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2014 Speakers

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Brad Davidson

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

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Govind Mundra

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

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Bani Haddad

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

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Andrew McLachlan

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

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Rezene Ayalew

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

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Diego Lofeudo

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

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Taras Ettl

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Michael Wale

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

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Peter Penev

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Zahra Peera

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Neil George

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

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Bernard Forster

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

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

Valentina Zeisler

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

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Filippo Sona

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

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)