Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain

7-8 February 2019 – Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech, Morocco


7-8 February 2019 – Marrakech, Morocco

Friday, 8 February

At-a-glance →

07:30 - 08:30

Charity Run

Join the FIHA team for a morning jog to the Menara Gardens (Approx. 4km) in support of SOS Village d'Enfants. Bench Events will make a donation to the charity on behalf of each participating runner.

08:45 - 09:30


Welcome Coffee


Welcome Back

Jean Perrochon
Commercial Director

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

09:30 - 09:50


With a growing portfolio of hotel properties and brands worldwide, find out how the Louvre Hotels Group is marking its presence in Africa. What are the group’s ambitions for development in the region, and what new concepts and innovations are they creating to meet the expectations of local and international travellers?

Faïçal Tadlaoui
Producer/Moderator/TV-Radio Host

In a one-on-one interview with:

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot
CEO, Jin Jiang Europe & CEO, Louvre Hotels Group

09:50 - 10:35


Hotel Funding: From Commercial Debt to DFIs

A discussion with the financiers on their lending terms and what they are looking for from the hotel sector. What does it take for them to provide funding for hotel development? A look at the criteria for sourcing funding from commercial project finance and DFIs.

Nawfal Bendefa
Managing Partner, REIM Partners

In conversation with:

Alia Belkahia
Responsable du Développement Immobilier et Touristique, Groupe BIAT

Adil Chikhi
Director, Head of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture for Morocco & Tunisia, EBRD

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

Serge Yanic Nana
President & CEO, FINANCIA Capital

10:35 - 11:15


The Investor’s Panel

A discussion on current investor sentiment – what are the main hurdles and opportunities for investors in the region?

Nawfal Bendefa
Managing Partner, REIM Partners

In conversation with:

M’hammed El Merini
General Director, Eagle Hills Morocco

Olivier Granet
Chief Executive Officer, Kasada Capital Management

Othmane Jabri
VP M&A and Development, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Adil Rzal
Managing Director, Upline Alternative Investments & CEO, ALHIF

Belinda Wong-Vacher
Chief Investment & Corporate Advisory Officer, Grit Real Estate Income Group

11:15 - 11:45


Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:15

The Regional Leaders Panel

Hear from some of the region’s key players on their plans and strategies for Francophone Africa.

Faïçal Tadlaoui
Producer/Moderator/TV-Radio Host

In conversation with:

Olivier Jacquin
Chief Executive Officer, Mangalis Hotel Group

Sami Nasser
Chief Operating Officer, Middle East & Africa, AccorHotels

Alain Sebah
CEO, Golden Tulip Afrique Francophone & East Africa

12:15 - 12:45

Learnings from the Leisure Segment: Beach Tourism

What does francophone Africa need to know about developing marketing and operating resort hotels? Lessons to be learned on the opportunities and challenges for the leisure segment.

Faïçal Tadlaoui
Producer/Moderator/TV-Radio Host

In conversation with:

John Alarcon
Development Director Southern Europe & North Africa, Meliá Hotels International

Jalil Benabbes-Taarji
CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, Tikida Group

Rui Santos
Executive Director, Investment Promotion, Boa Vista and Maio Islands Tourism Development Corporation SA

12:45 - 13:15

Closing Keynote Interview

A one-on-one interview with leading entrepreneur and visionary Samih Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom Development Holding. Hear about his journey in developing some iconic destinations on a global scale, and his perspective on the future of the hospitality industry in Francophone Africa.

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director, Bench Events

In a one-on-one interview with:

Samih Sawiris
Chairman, Orascom Development Holding

13:30 - 14:30


Networking Lunch