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2014 Speakers

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Neil George

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

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Zahra Peera

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

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Michael Wale

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

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Brad Davidson

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

Valentine Ozigbo

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

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Rezene Ayalew

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

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Valentina Zeisler

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

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Peter Penev

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

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Bani Haddad

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

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

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

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Filippo Sona

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

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Govind Mundra

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

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Taras Ettl

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

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Bernard Forster

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

Diego Lofeudo

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

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

With just 7 days to go, it’s time to come together and discover the essential principles for doing business in Africa successfully.


Progression with the hotel and tourism investment space relies on collaboration and shared learning between the public and private sector, and this event provides the platform to do so.

Meet the African government officials creating the framework for supporting your investments, and hear insights and personal anecdotes from investment experts who have succeeded within this market.

Be sure not to miss topical discussions on:
  • The current political economy and it’s impact on investment opportunities

  • The key regional markets across Africa

  • Connectivity and infrastructural developments

  • Local market dynamics in Ethiopia

  • The depth of finance currently available

And hear from an esteemed speaking faculty including:
  • Ethiopian Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor Haile Gebrselassie
  • Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines
  • Antoine Castro,  Managing Director of Quantum Global Real Estate
  • And African Tourism Ministers from 14 different countries
To hear what some of the major players in the industry have to say about the AHIF please view the video below.