Africa Hotel Investment Forum

23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia

Programme at-a-glance

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Monday 23 September 2019

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14:00 - 14:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee in Sponsors’ Exhibition

14:30 - 15:00

Induction for Newcomers: How to get the most out of AHIF

15:00 - 17:00


15:30 - 17:00

GRIF x AHIF – A Focus on Hotel F&B

15:00 - 17:00

SPACE x AHIF – A focus on Sustainable Real Estate

17:00 - 18:00



18:30 - 21:00


Welcome Reception

Tuesday 24 September 2019

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08:00 - 08:45


Registration & Welcome Coffee in Sponsors' Exhibition

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Remarks

09:00 - 09:30

Macroeconomic Overview

09:30 - 10:00

African Tourism and Connectivity

10:00 - 10:20

An Update on Hotel Performance in Africa

10:20 - 10:50

Growing the Footprint in Africa

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:05

AHIF Pipeline Report

12:05 - 12:20

Building Your Own Brand in Africa

12:20 - 13:10

Hotel Brands: What are they looking for?

13:10 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch

14:30 - 18:00


Round Table Sessions

14:30 - 15:30

Round Tables I

15:45 - 16:45

Round Tables II

17:00 - 18:00

Round Tables III

18:30 - 21:00


Evening Networking Reception

Wednesday 25 September 2019

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08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Back

09:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00


Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:00

The Owner/Operator Panel

12:00 - 12:15

Epidemic Risk: What you need to know

12:15 - 12:50

The Conservation Panel

12:50 - 13:10


13:10 - 13:30

The AHIF Creating Impact Award

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch

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 2019 to Mala Patel.

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

2019 Advisory Board

We are extremely grateful to the 2019 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 2019 conference. 

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer, TIME Hotels

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Ewan Cameron

Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Mike Collini

Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Thomas Emanuel

Director, STR

Bani Haddad

Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Alexis Janoray

Vice President, Head of Development Africa, Accor

Zahra Jivraj

Director, Opulent Hotel Group

Panos Loupasis

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

Shamil Manek

Executive Director, The Merwest Company

Andrew McLachlan

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

Bernard Micallef

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

Njeri Mungai Ngaruiya

Investment Director, IFU

Hasnain Noorani

Founder & Group Managing Director, Pride Group

Dhruv Pandit

Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Founder & Chairman, APO Group

Filippo Sona

Managing Director - Global Hospitality, Drees and Sommer

James Stuart

Founder, Stuart + Partners

Matthew Tripolone

Vice President Development - MEA, IHG

Nick van Marken

Managing Director, van Marken Limited

Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

Amos Wekesa

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Dr Adam Wu

Chief Operating Officer, China Business Network