2023 Speakers

Dami Adepoju

Development Marketing Director, EMEA

Marriott International

Scott Antel


Scott's FZ

Devendra Asher

Group General Manager

Panari Hotels and Resorts

Mohamed Awadalla


TIME Hotels

Rose Bakri

Chief Operating Officer

Louvre Hotels Africa

Anne Biging

CEO & Founder

Healing Hotels of the World

Charbel Boutros

VP Development ME & Africa

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Paul Bridger

Chief Operating Officer

Rove Hotels

Farhan Charaniya

Managing Director


Rahul Chaudhary

Managing Director, CG Corp Global &

CEO, CG Hospitality Global Holdings

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President, Lodging Development

Marriott International

David Damiba

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Kasada Capital Management

Rajan Datar

Host of BBC Travel Show &

BBC World News

Mark Dunford


Knight Frank

Lara Dupre

Co-founder & General Manager

Le Palais d'Akwa

Thomas Emanuel

Senior Director


Hamza Farooqui

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Millat Investments (Pty) Ltd

Erwan Garnier

Sr Director Development

Radisson Hotel Group

Artur Gerber

Chief Executive Officer

TUI Blue Hotels & Resorts

Koome Gikunda

Director Real Estate


Wayne Godwin

Head of East Africa, JLL |

Head of JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group, Africa

Olivier Granet

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Kasada Capital Management

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor

CBS News

Sérgio Guerreiro

Academic Director

Nova SBE Westmont Institute of Tourism & Hospitality

Margareth Gustavo

Executive Director for Strategy and Branding

Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB)

Bani Haddad

Founder, Managing Director

Aleph Hospitality

Shady Hassan

Vice President | Lodging Development EMEA

Marriott International

Olivier Hennion

Managing Director

IT Hospitality Group

Mohammed Hersi

Group Director of Operations

Pollman's Tours and Safaris Ltd

Valerie Hoffenberg

President and Founder

She Travel Club

Kim Irmler

Development Director


Srividya Jagannathan

Manager - Consumer and Social Services

International Finance Corp, World Bank Group

Mahmud Jan Mohamed

Managing Director for Tourism Promotion Services, Serena Hotels Africa

Head of the Tourism Department for Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)

Ariella Kageruka

Head of Tourism and Conservation Department

Rwanda Development Board

Merilee Karr

Founder and CEO

UnderTheDoormat Group

Khalil Ketari


Kasada Capital Management

Jugal Khushalani

Director, Lodging Development, Middle East & Africa

Marriott International

Jim Kinyany

Vice Chair

Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP)

Naiara Lopez Giner

Associate Manager - Tourism Advisory Lead MENA Region


Clemence Lormand

Development Director FAUCHON L' Hôtel

Aleph Hospitality

Christopher Lund

Executive Director, Head of Hospitality & Tourism


Jerry Mabena

Chief Executive Officer,

Motsamayi Tourism Group

Hon. Peninah Malonza OGW

Cabinet Secretary

Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife Kenya

Alyshia Mangalji

Vice President of Europe & Africa

Westmont Hospitality Group

Majid Mangalji

Founder and President

Westmont Hospitality Group

Khalil Manji


Compagnie Hoteliere et Immobiliere Du Congo (CHIC)

Laurinda Marsh

Global Projects Key Account Manager Africa

Hansgrohe SE

Vimbai Masiyiwa

Chief Executive Officer

Batoka Africa

Haitham Mattar

Special Advisor, UNWTO

Managing Director MEA & South West Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Mclachlan

Founder & Managing Director

Develop Hotels Inc.

Bernard Micallef

Snr Industry Specialist


Wanja Michuki

Family Business Coach, Consultant, Advisor

Be Bold Consulting & Advisory Ltd

Yonas Moges

Founder and CEO

Caliber Hotel Consultancy Plc

Samantha Muna

Group MD & Director of Business Development

Trianum Hospitality Limited

Thomas Mundy

Head of Capital Markets Strategy & Research, EMEA


Abraham Muthogo Kamau

Vice President - Africa


Samson Mwale

Chief Executive Officer

Sunbird Tourism PLC

Gitonga M’Mbijjewe

The Aga Khan University

Nasra Nanda

CEO & ESG Lead

Kenya Green Building Society

Anantha Narayanan

Chief Technical Officer

HGS Holdings

Elizabeth Ndinya

Environmental Specialist


Nqobizita Mangaliso Ndlovu

Minister of Environment

Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe

Wesam Okasha

Head of Global Development and Managing Director

TUI Hotels & Resorts

Funke Okubadejo

Managing Director


Dupe Olusola


Transcorp Hotels Plc

Anne Osir

Senior Relationship Manager

KCB Bank

Saad Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Salaam Investment Bank

Johary Rajosefa

General Coordinator of Projects

Ministry of Tourism Madagascar

Mmatšatši Ramawela

Director, Gecko Afrika Holdings & Chapter President

International institute for Peace through Tourism Southern Africa (IIPTSA)

Assia Riccio


Evolvin' Women

Lasse Ristolainen

Principal: Development

Kasada Capital Management

Fuad Sajd

Founder & CEO


Willie Scholtz



Stephane Sebah

Vice President Development GTAF & East Africa

Louvre Hotels

Daniel Silke

Political Economy Analyst

Political Futures Consulting

Paul Stevens

Chief Operating Officer - MEA & Turkey


James Stuart


The Social House, Nairobi

Valery Super


Painted Wolves

Pat Thaker

Editorial and Regional Director MEA

The Economist Intelligence Unit

Daniel Trappler

Senior Director of Development

Radisson Hotel Group

Wytze Van den Berg

Vice President EMEA

BWH Hotel Group®

Roelof van der Westhuizen

Chief Executive Officer


Jameel Verjee

Founder & CEO

CityBlue Hotels (a member of The Diar Group)

Trevor Ward

Managing Director

W Hospitality Group

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director

the Bench

Amos Wekesa



Reinhard Winsauer

Senior dealmaker

Rand Merchant Bank

Jonathan Worsley


The Bench

Billy Cheung Yiu Tung

Chairman of the Board

Century Park Hotel and Residences Ltd