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2014 Speakers

Rezene Ayalew

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

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Diego Lofeudo

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

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Valentina Zeisler

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

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Michael Wale

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

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Andrew McLachlan

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

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Bani Haddad

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

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Taras Ettl

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

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Govind Mundra

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

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Zahra Peera

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Peter Penev

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

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Brad Davidson

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

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Neil George

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Filippo Sona

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

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Bernard Forster

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

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Review of AHIF 2014

With an increasing rate of inbound tourist arrivals and domestic travel across the African continent, there is a widening gap between demand for international-standard hotels and actual supply. This accommodation shortage was high on the agenda for the African Hotel Investment Forum – Africa’s top event for hotel investors.

The 29 September – 1 October saw several hotel companies from across the globe meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss how to meet this demand through hotel investment and development.

A delegation of over 500 hotel industry experts gathered to gain investment insights into the regional markets, and engaged in discussions that aided strategic planning for doing business in Africa. Key findings include the importance of receiving support from local experts, the need to invest in people, and an open minded-ness towards the perception of risk in Africa. More importantly experts highlighted that it is vital to approach every country in Africa with a unique strategy and that in order to business successfully, every single country needs to be understood in its entirety.

Event highlights included an opening address from H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the “Breakfast with a Champion” session – a one on one conversation with Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian Gold Medalist and successful hotel investor.

Haile shared his experiences within the hotel industry and discussed what it has taken for him to succeed in this competitive market, and his views on Ethiopia’s future as a tourism destination. In addition to his own experience, Haile told top global hotel investors to take every opportunity and make an early entry into investing in Africa’s hotel industry. The timing, he said, has never been riper.

As the conference proceedings came to a close, the vibe of the delegation was especially positive. Overall it seems that the African markets are progressing rapidly, and Africa is open for business and investment.

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Welcoming Remarks

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia


A Focus On Ethiopia

Left to Right:

Nasser Al-Mugheiry, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton
Solomon Tadesse, CEO, Ethiopia Tourism Organisation
Benyame Bisrat, Managing Director, Jupiter International Hotels
Neway Berhanu, Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy
Aschalew Belay, Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects


Drilling Down Into Africa's Key Markets and Regions

Left to Right:

Philippe Doizelet, Managing Partner - France, Horwath HTL 
Ambassador Yamina Karitayi, Head of Tourism and Conservation, Rwanda Development Board 
Frank Mustaff, Manging Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL
Edward Kirathe, CEO, Acorn Group

Wyndham Press Conference


Mangalis Press Conference


Creating The Legislative Framework for Supporting Investment

Left to Right: 

Dr Martyn Davies, CEO, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd
H.E. Amin Abdulkadir, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Republic of Kenya
H.E. Jean Kapata, Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia


Networking Round Tables


Evening Reception at The Hilton Addis Ababa


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