd

Filippo Sona

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

Haddis Tilahun

Founder & Executive Director, United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Valentina Zeisler

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