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2014 Speakers

Bernard Forster

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

Taras Ettl

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

Beatrice Montagnier

Director, Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal)

Marianne Ndegwa Jordan

Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC)

Al-karim Nathoo

Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, , Areen Hospitality Design

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Moseketsi Mpeta

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

Magdaline Oesi Baffour

Senior Hospitality Analyst, HTI Consulting

Paul Ziegler

CEO, Onlime Business Communications

Remmy Nwachukwu

Manager Business Development, African Export-Import Bank

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Partner , Reim Partners

Andrew McLachlan

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mario Delicio

Managing Director, Hotel Verde

Marc Finney

Director, Head of International Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International

Diego Lofeudo

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

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL, France

Arthur Gillis

Former CEO , Protea Hotels

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Gillian Saunders

Director - Global Leader Hotels and Tourism, Grant Thornton

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sophie Perret

Director, HVS

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO , Africa Business Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Martyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd

H.E. Jean Kapata

Minister of Tourism and Arts, Republic of Zambia

Neil George

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

H.E. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare

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

Petra Devereux

Recruitment and HR , Hotel Partners Africa

Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu

Minister for Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania

Paul Blackmore

Managing Director, CIMC Modular Building Systems

Valentine Ozigbo

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

Alan O'Dea

Senior Vice President - Africa, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Helaway Tadesse

Senior Vice President, Zemen Bank S.C

Tendai Madziwanyika

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Tourism Group

Aschalew (Lewis) Belay

Owner, Aschalew Belay Hotel Projects (Golden Tulip Addis)

Michael Pownall

General Manager, Taj Cape Town

Pushpendra Uprety

Vice President, HTI Consulting

Nasser Al-Mugheiry

Partner, Grant Thornton Ethiopia

Berhane Demissie

Managing Director, Schulze Global Investments

Lourens Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury, Kingdom Hotel Investments

David Kelly

Head of Special Projects, Castlebrook

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Samuel Tafese

Founder & President, Sunshine investment Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Haile Gebrselassie

Olympic gold medallist and hotel investor

Stuart Cook

Managing Director, Protea Hotels East Africa

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Michel Augier

Director of Finance, Managed hotels EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rezene Ayalew

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

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Frank Mustaff

Managing Partner - Germany, Horwath HTL

Olivier Jacquin

CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

Dario Filippone

Director of Business Development, Mangalis Hotel Group

Michele De Witt

Director, Horwath HTL

Tim Smith

Managing Partner , HVS

HE Alain Saint-Ange

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Republic of Seychelles

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR Global

Zahra Peera

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

Brad Davidson

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

Edward Kirathe

Chief Executive Officer, Acorn Group

H E Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie

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

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi

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

Keith Aki-Sawyerr

Managing Director, Cape Sierra Co Ltd

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tewolde GebreMariam Tesfay

CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Michael Wale

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

Neway Berhanu

Managing Director, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy & Business PLC

Philippe Baretaud

Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Accor

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate   

H.E Amin Abdulkadir

Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Benyam Bisrat

CEO & Co-Founder , Jupiter Hospitality Group

Valentina Zeisler

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

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Wayne Troughton

Chief Executive Officer, HTI Consulting

Kevan Moses

Director, Stauch Vorster Architects

Peter Penev

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

James Stuart

Managing Partner, The Brand Company

Antoine Guego

Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean, Accor

Rohan Patel

Director , Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Filippo Sona

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

Andrew Rogers

CEO, Hospitality Property Fund

Salim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Rani Investment

H. E. Walter Mzembi

Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zimbabwe

Govind Mundra

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, AZALAI Hotels