Africa Hotel Investment Forum

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


2-4 October 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya



At-a-glance →

08:30 - 09:30


Morning Refreshments

09:00 - 09:45

Innovations and Trends Impacting Hospitality

What innovations and technologies are shaping the hotel of tomorrow? What emerging trends and disruptors will be influencing the strategic decisions of developers, owners and operators over the next decade?

Gillian Saunders
Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism, Grant Thornton

Followed by a one-on-one interview with:

Mbwana Alliy
Managing Partner, Savannah Fund

On his experiences investing in technology startups in Sub-Saharan Africa and his views on the continent’s potential to become a global technology innovator. Where is Africa leading the way? What exciting technologies are coming online that will affect businesses on the continent? What should the hospitality industry look out for?

09:45 - 10:15

Brands Innovation Update

From international to local, mainstream to boutique – hear from the hottest new brands on what they are doing differently in terms of innovation, technology, branding and their offering to adapt to the modern consumer. What are their strategies for the continent?


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

Latitude Hotels

Paul Mack
Executive Director, The Latitude Hotels Group

Radisson Red

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

10:15 - 10:45

Innovating Through Acquisitions

A look at the changing business model of the hotel operator - how are businesses adapting to tackle disruptive forces in the industry?

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

In a one-on-one interview with:

Steven Daines
CEO HotelServices Africa and Middle East & CEO New Businesses, AccorHotels

10:45 - 11:15

A Stakeholder’s Round Table : Balancing Owners’ and Operators’ Needs

An open discussion on the interests, needs and requirements of various stakeholders in hotel development. What do developers and owners need to provide to attract the big operators? Why are brand standards necessary and what value do they add? A look at the risk-reward balance between owners and operators. What are the best ways to maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship?

Mark Dunford
Head - East Africa, JLL

In conversation with:

Maha Abayazid
Director of Investor Relations, Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels

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

Shamil Manek
Executive Director, The Merwest Company

11:30 - 12:00



11:15 - 11:30

Fostering Talent for the Hospitality Industry in Africa

A conversation on the next generation of hospitality leaders in the region.

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

In conversation with:

Bright Himambile
Training Officer, Radisson Blu Lusaka

and Youth Career Initiative (YCI) graduate:

Dalitso Mwanza
Chef, Radisson Blu Lusaka

12:00 - 12:30

Harnessing the Power of Hospitality

A one-on-one interview with Amos Wekesa, founder and CEO of Great Lakes Safaris, on his experiences in developing a successful tourism and hospitality business in the region. What transformative role has the industry played on shaping his life and how is he engaging the government to develop this burgeoning sector in Uganda? A look into his journey to success, enabling entrepreneurship through regional tourism development.

Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

In conversation with:

Amos Wekesa
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

12:30 - 13:00

Transactions & Investor Sentiment

What are the latest hotel transactions that have taken place and what does this mean for liquidity in the region? What is the sentiment of investors looking to acquire hotels in Africa and what are their barriers to investing? A look at acquisition and exit opportunities in the region

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

In conversation with:

Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Shamil Manek
Executive Director, The Merwest Company

13:00 - 13:30

Sourcing Finance – What are the options?

What types of finance are available in the region? As the industry matures and debt funding remains exceptionally tight, what new sources of funding are coming into the market? A look at the potential pools of capital. 

Mbiki Kamanjiri
Manager Advisory Services, Grant Thornton Kenya

In conversation with:

Ilaria Benucci
Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu
Chief Investment Officer, Development Bank of Rwanda

Eseosa Ekhaguere
Head, Real Estate & Construction Finance PBB , Stanbic IBTC

Mohamed Wade
Founder & Managing Director, Amandla Capital

13:30 - 14:00

Demystifying the Development Finance Institutions

What is required to secure funding from the DFIs? What criteria do they look for in projects and in partners?

Mbiki Kamanjiri
Manager Advisory Services, Grant Thornton Kenya

In conversation with:

Damien Braud
Regional Head - East Africa, Proparco

Samuel Githinji
Investment Director, IFU

Suresh Samuel
Managing Director, Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Godfrey Tapela
Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Present Your Project

Zambia Airport Hotel Project Opportunities

Presented by:

Josiah Mvula
Planning and Business Development Manager, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

14:00 - 15:00