Africa Hotel Investment Forum

23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


23-25 September 2019 – Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia


Decisions around build quality, adhering to brand standards, incorporating “green building” services or adopting high technical and engineering services on a hotel project are difficult to quantify the value of.  Challenges of obtaining materials, dealing with contractors and subsequent challenges of facilities management it can all make project decisions on quality buildings seem costly but Africa has the opportunity to leap frog ahead in building design and efficiency. 

What with rising cost of utilities, more extreme environments to contend with and energy resources becoming scarcer what is the potential cost of not planning ahead?    

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?

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Tuesday 2 October

11:15 - 11:45

Registration and Refreshments

11:45 - 12:30

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.  

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

In conversation with:

Azmeena Bhanji
GM, Real Estate Developments, PDM

Dhruv Pandit
Chief Executive Officer, Fedha Group

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

12:30 - 13:15

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:

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

Gikonyo Gitonga
Managing Director and CEO, Axis Real Estate

René Laks
Managing Director Sub Saharan Africa, Solarus Sunpower

13:15 - 14:15

Networking Lunch



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