Africa Hotel Investment Forum

October 2019 – Africa


October 2019 – Africa


AHIF 2018 - 4 October

At-a-glance →

08:30 - 09:00


Morning Refreshments

10:00 - 12:00

AHIF Student Workshop

Developing a Career in Hospitality & Tourism

Executives from a cross section of the industry will present to students from a number of hospitality schools in Nairobi on the types of careers available in the sector, what they are looking for as employers, and how to get a job in the industry.

Hosted by:

Ben Martin
Associate Principal, Consulting, HKS


Mossadeck Bally
Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

Stuart Clay
General Manager, IBIS STYLES Nairobi Westlands

Christine Muiruri
Learning and Development Manager, Hilton Nairobi

Samantha Muna
Director of Development East Africa, Hilton

Belinda Nwosu
Research Consultant, W Hospitality Group

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines
​ Managing Director Middle East, Bench Events

Amos Wekesa
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safaris


Welcome Back

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

09:00 - 10:15


Part I: The Financiers' Panel

A discussion with the financiers on their lending terms and what they are looking for from the hotel sector. What does it take for them to provide funding for hotel development?

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

In conversation with:

Claire Fillatre
Senior Investment Officer, Proparco

Peter Kathanga
Director, Corporate Banking, KCB Bank Kenya Limited

Oteng Sebonego
Investment Principal, Norsad Finance

Sarah Siliya
Manager Client Relations – Eastern Africa, Afreximbank

Godfrey Tapela
Senior Investment Officer, IFC

Part II: The Investors' Panel

A discussion on current investor sentiment – what are the main hurdles and opportunities for investors in the region?

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

In conversation with:

Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

David Damiba
Chief Investment Officer, Kasada Holdings

Amaechi Ndili
President & Chief Executive Officer Lionstone Group & Golden Tulip West Africa Hospitality Group

Nimit Shah
Partner, Helios Investment Partners

10:15 - 10:20

Project Showcase

Baobab River Lodge, Ghana

Kojo Busia
CEO, The Baobab River Company

10:20 - 10:40


Coffee Break

10:40 - 11:00

African Millennials and the Rise of Generation Z: What you Need to Know

Distinguishing myth from reality; what defines the African Millennial and how are they reshaping the workplace? How can we better understand the younger and increasingly significant demographic of Generation Z? How should businesses be adapting to the current consumer shift in Africa?

Njeri Wangari - Wanjohi
Writer, Digital Marketer & Marketing Manager, GeoPoll

11:00 - 11:10

The Role of Government in Wildlife Conservation

John Waithaka
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kenya Wildlife Service

11:10 - 12:00

The Role of Tourism in Conservation

An in-depth look at the status of wildlife in Africa and what is needed to protect the continent's biodiversity. What is the current contribution of tourism to protected area management budgets? What is the ideal role that tourism could play in conservation and how could this ideal be achieved? 

​Oliver Poole
Executive Director, The Giants Club

In conversation with:

Giles Davies
Founder, Conservation Capital

Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Dickson Kaelo
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

Tom Lalampaa
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rangelands Trust

Kaddu Sebunya
President, African Wildlife Foundation

12:00 - 12:15


One-on-one interview with Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group

Hear about Radisson’s exponential growth in Africa and how has it put the continent at the centre of its’ global development strategy.

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

In conversation with:

Elie Younes
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group

12:15 - 12:30

Project Showcase

Park Vega, Nigeria

Nancy Orji
Co-owner, Park Vega

Prime Residences, Ethiopia

Sirak Ambaye
Managing Director, Shore Properties Ltd.

12:30 - 12:45

Blending Culture and Sustainability in Wildlife Tourism

Reinventing the approach to safari lodges: developing eco-friendly, cultural boutique hotels that embrace the local heritage and encourage community involvement. How can investors and local communities work together to advance conservation efforts while improving the safari experience for tourists?

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR

In a one-on-one conversation with:

Lazaro Nyalandu
Chairman, Waverly Group & Former Cabinet Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Tanzania

12:45 - 13:00

Project Showcase

Saikeri Estate, Kenya

Kellen Kaburu
Co-Owner, Saikeri Estate

W-Resort & Theme Park, Kinali Forest, Kiambu, Kenya

Dr Wanjiku Ndungu
Proprietor, The Cradle Tented Camp & Lodge-Lodwar Turkana

13:00 - 13:30

AHIF “Creating Impact” Awards

The AHIF 2018 Leadership Award
Awarded to:

Mossadeck Bally
Chief Executive Officer, Azalaï Hotels Group

The AHIF 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Africa Award
Awarded to:

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group


Closing Remarks

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

Safari Packages


Take a look at the Safari Packages and Nairobi Excursions to extend your stay in Nairobi.