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2014 Speakers

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Neil George

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Diego Lofeudo

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

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Govind Mundra

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

Rezene Ayalew

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

Valentina Zeisler

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

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Penev

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

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Bani Haddad

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

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Filippo Sona

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

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Michael Wale

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

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Taras Ettl

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

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Brad Davidson

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

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Andrew McLachlan

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

Zahra Peera

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

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP