2023 Speakers

Scott Antel


Scott's FZ

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer

TIME Hotels Managment LLC

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

CEO, CG Hospitality Global Holdings

Managing Director, CG Corp Global &

Karim Cheltout

Regional Vice President, Lodging Development

Marriott International

Hala Matar Choufany

President Middle East & Africa

HVS Dubai

TIm Cordon

Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Africa

Radisson Hotel Group

David Damiba

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Kasada Capital Management

Rajan Datar

BBC World News

Host of BBC Travel Show &

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

Koome Gikunda

Director Real Estate

Director Real Estate, Actis

Wayne Godwin

Head of Hotels & Hospitality Group, Africa


Olivier Granet

Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Kasada Capital Management

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor

CBS News

Bani Haddad

Founder, Managing Director

Aleph Hospitality

Catherine Hendry

Principal: Property Finance Africa

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking

Mohammed Hersi

Group Director of Operations

Pollman's Tours and Safaris Ltd

Valerie Hoffenberg

Founder & President, Expert in Gender Equality & Serial Entrepreneur

She Travel Club

Kim Irmler

Development Director Sub-Saharan Africa


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)

Merilee Karr

Founder and CEO

UnderTheDoormat Group

Khalil Ketari


Kasada Capital Management

Jugal Khushalani

Director, Lodging Development, Middle East & Africa

Marriott International

Naiara Lopez Giner

Associate Manager - Tourism Advisory Lead


Clemence Lormand

Development Middle East & Africa

Fauchon Hospitality

Christopher Lund

Executive Director, Head of Hotels - MENA Region


Jerry Mabena

Chief Executive Officer,

Motsamayi Tourism Group

Hon. Peninah Malonza OGW

Cabinet Secretary

Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife Kenya

Alyshia Mangalji

Vice President Europe and Africa

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 Hospitality Group

Haitham Mattar

Managing Director MEA & South West Asia

IHG Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Micallef

Snr Industry Specialist


Wanja Michuki

Family Business Coach, Consultant, Advisor

Be Bold Consulting & Advisory Ltd

Samantha Muna

Group MD & Director of Business Development

Trianum Hospitality Limited

Thomas Mundy

Head of Capital Markets Research


Abraham Muthogo Kamau

Vice President - Africa


Anantha Narayanan

Chief Technical Officer

HGS Holdings

Nqobizita Mangaliso Ndlovu

Minister of Environment

Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe

Wesam Okasha

Head of Global Development

TUI Hotels & Resorts

Funke Okubadejo

Managing Director


Dupe Olusola


Transcorp Hotels Plc

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

Michaella Rugwizangoga

Chief Tourism Officer

Rwanda Development Board

Fuad Sajd

Founder & CEO


Willie Scholtz



Stephane Sebah

Vice President Development GTAF & East Africa

Louvre Hotels

Daniel Silke


Political Futures Consultancy

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

Wytze Van den Berg

Vice President EMEA

BWH Hotel Group®

Roelof van der Westhuizen

Chief Executive Officer

Equate Africa

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

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Great Lakes Safaris

Billy Cheung Yiu Tung

Chairman of the Board

Century Park Hotel and Residences Ltd