Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain

7-9 July 2020 – Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire


7-9 July 2020 – Côte d'Ivoire


8 July 2020

At-a-glance →

08:00 - 09:00


08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Remarks

Jean Perrochon
Commercial Director, Bench Events

09:00 - 09:30

Macroeconomic Overview

An overview of the economic outlook for Africa.

Dr. Emmanuel Pinto Moreira
Director, Country Economics Department, African Development Bank

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Panel

What reforms, strategies and initiatives are being developed by the region’s governments to encourage investment and drive growth in the tourism and hospitality sectors?

Philippe Doizelet
Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

In conversation with:

M. Siandou Fofana
Ministre du Tourisme et des Loisirs, Côte d'Ivoire

Kossivi Egbetonyo
Ministre de la Culture, du Tourisme et des Loisirs, République Togolaise

10:00 - 10:30

Tourism and Connectivity

A discussion with stakeholders from the Aviation industry on their visions and strategies for the development of the region’s travel and tourism sectors.

Olivier Baric
Aviation Director, Africa, EGIS

10:30 - 11:00

Hotel Performance in Africa

Thomas Emanuel
Director, STR

Philippe Gauguier
Partner and Co-Director, In Extenso Tourism, Culture & Hospitality (IE TCH)

11:00 - 11:30



11:30 - 12:00

Global Consumer Trends

Analysis of recent global consumer trends, and their impact on the African hospitality sector.

Olivier Petit
Partner, In Extenso Tourism, Culture & Hospitality

Zouhaier Sammoud
Manager - Consulting Tourisme, Deloitte Afrique

11:45 - 12:30

The Operator's Panel

What are the strategies for leading operators in the region?

Philippe Doizelet
Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

In conversation with:

Karim Cheltout
Regional Vice President - Development, Africa, Marriott International

Réda Faceh
Vice President Development Northern & Western Africa, Accor

Erwan Garnier
Senior Director Development, French & Portuguese Speaking Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Olivier Jacquin
Chief Executive Officer, Mangalis Hotel Group

Andreas Tscherning
COO International, Louvre Hotels Group

12:30 - 13:00

The APO Interview Series

A conversation with Ismahill Diaby, of global payments technology leader VISA, on the potential of the African continent in terms of technology, innovation and economic development. What are the current global payment trends and how are they impacting the hospitality sector?

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard
Founder & Chairman, APO Group

In conversation with:

Ismahill Diaby
General Manager Western & Central Africa, Visa

13:00 - 14:30



14:30 - 17:30



Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet new contacts and share ideas; a great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by several industry experts who will lead the discussion.

14:30 - 16:00

Round Tables I

Regional Focus
A look at the regional nuances of the African continent – What is the performance and pipeline of these very different markets? Where are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of? What you need to know about hotel investment, development and operation in these regions.

Room A: North Africa

Réda Faceh
Vice President Development Northern & Western Africa, Accor

Leila Farah Mokaddem
Country Manager, Morocco, The African Development Bank

Room B: Francophone West Africa

Rose Bakri
Chief Financial Officer, Louvre Hotels Africa

Clémence Derycke
Consultant, Leisure & Tourism Development - West & Central Africa, Horwath HTL

Fatimata Ndoye
Directrice Générale, Mercure Cab

Charlotte Specht
Business Development Director, Mangalis Hotel Group

Room C: Anglophone West Africa

Ewan Cameron
Director – Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Trevor Ward
Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

16:00 - 17:30

Round Tables II

Room A:
Hotel Development
A detailed discussion on the 5 major stages of a hotel project. What partners do you need for each phase, and what are the risks to be identified?

  1. Development Planning
  2. Assembling the development team
  3. Feasibility study
  4. Project implementation and operation
  5. Management and closure

Youssef Chraibi
Associate Director, MAGESPRO Africa

Chadi Hauch
Vice President Lodging Development for Africa, Marriott International

Mark Sopp
Senior Vice President & Principal, SB Architects

Emil Youssefzadeh
Chairman, STM Group, Inc.

Room B:
How to invest in hospitality
Understanding the risks, challenges, particularities and realities of investing in hospitality in Africa. What judicial, fiscal and financial aspects do investors need to be aware of?

Yacouba Coulibaly
Partner, ASAFO & CO.

Olivier Petit
Partner, In Extenso Tourism, Culture & Hospitality

Zouhaier Sammoud
Manager - Consulting Tourisme, Deloitte Afrique

18:30 - 21:00