Speaker Profile

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa

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.