Africa Hotel Investment Forum

2-4 October 2018 – Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper Hill Nairobi, Kenya


2-4 October 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya

Programme at-a-glance

AHIF 2018 - 2 October

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08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee in Sponsors' Exhibition

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

09:15 - 09:45

Africa 2018: Head or tail-winds in a tough global environment?

09:45 - 10:15

Outlook on the Broader Real Estate Sector

10:15 - 10:30

An Update on Hotel Performance in Africa

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30

Round Table Sessions

11:30 - 12:30

Round Tables I

12:30 - 13:30

Round Tables II

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch at the Radisson Blu

14:30 - 15:30

Round Tables III

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:45

Growing an African Brand

16:45 - 17:30

Regional Leaders' Panel

18:00 - 21:00


Networking Reception at the KICC

AHIF 2018 - 3 October

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09:00 - 11:00

Kenya Tourism Festival: Opening Address*

11:30 - 12:00

Speed Networking

12:00 - 13:00


Registration and Networking Lunch at the Radisson Blu


Welcome back

13:00 - 13:30

Tourism Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa

13:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

The AHIF Annual Pipeline Report

14:45 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:30

Round Table Sessions

15:30 - 16:30

Round Tables IV

16:30 - 17:30

Round Tables V

18:00 - 21:00


Networking Reception

AHIF 2018 - 4 October

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08:30 - 09:00


Morning Refreshments

10:00 - 12:00

AHIF Student Workshop

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Back

09:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:30

The Role of Tourism in Conservation

11:30 - 12:00

Project Showcase

12:00 - 12:30



Closing Remarks

Safari Packages

Present your project

As part of the programme we extend a platform for existing or potential hotel developments looking for partners to invest, operate, develop or undertake a joint venture.

The format will be a ‘elevator pitch’ style where those selected have three minutes and two slides to ‘present their project’.  We will be circulating details to all attendees of the projects which take part so interested parties are able to connect with presenters for further information.  The projects will also be posted on the AHIF website.

Please submit:

  • a synopsis of no more than 500 words including:
    • the vision
    • an outline of the size and scale
    • projected date of completion (if possible)
    • existing stakeholders
    • what you are hoping to get out of AHIF
  • Please include any supporting documentation that will reinforce your project

To be considered for inclusion in ‘Present Your Project’ you must be a registered delegate of AHIF and submit your entry as outlined below by July 2018 to Mala Patel.

Selection is at the discretion of the organisers, unfortunately we are not able to include all projects submitted. 

2018 Advisory Board

We are extremely grateful to the 2018 Advisory Board for their input in developing a well rounded and balanced programme with topics and regional issues that were presented and discussed on panels at the AHIF 2018 conference. 

Samir Baidas

Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Philippe Baretaud

CEO, Mantis Collection

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Soumobroto Ganguly

Deputy Managing Director, Genesis Group Nigeria

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Paul Mack

Executive Director, The Latitude Hotels Group

Shamil Manek

Executive Director, The Merwest Company

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Bernard Micallef

Senior Industry Specialist - Hotels, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Amaechi Ndili

President & Chief Executive Officer Lionstone Group & Golden Tulip West Africa Hospitality Group

Xander Nijnens

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

Jonah Orumoi

Managing Director, Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC)

Dhruv Pandit

CEO, Fedha Group

Laurent Schatzmann

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

Filippo Sona

Director - Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris