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Day Two - Wednesday 5 October

8:30 - 9:15

Networking

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Welcome Refreshments

9:15 - 9:30
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Welcoming Remarks & Official Opening

9:30 - 10:05
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Economic Outlook for Africa

Lars Christensen, founder and owner of Markets and Money Advisory and a Senior Fellow at London’s Adam Smith Institute, shares his insights into the opportunities and risks in the midst of economic turbulence in Africa. Lars will discuss current issues on the economic cycle, performance of commodities, oil prices, currency risk and diversifying economies. What are they key drivers of economic growth moving forward?

Lars Christensen
Founder & Owner - Markets and Money Advisory

Lars Christensen

Founder & Owner - Markets and Money Advisory

Lars Christensen is an internationally renowned Danish economist specialised in international economy, Emerging Markets and monetary policy. Lars has over 20 years’ experience in government and banking and is the founder and owner of Markets and Money Advisory and is a Senior Fellow at London’s Adam Smith Institute.

He has a long experience as a speaking partner to multinational companies and financial institutions regarding global financial markets, the global economy and geopolitics. He is known for his no-nonsense, out-of-the-box views and as a lively and opinionated speaker.

Lars Christensen worked five years as an economic policy analyst at the Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs (1996-2001). He has a master degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (1994).

Lars is particularly known for having been Head of Emerging Markets Research at Danske Bank in Copenhagen. In this role he authored numerous path-breaking economic reports on particularly Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2006-8 Lars co-authored a number of reports warning of a coming economic meltdown in Central and Eastern Europe and maybe most famously Lars co-authored the report “Geyser Crisis” in 2006, which correctly forecasted a major economic and financial crisis in Iceland.

Lars is also known for being an Africa Optimist and is a strong believer in what he calls the coming African growth miracle.

Lars Christensen is the author of the book “Milton Friedman – en pragmatisk revolutionær” (“Milton Friedman – a pragmatic revolutionary”) published in November 2002. He has contributed to numerous other books. Lars Christensen is internationally recognized as a specialist on the economic teachings of Milton Friedman and the history of monetary thought.

Lars also blogs at marketmonetarist.com. His blog The Market Monetarist has since it was started in 2011 become one of the leading international blogs on monetary policy. Lars has coined the name Market Monetarism. Market Monetarism is a new school of economic thought that has emerged primarily in the blogosphere. Market Monetarists like Lars advocate that central banks should target the nominal GDP level (NGDP level targeting).

Lars is widely quoted by most international financials media – Financial Times, The Telegraph Bloomberg, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire etc.

10:05 - 10:30
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Industry issue

What does Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood mean for the African hotel landscape?  How is industry consolidation impacting current and future owners?

Nick van Marken
Global Head - Hospitality - Deloitte

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Hospitality - Deloitte

Nick leads the international Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) advisory practice.  Recognised as a leader in its field, the team is part of Deloitte’s global THL industry group, which provides corporate finance, consulting, tax and assurance services to the international hospitality industry.

Nick serves a wide spectrum of hospitality clients including corporates, PE, SWF, institutional, RE and private family/HNWIs; and encompassing owners, investors, lenders, developers and operators.  He advises on commercial strategy, M&A, development, operational, restructuring and performance issues. He has both lived and worked in Africa and the Middle East for most of his professional career.

Earlier in his career, Nick was responsible for real estate and hospitality consulting services in EMEIA with Arthur Andersen, based in London and the Gulf.  This followed 8 years spent with PKF in London and Hong Kong.  His experience in industry includes periods with Holiday Inn and Sun International in Southern Africa, and Gleneagles and Meridien in Europe.

Extensively travelled, Nick has worked in over 70 countries over a 30-year career.  He is a familiar figure at major industry events; serves on the Board of STRG and regularly quoted in the financial and trade press.

In a one-on-one interview with:

Arne M. Sorenson
President & CEO - Marriott International

Arne M. Sorenson

President & CEO - Marriott International

Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., a global leading lodging company with more than 4,400 lodging properties in 87 countries and territories and reported revenue of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Previously, Sorenson was Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Continental European Lodging, with responsibility for lodging operations and development in the continental European region, as well as the company’s overall financial functions.

Sorenson was elected to Marriott International’s board of directors in 2011. In January 2015, he was elected chair of the Brand USA board.  He also serves on the President’s Export Council, the Luther College board of regents, and, in April 2015, he was elected to the board of trustees for the Brookings Institution.

Sorenson co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007 and in 2008 he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil.  He is also chairman of Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and on the Marriott board of directors’ Committee for Excellence, a board subcommittee focused on diversity. Together, the Council and Committee monitor and evaluate Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world.  Sorenson also writes a blog as an Influencer on LinkedIn, with nearly 215,000 followers.

Prior to joining Marriott in 1996, Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation.

Sorenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

10:30 - 10:40
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Rwanda on the Rise

An overview of the new Bugasera international airport development serving Kigali, Rwanda.

Presentation by 

Manuel António Mota
Chief Executive Officer - Mota-Engil Africa

Manuel António Mota

Chief Executive Officer - Mota-Engil Africa

As Chief Executive Officer of Mota-Engil Africa, a position he has held since February 2016, Mr Manuel António Mota is a professional with wide expertise of the African region. He began his career within Mota-Engil 7 years ago in Angola as an Engineer and steadily developed to become a Member of the Board as well as the Managing Director of Mota-Engil Angola, the largest market in the region for the company. After succeeding with his work in Angola the Company moved him to Central Europe, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of MOTA-ENGIL CENTRAL EUROPE since May 2013, a market that is known for being highly demanding due to the intensity of competition in the infrastructure and public works sectors. During the time he was responsible for Poland, Czech Republic and other Central European Countries.

In June 2016 he become one of the Directors of Mota-Engil, SGPS, SA, which is the Group that Mota-Engil Africa belongs to. Mr Mota is the holder of a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University College of London, and as the CEO of Mota-Engil Africa he is working towards achieving the business goals set by the board while bringing a unique blend of European and African ingenuity to ensure to the continued growth of the organisation.

10:40 - 11:25
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Developing tourism infrastructure

What lessons can be learnt from other parts of the world and what do global players need to see to drive investment? Exploring the link between aviation development and hotel investment in Africa – what are the common challenges and how can the two industries work together to develop a co-ordinated approach to tourism development?  

Gillian Saunders
Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism - Grant Thornton

Gillian Saunders

Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism - Grant Thornton

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 25 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 .

In conversation with: 

Raphael Kuuchi
Vice President Africa - IATA

Raphael Kuuchi

Vice President Africa - IATA

Raphael Kuuchi is the IATA Vice President for Africa. He has many years’ experience in air transport management, operations and consulting. After working with an airline in various senior management positions for over a decade, he joined the Nairobi-based African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in 2005, as Commercial Director and later as Director Commercial, Corporate and Industry Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Kuuchi initiated and oversaw many projects in airlines business development, commercial operations, IT and communication, liberalization/market access, aero-political/regulatory affairs and training across Africa.

Now as Vice President for Africa, Mr. Kuuchi is leading the IATA Africa team in providing support to the growth and development of aviation and working with stakeholders to ensure safe, reliable, competitive and environmentally sustainable aviation business in Africa. Top on his priority list are issues of safety and security, liberalization, reducing the high cost of operations, regulatory harmonization, capacity building and the environment.

Mr. Kuuchi holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK and a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK.

Alex Kyriakidis
President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa - Marriott International

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa - Marriott International

Alex Kyriakidis is President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa (MEA), for Marriott International, Inc., with responsibility for all business activities for the Middle East & Africa Region (MEA), including development, brands, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, legal and operations.

Prior to joining Marriott International in January 2012, Mr. Kyriakidis served as Global Managing Director – Travel, Hospitality & Leisure for Deloitte LLP.  In this role, Mr. Kyriakidis led the Global Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry team, where he was responsible for a team of 4,500 professionals that generated $700 million in revenues.

Mr. Kyriakidis has 45 years of experience providing strategic, financial, M&A, operational, asset management and integration services to the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors.  He has served clients in 25 countries, predominantly in the EMEA and Asia/Pacific regions.

As President of the MEA region for Marriott International, Mr Kyriakidis leads the growth of Marriott’s business for the region. Mr. Kyriakidis was the MEA executive sponsor for the acquisition in 2013 of the South Africa based Protea hotel. Marriott’s portfolio of brands in the MEA region has experienced substantial growth and today comprises one of the largest hotel chains with 147 hotels and 24,647 operating rooms and a construction pipeline of 88 hotels and 20,000 rooms by 2024. 

Mr Kyriakidis is a fellow of the Arab Society of Certified Accountants, the British Association of Hotel Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mr. Kyriakidis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.  He is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr Kyriakidis is fluent in English, Greek and Arabic. In his spare time, Mr. Kyriakidis enjoys training in Shotokan Karate in which he was awarded a third grade black belt in 2015.

John Mirenge
Chief Executive Officer - RwandAir

John Mirenge

Chief Executive Officer - RwandAir

John has been CEO since 2010 following a stint of more than one year as the company’s non-executive chairman. Since that time, he has overseen the tremendous expansion and growth that makes RwandAir the fastest growing airline on the African continent. From a 100,000 passengers-a-year company to the current more than 600,000 passengers-a-year with a mixed fleet of 8 new aircraft serving 17 continental destinations and Dubai. Under his leadership, RwandAir is destined to greater strides projecting to serve more than 24 destinations and carry more than 1,500,000 passengers with a mixed fleet of 15 aircraft in the next 5 years.   

Prior to joining RwandAir, John was the Executive Chairman of Crystal Ventures Ltd a private holding company which has investments in Telecoms, Agro-processing, Property developments and Road construction among others. Prior to joining Crystal ventures, he headed Electrogaz, which he transformed from an inefficient, loss making public monopoly to an efficient and well managed entity. Prior to joining Electogaz, John was the Chief Operating Officer of MTN Rwanda which is the biggest private Communication Company in Rwanda. While at MTN Rwanda, he was responsible for developing the company's growth strategy, driving key components of its business operations and launching new products. He drove the growth of subscriber numbers and the business profitability. Prior to his promotion to COO, he had been the Corporate and Legal secretary where he also managed International/Interconnect business. He joined MTN Rwanda from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning where he was the senior legal advisor to the Minister. He previously chaired the MTN Rwanda Board of Directors and served on a number of other Boards in both public and private enterprises including ESKOM South Africa, the largest power utility in Africa. John holds an LL.B and a Post graduate Diploma in legal practice and has attended numerous training/coaching in business management. He is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Aaron Munetsi
Acting Chief Commercial Officer - South African Airways

Aaron Munetsi

Acting Chief Commercial Officer - South African Airways

Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO - The Rezidor Hotel Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO - The Rezidor Hotel Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann is President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group (www.rezidor.com), one of the most dynamic hotel companies in Europe, the Middle East & Africa and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel groups.
Rezidor features a portfolio of 460+ hotels with a total of 100,000+ rooms in operation and under development in 80 countries across EMEA. Africa is the group’s most important growth market.
Rezidor’s core brands are Radisson Blu – Europe’s largest upper upscale brand – and Park Inn by Radisson, a young mid-market brand. They are complemented by the luxury Quorvus Collection, the lifestyle select offer Radisson RED and the economy brand prizeotel. 

11:25 - 11:45
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Doing Business in Africa: A look at Africa as an investment destination - PART I

The Investor’s perspective

What does Africa need for international investors to invest? Are the risks worth the rewards? 

Jonathan Hubbard
Head of Investor Services EMEA - Hotels & Hospitality Group - JLL

Jonathan Hubbard

Head of Investor Services EMEA - Hotels & Hospitality Group - JLL

Jon is Head of Investor Services EMEA for JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group and also leads the Northern European team which focuses on providing capital markets, valuation, advisory, debt advisory and asset management in the hotel & hospitality sector throughout the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Benelux.  

Jon has over 25 years experience dealing with hotels throughout Europe, directly focusing on valuations, transactions and advisory work.  He has wide experience across all market sectors, from economy hotels to international five star properties, including boutique hotels, both single assets and large portfolios. 

Jon joined the team at JLL in August 2005, prior to which he  was head of Hotels at Atisreal, co-ordinating valuation, advisory and agency work across Europe.  He is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

In a one-on-one interview with:

Majid Mangalji
President - Westmont Hospitality Group

Majid Mangalji

President - Westmont Hospitality Group

Majid Mangalji is Founder and President of Westmont Hospitality Group, which started its hospitality business approximately 40 years ago. He has been involved in all aspects of the development of the Westmont Group.  During this period, it has grown from a single hotel to become one of the largest private hotel owner/operators in the world with a significant presence in North America, Europe and Asia.

 As the Head of this global group, Mr. Mangalji has developed an extensive knowledge of international hospitality markets, investing and operating in these markets and has created strong relationships with major international hotel brands, leading financial institutions, and investment funds.

Mr. Mangalji sits on the board of principal companies in which the Westmont Group invests. He is the Founder and was the first Chairman of InnVest REIT, the largest public listed hospitality company in Canada. 

He sits on the Board of IREFAC in the USA and IHIC in Europe. 

In 2010, Mr. Mangalji was awarded the C. Everett Johnson Award at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. In 2013 he received the prestigious IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award in Berlin. In 2015, he was granted an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of West London.

11:45 - 12:15

Networking

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Coffee Break

12:15 - 13:00
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Tackling political & security risk

What are the most pressing current and future threats and how can you safeguard your business, assets and people? 

 

Presentation by: 

Richard Kiplagat
Chief Operating Officer - africapractice

Richard Kiplagat

Chief Operating Officer - africapractice

Richard is the Group Chief Operations Officer and Senior Advisor for the Infrastructure Industry at africapractice. He has advised some of the most influential public sector organisations, many of the biggest investors on the continent with a view to helping them with insights to navigate uncertainty, manage perception and deliver in complex stakeholder ecosystems. Richard specialises in advising Oil & Gas, Mining and Energy sectors on project risk management with a particular emphasis on the implications of regulatory, community and civil society dynamics on reputation and operations.

He has managed key relationships at private and public organisations in the provision of insight and advisory on risk navigation within commercial and political landscapes of Africa. He has been involved in forming strategic mandates such as public- private- partnerships in the continent advising the identification and management of the stakeholders involved.

Prior to africapractice, Richard spent 5 years as the Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Microsoft Africa, where he was responsible for managing Microsoft’s Strategic engagements with development partners and inter-governmental organizations across 47 countries in sub Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Richard is the senior representative of africapractice at The Global Compact and is an active member of the Kenya Anti-Corruption committee.  He also contributes to thought leadership through different channels on topical issues such as SDGs and large projects regulation and financing. Some of his published media engagements are Simply Doing Good: Why Africa’s Private Sector should embrace SDGs, Building mining regulatory policies that drive growth, Discussing Kenya’s business environment and the elections among others.

Richard is a non-executive Director of Jamii Bora Bank, a member of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce Social Economy committee and former Trustee of Kenya Youth Business Trust.

He is passionate about focusing on the role of improved productivity in accelerating Africa’s growth and competitiveness and is deeply committed to building partnership as means to achieve rapid and high impact results at scale.

Richard speaks English, French, Kiswahili and has a working knowledge of Malagasy.

He is married and has three children.

Followed by a panel discussion

Martin Jansen van Vuuren
Director - Grant Thornton

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Director - Grant Thornton

Martin is a director at Grant Thornton and for the past 18 years has specialised in advisory services to the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry throughout Africa.  The advisory services include feasibility studies, economic impact studies, financial and business evaluations, market research, strategy and transaction advice to both the public and private sector.

In conversation with

Tony Johnson
Area Security Manager, Middle East, Turkey, Africa & Indian Ocean - The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tony Johnson

Area Security Manager, Middle East, Turkey, Africa & Indian Ocean - The Rezidor Hotel Group

Served in the British Army from 1978 to 1990 immediately transferring to the Police Service in the United Kingdom where he worked as a Special Branch Officer until 2004.

He then moved to Saudi Arabia and worked for SAAD Trading and Contracting Company after the attack on the Companies Compound in Al Khobar. He was later transferred within the Company to the Kingdom of Bahrain until 2010.

 He then transferred to the Diplomat Radisson Blu as Security Manager. In 2012 he was promoted to Area Security Manager with a dual role still working as Security Manager at the Diplomat Radisson Blu. In January 2015 he relinquished his role as Security Manager at the Diplomat Radisson Blu and has worked since as Area Security Manager, Middle East, Turkey, Africa & Indian Ocean.

Since his employment with Carlson Rezidor Tony has been responsible for dealing with Crisis Management through various incidents including, Arab Spring, Evacuation of Libya, Bamako Terrorist attack and Brussels B0ombings to name a few.

Richard Kiplagat
Chief Operating Officer - africapractice

Richard Kiplagat

Chief Operating Officer - africapractice

Richard is the Group Chief Operations Officer and Senior Advisor for the Infrastructure Industry at africapractice. He has advised some of the most influential public sector organisations, many of the biggest investors on the continent with a view to helping them with insights to navigate uncertainty, manage perception and deliver in complex stakeholder ecosystems. Richard specialises in advising Oil & Gas, Mining and Energy sectors on project risk management with a particular emphasis on the implications of regulatory, community and civil society dynamics on reputation and operations.

He has managed key relationships at private and public organisations in the provision of insight and advisory on risk navigation within commercial and political landscapes of Africa. He has been involved in forming strategic mandates such as public- private- partnerships in the continent advising the identification and management of the stakeholders involved.

Prior to africapractice, Richard spent 5 years as the Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Microsoft Africa, where he was responsible for managing Microsoft’s Strategic engagements with development partners and inter-governmental organizations across 47 countries in sub Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Richard is the senior representative of africapractice at The Global Compact and is an active member of the Kenya Anti-Corruption committee.  He also contributes to thought leadership through different channels on topical issues such as SDGs and large projects regulation and financing. Some of his published media engagements are Simply Doing Good: Why Africa’s Private Sector should embrace SDGs, Building mining regulatory policies that drive growth, Discussing Kenya’s business environment and the elections among others.

Richard is a non-executive Director of Jamii Bora Bank, a member of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce Social Economy committee and former Trustee of Kenya Youth Business Trust.

He is passionate about focusing on the role of improved productivity in accelerating Africa’s growth and competitiveness and is deeply committed to building partnership as means to achieve rapid and high impact results at scale.

Richard speaks English, French, Kiswahili and has a working knowledge of Malagasy.

He is married and has three children.

John Seddon
Director - Africa - Control Risks

John Seddon

Director - Africa - Control Risks

John Seddon is a Director at Control Risks, one of the world’s leading global business risk consultancies with thousands of employees based worldwide. Based in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya, John has assisted organisations in more than 25 countries in Africa, helping them on issues related to risk management, including the design of risk management strategy and policy, organisational design and crisis management support. John has particular expertise in helping organisations and investors integrate operational, security and stakeholder risk into their plans and operations, helping them design and implement strategies to achieve their objectives.

John has worked on large mixed use developments and stand-alone projects, as well as a range of critical infrastructure projects, from pre-feasibility to operations.  In addition to his experience in Africa, John has worked on projects in Europe, including mixed use developments, several complex gas pipeline projects, and a Eurozone national central bank. 

He holds a Masters of Letters in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University and an International Diploma from the Institute of Risk Management. 

Col. Silas Udahemuka
Director General - Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority

Col. Silas Udahemuka

Director General - Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority

13:00 - 13:30
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Leveraging natural assets to build a lucrative and sustainable tourism industry

An interview on the conservation of Gorillas in Rwanda, and how the country built an industry around it. 

Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA - Hilton Worldwide

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA - Hilton Worldwide

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.

In conversation with 

Bonifence Byamukama
Chairman - East Africa Tourism Platform

Bonifence Byamukama

Chairman - East Africa Tourism Platform

Mr. Bonifence Byamukama is the Managing Director of Lake Kitandara Tours & Travel Ltd, an esteemed tour and travel agency located in Uganda established in 1994. Bonifence is also the owner of the Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp located in Bwindi National Park, Kibale Safari Lodge in Kibale Natinoal Park, Hippo Hill Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as Lake Victoria View Lodge in Kampala.

As of March 2016, Bonifence is also the President of the Uganda Tourism Association. He was formerly a Board Member of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the former Chairman of the Association of Uganda Tour operators Ltd. 

Bonifence is currently the Chairman of the East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP), the private sector body for tourism in East Africa set up in July 2011 to facilitate active and focused engagement of the private sector in the EAC Regional Integration process. 

EATP is driven by the vision of a vibrant and diverse single tourism destination and its mission is to promote intra and inter-regional tourism though advocacy, marketing, skills development, research and information sharing.
Today, EATP works closely with national ministries responsible for Tourism, Wildlife, Trade and Transport portfolios, the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council and Private Sector Organizations in all EAC Partner states. 

Belise Kariza
Chief Tourism Officer - Rwanda Development Board

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer - Rwanda Development Board

Belise Kariza is a multi-lingual professional with a strong educational background and practical training in International Business, Operations Management and Business Negotiations.

She currently holds the position of Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board. Appointed in September 2015 her core mandate is to drive the growth of Rwanda’s Tourism Sector as well as spearhead conservation
efforts and programs for Rwanda’s Biodiversity. 

As Chief Tourism Officer, Belise Kariza holds the position of Chairperson of the Great Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration Secretariat, the organization that coordinates conservation efforts within DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. She also serves as Chair of the Joint Marketing Committee under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects. This initiative is a partnership between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to ensure joint promotion of the three countries as one region.

Prior to this appointment, Belise Kariza’s career was in the FMCG industry. While working for Heineken N.V., she acquired extensive hands-on experience in the areas of Marketing, Product Development and Investment portfolios, and also managed image building and market research activities.

Her credentials demonstrate strong capability and expertise in developing and implementing government and corporate strategies. She has played a key strategic role in the execution of several international initiatives by various
institutions; for example as project manager for Project EDEN’s (Customer Relationship Management / Sales Execution) pilot capacity building project in Rwanda.

Belise received a B.A in Marketing from Kigali Institute of Technology. She then pursued her second Bachelor Degree at the University of North Texas where she received a B.A in Finance. In 2010, she earned her MBA, with a specialization in Marketing Research from the American Intercontinental University, Atlanta Georgia. She is fluent in English, French, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda.
 

Jillian Miller
Executive Director - The Gorilla Organisation

Jillian Miller

Executive Director - The Gorilla Organisation

Jillian Miller is the executive director of The Gorilla Organization. She has been at the forefront of the international campaign to save the world’s last remaining gorillas for more than 20 years. In that time mountain gorilla numbers have risen from 632 to almost 1,000 today. Much of that success is due to work of the wildlife authorities in the gorilla range states as well as a growing international awareness of the need to support endangered species conservation in situ. But the battle is not won.
The Gorilla Organization’s work in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo supports ranger patrols and habitat protection alongside sustainable economic development projects such as organic agriculture, tree planting, solar power,
education and work with women and indigenous people.
Each project is designed to reduce poverty and provide local people with viable alternatives to the unsustainable use of the forest. While these projects are highly successful, new 21st century concerns – mineral extraction, deforestation and the effects of climate change – present new challenges and demand innovative and creative solutions.

13:30 - 14:30

Networking

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Networking Lunch

14:30 - 18:00
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Face to Face Business Meetings

18:30 - 22:00

Networking

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Gala Networking Evening