2017 Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 10 October 2017

15:00 - 16:00

Networking

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Registration and Welcome Refreshments

11:00 - 15:00
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Hotel Asset Management: Getting The Most Out Of Your Properties

You have already invested now ensure you get the maximum value from your asset.

Learn from HAMA Middle East and Africa President Rene Beil on how to manage your asset once the doors are open and operator is in. When are asset managers necessary? Why is having a brand operator not enough? What are the key differences between outsourcing rather than hiring in-house asset managers? What should you expect from your asset management team?

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René Beil
Managing Director - Beaufort Global Partners & President, HAMA MEA

René Beil

Managing Director - Beaufort Global Partners & President, HAMA MEA

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BEAUFORT GLOBAL PARTNERS is a leading investment, development and asset management firm, with focus in hospitality real estate for hotels, resorts, commercial, residential, infrastructure, master development, mixed-use and governmental initiatives. Founded in Dubai, UAE it has over the many years established relationships of trust at the highest levels of government as well as private and public sector enterprise for the execution of global mandates on results-oriented delivery

René Beil, Managing Director of Beaufort Global Partners, brings a seasoned history in hospitality management, operations, finance, investments, asset management and business development to the group. Accompanied by a comprehensive network of personal and private relationships at senior principal levels in Government, Commerce and Finance. He has led business development and growth initiatives on multiple continents as prime driver of investments, asset management, and new business development for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government, Public & Private Companies, Royal Families, Ultra High Net-Worth Individuals, Family Offices as well as Head of States. Beil is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and proficient in Spanish.

Beil is of German nationality, was born in Singapore and raised in South East Asia, Bali, Manila and Hong Kong, He spent his adolescence in Europe, The Hague, Geneva, Brussels and Paris where he pursued a successful hotel career with InterContinental Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.  Subsequently, he ventured to Boston in the United States of America, in the pursuit of academic achievements. From Boston University, Beil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, complemented by a Minor in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is today an active member of the Advisory Board to Boston University School of Hospitality and that of Metropolitan College.

In his past appointment as Vice President Asset Management of Dubai Investment Group, Beil’s responsibilities included the asset management of the international hotel and real estate asset portfolio of Dubai Holding, which included iconic assets such as the Burj Al Arab, Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts portfolio and additional international real estate assets. In addition, he was mandated to seek investments, develop & grow markets in Latin America and cultivate business relationships between both continents of the Middle East and Latin America. 

Beil has been elected President and is one of the founding members of HAMA MEA, the Middle East & Africa chapter of the most reputable global non-profit association, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, which has the aim to bring professional & international business standards as well as excellence in best practices to hospitality asset management within the region. HAMA MEA’s mission is the enhancement of hospitality asset managers through education, advancement of the profession, and serving as the collective industry voice of hospitality ownership. 

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Donald Bremner
Managing Director - Stirling Hospitality & HAMA MEA Industry Chair

Donald Bremner

Managing Director - Stirling Hospitality & HAMA MEA Industry Chair

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16:00 - 17:00
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Round Table Discussions

Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert.

Human Capital in the hospitality industry

What are owners and operators doing to address the lack of human capital? What are the keys to improving employability in the sector?

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Belinda Nwosu
Research Consultant - W Hospitality Group

Belinda Nwosu

Research Consultant - W Hospitality Group

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Belinda Nwosu is the lead consultant for Human Capital Development Services at W Hospitality Group. She received her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Lagos, a BSc in Hospitality Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MA in Hospitality Management from the University of West London. She is currently a doctoral student at University of Southampton Business School, UK. Her research interest lies in the interplay between human capital development and hotel performance in an emerging economy context.

With over 14 years’ experience as a lecturer and academic administrator at Wavecrest College of Hospitality, a leading hospitality institution in Nigeria. Her experience with human capital development includes needs analysis, resource deployment and operational training for several clients in the accommodation, foodservice, not-for-profit and public sectors. She has several publications including the first comprehensive study on the issues facing human capital development in the hotel industry in Nigeria.

Belinda is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (UK), and the Area Consultant (West Africa) of EuroCHRIE, the official federation for Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa of the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. In addition, she recently qualified as a Certified Hotel Industry Analyst with STR Global.

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Laurent Schatzmann
Director of Marketing & Development Africa & Middle-East - Swiss Education Group

Laurent Schatzmann

Director of Marketing & Development Africa & Middle-East - Swiss Education Group

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Mr. Laurent Charles Schatzmann – Director of Marketing & Development Africa & Middle-East for the Swiss Education Group – An alliance of Switzerland’s Leading Hospitality Management Schools. 

As a graduate from the renowned Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne – Switzerland, he has worked in the Hotel Industry in the UK - Thistle Hotels London and in Malaysia at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur. 

Since 2008, Laurent has been actively involved in Hospitality Education, promoting Swiss Hotel & Tourism Management Education across the African Continent. 

He has an extensive understanding of the hospitality and the educational fields particularly in providing for the needs of African students aspiring to study and work in the Hotel & Tourism Industry.

Laurent is delighted to be attending the African Hotel Investment Forum and to share his fresh approach & ideas with others.

Management Agreements 101

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Scott Antel
Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Scott Antel

Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Scott Antel is an internationally regarded emerging markets hotels & hospitality lawyer.  He has more than 20 years’ experience advising both owners/developers and international operators in the Middle East, Russia/CIS, Turkey, the Baltics and Asia on hotel, branded residence and mixed use developments.

A senior partner in BLP's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, Scott recently joined BLP to lead the firm's "tier one" global Hospitality Practice in the Middle East as well as focus on developing the Russian, African and Asia Pacific practices.

Scott regularly advises clients on all aspects of hotel, branded residence and mixed use development as well as operational matters, including litigation.  He has acted on hundreds of hotel projects, including numerous landmark projects with major international hotel brands.  He most recently advised on several luxury hotel and branded residence projects on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah.  He also works in the franchise sector advising hotels, restaurants and retail clients. 

Scott is recognised as a “leading advisor” and “go to hospitality lawyer” by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 law directories.  He serves on the advisory board of the Russian and Arabian Hotel Investment Forums and is a regular speaker at these events, as well the Berlin IHIF event where he recently chaired a panel on hotel investment opportunities and challenges in Iran.  He is regularly published and quoted on hospitality related topics in various media.
Scott was recipient of the Russia/CIS Hotel Investment Forum's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry in emerging markets, the only lawyer to ever receive this prestigious award.

How to finance your hotel

Addressing questions and concerns on hotel financing.

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Damien Rizzi
Associate Director - Hotels (MENA Region) - Colliers International

Damien Rizzi

Associate Director - Hotels (MENA Region) - Colliers International

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 Damien has worked in the hotel industry for the last 19 years, starting his career in operations with Starwood and Marriott in Europe, moving on to a development role in Mexico.
 
Before relocating to the Middle East, he worked for Yellowstone Club, a US based ultra-high net worth destination club, as General Manager.
 
In Dubai, Damien worked as a hospitality consultant with an edge in F&B before working for Meraas, helping them to create their F&B portfolio and bringing brands to Dubai.
 
Damien oversees the Hospitality Asset Management Function for Colliers International MENA office in Dubai. In his role, he performs strategic asset reviews, develops asset plans and helps owners set up their in-house asset management capabilities. 
 
Damien holds a MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor degree from the Lausanne Hotel School.

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Mohamed Wade
Founder & Managing Director - Amandla Capital

Mohamed Wade

Founder & Managing Director - Amandla Capital

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Mohamed is the co-founder and CEO of Amandla Capital Real Estate (ACRE), a hospitality real estate investment platform, where he leads business development and investment structuring.

His career as an entrepreneur and investment professional in emerging markets spans 30 years. Since 2009, he has provided investment advisory services including project development and mergers & acquisitions (airline maintenance, telecoms system integration, etc.) Prior to that, Mohamed developed access to finance for SMEs and processed agribusiness debt and equity investments in Africa and Eastern Europe at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), following an executive career in manufacturing and services.
                                                                                        
Mohamed sits on the board of directors of several companies in West and North Africa and was an advisor to BMCE Bank of Africa’s inaugural African Entrepreneurship Award. He holds a MSc in Finance (ESSEC) and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris.

Budget & Mid-Market Hotels

What is the pipeline for this segment in various markets? With an increasing amount of mid-market brands on the continent, how are they performing and how do they differentiate?

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Mike Collini
Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa - Hilton

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa - Hilton

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Mike Collini was appointed Vice President of Development for Hilton in June 2006.

Since January 2017, Collini has been based in Cape Town and responsible for driving Hilton’s development activity in Sub-Saharan Africa.  His priority lies with the implementation of Hilton’s ambitious expansion strategy with a focus on rolling out Hilton’s portfolio of brands throughout the region.

Previously, Collini was based in Istanbul and responsible for launching Hilton’s presence in a number of new markets, including the debut of the Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton by Hilton brands in Turkey and Russia. Furthermore, he was responsible for the establishing Hilton’s presence into Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan & Ukraine. He now leads a development team of four full-time development professionals.

Under his leadership he has successfully delivered a number of strategic development alliances in emerging markets like Turkey and Russia where the company now enjoys the largest development pipeline of any global hotel chain.

During a Hilton career spanning twenty years Collini has held a number of positions within the company, from overseeing major capital expenditure projects to asset management, acquisitions, disposals and technical support.

Collini is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has a Master’s degree in Property Business and Management and a BSc Degree (Hons.) in Quantity Surveying.

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Vernon Page
Chief Financial Officer - CityBlue Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Financial Officer - CityBlue Hotels

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Vernon Page is presently the Chief Finance Officer of CityBlue Hotels based in Kampala, Uganda while also having responsibilities for development work as the Group expands. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Partners Africa and a Director of W Hospitality Group in Nigeria responsible for Hotel Asset Management and Fund Raising. With over 20 years hospitality finance, operations and development experience gained from previously being the Managing Director of a hospitality and retail fund in Nigeria with overall responsibility for the Fund investments, fund raising and developments in West Africa and prior to taking up the appointment in Nigeria he was Vice President Finance and Administration for a fund manager based in Geneva Switzerland, a company engaged in Sharia compliant Funds developing hotels in the Middle East. The Fund also successfully launched an Eastern hotel brand. Prior to Geneva he was Chief Financial Officer for a fund manager based in Bucharest, Romania, a group of companies consisting of Fund Management and property development including hotels in Eastern Europe, where he was responsible for the Finance and Administration of the Group. Prior to Romania he was Chief Financial Officer for Chagala Group in Almaty Kazakhstan, a group of companies engaged in the development and operations of hotels, long stay apartments, commercial office buildings, food and beverage outlets and shopping malls in Kazakhstan, and he was responsible for the overall control of the Group Financial Function including annual reporting and audit according to IFRS standards after overseeing the conversion from Russian tax accounting. The company was successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange during his term. Before moving to Chagala he was in South Africa, where he had been a Director of Finance and General Manger with chains Orion Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels, Holiday Inn and Sun International.

Hotel Investment in Rwanda

How easy is it to enter the market? What you need to know about hotel investment and operation in the country.

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Francine Havugimana
Vice Chairperson - Rwanda Private Sector Federation

Francine Havugimana

Vice Chairperson - Rwanda Private Sector Federation

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Francine Uwera has gained significant expertise in developing and implementing investment project, corporate strategies and has played key strategic roles in implementing several economic development projects be in tourism and creative industry of Rwanda.

Francine is currently vice chairperson of Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation which is a professional organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan business community. It is an umbrella organization that groups ten professional chambers.

Prior to the vice chairperson position, Francine has been very active as vice chairperson of the Tourism Chamber for a long period thus contributing to the country’s economic development. Tourism is the leading foreign exchange earner of the country since 2007 and among the top five sectors that create jobs and attract investment in Rwanda.

She has lived throughout Africa, and traveled several times to Europe, Asia and the United States. Francine has served in different advisory positions, where she is serving as board member of the Aviation, Travel and Logistics Limited (ATL Ltd). ATL is a holding company that manages aviation activities including travel, logistics, ground, freight and cargo handling, and charter services in Rwanda. ATL has five subsidiary companies which include RwandAir, the National Logistic Company; Hospitality and Travel Management Limited, the Rwanda Airports Management Limited, and Akagera Aviation.

She serves as active member of committees representing the Private Sector of Rwanda at different forums discussing economic development, regional integration and gender matters. Francine holds a Bachelor Degree in Law studies from the Kigali Independent University. She is fluent in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

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Winifred Ngangure Kabega
Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation - Rwanda Development Board

Winifred Ngangure Kabega

Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation - Rwanda Development Board

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Ms. Winifred Ngangure Kabega is the Acting Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation Department of the Rwanda Development Board. She has comprehensive experience in the public sector and project management.

Prior to this, she served as the Senior advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board for five years.

Prior to joining the Rwanda Development Board, she had served at the Rwanda Information Technology Authority as a Project Manager for the National Information Communication Infrastructure particularly the Tier III National Data Center and Government Unified Communication projects.

Ms. Winifred Ngangure Kabega studied IT Applications in Management and Communication Management at University.

17:15 - 18:30

Networking

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Speed Networking

Speed Networking is a great way to break the ice and ensure you go into AHIF already knowing your fellow attendees. Meet over 20 new contacts before the conference has officially started!

20:00 - 23:00
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World Travel Awards*

*Additional ticket fee applies

20:30 - 23:00

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Evening Reception at Sky Lounge, Urban by CityBlue

Rue des Parcs, Kiyovu