Africa Hotel Investment Forum

23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia

Wednesday 25 September 2019

At-a-glance →

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Back

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

09:00 - 10:30


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

Ifeoma Ezeokafor
Principal Investment Officer, IFC

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:

Ilaria Benucci
Investment Director, Equity Investments, CDC Group

David Damiba
Chief Investment Officer, Kasada Capital Management

Lourie Kruger
Chief Investment Officer MEA, RF Capital

10:30 - 11:00


Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20


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

Al-karim Nathoo
Managing Director, 4C Hotel Group

Aly Shariff
Chief Executive Officer, Citymax Hotels by Landmark Group

12:00 - 12:15

Epidemic Risk: What you need to know

What can governments and the private sector do against the financial risk caused by epidemic outbreaks?

Stephan Jacob
Senior Underwriter and Attorney at Law, Munich RE

12:15 - 12:35


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? 
A one-on-one interview with:

Issam Chleuh
Co-founder and Managing Director, Suguba

12:35 - 13:10

The Conservation Panel

A discussion on the hotel and leisure industry's conservation efforts in the region. How can eco-lodges 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?

Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA, Hilton

Paul Gardiner
CEO Beyond Africa, Mantis Collection

Grant Woodrow
Chief Operating Officer, Wilderness Safaris

13:10 - 13:30

The AHIF Creating Impact Award

Awarded to an individual in recognition of their outstanding leadership and overall contribution to the hospitality industry in Africa.

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch