Africa Hotel Investment Forum

6-8 October 2020 – Nairobi, Kenya


6-8 October 2020 – Nairobi, Kenya

Tuesday 24 September 2019

At-a-glance →

08:00 - 08:45


Registration & Welcome Coffee in Sponsors' Exhibition

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Remarks

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

09:00 - 09:30

Macroeconomic Overview

An overview of the current global economic climate and its impact on the African market. What can be expected for the next 12 months?  

Hannah Edinger
Associate Director, Africa Insights, Deloitte & Touche

09:30 - 10:00

African Tourism and Connectivity

A discussion on the visions and strategies for the development of Africa’s travel and tourism sectors.

Rick Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, The Business Tourism Company

In conversation with:

Tewolde GebreMariam
Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines

10:00 - 10:20

An Update on Hotel Performance in Africa

Thomas Emanuel
Director, STR

10:20 - 10:50

Growing the Footprint in Africa

Regional Leaders of the biggest International Brands discuss their growth strategies for Africa.

Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In conversation with:

Tim Cordon
Area Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Pascal Gauvin
Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG

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

10:50 - 11:00

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


Present Your Project

Project: Five Star Luxury Boutique Hotel in Kigali and Boutique Lodges – Rwanda

​Wayne Koonce
Wayne Koonce, Partner, Sustainable Tourism Group

11:00 - 11:30


Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:50


An update from the largest hospitality-dedicated fund in Africa on their strategies for the continent. What deals have been made and what opportunities is Kasada looking for?

Nick van Marken
Managing Director, van Marken Limited

In a one-on-one interview with:

Olivier Granet
Chief Executive Officer, Kasada Capital Management

11:50 - 12:05

The AHIF Annual Pipeline Report

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

12:05 - 12:20

Building Your Own Brand in Africa

What are the benefits of 'Going it Alone' versus aligning yourself with an existing regional or international brand? A look at the value of a unique positioning, and the importance of creating a brand-led organisational culture and integrated brand-centred guest experience.

James Stuart
Founder, Stuart + Partners

12:20 - 13:10

Hotel Brands: What are they looking for?

What is their criteria in assessing new projects on the continent? What are they looking for from local partners and what do they bring to the table? What business models are they considering?

Moderated by:

Filippo Sona
Managing Director - Global Hospitality, Drees and Sommer

Part I: Regional Brands (Middle East & Africa)

Mohamed Awadalla
Chief Executive Officer, TIME Hotels

Hasnain Noorani
Founder & Group Managing Director, Pride Group

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

Part II: International Brands

Karim Cheltout
Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Mike Collini
Vice President Development Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton

Andrew McLachlan
Senior Vice President, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Alain Sebah
CEO, Golden Tulip Afrique Francophone & East Africa

13:10 - 13:30


A conversation on the future of OTAs and their impact on the hotel industry in the region. Hear from Africa’s leading e-commerce platform on their plans for the growth of Jumia Travel, and the opportunities it will bring for the development of hospitality and tourism across the continent.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard
Founder & Chairman, APO Group

In a one-on-one interview with:

Estelle Verdier-Watine
Head of Travel, Jumia Group


Present Your Project

Project: Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa - Somaliland

Guled Harun Ibrahim
Director of Development, Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch

14:30 - 18:00


Round Table Sessions

Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet new contacts 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 several industry experts who will lead the discussion.

14:30 - 15:30

Round Tables I

Regional Focus
A look at the regional nuances of the African continent – What is the performance and pipeline of each of these markets? Where are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of? What new markets or secondary cities should be considered? What you need to know about hotel investment, development and operation in these regions.

East Africa - Main Ballroom

Shamil Manek
Executive Director, The Merwest Company

Yonas Moges
Managing Partner, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy

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

Zahra Peera
Chief Operating Officer, CityBlue Hotels (Diar Group)

West & Central Africa - Main Ballroom

Erwan Garnier
Senior Director, Development - French & Portuguese Speaking Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Mohamed Wade
Managing Director, Amandla Capital Real Estate

Southern Africa - Awash Salon, Ground Floor

Michael Devereux
Senior Director Development Sub-Saharan Africa & Indian Ocean, Hilton

Kim Irmler
Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa, Accor

15:45 - 16:45

Round Tables II

Operating Models Main Ballroom

Management contracts, franchising, leases, third party management; A discussion on the opportunities and challenges for different operating structures in the region.

Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Bani Haddad
Founder & Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality

Simone Kuhn
Manager, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Matthew Tripolone
Vice President Development - MEA, IHG

Blended Real Estate Solutions Main Ballroom

Looking at operational real estate beyond hotels: Long stay, mixed use, convention centres, student accommodation, healthcare, leisure and other segments.

Selim El Zein
VP – Hospitality, Deyaar

Kenneth Mbae
Commercial Director, Centum Real Estate

Jaidev Menezes
VP Mixed-Use Development, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Samantha Muna
Director of Development East Africa, Hilton

Human Resources Management & Training - Awash Salon, Ground Floor

Developing human capital for the hospitality industry. What are governments doing to support hospitality education? What can the industry do to address the issue of nurturing local talent?

Rose Bakri
Chief Financial Officer, Louvre Hotels Africa

Dr. Mohamed El Sahili
Chief Executive Officer, SF Group

Hashim Mohamed
Principal and CEO, Kenya Utalii College

Belinda Nwosu
Research Consultant, W Hospitality Group

17:00 - 18:00

Round Tables III

Developing Hotel Projects Main Ballroom

Hear from developers, operators, project managers and owners on their experiences developing hotel projects in the region. What are the main hurdles to consider? How to find the right partners and define everyone’s role in ensuring successful and smooth project completion.

Cyril Jacob
Managing Director, Ascentis

Alessandro Tedesco
Chief Operating Officer, FEBC International

Morgan Tuckness
Head of Technical Services & Development, Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

Investing in Hospitality Main Ballroom

Legal and tax frameworks, repatriation of funds, regulations; Addressing matters investors need to know about but are too afraid to ask. What does performance look like for hospitality assets in the region and what are the returns for investors? A discussion for investors on why and how to invest in hospitality in the region.

Scott Antel
Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Wayne Godwin
Senior Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL

Oteng Sebonego
Investment Director, Norsad Finance

18:30 - 21:00


Evening Networking Reception

Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism