2017 Programme

Day 3: Thursday 12 October 2017

8:30 - 9:30

Networking

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Morning Refreshments

9:00
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Welcome Back

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Matthew Weihs
Managing Director - Bench Events

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director - Bench Events

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Matthew Weihs is Managing Director of Bench Events. Within this role he focuses on the development of new business opportunities and sales for Bench Events and partners, whilst also supporting the direction of the business and providing commercial support for new product launches.
With over 15 years experience in B2B conferencing with Guardian News and Media, IQPC and now Bench Events his main responsibilities have been to manage the sales across the portfolio, deliver the projects to the high standards our customers expect and to find new development opportunities for the business. In 2012 he successfully founded and launched the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and in 2013 he launched the Morocco Tourism Investment Forum (MTIF) - an invitation only event for the industry. 2014 will see the launch of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF), the latest addition to the Bench Events hotel investment conference portfolio.

9:00 - 9:45
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Innovations and Trends Impacting Hospitality

What innovations and technologies are shaping the hotel of tomorrow? What emerging trends and disruptors will be influencing the strategic decisions of developers, owners and operators over the next decade?

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Gillian Saunders
Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism - Grant Thornton

Gillian Saunders

Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism - Grant Thornton

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Gillian Saunders is Global Leader Hospitality and Tourism for Grant Thornton, and Head of Grant Thornton Advisory Services in South Africa. She holds a BSC (Hons) from Surrey  in hotel, catering and tourism management and an MBA. Gillian has a long track record, of more than 28 years in her speciality: consulting to the hospitality, tourism  and leisure industries. In 2012 Gillian was appointed Global Sector Leader, Hotels and Tourism for Grant Thornton and leads a team of experts in various fields from over 25 countries. Gillian has consulted extensively in all aspects of these industries for the public and private sector through-out Africa. Prior to consulting she worked in the industry in Europe and South Africa,  with stints with  EUREST (a contract catering subsidiary of Nestle and Wagon Lits), in France, and with Sheraton in Germany and Switzerland, before joining the Southern Sun Group in South Africa in 1982. Gillian is the author of a number of articles and a regular commentator in the media, particularly on mega events. She is  Chairperson of the board of the University of Johannesburg’s Kerzner School of Tourism and Hospitality and is passionate about education and education in the Hospitality and Tourism sector .

Followed by a one-on-one interview with:

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Mbwana Alliy
Managing Partner - Savannah Fund

Mbwana Alliy

Managing Partner - Savannah Fund

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On his experiences investing in technology startups in Sub-Saharan Africa and his views on the continent’s potential to become a global technology innovator. Where is Africa leading the way? What exciting technologies are coming online that will affect businesses on the continent? What should the hospitality industry look out for?

9:45 - 10:15
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Brands Innovation Update

From international to local, mainstream to boutique – hear from the hottest new brands on what they are doing differently in terms of innovation, technology, branding and their offering to adapt to the modern consumer. What are their strategies for the continent?

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Karl de Lacy
International Development Director - Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director - Best Western Hotels & Resorts

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Karl is responsible for the development of the Best Western brands in Africa.  Following a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Business Management from the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (now University College Birmingham) he began his hospitality career with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Atlanta Georgia and St. Louis Missouri.  He returned to Ireland as Director of Rooms Operations with Marriott International.  Since joining Best Western the brand has opened a selection of Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier hotels in Kenya, Nigeria, Benin & Ghana joining existing properties in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.  With two hotels coming in Addis Ababa and projects in destinations throughout Africa (Stone Town, Zanzibar; Entebbe, Uganda and projects in Ghana and Nigeria) Best Western continues to grow its presence and activities in the region.

Latitude Hotels
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Paul Mack
Executive Director - The Latitude Hotels Group

Paul Mack

Executive Director - The Latitude Hotels Group

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Paul Mack is an executive director of The Latitude Hotels Group www.thelatitudehotels.com.  Latitude is an award winning group that is building a series of boutique hotels across sub-Saharan Africa that cater to business & tourist travellers, corporate, NGO and local visitors alike.  Latitude has focussed on a work-stay-play concept including members’ clubs www.theothersideclub.com, co-working spaces, bars / restaurants and relaxation / spa services.  Hotels have been built in Malawi and Zambia, are under construction in Uganda and Latitude also has a pipeline including Kenya, Ethiopia and other SSA countries.  

Radisson Red
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Andrew McLachlan
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean - The Rezidor Hotel Group

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean - The Rezidor Hotel Group

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A South African national, McLachlan is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Africa Area Support Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Carlson Rezidor currently has 77 hotels (+16,500 rooms) under operation and development in 29 countries in Africa - under either their upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand, upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand or the luxury Quorvus Collection brand. Andrew's career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels.

In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager.

In December 2006, Andrew joined Carlson Rezidor as Director Business Development and was promoted Senior Director and Vice President and then Senior Vice President Business Development in May 2016. He established the group's presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Carlson Rezidor's growth strategies in this important emerging market.

In the last two years Carlson Rezidor has opened a new hotel in Africa every 60 days and signed a new hotel deal every 37 days.

Andrew is married and has two sons.

10:15 - 10:45
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Innovating Through Acquisitions

A look at the changing business model of the hotel operator - how are businesses adapting to tackle disruptive forces in the industry?

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events - Board Director, STR

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events - Board Director, STR

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Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, is one of the founders and co-organisers of leading conferences for the hotel investment industry in Berlin (IHIF), Dubai (AHIC), Moscow & Sochi (RHIC), Istanbul (CATHIC), Addis Ababa & Nairobi (AHIF), Casablanca (MTIF), London (BHTS), Madrid (MR&H) and the recently launched Global Restaurant Investment Forum in Dubai. 

Jonathan sits as a shareholder and board director of STR Global,  a global benchmarking company with some 50,000 participating hotels following the merger of The Bench, Smith Travel Research and Deloitte’s Hotel Benchmark.  Prior to The Bench, Jonathan worked for real estate consultants CBRE & Hotel Partners, hotel advisors PKF and hotel operators Forte & Holiday Inns.  He also sits on the board of Hotel Swaps which allows participating members to swap empty hotel rooms with other members around the globe.

Jonathan and his colleagues have been involved in raising money for various causes including the Kenyan Red Cross and the anti-poaching efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  More recently, considerable funds have been raised for TUSK, Cancer Research and the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation by participating in the Kili Madness challenge and breaking the World Record for the highest game of cricket ever played on top of Kilimanjaro as shown on www.mtkilimadness.com.  Jonathan also sits as a trustee of Future Talent, a charity to provide financial support to gifted young musicians who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams and talent.

In a one-on-one interview with:

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Steven Daines
CEO HotelServices Africa and Middle East & CEO New Businesses - AccorHotels

Steven Daines

CEO HotelServices Africa and Middle East & CEO New Businesses - AccorHotels

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Aged 48, Steven is of both British and French nationalities. He is a graduate of the University of Geneva and holds an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC.

Steven started his career with Accor in 1994. He joined the Group via Compagnie des Wagons-Lits where he held various operational positions in France and internationally between 1994 and 2005. He then switched to Accor's Hotel Operations and in 2008 he was appointed Managing Director for Accor’s economic brands in Latin America, based in Sao Paulo. In 2012, he was named Managing Director Ibis Budget and HotelF1 France.

Since April 2014, he was CEO Accor HotelServices for Northern Europe and Russia and member of the Accor Hotels Group Executive Committee.

On January 1st, 2017, he was appointed CEO Accor HotelServices Africa and Middle East and CEO New Businesses.

10:45 - 11:30
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A Stakeholder’s Round Table : Balancing Owners’ and Operators’ Needs

An open discussion on the interests, needs and requirements of various stakeholders in hotel development. What do developers and owners need to provide to attract the big operators? Why are brand standards necessary and what value do they add? A look at the risk-reward balance between owners and operators. What are the best ways to maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship?

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Mark Dunford
Head - East Africa - JLL

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa - JLL

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As Vice President of the Hotels & Hospitality team for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mark leads assignments and projects in this region. Mark is a Swiss/British/Seychelles national with more than 10 years of experience in hotel advisory internationally and across Africa and the Indian Ocean region. His broad range of hotel and tourism sector experience includes operations, owner-operator structuring, brokerage, development and strategic advisory work across the globe including Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region.

Previous Positions include; Senior Consultant at a Swiss Hospitality Advisory firm providing strategic advice on hospitality and hotel development projects in over 50 countries. Development Director for Singaporean private equity fund KOP’s Spanish based Stein Management Company and Franklyn Hotels & Resorts where he was in charge of heading up the growth of the brand and asset portfolio. In addition, Mark previously worked for JLL Hotels in their London offices focusing on portfolio and single asset transactions. 

Mark’s diverse projects have included; accommodation advisor for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, developing hotels on a single asset and portfolio basis, destination development plans, brand and corporate strategies as well as the creation of learning centres in Asia, Europe and Africa. Mark holds a BS HES-SO in Hospitality Management from École Hôtelière de Lausanne.

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Maha Abayazid
Director of Investor Relations, Middle East & Africa - Kempinski Hotels

Maha Abayazid

Director of Investor Relations, Middle East & Africa - Kempinski Hotels

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Maha has played an important role in the growth of Kempinski Hotels’ portfolio in the Middle East and Africa region. She joined the group in 2008 to support the regional President and was promoted to Development Manager in 2011 where she continued to work on large scale development opportunities and projects.

Throughout this time, her strong networking and interpersonal skills allowed her to build exceptional relationships with key decision makers and owners in the region.

The combination of Maha’s personality, the insight gained from her long-term experience working for the company, and the competencies she has acquired whilst working in the Development department have led to her promotion in 2014 to Director, in charge of Investor Relations.

The specialized role of Investor Relations is to generate project leads by managing the group’s network of investors, owners and developers, creating development opportunities by linking investors with suitable projects, aligning business objectives between the parties, and ensuring that opportunities get converted into qualified leads.

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Shamil Manek
Executive Director - The Merwest Company

Shamil Manek

Executive Director - The Merwest Company

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After completing degrees in Business Administration & Economics at University in Pennsylvania, Shamil moved back to Kenya to join the family business and took charge of developing commercial & residential properties in the region on their behalf. Having little experience in the hospitality field, opportunities to diversify were rife and along with a partner sought to develop one of the first non-Government owned fully American branded hotels in Nairobi, the Best Western Premier Nairobi, this also launched of the brand in the region. This property was converted to a Four Points by Sheraton in April 2017 as Marriott & Starwood’s first property in Kenya. Currently they are developing other properties including the first airport hotel in Nairobi, the Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport which is set to open in Q3 2017. Shamil further is involved with other parts of the family business, which include motor vehicle trade, financial services and logistics among others.

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Haddis Tilahun
Founder & Executive Director - United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Haddis Tilahun

Founder & Executive Director - United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

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Haddis Tilahun is the Founder & Executive Director of the United Africa Group, a privately owned Namibian business conglomerate worth R1.8 Billion which has been in operation since 1992. While the Hospitality portfolio is the pinnacle of his business, financial services, property development, as well as renewable energy are ventures that the group has also pursued with success.
In 2001, United Africa Hospitality was established shortly after which a partnership with Protea Hotels South Africa was formed. United Africa Hospitality owns over 8 Protea branded hotels countrywide. UAG holds the master franchise for Protea Hotels in Namibia, Ethiopia and partly Angola. In May 2011 United Africa Group opened the doors to the first five star Hotel in Namibia which is built on the collective strength of brand power and the remarkable growth of the Namibian hospitality industry.
Haddis’ entrepreneurial drive and desire for innovation has led the Group to explore new Grounds in the Casino business. Consequently, in June 2015 the Plaza Casino, the first ever 100% Namibian owned and managed casino opened its doors to the public.
Tilahun aims at transforming the skyline of Windhoek in 2017 to a cosmopolitan one by developing the 4 star Hilton Garden Inn as well as the 1990 a mixed-use property development which will consist of high end apartments, penthouses and retail shops.
Haddis completed his tertiary education in the USA shortly thereafter he relocated to Namibia in 1990. His focus is on growth and development which has enabled the group to develop projects that have improved and enhanced both the country and the human experience in Africa. His mantra of “growth through quality, innovation and market consolidation has led the Group to success over the years.
In addition to his involvement in the running of the Untied Africa Group, Haddis holds the positions of Chairman, Director and Board member in a number of reputable business organizations such as:
 Protea Hotels Namibia a division of the United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd;
 Owner of the Hilton Windhoek;
 Chairman of Actom Namibia
 Chairman of Diaz Wind Power
 Chairman Liberty Life Namibia
 Chairman of Samaki Fishing Enterprises
 Honoree Consul of Democratic Republic of Congo to Namibia
 Trustee of Namibian Housing Trust Fund
 Trustee of Tilahun Family Trust
 Trustee of Namundjebo Family Trust Fund
Haddis attributes his success to the great business partnership with his wife & friend Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun who is 50% co-owner and Chairperson of the United Africa Group. Martha is in her own right a successful business woman who has been recognized both in Namibia and internationally, together Haddis & Martha have three children.

11:30
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Fostering Talent for the Hospitality Industry in Africa

A conversation on the next generation of hospitality leaders in the region.

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Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events - Board Director, STR

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events - Board Director, STR

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Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, is one of the founders and co-organisers of leading conferences for the hotel investment industry in Berlin (IHIF), Dubai (AHIC), Moscow & Sochi (RHIC), Istanbul (CATHIC), Addis Ababa & Nairobi (AHIF), Casablanca (MTIF), London (BHTS), Madrid (MR&H) and the recently launched Global Restaurant Investment Forum in Dubai. 

Jonathan sits as a shareholder and board director of STR Global,  a global benchmarking company with some 50,000 participating hotels following the merger of The Bench, Smith Travel Research and Deloitte’s Hotel Benchmark.  Prior to The Bench, Jonathan worked for real estate consultants CBRE & Hotel Partners, hotel advisors PKF and hotel operators Forte & Holiday Inns.  He also sits on the board of Hotel Swaps which allows participating members to swap empty hotel rooms with other members around the globe.

Jonathan and his colleagues have been involved in raising money for various causes including the Kenyan Red Cross and the anti-poaching efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  More recently, considerable funds have been raised for TUSK, Cancer Research and the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation by participating in the Kili Madness challenge and breaking the World Record for the highest game of cricket ever played on top of Kilimanjaro as shown on www.mtkilimadness.com.  Jonathan also sits as a trustee of Future Talent, a charity to provide financial support to gifted young musicians who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams and talent.

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Bright Himambile
Training Officer - Radisson Blu Lusaka

Bright Himambile

Training Officer - Radisson Blu Lusaka

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and Youth Career Initiative (YCI) graduate:

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Dalitso Mwanza
Chef - Radisson Blu Lusaka

Dalitso Mwanza

Chef - Radisson Blu Lusaka

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As a child, Dalitso was orphaned along with his six siblings. After losing their parents, the children lived with their grandmother, who took on the responsibility of providing for them.

With eight people living in a small, crowded house and only one person able to provide for the family, Dalitso chose not to pursue further education after completing school. He began to look for work which would enable to contribute to household expenses, supporting his grandmother and providing for his brothers and sisters. As he puts it:

“After I finished school, I didn’t have the means to pursue further education and I was keen to help my grandmother in supporting our family financially. Life had been hard for us and I wanted to make it easier.”

After searching for a position but finding he didn’t have the experience employers wanted, Dalitso grew despondent. Luckily, soon after he heard about the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) and was attracted to the opportunity to develop skills which would make him employable. He applied to the programme, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to throw himself into an enriching introduction to working life.

His application was successful, and soon Dalitso walked into the Radisson Blu Lusaka, ready and waiting to start learning from mentors in a huge array of hotel departments.

From food and beverages to front of house, he impressed his fellow students and mentors alike with his enthusiasm and determination to excel. Dalitso found that he had a talent for work in the kitchen, learning to make elaborate dishes and keen to keep learning new techniques to make his cooking even better. It’s no surprise, therefore that after graduating from YCI, Dalitso was hired by the hotel as a chef.

11:30 - 12:00

Networking

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COFFEE BREAK

12:00 - 12:30
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Harnessing the Power of Hospitality

A one-on-one interview with Amos Wekesa, founder and CEO of Great Lakes Safaris, on his experiences in developing a successful tourism and hospitality business in the region. What transformative role has the industry played on shaping his life and how is he engaging the government to develop this burgeoning sector in Uganda? A look into his journey to success, enabling entrepreneurship through regional tourism development.

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Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA - Hilton

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA - Hilton

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Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date.  In 2016, his remit expanded to include the Middle East, where Hilton’s presence consists of more than 131 hotels either trading or under development.

With the EMEA wide portfolio now exceeding 674 hotels (trading/pipeline), Patrick leads a team of 25 hotel and property development experts, based across 11 international offices - strategic development markets include U.K., Germany, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.

During his eleven years in his position he has led key achievements including:

Expanding the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio which now features more than 205 hotels trading and 62+ hotels under development across EMEA.  
Bringing the iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, to locations such as Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam and Jerusalem.
Establishing DoubleTree by Hilton as one of the most successful regional growth stories, bringing the upscale conversion brand to 132 locations (trading/pipeline).
Extending the mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn and economy Hampton by Hilton brands to nearly 230 properties now operating or under development.
Introducing Curio – A Collection by Hilton which features properties in Hamburg and Ibiza (Aug 2016); and new accessible lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, which made its debut in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik in July 2016.

His first position with Hilton was in 1997 as development manager for Hilton International’s stand-alone health club business, LivingWell.  Following this he moved to Miami for three years to head up the company’s hotel development activities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  In 2004, he returned to London as Managing Director of LivingWell before taking on his current position.

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Amos Wekesa
Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Great Lakes Safaris

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Great Lakes Safaris

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12:30 - 14:00
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Finance Forum

12:30 - 13:00
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Transactions & Investor Sentiment

What are the latest hotel transactions that have taken place and what does this mean for liquidity in the region? What is the sentiment of investors looking to acquire hotels in Africa and what are their barriers to investing? A look at acquisition and exit opportunities in the region

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Xander Nijnens
Executive Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa - JLL

Xander Nijnens

Executive Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa - JLL

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Xander is Head of JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in Sub-Saharan Africa and leads assignments and projects in the region. Xander focuses on delivering Strategic Advisory, Investment Sales, Financing and Asset Management services to local, regional and global clients across the region.
Xander has over 11 years of experience in hotel advisory, investment and operations in 20+ countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. His broad range of hotel experience includes corporate finance, capital markets, asset management, strategy and development and he has wide experience across all market segments from budget to luxury hotels. 
Xander joined the team at JLL in January 2015, prior to which he was managing director of a third party hotel operator with various global brands under management in South Africa. Previous appointments include Asset Manager and Chief Analyst at Africa’s first real estate investment trust specialised in hotels and Consultant at Horwath HTL. He is a graduate of Hotel School The Hague and has further education in real estate, company law and finance.

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Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa - Westmont Hospitality

Ewan Cameron

Director – Africa - Westmont Hospitality

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Ewan Cameron leads Westmont Hospitality’s Operations and Development in Africa.

Ewan has previously held senior roles with IHG, African Sun and Lonrho Hotels;

- VP Franchise Operations, EMEA, InterContinental Hotels Group
- Head of Development Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
- Managing Director (Non Zimbabwe) African Sun Hotels
- CEO Lonrho Hotels  

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Othmane Jabri
Vice President, M&A and Development - Kingdom Hotel Investments

Othmane Jabri

Vice President, M&A and Development - Kingdom Hotel Investments

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Othmane Jabri joined Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) in July 2011 and is currently Vice President within the Mergers & Acquisition department. In this capacity, Mr. Jabri executes KHI’s value realization strategy by disposing of hospitality assets across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Jabri is also in charge of business development, underwriting and analysis of acquisition and development opportunities across the globe working closely with the development teams at KHI’s portfolio brands (Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and AccorHotels).

Prior to joining KHI, Mr. Jabri worked for Colliers International in Casablanca (formerly Lance) and for JLL Hotels & Hospitality in Dubai covering the Middle East and Africa region. Within the hospitality industry, he has focused primarily on market and feasibility studies, operators selection and contracts negotiation, valuations, single asset and portfolio transactions and strategic advisory services such as hotel fund set up.

Othmane is Moroccan and holds a BA in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. He speaks Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.

13:00 - 13:30
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Sourcing Finance – What are the options?

What types of finance are available in the region? As the industry matures and debt funding remains exceptionally tight, what new sources of funding are coming into the market? A look at the potential pools of capital. 

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Mbiki Kamanjiri
Manager Advisory Services - Grant Thornton Kenya

Mbiki Kamanjiri

Manager Advisory Services - Grant Thornton Kenya

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Mbiki holds a Bachelor of Laws degree  and is a  member of  the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants . He has as more than 6 years of post qualification experience in  Business, Tax and Legal advice.

He has extensive experience in the provision of general and specialized tax compliance services including transfer pricing VAT, corporate taxation, personal taxation, customs and excise, and other regulatory compliance requirements to companies and persons in the Hotel and tourism industry.


He has  been involved in  financial due diligences and offering strategic tax planning and tax advisory services to investors. These include  transfer pricing,  inward and local investor tax advisory and due diligence reviews, employee compensation structuring  reviews etc   for many clients in the Hotel and tourism industry with a particular emphasis on lodges helping them set up in the most tax efficient structures.

He also works with various oversight bodies in the industry working up and preparing lobbying papers for better policies in the industry.

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Ilaria Benucci
Investment Director, Equity Investments - CDC Group

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments - CDC Group

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Ilaria joined CDC in 2013 from AIG Global Real Estate where she was responsible for investments in Emerging Europe, Russia and Turkey. Before AIG, she spent over 10 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where she was leading the Property and Tourism Team and also worked on banks’ privatisations and equity investments. Ilaria started her career at Citibank corporate finance group. 

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Dr. Livingstone Byamungu
Chief Investment Officer - Development Bank of Rwanda

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu

Chief Investment Officer - Development Bank of Rwanda

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Dr. Livingstone Byamungu is the Chief Investment Officer of the Development Bank of Rwanda since rejoining in June 2016, having worked for the bank in key different roles between 2001 and 2007. As Head of the Investment Division, he is currently charged with the responsibility of providing executive leadership to the Bank’s six business departments namely; Agriculture Financing, Export Development, Energy Financing, Affordable Housing Finance, Education Financing and Special Projects.

Outside the bank, he accumulated a wealth of skills and experience from the Private Sector, Civil Society and Government. Immediately before rejoining the Bank, he served as the Country Director for Techno Brain Group- a leading Africa custom software provider. He also worked as Rwanda Private Sector Federation in dual roles as Private Sector Development Adviser and National Project Coordinator. During his private time, he does International Management Consultancy. Early in his career, Dr. Livingstone worked for several Civil Society Organizations (including World Vision) in different roles of responsibility up to the position of Country Director. He started his career with the Government of Rwanda in 1994.

Dr. Livingstone is a volunteer, coach, mentor and trainer. He also serves on Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils.

Dr. Livingstone was educated at Makerere University, Uganda and holds a full time Master of Business Administration, specializing in Finance and Strategy from Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

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Eseosa Ekhaguere
Head, Real Estate & Construction Finance PBB - Stanbic IBTC

Eseosa Ekhaguere

Head, Real Estate & Construction Finance PBB - Stanbic IBTC

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Mr. Ekhaguere Eseosa John BSc (Economics), M.Sc., ACIP, graduated with a Second Class Upper in Economics and a Masters degree in International Real Estate Markets from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and University of Hong Kong. He also holds a certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment from Cornell University, USA and a certificate in International Housing Finance from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

He has 17 years Financial Services experience in Real Estate Financing - Debt & Equity, Business Development, and Project Management and currently heads the Real Estate Finance & Mortgages Business in Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc with core responsibility for Commercial & Retail Clientele.

He has been involved in the debt financing of several commercial and residential projects across Nigeria with key emphasis in the Lagos and Abuja real estate markets. 

Mr. Ekhaguere is also widely traveled with extensive study tour of a number of remarkable Real Estate Projects; such as the Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, The Roppongi Hill Urban Renewal Project in Tokyo, Japan, The Canada’s National (CN) Tower in Toronto, Canada, Jin Mao Building, Shanghai, The CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China, Marina Bay Business & Financial Centre, Singapore, One Raffles Quay Singapore, The Expo Parque in Lisbon, Portugal amongst others.

13:30 - 14:00
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Demystifying the Development Finance Institutions

What is required to secure funding from the DFIs? What criteria do they look for in projects and in partners?

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Mbiki Kamanjiri
Manager Advisory Services - Grant Thornton Kenya

Mbiki Kamanjiri

Manager Advisory Services - Grant Thornton Kenya

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Mbiki holds a Bachelor of Laws degree  and is a  member of  the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants . He has as more than 6 years of post qualification experience in  Business, Tax and Legal advice.

He has extensive experience in the provision of general and specialized tax compliance services including transfer pricing VAT, corporate taxation, personal taxation, customs and excise, and other regulatory compliance requirements to companies and persons in the Hotel and tourism industry.


He has  been involved in  financial due diligences and offering strategic tax planning and tax advisory services to investors. These include  transfer pricing,  inward and local investor tax advisory and due diligence reviews, employee compensation structuring  reviews etc   for many clients in the Hotel and tourism industry with a particular emphasis on lodges helping them set up in the most tax efficient structures.

He also works with various oversight bodies in the industry working up and preparing lobbying papers for better policies in the industry.

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Julien Lefilleur
Head of MAS Division - Proparco

Julien Lefilleur

Head of MAS Division - Proparco

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Julien Lefilleur joined PROPARCO in 2004. After having occupied several positions, he opened in 2010 PROPARCO’s regional office for West Africa, based in Abidjan. Since 2014, he is head of Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department.
Julien Lefilleur is also the founder and editor-in-chief of PROPARCO’s magazine Private Sector & Development. He is a graduate of École centrale de Paris with a PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne University.

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Suresh Samuel
Managing Director, Africa - Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Suresh Samuel

Managing Director, Africa - Overseas Private Investment Corporation

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Suresh Samuel is Managing Director for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he is responsible for managing business development activities for project and corporate finance, political risk insurance and private equity investments.  Previously, Mr. Samuel worked in OPIC’s Structured Finance department where he was responsible for the underwriting and execution of investments in the energy, infrastructure, healthcare, banking, and agribusiness sectors.  He has executed over $1 billion of transactions at OPIC with clients in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe.  Mr. Samuel is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Godfrey Tapela
Senior Investment Officer - IFC

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer - IFC

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Godfrey Tapela is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is responsible for investments in the commercial property including affordable housing, retail and tourism sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Godfrey joined IFC in 2001 and previously worked for ABSA Bank, Eskom as a Projects Engineer and for DLV Consulting Engineers and Stewart Scott Consulting Engineers as a Consulting Engineer. He holds a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA, a BSc Electrical Engineering(Hons) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

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Zanzibar Amber Resort

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Simon McGregor
Chief Financial Officer - Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd

Simon McGregor

Chief Financial Officer - Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd

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Simon is the Chief Financial Officer of Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd the company behind the Zanzibar Amber Resort. Pennyroyal is building this large five-star project situated on the Indian Ocean-facing North East of Zanzibar island on 650HA of land and marine space with 4km of private beach. Simon grew up in the family-owned financial publishing business McGregors Who Owns Whom in Cape Town and spent the early part of his career engrossed in financial and company research. When the online version of the business was sold to Naspers in 2000 he moved on to found businesses involved in bulk share dealing, investor relations and shareholder administration. This took him to the City in London in 2009 where he added share registry and cross-border listings to his experience. Simon is also a partner in Afriscope Advisory and is based in London.

Zambia Airport Hotel Project Opportunities

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Josiah Mvula
Planning and Business Development Manager - Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

Josiah Mvula

Planning and Business Development Manager - Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

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14:00 - 15:00

Networking

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NETWORKING LUNCH