Director of Development East Africa, Hilton
Samantha joined Hilton in the inaugural Nairobi Development Office in January 2018 with a focus on expansion of the Hilton portfolio of brand across East Africa. Her hospitality career of 23 years spans three continents – USA, Europe and Africa – in various roles in operations, management, consultancy and advisory. Previously, she was the Managing Director and co-founder of Trianum Hospitality, a consulting and management firm focused on the extended stay and serviced apartment market in Kenya. Trianum has managed a diverse portfolio of 21 hotels and serviced apartments and consulted on over 50 assignments, some in partnership with HVS. Prior to this, she worked in hospitality asset management with CHMWarnick in Boston, MA where they worked to improve the performance of hotel assets under institutional ownership managed by the main hotel brands such as Starwood, Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt.
She holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management (MMH) specialised in hotel real estate finance from Cornell University, USA, a Bachelor of Science degree in International Hospitality Management from Hotel School Les Roches, Switzerland and a Diploma in Hotel Management and Administration from Kenya Utalii College.