Africa Hospitality Investment Forum 2021


Speaker Profile

Haddis Tilahun

Founder & Executive Director, United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd

Haddis Tilahun is the Founder & Executive Director of the United Africa Group, a privately owned Namibian business conglomerate worth R1.8 Billion which has been in operation since 1992. While the Hospitality portfolio is the pinnacle of his business, financial services, property development, as well as renewable energy are ventures that the group has also pursued with success.
In 2001, United Africa Hospitality was established shortly after which a partnership with Protea Hotels South Africa was formed. United Africa Hospitality owns over 8 Protea branded hotels countrywide. UAG holds the master franchise for Protea Hotels in Namibia, Ethiopia and partly Angola. In May 2011 United Africa Group opened the doors to the first five star Hotel in Namibia which is built on the collective strength of brand power and the remarkable growth of the Namibian hospitality industry.
Haddis’ entrepreneurial drive and desire for innovation has led the Group to explore new Grounds in the Casino business. Consequently, in June 2015 the Plaza Casino, the first ever 100% Namibian owned and managed casino opened its doors to the public.
Tilahun aims at transforming the skyline of Windhoek in 2017 to a cosmopolitan one by developing the 4 star Hilton Garden Inn as well as the 1990 a mixed-use property development which will consist of high end apartments, penthouses and retail shops.
Haddis completed his tertiary education in the USA shortly thereafter he relocated to Namibia in 1990. His focus is on growth and development which has enabled the group to develop projects that have improved and enhanced both the country and the human experience in Africa. His mantra of “growth through quality, innovation and market consolidation has led the Group to success over the years.
In addition to his involvement in the running of the Untied Africa Group, Haddis holds the positions of Chairman, Director and Board member in a number of reputable business organizations such as:
 Protea Hotels Namibia a division of the United Africa Group (Pty) Ltd;
 Owner of the Hilton Windhoek;
 Chairman of Actom Namibia
 Chairman of Diaz Wind Power
 Chairman Liberty Life Namibia
 Chairman of Samaki Fishing Enterprises
 Honoree Consul of Democratic Republic of Congo to Namibia
 Trustee of Namibian Housing Trust Fund
 Trustee of Tilahun Family Trust
 Trustee of Namundjebo Family Trust Fund
Haddis attributes his success to the great business partnership with his wife & friend Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun who is 50% co-owner and Chairperson of the United Africa Group. Martha is in her own right a successful business woman who has been recognized both in Namibia and internationally, together Haddis & Martha have three children.