Speaker Profile

Michelè de Witt

Horwath HTL (South Africa)

Michelè has 25 years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, including work in hotel operations at various up-scale and luxury properties in South Africa; work in the hospitality academic arena as the South African co-ordinator responsible for the implementation of the Swiss Hotel Association’s curriculum in the country, and providing hospitality consulting services in various countries including South Africa, Algeria, Botswana, Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Michelè’s experience covers a wide range of activities enabling her to provide a spectrum of services from market analyses, concept development and financial feasibility studies for new projects; operator selection to trouble-shooting for existing operations; and developing and implementing operating standards, policies and procedures to identifying education, training and development initiatives to support organisational objectives. Michelè joined Horwath HTL South Africa in 2004 and currently holds the position of Managing Director.

Michelè has served on various tourism and hospitality committees in South Africa. Since 2005, Michelè has served on the Board of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa, Cape (FEDHASA Cape) and in 2012 was elected Chairperson of FEDHASA Cape for a two-year term. Michelè is also a member of the South African Property Owners Association and the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.

Michelè holds a National Diploma in Hotel Management from ML Sultan Hotel School, South Africa as well as a National Diploma in Management Accounting and Finance conferred by the Independent Institute of Education and endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Business Management, South Africa.