Did you know that in the last decade, the Sub-Saharan hotel industry has grown phenomenally due to the entry of global brands? Experts say that in 2018, Sub-Saharan Africa’s occupancy growth will rise up to a staggering 60 per cent.

Taking advantage of this opportunity, IDE created a forum for buyers and suppliers of the African Hospitality Industry to collaborate and build relationships with prospective business leads.

The Annual Hotelier Summit, Africa – Sub Sahara is back this year to bring together investors, property owners, developers, suppliers and other important stakeholders of the hospitality landscape. The aim of the summit is to provide major buyers and sellers of the hospitality industry a platform to discuss projects that will help build a richer, better Sub-Saharan Africa. The summit is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya on the 17th and 18th of May, 2018 and the North edition summit will be at Casablanca, Morocco in October, 2018.

Who are our Buyers?
  • Hotel Owners
  • Hotel operators
  • Developers
  • Architects
  • Interior designers
  • Consultants (PMCs & MEPs)
Who are our Suppliers?
  • Bath & Sanitation
  • Doors, Windows & Furnishings
  • Environmental Products
  • Furniture & Furnishings
  • Hardware & Fittings
  • Kitchen Interiors
  • Lighting Solutions
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Roofing & Cladding
  • Safety, Security & Fire Protection
  • Tiles & Ceramics
  • Wood, Veneers & Floorings
What can you Expect?
  • img 100+ Delegates
  • img 80+ Suppliers
  • img 1500+ Face-to-Face Meetings
  • img 660 Minutes of Networking

what happens at the event ?

Keynote Presentation

Gain knowledge and insight from profound speeches and presentations by experts of the HSA industry


Panel Discussions

An interactive Q&A session comprising expert panellists and prequalified buyers and suppliers collaboratively addressing challenges faced in the industry



Garner the interest of leading investors and partners in the audience through a presentation to showcase your unique product or service


Lunch and Networking

Participate in effective networking activities designed to develop strategic relationships with key investors and prospective partners


One-on-One Meetings

A unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with decision makers of companies and the chance to seal the deal at the summit


Cocktail and Gala Dinner

The Cocktail and Gala Dinner will provide an opportunity to interact with the minds behind the efforts that make the HSA hospitality sector what it is today.



  • 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
    10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
    Mr. Frank Mustaff, Managing Director, Horwath HTL, Rwanda
    11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

    • East Africa- Anchor Economy of Sub-Sahara

    • Overcoming Persisting Trade Challenges in Tourism and Hospitality

    • Foreign Direct Investment in Tourism and Hospitality

    • New Brand Entrants into the Hospitality Sector

    • Alternate Source of Investments

    • Brown Field Investments Vs. Green Field Investments

    • Integrating Global Standards and Local Heritage into Sub Saharan Hospitality

    • Blueprint 2030

    1) Ms. Carmen Nibigira, Project Director, Horwath HTL ( Chairperson )

    2) Ms. Nura Lisa, CEO, Hotels Association of Tanzania

    3) Ms. Susan M. Ongalo, CEO, Kenyan Tourism Federation

    4) Ms. Susan Muhwezi, Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA and Trade,Chairperson of Uganda Hotel Owners Association

    5) Ms. Ariella Kageruka, Director General, Rwandan Chamber of Tourism Nazir Khamisa, CHO, Simba Corporations

    11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Leaving a Positive Footprint- The Africa of Tomorrow- Judy Kepher Gona, CEO, STTA, Kenya

    Judy is a sustainable tourism advocate, planner, advisor, assessor and trainer with over 17 years‟ experience in working with the tourism sector in Sub- Sahara.

    12:00 PM - 13:10 PM
    Meeting Brief | Pre-Scheduled Meetings 1-3
    13:10 PM - 14:30 PM
    Check In | Lunch
    14:30 PM - 14:40 PM
    Briefing | Delegates move into Hall of Africa Ballroom
    14:40 PM - 17:20 PM
    Pre-Scheduled Meetings 4-11
    17:20 PM - 17:40 PM
    Roundtables | Networking Sessions | Coffee Break
    17:40 PM - 17:55 PM
    Hospitality Amidst Terrorism | Mr. Justus Kisaulu

    Three years and two bombings later, he‟s still not about to turn back, “Terrorism is not an exclusively Somali threat. It‟s a global one. What we have to fear is fear itself when we‟ve done everything we can to protect ourselves. And I for one am not about to turn my back on my neighbour.” Says Mr. Kisaulu

    17:55 PM - 18:15 PM
    Hotel Designs of Tomorrow | Mr. Himank Goswami , Senior Manager Design and Technical Services for Emaar Hospitality

    An Architect, luxury hospitality design executive and a columnist, Himank Goswami is presently associated with Dubai based Emaar Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of the global property developer, Emaar properties

    18:15 PM - 18:30 PM
    Image of the Future, The Pinnacle Towers, Nairobi | Mr. Mahat Noor – Managing Director, White Lotus Development

    Mahat Noor is one of the founders of White Lotus Projects (Kenya) and is currently the Managing Director. Over the last 30 years he has worked across Africa and Middle East.

    He currently spearheads the Pinnacle Towers Project, Nairobi , soon to the tallest tower in the whole of Africa upon completion

    18:30 PM - 18:45 PM
    The Nascent Tourism Eldorado , Sub Saharan Africa | Mr. Lee Karuri, Owner, Resorts and Cities, Kenya

    Lee Karuri is a leading Architect, business leader and an entrepreneur who has passion for Kenya as well as Africa‟s economic and socio development. He is a founder Director of Dimensions Architects and Interior Designers, a leading firm of architects in East Africa

    18:45 PM - 19:00 PM
    The Changing Landscape Of Hospitality In Sub Saharan Africa | Nazir Khamisa CHO, Simba Corporations

    Simba Corporation is an integrated business group headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with controlling interests in such diversified fields as motor sales and service, hospitality, investment and financial services. As the Chief Hospitality Officer for Simba Corp, Mr. Nazir Khamisa shares his vision for the Sub- Saharan Hospitality Sector.

    19:00 PM - 19:30 PM
    Honorarium Grand 2018 – Recognizing Sub Saharan Hospitality Leaders and Social Visionaries

    The Honorarium Grand aims to appreciate and recognize some of the leading doyens from the hospitality sector in the Sub- Saharan hospitality sector. This would be the 3rd Edition of the Honorarium Grand in Africa

    19:30 PM Onwards
    Networking Gala | Cocktail Dinner

  • 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM
    09:45 AM - 09:50 AM
    Day 1 Recap | Day 2 Preview | IDE Presentation
    09:50 PM - 10:10 AM

    The "Nick Lusson professional training programs‟ reflect the values and lessons of the world's greatest businessmen and business philosophers. He has developed these programs based not only on extensive management experience, but also through participation in training world-class training programs.

    10:10 AM - 10:25 AM
    Emerging Business Opportunities for Foreign Manufacturers in Sub-Sahara- Mr. Johnny Muteba, CEO, Pan African Chamber of Commerce

    Johnny Muteba has a very special ability of connecting entrepreneurial vision, creative passion and innovative problem solving His enthusiasm and experience provide for compelling insights, interesting ideas and refreshing approaches which are so desperately needed today

    10:25 AM - 10:40 AM
    Unique Designs of Coastal Hotels | Titus Kipsang, Managing Director, Symbion

    Titus Kipsang has over 20 years‟ experience in both the design and management of projects. Titus currently works as Executive Director managing Symbion Mombasa office in Kenya. In this role, he has successfully handled a variety of projects in the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors.

    10:40 AM -13:40 PM
    Pre-scheduled Face to Face Meetings 12-20
    13:40 PM -13:45 PM
    Conclusion and Closure
    13:45 PM -14:45 PM


Nairobi is admirably called as the safari capital of Africa and is also famous for its bustling nightlife. It receives tremendous attention from tourists year on year and hence is the right place for our patrons to converge and bring potential collaborations to life.


There’s a lot going well in the hospitality sector of Sub-Saharan Africa. Through our initiative, be a part of the Futuristic Hospitality industry of the region. Contact us today!


Dinesh Samal
  • Dinesh@ide-global.com


Subish George Elias
  • Elias@ide-global.com


  • Shri@ide-global.com


Sangeetha Srikrishna
  • Sangeetha@ide-global.com