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2014 Speakers

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Ulrich Eckhardt

President India, Middle East & Africa , Kempinski Hotels 

Suma Venkatesh

SVP Development, Taj Group

Taras Ettl

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

Peter Penev

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Diego Lofeudo

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

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Valentine Ozigbo

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transnational Hotels & Tourism Services Ltd. (owners of Transcorp Hilton)

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Rui Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Valentina Zeisler

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

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Zahra Peera

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

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Filippo Sona

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Andrew McLachlan

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

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Michael Wale

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Bernard Forster

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

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Welcome to the Africa Hotel Investment Forum

AHIF brings together top-level executives from all areas of the industry including investors, hotel owners, financiers, developers, brands, operators, lawyers, advisors, architects and senior government officials – all with one common purpose: to do business on the continent!


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’.

Watch Industry Leaders And Their Views On Africa