Africa Hotel Investment Forum

23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


At-a-glance →

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee in Sponsors' Exhibition

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

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

09:15 - 09:45

Africa 2018: Head or tail-winds in a tough global environment?

An overview of the current global, regional and domestic economic and political drivers influencing Sub-Saharan Africa as the continent balances increasing global political risk with positive domestic promise.

Daniel Silke
Director, Political Futures Consultancy

09:45 - 10:10

Outlook on the Broader Real Estate Sector

Where are we in the real estate cycle in Africa and what does this mean for hotel investment?

Tom Mundy
Head of Advisory, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

10:10 - 10:30

Hotel Performance

The “Big 5” Global Hotel Performance Stories

Robin Rossmann
Managing Director, STR

Followed by: 

An Update on Hotel Performance in Africa

Thomas Emanuel
Director, STR

10:30 - 11:00


One-on-one Interview with Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels

A discussion on the future of the hospitality sector in Africa through growth and development. What is AccorHotel’s vision and strategy for the continent? Hear about their new investment fund dedicated to hospitality in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the recent addition of the Mantis Collection brand to AccorHotel’s portfolio.

Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with:

Sébastien Bazin
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30

Round Table Sessions

Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas; a great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by two or more industry experts who will lead the discussion. During the session you will move tables once to discuss industry issues from the following round tables:

11:30 - 12:30

Round Tables I

The Rise of the African Brands

How are the local players building their brands? What it means to be an African Brand rather than an International Brand in terms of performance.

Adrian Gardiner
Executive Chairman, Mantis Collection

David Harper
Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Mack
Executive Director, The Latitude Hotels Group

Jameel Verjee
Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

Ongoing Growth and Opportunities for 3rd Party Operators

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

Bani Haddad
Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

Amit Patel
Director, Coral Beach Club Limited

Discussion with the DFIs 

Making your project bankable – the ins and outs of what Development Finance Institutions look for.

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

Njeri Mungai Ngaruiya
Investment Director, IFU

Denis Sireyjol
Head of MAS, Proparco

12:30 - 13:30

Round Tables II

Mixed-use Developments

Are mixed-use Developments the future of real estate in Africa? How is the segment performing in the region? Where are the opportunities for growth?

Yiu Tung (Billy) Cheung
Group Chairman & CEO, Master Assets Investments Ltd

Nick Langford
Country Head - Kenya, Rendeavour

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

Mohamed Yacoubi
General Manager for Africa, Groupe Palmeraie Developpement

Serviced Apartments/Aparthotels

How is the segment performing across the continent? What are the benefits of combining a hotel with longer stay serviced apartments? What is the upside and market potential of developing stand-alone midscale ‘Aparthotels’ in Africa?

Robert Hornman
Managing Partner & COO, Amandla Capital Real Estate

Rakhee Kantaria
Director, ECONIC

Vernon Page
Chief Financial Officer, CityBlue Hotels

Dhruv Pandit
Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

Exploiting the Leisure Potential

Looking at resorts, Lodges and camps – how can the leisure segment grow?

Hasnain Noorani
Founder & Group Managing Director, Pride Group

Kevin Teeroovengadum
Chairman, Radisson Blu Azuri and Radisson Blu Poste La Fayette Resorts

Amos Wekesa
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris

11:45 - 13:45

SPACE Seminar - Efficient Building Investment


These sessions explore some of the challenges faced by the industry and talk to those who have developed more efficient buildings.  What are the commitments needed, the tips, key learnings and most importantly the financial benefit?

Exploring the value of efficient buildings

  • To what degree does increased quality increase CAPEX on a project? 
  • What is the expected payback time?  
  • Is there finance available to reduce risk? 
  • Assessing the value derived from better quality buildings, from increased occupancy, customer feedback, brand value and resale value. 

Azmeena Bhanji
GM, Real Estate Developments, PDM

Wangari Muchiri
Real Estate & Sustainability Consultant & Analyst, East Africa, JLL

Peter Odhengo
Senior Policy Advisor Climate Finance/Green Climate Fund NDA, National Treasury and Director, GKIT

Dhruv Pandit
Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

What are the practicalities of delivering efficient building projects? Evaluating the market capabilities with delivering brand standards?

  • Creating strong partnerships to deliver projects on time and in budget
  • What materials to use – benefits of sourcing locally. 
  • Evaluating the impact materials have on a project.
  • How to work with facilities management services to maximise technologies
  • Incorporating the right engineering and technology for your project – making the right decisions to suit your market

Wessel Witthuhn
Director Global Hospitality Development & Construction, Drees & Sommer

In conversation with:

Gikonyo Gitonga
Managing Director and CEO, Axis Real Estate

Harriet Chebet Ng'ok
EU-Funding Project Manager, Finance & Competence

René Laks
Managing Director Sub Saharan Africa, Solarus Sunpower

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch at the Radisson Blu

14:30 - 15:30

Round Tables III

Human Capital Development

Availability of skilled workforce continues to be a major challenge for the hospitality industry in the region. How should we be addressing the issue of building and retaining local talent?  What can education establishments do to influence younger generations on developing careers in the sector?

Belinda Nwosu
Research Consultant, W Hospitality Group

Moyo Ogunseinde
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of the Board, Uraga Real Estate

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

Thomas Seghezzi
Director International Development, Swiss Alpine Hospitality Education Group (SAHEG)

Security & Risk Management for the Hospitality Industry

What you need to know about epidemic risk management & solutions, and other key security issues.

Stephan Jacob
Senior Underwriter and Attorney at Law, Munich RE

Enock Makanga
National Chairman, Protective & Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK)

Management Contracts & Franchise Agreements – How to Get a Win-win

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

Kim Irmler
Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa, AccorHotels

Yasin Munshi
Director, Lodging Development – East Africa, Marriott International

Lasse Ristolainen
Director - Development, Westmont Hospitality Group

15:30 - 16:00


One-on-one Interview with Pierre-Frédéric Roulot, CEO, Jin Jiang Europe & CEO, Louvre Hotels Group
Hear about the Louvre Hotels Group’s global ambitions and their development strategy for Africa. With a historical presence of Golden Tulip on the continent, what new brands are they integrating into the market? What are their ambitions for tomorrow?

​Kimberley Leonard
World News Anchor, Sky News

In conversation with:

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot
CEO, Jin Jiang Europe & CEO, Louvre Hotels Group

16:00 - 16:45

Growing an African Brand

A look at the journey of one of the most exciting home-grown African Brands - How Onomo created their brand from scratch, building new hotels across 20 countries and how they recently raised equity to help fuel their growth. What drew CDC to invest in this promising brand and what are their plans and aspirations for the future?

Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with:

Ilaria Benucci
Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

Cedric Guilleminot
Chief Executive Officer, Onomo Hotels

16:45 - 17:30

Regional Leaders' Panel

A discussion on organic growth vs. acquisition – is the real growth coming organically through new initiatives, or are acquisitions proving to be the most effective way to expand? Hear about the regional leader’s growth strategies for the continent. 

​Kimberley Leonard
World News Anchor, Sky News

In conversation with:

Mossadeck Bally
Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

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

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

Mark Willis
Chief Executive Officer, Middle East & Africa, Accor

17:30 - 18:30

Speed Networking

Meet over 20 new contacts in an hour!

18:30 - 19:30

Welcome Drinks at the Radisson Blu

Please join us for some drinks by the pool at the Radisson Blu after the close of the  day's conference sessions. 

19:30 - 22:00


Networking Reception at Ole Sereni

Buses will be leaving the Radisson Blu at 7:30pm.