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2014 Speakers

Govind Mundra

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

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Brad Davidson

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

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Rezene Ayalew

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

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Bernard Forster

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

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Wale

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Andrew McLachlan

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

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Filippo Sona

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

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Taras Ettl

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

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Peter Penev

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Neil George

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

Valentina Zeisler

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

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Zahra Peera

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

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Diego Lofeudo

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

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

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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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