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2014 Speakers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Michael Wale

President Europe, Africa and Middle East , Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

Head of Tourism & Conservation, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Govind Mundra

General Manager - Business Development (Africa) , IHMS Hotels (SA) (Pty) Limited

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Rezene Ayalew

Managing Director, Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc (Crowne Plaza Addis)

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Brad Davidson

Projects Director, Design, Construction And Engineering EAME, , Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of East African Affairs, Commerce And Tourism, Kenya

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Filippo Sona

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

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Zahra Peera

Senior Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean, ACCOR

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Peter Penev

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

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Republic of Ghana

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Neil George

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

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Diego Lofeudo

Senior Director of Market Management for the Middle East and Indian Ocean , Expedia

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Andrew McLachlan

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

Bani Haddad

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Valentine Ozigbo

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transnational Hotels & Tourism Services Ltd

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Moseketsi Mpeta

Industry Champion, (IDC) Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Valentina Zeisler

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


We are delighted to confirm that the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) will return to Addis Ababa in 2015.  It will take place again at the Sheraton Hotel on September 30 - October 1.


AHIF is attended by the highest calibre group of international hotel investors of any conference in Africa.  It is the conference for investors, owners, financiers, developers, operators, advisors, architects and senior government officials who support tourism and travel development in Africa.  According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 8.5% of Africa’s GDP and 6.9% of jobs are attributable to Travel & Tourism and the industry is forecast to grow across Africa at 4.9% per annum for the whole of the coming decade.

AHIF 2014 was such a great success that we felt compelled to return to Addis.  We were honoured by the presence of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister; we were inspired by the accomplishments of Haile Gebrselassie, one of the world’s greatest long distance runners; we were impressed by the media attendance (76 journalists on day one); and we were delighted by the level of interest shown by the business community, with a record number of delegates, sponsors and many of the major global hotel brands announcing new initiatives and hotel openings.
Register Now for AHIF 2015 and be part of the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, bringing together the who’s who that drives investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.

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