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2014 Speakers

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Govind Mundra

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

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Bani Haddad

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

Rezene Ayalew

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

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Neil George

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

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew McLachlan

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Hon. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bernard Forster

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

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Peter Penev

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

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Zahra Peera

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

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Michael Wale

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

Valentina Zeisler

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Brad Davidson

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

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Taras Ettl

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

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Diego Lofeudo

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

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

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Programme Highlights for 2014

  • NETWORKING ROUND TABLES: Share insights between colleagues on specific topics while also making new business contacts.
  • MINISTERS PANEL: Learn how the public sector is creating the legislative framework to support your investments.
  • HARD TALK: with Marriott and Protea in the wake of their game changing deal.
  • TARGETING THE INTER-REGIONAL TRAVELLER: A session analyzing strategies for supporting connectivity and moving towards an Africa of ‘Open-Skies’.
  • NETWORKING RECEPTION: 3 networking receptions to really make the contacts needed for future business

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