Africa Hotel Investment Forum

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

AHIF

2-4 October 2018 – Nairobi, Kenya

How we choose our speakers

Our Speakers are key influencers in the African hotel investment market. Our speaking faculty is chosen for their industry knowledge, experience and insight that they are happy to share.

If you would like to be considered to be part of the speaking faculty in 2018, please contact Sacha Serikoff

2018 Speakers

Hon. Najib Balala, EGH

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Government of Kenya

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Philippe Baretaud

CEO, Mantis Collection

Ignace Bauwens

Regional Vice President, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Ewan Cameron

Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Rahul Chaudhary

Executive Director, CG Corp Global

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Hooman Ehsani

Director of New Developments - Greenhills Investment

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Réda Faceh

VP Development Northern & Western Africa, AccorHotels

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Erwan Garnier

Director, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, Radisson Hotel Group

Federico J. González

President & CEO, Radisson Hotel Group

Dr. Max Graham

Founder & CEO, Space for Giants

Olivier Granet

Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa

Cedric Guilleminot

Chief Executive Officer, Onomo Hotels

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

James Hogan

Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital

Kim Irmler

Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa, AccorHotels

Stephan Jacob

Senior Underwriter and Lawyer, Munich RE

Alexis Janoray

Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

Simone Kuhn

Manager, Business Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nick Langford

Country Head - Kenya, Rendeavour

Panos Loupasis

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

Christopher Lund

Associate Director – Hospitality Consultancy Services, Colliers International MENA

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)

Tom Mundy

Head of Advisory, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

Njeri Mungai Ngaruiya

Investment Director, IFU

Christopher J. Nassetta

President & CEO, Hilton

Xander Nijnens

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

Dhruv Pandit

CEO, Fedha Group

Amit Patel

Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

Lasse Ristolainen

Director - Development, Westmont Hospitality Group

Laurent Schatzmann

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

Nimit Shah

Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Filippo Sona

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

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Nick van Marken

Industry Executive

Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

2017 Speakers

Dr. Edouard Ngirente

Prime Minister of Rwanda

Adefunke Adeyemi

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

Clare Akamanzi

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board & Cabinet Member

Maha Abayazid

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

Mbwana Alliy

Managing Partner, Savannah Fund

Mohammed Almarzooqi

Interim CEO and board member, Kerzner International Ltd.

Paul Ansah

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

Scott Antel

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

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Philippe Baretaud

CEO, Mantis Collection

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners & President, HAMA MEA

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Philippe Bijaoui

Chief Development Officer EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

Damien Braud

Regional Head - East Africa, Proparco

Donald Bremner

Managing Director , Stirling Hospitality & HAMA MEA Industry Chair

Gerard Brown

Divisional Director – Airports, ForwardKeys

Jean Byamugisha

Executive Director, Uganda Hotel Owners Association

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu

Chief Investment Officer, Development Bank of Rwanda

Ewan Cameron

Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Rahul Chaudhary

Executive Director, CG Corp Global

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung

Founder and Chairman, Master Assets Investments Ltd., Chairman, Century Park Hotel & Residences Ltd

Ian Clarke

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

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Jair Conceição

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

Michael Cooper

Vice President Development West Africa, Hilton

Steven Daines

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

Karl de Lacy

International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Michelè de Witt

Director, Horwath HTL (South Africa)

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Eseosa Ekhaguere

Head, Real Estate & Construction Finance PBB , Stanbic IBTC

Selim El Zein

AVP – Hospitality, Deyaar

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Réda Faceh

VP Development Northern & Western Africa, AccorHotels

Ramzy Fenianos

Vice President Development – EMEA, Minor Hotels

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Andrew Forte

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

Soumobroto Ganguly

Deputy Managing Director, Genesis Group Nigeria

Erwan Garnier

Director, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean, Radisson Hotel Group

Neil George

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

Samuel Githinji

Investment Director, IFU

Olivier Granet

Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Francine Havugimana

Vice Chairperson, Rwanda Private Sector Federation

Sir Richard Hawkins Bt.

Regional Director Hotel Operations – Africa, Minor Hotels

Bright Himambile

Training Officer, Radisson Blu Lusaka

Graham Howard

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

Alexis Janoray

Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean, AccorHotels

Martin Jansen van Vuuren

Director, Grant Thornton

Winifred Ngangure Kabega

Head of Investment Promotion and Facilitation, Rwanda Development Board

Mbiki Kamanjiri

Manager Advisory Services, Grant Thornton Kenya

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

David King

Project Manager, Cape Town Air Access (WESGRO)

Simone Kuhn

Manager, Business Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Christophe Kundig

Director of Development Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Saahil A. Lalit

Associate Director, Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

Andrew Langdon

Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Linwood

Head of Design, Areen Hospitality Design

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nizar Mawani

Director of Real Estate Developments, Rahmyn Developments and Real Estate

Simon McGregor

Chief Financial Officer , Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Ltd

Bobby McKenna

Managing Partner, CPS Tanzania

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)

Hubert Musoni

Board Director, Top Tower Hotels Ltd

Josiah Mvula

Planning and Business Development Manager, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

Dalitso Mwanza

Chef, Radisson Blu Lusaka

Col. Chance Ndgano

Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir

Xander Nijnens

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

Belinda Nwosu

Research Consultant, W Hospitality Group

Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita

Secretary-General, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS)

Vernon Page

Chief Financial Officer, CityBlue Hotels

Dhruv Pandit

CEO, Fedha Group

Amit Patel

Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

Ramsay Rankoussi

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

Damien Rizzi

Associate Director - Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

Daniel Sambai

Country Manager, Serena Hotels Rwanda

Suresh Samuel

Managing Director, Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Gillian Saunders

Global Leader, Hospitality & Tourism, Grant Thornton

Laurent Schatzmann

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

Alexis Sharangabo

Former Olympian and Rwandan national record holder,

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Filippo Sona

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

Charlotte Specht

Senior Consultant, Horwath HTL

Godfrey Tapela

Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Chris Titmas

Director, Profica International

Costas Verginis

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

Mohamed Wade

Founder & Managing Director, Amandla Capital

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director, Bench Events

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

Geri Wessels

Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Nicolas Willemin

Senior Investment Manager, Proparco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR