Managing Partner, Calibra Hospitality Consultancy
Yonas, an Ethiopian national holds a BA in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Yonas has started his hospitality industry journey as a management trainee with Hilton Worldwide in 2001 and grew his career by serving in different managerial positions with his stay with Hilton for a decade.
He has opened the first hospitality consultancy firm in Ethiopia with his partner “Calibra Hospitality Consultancy and Business Plc.” who has assisted many Ethiopian Investors to open world class hotels such as Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, Best Western Plus Bole, Capital Hotel & Spa, Golden Tulip Addis, and Ramada Addis.
His consultancy firm have helped again local hotel developers to work closely with global hospitality brands such us Intercontinental Hotel Group, Best Western International, Louvre Hotels Group, Hyatt International, Accor Hotels Group, Wyndham Hotels Group through the execution of management contracts and franchise agreements. His active involvement in project financing with developmental banks has helped two Ethiopian hotel developers to secure project financing for a value of USD 50 Million.
In 2014 he has attended the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship program initiated by President Barak Obama to support young Africans to advance their vision in the area of Business and Entrepreneurship in Northwestern University (Chicago) and received certificate of completion from the President.
His consultancy firm is providing advisory services for local developers starting from site selection, market study, concept development& architectural design review, feasibility study, hotel operator search, hotel franchise search, executive management search and Asset Management.