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2014 Speakers

Taras Ettl

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

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Valentina Zeisler

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

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Zahra Peera

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

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Valentine Ozigbo

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

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Bani Haddad

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

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Govind Mundra

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

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Michael Wale

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

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Bernard Forster

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

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Neil George

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Diego Lofeudo

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

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Peter Penev

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

Rezene Ayalew

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

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Brad Davidson

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

Filippo Sona

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

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew McLachlan

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


The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets. The event brings together the who’s who that drive investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.

AHIF is attended by investors, owners, financiers, developers, operators, advisors, architects and senior government officials supporting tourism and travel development.


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