Africa Hotel Investment Forum

6-8 October 2020 – Nairobi, Kenya

AHIF

6-8 October 2020 – Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday 25 September 2019

At-a-glance →

07:30 - 08:00

AHIF Charity Run

Join world champion and long-distance legend Haile Gebrselassie for a morning run in the grounds of the Sheraton Addis, in support of local charity AHOPE Ethiopia who provide loving care and hopeful futures for HIV positive orphans. A donation will be made to the charity on behalf of each runner. Don't miss the chance to run with a superstar athlete, all for a good cause! Learn more about the run here.

Haile Gebreselassie
Ethiopian Athlete & Owner, Haile Hotels & Resorts

Sponsored by:

08:45 - 08:50

Welcome Back

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

Presentation of the AHIF Charity Run donation cheque to AHOPE Ethiopia:

Haile Assegide
Chief Executive Director, Derba MIDROC Cement

Sidisse Buli Negassa
Executive Director, AHOPE Ethiopia

08:50 - 09:10

HOT SEAT SERIES

A conversation with athlete-turned-businessman Haile Gebreselassie on his plans for the growth of Haile Hotels and Resorts in the region.

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

In conversation with:

Haile Gebreselassie
Ethiopian Athlete & Owner, Haile Hotels & Resorts

09:10 - 10:30

FINANCE FORUM

09:10 - 09:50
The Lenders Panel
Commercial Banks and DFIs – what does it take for them to provide funding for hotel projects?

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

In conversation with:

Ifeoma Ezeokafor
Principal Investment Officer, IFC

Norman Fon Sing
Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking, SBM Bank

Dereje Zebene
President & CEO, Zemen Bank

 
09:50 - 10:30
The Investors Panel
An update on current investor sentiment 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 Capital Management

Lourie Kruger
Chief Investment Officer MEA, RF Capital

10:30 - 11:00

Networking

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20

HOT SEAT SERIES

An overview of Accor’s strategy for Africa, from their billion-dollar investment fund to the launch of their new lifestyle loyalty programme ALL, and more. What is Accor doing to improve the overall customer experience globally, and how is this driving development for the brand in the region?

Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In a one-on-one interview with:

Gaurav Bhushan
Global Chief Development Officer, Accor

11:20 - 12:00

The Owner/Operator Panel

A look at the dynamics between owners and operators and how they are evolving. What are the best ways to maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship?

David Harper
Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

In conversation with:

Bani Haddad
Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

Alexis Janoray
Vice President, Head of Development Africa, Accor

Aly Shariff
Chief Executive Officer, Citymax Hotels by Landmark Group

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

12:00 - 12:15

Supporting the Next Generation of Talent in Hospitality

A conversation on how the hospitality industry is helping young people build better lives through the Youth Career Initiative, in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages and hotels in Addis Ababa.

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

In conversation with:

Dawit Genet
Room Service Attendant, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa

Deogratius J. Magero
Partnerships Manager for Africa, Youth Career Initiative

12:15 - 12:50

The Conservation Panel

A discussion on the hotel and leisure industry's conservation efforts in the region. How can hotels create positive impact for the environment, wildlife and local communities while remaining commercially successful and sustainable from a business perspective and generate ROI for their owners?

David Harper
Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa

In conversation with:

Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Paul Gardiner
CEO Beyond Africa, Mantis Collection

Leena Gehlot
Director, Future Hotels (Mahali Mzuri & Finch Hattons)

12:50 - 13:10

THE APO INTERVIEW SERIES

Hear from one of Forbes' most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa on his journey to becoming a Thought Leader who pioneered impact investing in Africa. Find out how his programmes, initiatives and investments have contributed to the development of businesses across the continent, generating measurable social and environmental impact. What are his views on the current underlying business trends? How can companies incorporate these into their strategies? 

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard
Founder & Chairman, APO Group

In a one-on-one interview with:

Issam Chleuh
Co-founder and Managing Director, Suguba

13:10 - 13:30

The AHIF Creating Impact Awards

The AHIF 2019 Leadership Award
Awarded to:

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi
Founder and Chairman, MIDROC Group

 
The AHIF 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Africa Award
Awarded to:

Adrian Gardiner
Executive Chairman, Mantis Collection

13:30 - 14:30

Networking

Networking Lunch