Africa Hotel Investment Forum

6-8 October 2020 – Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, Kenya


6-8 October 2020 – Nairobi, Kenya

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


15:00 - 16:00

SPACE x AHIF – A focus on Sustainable Real Estate

15:30 - 17:00

GRIF x AHIF – A Focus on Hotel F&B

17:00 - 18:00



18:30 - 21:00


Welcome Reception at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel

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

10:50 - 11:00

Epidemic Risk: What you need to know


Present Your Project

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:05

The AHIF Annual 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



Present Your Project

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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07:30 - 08:00

AHIF Charity Run

08:45 - 08:50

Welcome Back

08:50 - 09:10


09:10 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00


Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:00

The Owner/Operator Panel

12:00 - 12:15

Supporting the Next Generation of Talent in Hospitality

12:15 - 12:50

The Conservation Panel

12:50 - 13:10


13:10 - 13:30

The AHIF Creating Impact Awards

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. 

2020 Advisory Board

We are extremely grateful to the 2020 Advisory Board for their input in developing a well rounded and balanced programme with topics and regional issues that will form the discussions and sessions at the AHIF 2020 conference. 

Hon. Najib Balala, EGH

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife

Kunal Ajmera

Chief Operating Officer, Grant Thornton Kenya

Sirak Ambaye

Managing Director, Shore Properties Ltd.

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer, TIME Hotels

Mossadeck Bally

Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Ilaria Benucci

Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Jerome Briet

Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Rahul Chaudhary

Managing Director, CG Corp. Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

Mark Dunford

Head - East Africa, JLL

Hooman Ehsani

Director of New Developments - Greenhills Investment

Thomas Emanuel

Director, STR

Ifeoma Ezeokafor

Principal Investment Officer, IFC

Gikonyo Gitonga

Managing Director and CEO, Axis Real Estate

Bani Haddad

Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Sade Hughes

Managing Director, Mixta Hospitality & Retail

Cyril Jacob

Managing Director, Ascentis

Alexis Janoray

Vice President, Head of Development Africa, Accor

Christopher Jannou

Founder, The Urban Hotel Group

Zahra Jivraj

Director, Opulent Hotel Group

Luphumzo Kebeni

CEO, Kema Holdings

Lourie Kruger

Chief Investment Officer MEA, RF Capital

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

Bernard Micallef

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

Dhruv Pandit

Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

Amit Patel

Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Founder & Chairman, APO Group

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

David Sjolander

Chief Operating Officer, HTNG

James Stuart

Founder, Stuart + Partners

Alessandro Tedesco

Chief Operating Officer, FEBC International

Haddis Tilahun

Founder & Executive Director, United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Matthew Tripolone

Vice President Development - MEA, IHG

Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Elie Younes

Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group