Africa Hotel Investment Forum

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


2-4 October 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya



At-a-glance →


Optional 5km jogging tour of Kigali

Meet at Radisson Blu Reception

Alexis Sharangabo
Former Olympian and Rwandan national record holder,

08:00 - 09:30


Registration and Welcome Refreshments

09:00 - 09:15

Welcoming Remarks

Clare Akamanzi
Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board & Cabinet Member

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

Guest of Honour

Dr. Edouard Ngirente
Prime Minister of Rwanda

09:15 - 10:15

The African Economy 2017 - Stagnation or Star Nations?

An in-depth look at the current global economic climate and its impact on the African market. With a decline in commodity prices and the strength of the USD, major structural reforms are needed with a renewed focus on diversified economies. Where are commodity prices going and what can be done by the industry to drive economic growth and development?

Daniel Silke
Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Follow-on discussion on the big picture

A conversation on how the hospitality industry is tackling the challenges in the current political and economic environment. How are the global trends being translated to the hotel sector in Africa?

Daniel Silke
Director, Political Futures Consultancy

In a one-on-one interview with:

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

10:15 - 10:45

Investors’ views on the opportunities in Africa

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

In conversation with:

Mohammed Almarzooqi
Interim CEO and board member, Kerzner International Ltd.

Rahul Chaudhary
Executive Director, CG Corp Global

Nizar Mawani
Director of Real Estate Developments, Rahmyn Developments and Real Estate

Nicolas Willemin
Senior Investment Manager, Proparco

10:45 - 11:30

Air Travel Trends

ForwardKeys will present the numbers relating to the forward-looking trends for air travel to, from and within Africa.

Gerard Brown
Divisional Director – Airports, ForwardKeys

Regional African Connectivity

Rapid urbanisation and the ongoing process to liberalise the African skies offers huge opportunities for improved connectivity between regions and cities. Could the hospitality and aviation industries work closer together to catalyse this growth?

Adefunke Adeyemi
Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and Middle East, IATA

In conversation with:

Olivier Granet
Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa

David King
Project Manager, Cape Town Air Access (WESGRO)

Col. Chance Ndgano
Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

Present Your Project

Mixed Use Development Across Kigali Convention Centre

Presented by:

Hubert Musoni
Board Director, Top Tower Hotels Ltd

Zanzibar Amber Resort

Presented by:

Simon McGregor
Chief Financial Officer , Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd

11:30 - 12:00



12:00 - 12:30

An Update on Safety & Security

Understanding the security risks in the current environment. What regional conflicts, catastrophes and political issues are affecting trends in travel and tourism? Are future elections holding back investment in the region? What can be done in the fight against corruption?

David Harper
Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

In conversaton with:

Mossadeck Bally
Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Ian Clarke
Associate Director - Crisis and Security Consulting, Control Risks East Africa Ltd

Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita
Secretary-General, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS)

12:30 - 12:45

An Overview of Hotel Performance in Africa

Thomas Emanuel
Director of Business Development, STR

12:45 - 13:30

The AHIF Annual Pipeline Report

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Delving into the hottest new markets – where are the opportunities?

An outlook on potential new markets coming into focus in the next few years.

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

In conversation with:

Paul Ansah
Vice President - Development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Philippe Bijaoui
Chief Development Officer EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

Mike Collini
Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

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

Present Your Project

South Beach, Dar Es Salaam

Presented by:

Bobby McKenna
Managing Partner, CPS Tanzania

Kivu Belt Projects

Presented by:

Belise Kariza
Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

13:30 - 14:30



14:45 - 17:30

Breakout Sessions


ROOM 1 - Regional Market Focus

A look at the regional nuances of the African continent – What is the performance and pipeline of these markets? Where are the biggest opportunities and where do the challenges lie?

14:45 - 15:20

ROOM 1 - West Africa Panel

Charlotte Specht
Senior Consultant, Horwath HTL

In conversation with: 

Michael Cooper
Vice President Development West Africa, Hilton

Soumobroto Ganguly
Deputy Managing Director, Genesis Group Nigeria

Erwan Garnier
Director, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

15:20 - 16:00

ROOM 1 - East Africa Panel

Mark Dunford
Head - East Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

Jean Byamugisha
Executive Director, Uganda Hotel Owners Association

Karim Cheltout
Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Daniel Sambai
Country Manager, Serena Hotels Rwanda

16:00 - 16:40

ROOM 1 - Southern Africa Panel

Michelè de Witt
Director, Horwath HTL (South Africa)

In conversation with:

Sir Richard Hawkins Bt.
Regional Director Hotel Operations – Africa, Minor Hotels

Graham Howard
Director: Hospitality, Gaming & Development, United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Simone Kuhn
Manager, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Geri Wessels
Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

16:40 - 17:20

ROOM 1 - North Africa Panel

Martin Jansen van Vuuren
Director, Grant Thornton

In conversation with:

Réda Faceh
VP Development Northern & Western Africa, AccorHotels

Christophe Kundig
Director of Development Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Ramsay Rankoussi
Senior Director Business Development, Middle East & Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group


ROOM 2 - The Development Den

14:45 - 15:30

ROOM 2 - The cost of hotel opening delays - what can be done?

Dealing with one of the biggest development issues in Africa – Hotel opening delays. How can owners and developers avoid delays and the costs associated with them? What can operators do to support owners in the development process? What fast and cost efficient approaches of construction should be considered? How to find the right partners and project manager to bring a project to completion in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Mark Martinovic
Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

In conversation with:

Andrew Forte
Vice President, Architecture, Design & Construction, MEA, Hilton

Chris Titmas
Director, Profica International

Mossadeck Bally
Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

15:30 - 16:15

ROOM 2 - Beyond Greenfields

Looking at conversion, takeover, rebranding and renovation opportunities of existing properties.

Andrew Linwood
Head of Design, Areen Hospitality Design

In conversation with:

Alexis Janoray
Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, AccorHotels

Panos Loupasis
Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Amit Patel
Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

16:15 - 17:00

ROOM 2 - Assessing gaps within the market

With oversupply in certain markets and shortage of branded supply in others, how do you know if the market needs your product? Understanding the demand drivers and where the gaps are in the market.

Saahil A. Lalit
Associate Director, Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

In conversation with:

Philippe Baretaud
Senior Vice President, Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

Jair Conceição
Business Developer, Cabo International Partners B.V. (CIP)

Andrew Langdon
Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

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


ROOM 3 - The Conversation Den

Intimate interactive sessions which invite questions and discussion from the audience

14:45 - 15:30

ROOM 3 - Operating Models: What you need to know

Exploring the various types of structures available for your asset: management contracts, franchises, leasing. Is the market/region mature enough to look outside HMAs?

Scott Antel
Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

In conversation with:

Ramzy Fenianos
Vice President Development – EMEA, Minor Hotels

Neil George
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Andrew Langdon
Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

15:30 - 16:15

ROOM 3 - Serviced Apartments

What are the drivers for this increasingly popular segment, how is it performing and where are they key areas for growth? 

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

In conversation with:

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

Selim El Zein
AVP – Hospitality, Deyaar

Dhruv Pandit
CEO, Fedha Group

16:15 - 17:00

ROOM 3 - Leveraging mixed-use

With Mixed use leading the development space in Africa, how can hoteliers ensure their involvement in these projects? As retail & office attract funding, how can the hotel element tap into this source of financing?

Charlotte Specht
Senior Consultant, Horwath HTL

In conversation with:

Edmund Asamoah
Managing Director, A&C Development Co Ltd.

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung
Founder and Chairman, Master Assets Investments Ltd., Chairman, Century Park Hotel & Residences Ltd

Costas Verginis
Vice President Lodging & Mixed-Use Development MEA, Marriott International

18:00 - 21:00


Networking Reception

Hosted by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Company