speakers

2022 speakers

The event will host over thirty (30) world-renowned global industry experts, speakers, business leaders, ministers, policy makers, and over three hundred (300) delegates from over thirty (30) countries. These will include:

H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili

H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili

Secretary General, UNWTO, Spain

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng

Minister of Environment & Tourism, Botswana

Honourable Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal

Mohammed Awal - Minister, Tourism, Arts And Culture, Ghana

Hon. Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu

Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism & Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe

Elcia Grandcourt

elcia grandcourt

Director, Africa Department UNWTO, Spain

Hon. Heather Mwiza Sibungo

Deputy Minister, Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

Senthil Gopinath

CEO - International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Netherlands

Moseketsi Mpeta

Head of Tourism & Services – Industrial Development Corporation, (IDC), South Africa

Dr. Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge, UK

Ms. Tshoganetso Carl-Ponoesele

Acting CEO, Botswana Tourism Organization

Kwakye Donkor

CEO, Africa Tourism Partners, South Africa

Emily Mburu-Ndoria

Director, Trade in Services, AfCFTA Secretariat, Ghana

Linda Pereira

Managing Director, CPL Events, Portugal

Aaron Munetsi

CEO, Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Graeme Watson

Founder and Director Kusa Africa Travel Services (Pty) Ltd, UK

Alex Mabunda

Founder and Group CEO, Ntiyiso Consulting Group, South Africa

Winnie Muchanyuka

CEO,
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Jeanette Molot

Heads of Global Sales Office - Marriott International

Monika Iuel

Chief Destination Marketing Officer, Wesgro, South Africa

Esmaré Steinhöfel

Regional Director, Africa - International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), South Africa

Akwasi Obeng-Adjei

Director of Group Internal Audit: Investment Management and Insurance - Absa Bank, South Africa

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder – AviaDev, UK

Bonita Mutoni

Founder, Uber Luxe Safaris, Rwanda

John Friel

Country Manager, Travelstart, South Africa

Desire Loumou

Desire Loumou

Senior Trade Advisor, AfCFTA, Ghana

Shingai George

Data Analyst and Insights Expert, FowardKeys, Spain

Wayne Godwin

Senior Vice President, JLL East Africa & Indian Ocean and Hotels & Hospitality SSA, Kenya

Linda Balme

Commercial Manager, Travelstart & Innovation City, South Africa

Sebulon Chiliho Chicalu

Director of Tourism and Gaming in the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

Miller Matola

CEO, Millvest, South Africa

Innocent Janna Kaliati

Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Dr Geoffrey Manyara

Dr Geoffrey manyara

Economic Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Rwanda

Adonijah Ndege

Business Journalist - Business Daily, Kenya

Lee-Anne Bac

Lee-Anne Bac

Director, BDO Advisory Services, South Africa

Lee Zama

Directives Tourism Advisory, South Africa

Katrina Dawson

Vice President, Business Development, Destinations, ForwardKeys, UK

Christelle Grohmann

Christelle Grohmann

Director, BDO, South Africa

Prof Marina Novelli (PhD)

Professor of Tourism and International Development, University of Brighton, UK

Yasmine Fofana

Marketing and Communication Professional, Côte d’Ivoire

Judy Kepher-Gona

Executive Director - Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda (STTA), Kenya

Scott Blount

Founder TripClip,
South Africa

Givemore Chidzidzi

COO - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Natalia Bayona

Director of the Innovation, Education and Investments Department at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Spain

Professor Dimitrios Bhualis

Strategic Management and Marketing Expert – Bournemouth University Business School, UK

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

CEO - Tourism Business Council
of South Africa

Nejc Jus

Head of Research - World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and is based in London

Nicholas Kalyango

CEO – Uganda Tourism Association of Travel Agents (TUGATA)

Bokani Mathape

Founder and President – Women in Tourism Botswana

Dr. PPS Sifolo

Senior Lecturer - Department of Tourism Management, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Hando Sinisalu

Founder and CEO, Best Marketing & Marketing Parrot, Estonia

Didier Scaillet

CEO - Site and the SITE Foundation, Belgium

Dr. Bao Rasebolai Mosinyi

CEO - Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

Fred Odek

Managing Director - Silver Africa Tours and Safaris Ltd, Kenya

Yoadan Tilahun

Founder and CEO, Flawless Events, Ethiopia

York Zucchi

Investor -The StartUp Tribe, Switzerland

Nkululeko Ndumiso Nkosi

Co-Founder and COO - Saturated Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Naledi Khabo

CEO - Africa Tourism Association, South Africa

Malebogo Modise

Founder and Director - MOd Brands, Botswana

Abreham Yohannes

Founder and Director - One Love Ethiopia Tours

Samuel Makuza

Founder and Director - Aviajoin Limited

Brad Glenn

Managing Director - The Inside Edge, South Africa

Delphin ILunga

Director - Furaha Tours & Safaris CC, Namibia

Emmanuel Frimpong

Tourism Analyst, a Consultant and the CEO of Pishon Consult

Francis Doku

General Manager - 3 Group, Responsible for TV3 and 3 FM, Ghana

Linda Mutesi

Tourism Promotion Manager - Rwanda Development Board

Lovemore Machipisa

Managing Director - Africa Travel Tours

Mokwena Morulane

Managing Director - Cresta Marakanelo Ltd.

Dr. Kwesi Eyison

Vice President - Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF)

Suzan M. Ongalo

Chief Executive Officer - Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF)

Sirili Ako

CEO - Tanzania Association of Tour Operator (TATO)

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H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili

H.E. Zurab Pololikashvili

Secretary General Of The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili is Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) since 1 January 2018 after being elected by the 22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly. He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Spain, the Principality of Andorra, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Kingdom of Morocco and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) up to December 2017.

Between 2009 and 2010, he was Minister of Economic Development of Georgia.As a Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, Mr Pololikashvili was responsible for overseeing the country’s long-term fiscal growth strategies, advancing foreign trade and investment policy initiatives as well as for promoting the development of the tourism, infrastructure and transportation sectors. He was instrumental in launching an innovative policy for the development of tourism in Georgia, prioritizing the sphere on both the government and private sector agendas. During Mr Pololikashvili’s tenure as Minister of Economic Development, through key policy reforms, marketing activities, improvement of infrastructure and visa liberalization initiatives, Georgia nearly doubled the number of international tourist arrivals, from 1.5 million (2009) to exceeding the 2.8 million mark by 2011. Those reforms paved the way for sustainable tourism practices in Georgia and poverty alleviation initiatives, placing Georgia among the top tourism destinations in the region. Minister Pololikashvili successfully led the economic liberalization processes, introducing supportive policies for SMEs, and incentive programmes to attract foreign investment for the development of hard and soft infrastructure.

2006 – 2009 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of Spain.

2005 – 2006 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In this capacity as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, he supervised the departments for administrative, budgetary, financial and consular affairs, as well as the Department for Human Resources Management. Mr. Pololikashvili was responsible for ushering in a new phase of more liberal and secure visa regimes, facilitation of processes to ease border crossing procedures, and deepening relations with various international organizations, including UNWTO.

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng

Minister of Environment & Tourism, Botswana

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng, is the Minister of Environment & Tourism. She has brought a new impetus to the tourism industry of Botswana by revising the tourism policy so as to enhance the participation of the country’s citizens in the tourism industry and to diversify the tourism products away from the traditional wildlife and wilderness to other products such as heritage & cultural tourism and increasing product diversification across the country. She has been instrumental in the development and adoption of the Botswana’s first Climate Change Policy and Strategy.

She has devised strategies to accelerate the recovery of Botswana tourism industry from the negative impact of COVID 19 through networking with different partners so as to achieve sustained growth while improving sustainable conservation practices and positioning Botswana as a tourism and investment regional hub.

Hon. Kereng efforts has earned due recognition and has been acknowledged as one of Africa’s Tourism Board Key Leaders in Africa.

She has also been active on the social front since 1995. She held until 2001 the post of Chief of Surveys and Follow ups of the Rural Industries Innovation Center, planning and managing nation-wide sociological research projects to improve industrial and farming activities.

Furthermore, she has also been a Project Officer for Community Development of the Action for Economic Empowerment Trust, a local partner of the US African Development Foundation (ADF), working closely with rural communities to identify, plan and manage community ecotourism projects.

Her grassroots knowledge of the Botswana’s society led the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to appoint her as Child Protection Officer to drive the national programme on orphan care and child services in collaboration with NGOs and CBOs. She was also instrumental in the development of the Children’s Act of 2009.

Hon. Kereng received an award for being one of Africa’s Tourism Board (ATB)’s Key Leader in Africa at the first East African Regional Tourism Expo on the 9 October 2021. The award recognizes her excellence in driving development of sound tourism recovery strategies. Such strategies include the review of tourism regulations, the Tourism Policy, development of climate change and response and integrated waste management Policy amongst the few.

Furthermore, she was recently recognized through the Pyne Awards Africa 2022 for outstanding contribution to community tourism development in Botswana and Africa by advancing priorities that are people centric in light of the health and economic setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As such communities have become core actors in the value chains created under the Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) programme

Hon. Philda Nani Kereng holds a B.A. in Public Administration and Sociology as well as a Masters in Sociology of Development (UK).
In parallel to her State responsibilities, she is an associate pastor in a local church and often acts as counselor and life coach for families, women and young people.

Honourable Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ghana

Honourable Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal is currently Ghana’s Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Dr. Mohammed Awal trained and worked as a journalist and a marketer for several years with Ghana’s premier newspaper and media house the Graphic Communications Group Limited, He joined the Graphic Communications Group as a reporter, page editor, advertising manager, general manager, and finally led the company as its Chief Executive Officer.

In the area of entrepreneurship, Dr. Mohammed Awal once led the affairs of Chase Petroleum Corporation, a downstream oil and gas company that operates in Ghana. He also founded and led Marble Communications Group Limited, a private media and publishing house in Ghana as its Chief Executive Officer. Also, as an entrepreneurial expert, Dr. Mohammed Awal had the occasion to offer his services as a consultant in the areas of business strategy, management, marketing, and communications, offering his services to Diplomatic Missions, Development partners as well as state institutions.

Aside from his current political portfolio as Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Awal served as the Minister for Business Development between January 2017 and February 2021. He is the first and the only person to have served his country Ghana under that Ministry. He is widely credited for developing an Entrepreneurship Policy for Ghana whilst serving in that capacity. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Mohammed Awal is the founder and owner of a number of companies and is a strong advocate for linking classrooms to real-world experiences, and therefore has consistently maintained the need to “bring the classroom into industry, and industry into the classroom” towards creating economic transformation for Ghana and Africa at large.

Dr. Mohammed Awal is an ineluctable pillar in the Government of Ghana and has represented the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as his Special Envoy, representing him on special assignments which include special Presidential and Diplomatic missions to the United States of America, United Kingdom, India, Turkey, Germany, France, Hungary, China, Morocco, Iran, Italy, Central African Republic, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Qatar and Portugal and Guinea Bissau and on missions to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

 

Dr. Mohammed Awal has copped numerous awards and recognitions. In 2019, he was adjudged ‘the Most Business-Oriented Minister’ of Africa by the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). He was also named ‘the Best Performing Minister’ and the ‘Most Outstanding Minister in Ghana’ for 2018 and 2019 respectively by the Ghana Entrepreneur and Corporate Executive Awards. In 2009, the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) awarded Dr. Mohammed Awal as ‘Ghana’s Marketing Man of the Year’, and impressively also, declared him ‘the Most Respected Chief Executive Officer’ of the country in the same year. He was also awarded by The Mediterranean Tourism Foundation for Innovative Tourism.

 

Dr. Mohammed Awal holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in succession planning and business competitiveness from the Swiss Business School and three master’s degrees, one in Applied Business Research from the Swiss Business School, Switzerland, an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon and a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

Dr. Mohammed Awal believes in continuous professional and personal education and participates in study and training opportunities including courses in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School, USA, and oil production and management at Oxford, United Kingdom.

 

As a trailblazer in the entrepreneurial and political landscape in Africa, Dr. Mohammed Awal was the brainchild behind the flagship project in the tourism sector, dubbed ‘Destination Ghana’, which was launched by the President of the Republic of Ghana H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in April 2022 in London, United Kingdom.


Under Dr. Mohammed Awal’s leadership, Ghana seeks to position herself as the most preferred tourist destination in Africa and Ghana as the ‘Centre of the World’. This initiative along with the aforementioned achievements attest palpably to Dr. Mohammed Awal’s unwavering commitment as a business and political leader who has the vision to see the improvement of the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem in Ghana and Africa through trade and investment, tourism, arts, and culture.

 

 

 

Hon. Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu

Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism & Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe

He is one of the youngest Ministers’ in President, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa’s new Cabinet. He is a Member of Parliament for Bulilima East Constituency, Matabeleland South Province. He is also the Chairman of ZANU PF Matabeleland South Province. He is a former Minister of Industry and Commerce. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Investment and currently studying for a Master of Commerce (MCom) in Development Finance.

He is a results oriented leader and has taken great strides towards the achievement of a US$5 Billion Tourism Economy by 2025, which is a centerpiece of the drive towards an upper middle income economy by 2030.
He worked tirelessly towards the creation of a favorable environment for the tourism industry during the peak of the Covid-19 through policy interventions and relaxation of stringent measures brought about by the Covid-19
pandemic.

Elcia Grandcourt

Elcia Grandcourt

Regional Director for Africa / UNWTO

Originally from the Seychelles, Elcia Grandcourt joined the World Tourism Organisation, a United Nations specialised Agency for Tourism in 2013 as Director, of the Regional Department for Africa. Elcia began her tourism career studying Hotel Management in Singapore at the Singapore Hotel Association and Education Centre (SHATEC). Thereafter, she occupied various positions in operations, reservations and sales mainly in hotels, including leading international brands such as Le Meridien and Hilton Worldwide Resorts. She was part of the rebranding team when Hilton Worldwide Resorts took over the management of the then Northolme hotel in Seychelles. She worked with the Seychelles national airline and destination management companies before joining the public sector to Seychelles Tourism Board as deputy CEO before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer, a position she occupied prior to joining UNWTO. Passionate about tourism, Elcia is honoured to be able to contribute towards sustainable tourism development in Africa.

Elcia also holds a Master in Dynamics of Cooperation, Conflicts and Negotiation in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Hon. Heather Mwiza Sibungo

Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism

Kongola Pioneer Band (1989); Member: Interim Swapo Party Youth League Committee (1993); Branch Executive Member of NANSO, St Kizito College (1992); Student Representative Council Chairperson, St Kizito College (1993-1995); Regional Executive Member of Representative SPYL (1994); Regional Chairperson, Caprivi Regional Youth Forum (1994); Board Member of National Youth Council (2001-2010); Regional Pioneer Representative, SPYL (2001-2007); District Secretary: Katima Urban SPYL (2007 to date); Regional Protocol Chairperson Swapo Party (2012 to date); Member of Local Authority Tender Board of Katima Mulilo Town Council (2011- 2014); Administrative Officer: Ministry of Education, Zambezi Region (1996-2013); Acting Accountant:

Ministry of Education, Zambezi Region (2013-2015)

Senthil Gopinath

Chief Executive Officer – ICCA

Senthil has over 20 years’ experience in the meetings, association and leisure industry. He has held wide spectrum of positions in the meetings industry. Such as CEO of Convention Bureau of Sri Lanka, Vice President of Kuoni. He moved to Dubai in 2006 and has been working for Congress Solutions International, the Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) arm of Emirates Group, eventually holding responsibility for wide ranging business development, sales and operations functions for some of the largest international meetings held in the UAE and the Region.

A passionate strategist. Being creative and adaptable to the constantly changing environment are his key strengths. Always aims at professionalism and focuses on achieving the organizational objectives and financial goals

Academically Senthil holds a European Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration (UK). Currently reading for PHD. Senthil has been working with the global association and business tourism fraternity for more than two decades and has in depth knowledge on global association and business tourism segment development. At present Senthil is the CEO of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – Global Meetings Industry Association headquartered in Netherlands. Winner of Global Business Events Strategist of the year awarded by PCMA – USA.

ICCA -the International Congress and Convention Association- is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.
ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,150-member companies and organizations in over 100 countries worldwide. ICCA specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

 
 

Moseketsi Mpeta

Moseketsi is Head of Tourism & Services the Industrial Development Corporation

Moseketsi is Head of Tourism & Services the Industrial Development Corporation She has deep knowledge and passion for development finance and has over the many years at IDC, developed passion for the tourism industry and has facilitated funding and investments to many establishments both within and outside the South Africa.

Dr. Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge, UK

Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry.

His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Business Events (https://www.routledge.com/Business-Events/Davidson/p/book/9781138735767).

He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on themes linked to business events, in particular to present the results of his ongoing research into conference industry trends. Rob also teaches as a Visiting Professor in four European universities, where he educates and inspires Events Management and Tourism Management students every year.

In 2015, he was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Greenwich for his thesis, entitled ‘Technological and Demographic Factors as Agents of Change in the Development of Business Events’.

In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards.In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona.

Ms. Tshoganetso Carl-Ponoesele

ACEO BTO

Ms TSHOGANETSO CARL-PONOESELE is the Acting Chief Executive Officer – Botswana Tourism Organisation. Ms. Carl is currently leading the BTO team in resuscitating the Botswana’s tourism product’ source markets and penetrating the new markets; optimising the tourism value chain; as well as harnessing opportunities to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector from the ramifications of COVID-19.

Kwakye Donkor

Kwakye Donkor

CEO / Africa Tourism Partners

Kwakye Donkor is the CEO of Africa Tourism Partners (ATP), a Pan African tourism advisory firm and a UNWTO award-winning firm. He is a renowned Pan-African strategist and expert in areas of tourism development, strategic and destination marketing, destination brand management and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition/Events). He is a recognised and highly respected personality in Africa tourism space, and speaks at global conferences, seminars and think tank fora. 

Kwakye has demonstrated expertise in destination master planning as well as strategy formulation and execution, business transactional advisory and leadership development worldwide across education, finance, and hotel development. His expertise and experience have earned him the privilege to regularly serve on expert panels and think tank fora facilitated by international organizations including UNWTO, AU, SADC, The World Bank Group, GIZ, BBC, CNBC Africa, Channel Africa, ENCA, SABC and others across Africa.

He is the convener of the annual Africa Tourism Leadership Forum & Awards, Africa MICE Masterclass, Africa Youth in Tourism Summit and Africa Women in Tourism Summit series.

Emily Mburu-Ndoria

irector of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade at the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, based in Accra, Ghana.

Ms. Emily Mburu-Ndoria, is the Director of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade at the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, based in Accra, Ghana. She was formally the Head of Trade in Services Department at the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. She has worked extensively as an independent consultant providing expertise in the area of trade in services in Eastern and Southern Africa through the provision of analytical and training services. She has worked in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariats and been instrumental in assisting countries in Eastern and Southern Africa in developing their negotiating strategy and position for the WTO, EPA, COMESA, EAC and SADC, particularly on issues related to trade in services.

Previously, Ms. Mburu-Ndoria was a trade policy expert at UNCTAD working with the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch in the Division on Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities. She has a lot of working experience on assisting African countries in the negotiations at the multilateral and regional levels, and broadly on issues related to trade in services, investment and competition policy.

Furthermore, she has participated in several studies relating to trade negotiations and trade in services as well as participated in many international, regional, national meetings, seminars and workshops on international trade and development. Ms. Mburu-Ndoria holds a Master of Commerce in Management Practice, specializing in Trade Law & Policy from the University of Cape Town, an MBA from Webster University in Geneva and a Bachelor Honours degree in Economics and Mathematics from Egerton University, Kenya.

Linda Pereira

Linda Pereira

Executive Director / CPL Events

Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In additionto her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meeting Industry, she is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, consultant, strategic communication expert, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speakerin over 149 countries on all continents.
She is an expert in communication and corporate diplomacy, and has a vast experience in cross-cultural communication strategies, localisation, and public speakingand as a master of ceremonies.
She has worked on the major events which marked the last 30 years of modern history, from World EXPOs, to Football and Sports Championships, various EU Presidencies and major political events. She is also an invited lecturer at five different international Universities where she lectures strategic meetings management and corporate diplomacy and protocol.
She is absolutely passionate about associations and sits on a variety of international association boards herself. Linda is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations. She was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and has received various international education awards as well as the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for Social Responsibility initiatives.
She has also been voted business woman of the year for three consecutive years. She sits on various Advisory Boards, and Education Committees and presides over three- She is also the Chair of the Association World Congress for 2022. She was president of the Global Council for Women in Leadership for two mandates. She is currently special advisor to the Minister for the Economy of Cape Verde and sits on the Advisory Council for the Leader Magazine and the Venues of Excellence Certification Board. She also sits on the Board of The Portugal-India and Portugal-Holland Chambers of Commerce. She presides the Crossroads platform focused on up-scaling and attracting investment for start-up businesses. She sits on the Portugal Chapter of Women In Tech, a Global Association. She is a business development consultant to the MICE business sector in Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macau, Georgia, Ghana and Cape Verde.
She is currently a member of the Women’s Africa PCO Alliance. In 2021 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the MICE Industry. Linda has recently been elected one of the Global 100 women leaders.
She considers her two daughters as her greatest achievement.

Aaron Munetsi

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Munetsi currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at AASA. Prior to joining AASA, he held several commercial management positions at South African Airways, including Regional Manager for Africa and the Middle East and as its Acting Chief Commercial Officer. For 10 years, he served on the board of Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Business, and after leaving SAA in 2018 he joined the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) for a stint as its Director: Government, Legal and Industry Affairs. For the past year he has been working as an aeropolitical and business strategy advisor to airlines.

Aaron holds diplomas and certificates in marketing, strategic management and leadership from the University of Zimbabwe, University of Witwatersrand Graduate Business School and the Gordon Institute for Business Studies.

Graeme Watson

Founder of Kusa Global

Graeme Watson is the Founder of Kusa Global which includes Kusa Connect, a UK representation company for international tourism companies looking for an advantage in the UK market, and Kusa Africa Travel Services, a Destination Management Company (DMC) for Southern and East Africa.

Graeme has sat on the Board of Directors of SATSA and was a member and Chapter Chair of the KZN Chapter of SATSA. Graeme is a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism as well as a member of the Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom. Graeme has lived and worked in tourism in the UK, USA and South Africa

Alex Mabunda

Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Ntiyiso Consulting Group

Alex Mabunda is the Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Ntiyiso Consulting Group, an authentically African and Globally wired management consulting firm, whose purpose is to “empower institutions that enable Africa’s development”.

Alex leads the development and implementation of the business strategy for the Group. He has over 22 years of Industrialisation and Management Consulting experience, with skills in Feasibility Studies, IT Strategy, Strategic Management, Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning and Thought Leadership.

Before spending eight years with a multinational FMCG company as an IT Business Analyst, Alex graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand. Alex has also completed the Seed Transformation Program Certificate with the University of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Alex is a thought leader and regular contributor on topical issues pertaining industrialisation and local government and is a social activist with membership of such social cohesion structures as Rixaka Heritage Forum. He also supports several community development initiatives in his home village of Bungeni in Limpopo province.

Winnie Muchanyuka

CEO,
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Ms. Ndazovawepi Winnet Muchanyuka, is the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). The Authority is one of the parastatal organisations falling under the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority is the National Tourism Organisation (NTO) of the Republic of Zimbabwe. 

 

Ms. Muchanyuka is responsible for the day to day running of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and leads a team of 140 members to preside over one of the most strategic economic sectors of the country.

 

She is immediate past President of the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe and served in that office from 2018 to 2021.

She previously served as a Vice President of the Council since 2016, and chaired the Board of Airline Representatives, a constituent association under the TBCZ umbrella. She is currently studying PhD in Tourism Management with the University of Pretoria.  She is a holder of an MSc Tourism and Hospitality Management Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and an MBA with the University of Gloucestershire (UK). Winnie is an aviation specialist having served airline businesses (Air Zimbabwe, Swiss Air, Australian Airlines, Sabena Airways and South African Airways) in the commercial and airport operations space for over 30years.

She has served the Aviation and Tourism Industry as Chairperson of IATA Local Carrier Advisory Group. She has a keen interest in sustainable development of tourism in Africa with a special emphasis on access and connectivity across the continent.

Socially, Winnie, is a mother of 2 young and gorgeous gentlemen, Hilton who is 30 and Farai who is 27. She loves rugby, travelling and entertaining. She enjoys time spent with women, networking, mentoring and just sharing life. The social and spiritual development is women is close to her heart and she cherishes any opportunity to propel another woman forward. A Seventh Day Adventist by faith, God is at the centre of her life.

Jeanette Molot

Heads of Global Sales Office - Marriott International

Jeanette Heads up the Global Sales Office for Marriott International for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, focusing on driving commercial strategy for the biggest hospitality company in the world. Combine entrepreneurial drive with business-management skills and an in-depth understanding of the African continent sums up Jeanette. Doing business in over 18 African Countries. Creating unconventional go to global sales and marketing strategies across the globe. Jeanette is an award winning strategist and passionate about her work in Africa. Speaking on her favorite theory  “There is no global without Africa” that has seen her continuously represent the continent in some of the most biggest platforms and markets around the world.

Monika Iuel

Chief Destination Marketing Officer, Wesgro

Monika has a long-standing passion for Southern African tourism, a deep knowledge of the international marketplace, and strong industry relationships at home and abroad. She has extensive experience in the industry, spending the first half of her career in the inbound tourism industry, including 13 years at Tourvest Destination Management.

 

Monika then spent 4 years at South African Tourism, initially as Regional Director for the Americas and ultimately as General Manager International Marketing, supporting all international SA Tourism offices in Europe, Americas and Australasia. Returning once again to the private sector, Monika served for 5 years as CEO of Private Safaris, a Destination Management Company operating from offices in Cape Town and Windhoek. At the helm, she successfully steered the business to its new owners, Fairfax Financial Holdings (based in Toronto) in 2017, and together with her team, led the resultant reinvention of the business.

 

Deepening her love for her country and ready to promote the Western Cape province to the world, in March 2021 Monika joined and accepted her role as Chief Destination Marketing Officer at Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade, Investment and Film Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, where she leads an inspiring team of place marketers and aims to make the region the top choice in Africa for tourism or business.

Esmare Steinhofel

Esmare Steinhofel

Director / ICCA Africa

Esmaré currently fulfils the role of Regional Director for Africa for the International Congress and Convention Association.  Her key focus is to deliver ICCA services, products and events, for the recruitment and retention of members and for maintaining and enhancing ICCA’s reputation and awareness amongst target markets. 

She has extensive experience in the international marketing and sales arena. Before joining ICCA, she managed the International Sales portfolio at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). 

Prior to her joining the CTICC she worked at Arabella Starwood South Africa, promoting the 5* Westin Cape Town and the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa.   She was also part of the opening team that started the Cape Town Convention Bureau where she fulfilled the role of promoting Cape Town to the meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition industry with a focus on Association Marketing and Research.

Esmaré is currently a member of SAACI, the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry, and has served on the SAACI National Board as Venues Forum Chair as is currently a Board member of the SAACI Western Cape Chapter.  She also serves on the Board of the African Society of Association Executives.

She has been awarded the SAACI Fellowship Award in 2017 as well as the Top 40 Women in MICE in both 2017 and 2015. 

Akwasi Obeng-Adjei

Director of Group Internal Audit: Investment Management and Insurance at Absa Bank South Africa

He is the Director of Group Internal Audit: Investment Management and Insurance at Absa Bank South Africa and an academic with a vested interest in the Futures as a discipline. He has presented on this subject matter at several conferences and organisations and has received numerous accolades. He is a PhD Candidate (Wits) and holds an MBA (Stellenbosch), MCOM (Wits), BSc Hons Management (UJ), BSc IT & Mathematics qualifications.

Jon Howell

CEO and Founder of AviaDev, a division of the Bench

Jon Howell is the CEO and Founder of AviaDev, a division of the Bench. AviaDev is a content platform and annual route planning conference for African aviation

Since inception in 2015, AviaDev Africa is now established as the largest event of its kind on the continent having been held in Kigali 2016 and 2017 and then Cape Town in 2018 and 2019 and most recently in June 2022.

Jon established AviaDev Insight Africa, the only podcast dedicated to African aviation in 2018. To date, the podcast has over 65,000 listeners in 185 countries globally and over 200 episodes to its name.

Jon is passionate about empowering the next generation of aviators. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Coventry University in March 2022 and regularly delivers lectures to Undergraduate and postgraduate aviation management students.

AviaDev has also delivered multiple live and virtual outreach events across the African continent.

Jon was also appointed a Global Ambassador for Gorilla Conservation for his fundraising efforts which include climbing the three largest mountains in the UK in a single weekend wearing a gorilla suit.

Bonita Mutoni

founder of Uber Luxe Safaris

Bonita Mutoni is the founder of Uber Luxe Safaris (ULS), one of Rwanda’s ultimate authentic safari and destination experience management businesses. ULS is a boutique luxury safari company that offers bespoke tours and travel packages within the Eastern African region, offering the highest level of bespoke services to discerning travelers. In addition to magnificent savannah excursions, migration views in the Serengeti, or Maasai Mara, ULS emphasizes tailoring experiences that focus on nature while simultaneously supporting sustainable tourism, such as the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

Bonita served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for 7 years for both of the One&Only resorts in Rwanda-Gorillas Nest and Nyungwe House. One&Only, which is a part of the Kerzer group, is a collection of opulent resorts located in breathtaking settings all around the world.

For the last 5 years, she has been the Chairperson of the Rwanda Tours and Travel Association, which is Rwanda’s tourism board that has a mission to uphold ethical business practices among members while ensuring sustainable development of the tourism industry in Rwanda. She is on the board of the Rwanda Association of Professional Conference Organizers.

She is also the co-founder and managing partner for Ikaze PCO, an experience-focused and customer-centric company, targeting inbound tourism and, in particular, MICE tourism, with a strong focus on conference and incentive travel to Rwanda. Ikaze PCO has curated high-profile events such as CHOGM street festival 2022, CHOGM cricket festival, and CHOGM Networking Golf Tournament; evening parties for BAL; and a range of professional conferences and expos such as the African Tourism Leadership Forum and the East African Wedding Show.

Upon becoming the co-founder of Global Events Africa, which focuses on bringing major sports events to the Continent, Bonita was a part of the team that acquired the license to host the first ever IRONMAN 70.3 in East Africa this coming August. The extreme multi-discipline event known as the Ironman involves swimming, cycling, and running a significant amount of distance in one day. Athletes are pushed to the limit during an Ironman Triathlon, altering ideas of what the human body is capable of.

Bonita also serves as a board member of the East African Tourism Platform. The East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) is the private sector body for tourism in East Africa, working towards promoting the interest and participation of the private sector in the East African Community (EAC) integration process.

John Friel

Country Manager, Travelstart, South Africa

John Friel has a career spanning 26 Years in the Travel industry in both the Retail, Online and Airline vertices, 15 of these 26 years in Africa, having senior roles within the continent in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania at Emirates Airline, Comair Limited (British Airways & kulula.com) and Etihad Airways with roles in Sales, Marketing, Airline Revenue Management, Pricing, Airline Ancillary Revenue and Fleet Planning  

John ran Etihad airlines in South & East Africa between June 2014 and August 2019 where he was responsible for the Airlines Operation and Commercial performance. He moved to Travelstart in 2019 as chief intergration officer to ensure the seamless intergration of the Club Travel business units into the Travelstart Group.

Now, as Country Manager of Travelstart in South Africa, John drive’s the Commercial Strategy of the largest OTA in Africa with responsibilities that include Sales, Marketing, Media, Operations/Customer Service & online customer experience of the companies largest business

Desire Loumou

Desire Loumou

Senior Trade Advisor on Trade in Services , AfCFTA Secretariat, Ghana

Senior International Trade Expert, with high specialised knowledge of the multilateral trading system and particularly Trade in Services, Intellectual Property and Environment Law. He cumulates an extensive experience in trade negotiations and policies developed in various capacities with international organisations, regional economic communities, national governments and with the private sector. Lawyer and Patent and Trademark Attorney, he is currently Senior Trade Advisor on Trade in Services at the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra, Ghana. He is a key member of the Team developing, not only, the Trade in Services continental single market, but also the continental intellectual property area under the AfCFTA.

Shingai George

Data Analyst/Insights Expert

As a ForwardKeys Insights Expert, Shingai George leverages ForwardKeys data to provide travel industry stakeholders with invaluable insights on market trends. His diverse professional background combines expertise in IT systems and database administration with a decade’s experience in aviation safety, airline sales and flight and airport operations.

Passionate about aviation, Shingai is a trusted voice in the sector: in addition to speaking at industry events and contributing articles to various publications, he is a member of the General Aviation Safety Strategy Focus Group in his native South Africa. Furthermore, as an official Contributor to Future Africa Forum, he lends his expertise to the think tank in the areas of infrastructure and development.

Wayne Godwin

Senior Vice President, JLL East Africa & Indian Ocean and Hotels & Hospitality SSA, Kenya

As Head of East Africa & Indian Ocean and Senior Vice President of JLL’s  Hotels & Hospitality SSA, Wayne focuses on delivering strategic advisory services to local, regional, and global clients across Sub-Saharan Africa. Wayne has over 13 years of experience in the hospitality real estate industry. His broad range of experience includes hotel feasibility assignments, commercial due diligence for hospitality platforms and portfolios, hotel asset management and operator selection and management contract negotiations. Wayne joined the team at JLL in 2015, before which he was a Senior Consultant with a regional hotel and tourism consulting firm. Other previous roles include analyst at JSE listed Hospitality Property Fund and Consultant at hospitality and tourism advisory firms. Wayne has a BA in Tourism Development from the University of Johannesburg, a PDM from WITS Business School, and an MSc in Property Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Sebulon Chiliho Chicalu

Director of Tourism and Gaming in the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism.

Business Strategist, Travel and Tourism Industry Expert, Product innovation and development Expert, Presenter, Negotiator, Speaker, Moderator, GALLUP Certified Strengths & Talent Development Coach, Mentor and Employee Engagement Expert. His talent DNA are Responsibility, Strategic, Futuristic, Focus, Self – Assurance.

He is a Director of Tourism and Gaming in the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism. He has over the years developed and launched many hospitality, tourism services & products and events. He has vast executive management and Board experience having worked as a Senior Manager and Board of Director in the travel, tourism, hospitality sector and medical fund industries in both private and public sector over the past 25 years.

 He is experienced in pragmatic strategic and tactical business management in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry, strategic human capital, operations management, strategic marketing, product innovation and development, tactical corporate leadership, policy design & development, strategy formulation & implementation, employee relations and engagement, strength coaching and talent development, etc. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MsM), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Diploma in Marketing Management. He is certified in Corporate Governance and Certified GALLUP Clifton-Strengths Coach.

Miller Matola

Miller Matola

CEO / Milllvest

Miller has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of the North, Miller Matola began his career as a lecturer at Vista University where he worked for four years. During this time, he obtained a BA Honours (Cum Laude) from the University of Potchefstroom. Thereafter he took on a project management course whilst working as a Project Manager at Technikon in South Africa. He was then awarded a scholarship by the United States Agency, for International development, to travel to the US amongst others as part of the USAID South Africa- Namibia Institute. Upon his return to South Africa in 1996, Miller was assigned to design a tourism course, which fueled his interest in the tourism sector. Since then he has worked with various organizations in Executive positions in the tourism and hospitality industry, including working with the Department of Tourism, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife KZN, Tourism Grading Council of SA, Durban Chamber of Commerce and the International Convention Center Durban, amongst others.

Innocent Janna Kaliati

Sustainable Tourism Consultant based in Blantyre, Malawi.

Innocent is a Sustainable Tourism Consultant based in Blantyre, Malawi. He is the current Executive Director of Malawi Tourism Council and Managing Director of Orbis Destination Management Company, specialising in sustainable, educational, philanthropic and experiential group travel to Malawi.

Innocent has 17 years of experience in the tourism industry, having worked in hospitality management for 9 years before switching to travel sector of the industry. Responsible tourism has always been at the heart of his experience and therefore he works to create unique African experiences while developing sustainable community development partnerships with the rest of the world. Innocent is also pioneering African Safaris that are linked to the UN SDGs.

With the wide tourism experience that Innocent has, he uniquely sits at the top of the tourism private sector agenda in his role at the Malawi Tourism Council to drive forward and lead in the conversation to do tourism differently in Malawi, and Africa at large.

Dr Geoffrey Manyara

Dr Geoffrey Manyara

UNECA

Dr Geoffrey Manyara is currently an Economic Affairs Officer in charge of tourism for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, having previously worked as a Senior Regional Tourism Advisor for the organisation. Dr Manyara has also worked for a number of years as a tourism researcher at the University of Wales, Cardiff in the United Kingdom (UK), as a senior tourism lecturer and head of the tourism departments at both Kenyatta University and the Technical University in Kenya. Dr Manyara holds a PhD from the University of Wales in Cardiff and has been a research fellow at National Economic and Social Council in Kenya and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for International Tourism Research at the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Dr Manyara’s main professional interests are on tourism planning, policy formulation, management and sustainable development with special emphasis on Africa. Dr Manyara is currently working closely with a number of Member States in Africa, the African Union, Regional Economic Communities including the East African Community and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.

Adonijah Ndege

Business Journalist for Business Daily

Adonijah Ndege is a business journalist for Business Daily, a Nation Media Group (NMG) publication based in Nairobi, Kenya. As an online editor at Business Daily (bdafrica.com), he has overseen an aggressive growth strategy for the brand across different online platforms.
A multitalented editor, he also writes on topics he is passionate about including emerging technologies and disruptive innovations, startups and policy. Adonijah has been with NMG for seven years. He began his career at the Kenyan Weekly, where he served as a political and emerging trends reporter for one year.
Away from writing and editing, Adonijah also works with startups on how to navigate the treacherous journey of building brands online. He graduated with a journalism degree from the Technical University of Kenya. Adonijah’s simple pleasures besides work include traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Lee-Anne Bac

Lee-Anne Bac

Director, BDO Advisory Services, South Africa

Lee-Anne Bac is a Director at BDO Advisory Services Johannesburg with more than 20 years experience consulting to clients in the tourism, hospitality, leisure and property sectors in South Africa and the rest of Africa.  Lee-Anne’s consulting experience includes strategic planning, market and financial feasibility studies, financial evaluations, business valuations, economic impact studies, socio-economic impact studies, market research and demand assessments and strategic management consulting.

Lee-Anne holds a BSc degree in Microbiology and Zoology from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MBA degree from the University of Cape Town.  She joined BDO Advisory Services in 1997 as a Senior Consultant and was appointed as a Director of BDO Advisory Services in September 1999.

Lee-Anne is regularly quoted in the printed press about issues relating to the tourism, hospitality and property industries and with regard to women in business and she regularly presents at industry functions, workshops and conferences.  

Lee-Anne is passionate about the transformative role of tourism in economies and societies.  As her commitment to enhancing sustainable tourism, Lee-Anne is a Director of Fair Trade Tourism (FTT).

Lee-Anne is a member of the national executive of the Woman’s Property Network in South Africa and was a recipient of the Women’s Property Network “Excellence in Property” award in 2013.  She is also a member of SAMRA – the South African Market Research Association.

Lee Zama is an experienced tourism business executive with a wide range of services and food sector experience.

Lee served on the boards of the Tourism Grading Council SA (TGCSA), the Tourism Business Council SA (TBCSA) & the Chairperson of its growth and transformation committee.

Lee was formerly the CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA). The members range from large JSE-listed companies to small and emerging organisations. Lee is a managing director of CEO Directives Tourism Advisory with a focus on supplier development, marketing strategies, tourism concept development, sustainable tourism implementation and policy.

Lee chaired the committee that developed COVID-19 Safety Protocols for the tourism industry in South Africa. The Safety protocols were means to de-risk the sector against COVID-19 and enabled the sector to operate from various risk levels. Lee participated in the tourism sector engagement with the government to ensure appropriate government intervention that enables business continuity for large and small enterprises.

Lee has held several senior management and executive positions including Group Director Sales at Bidvest Prestige; Regional Business Manager at Rentokil Initial South Africa where she received the award for the best business manager. National Sales and Marketing Manager for Royal Sechaba Catering Services; and is the founding Director and owner of Hygcare, a technology supplier to pest hygiene and operations.

Lee worked for food manufacturers, CPC Tongaat Food – National Foods, Irvin and Johnson where she led national key accounts. Lee previously co-owned and managed a 38-suite hotel profitably in Sandton, which served local and international clients, primarily from the African continent.

Lee Zama holds a BSc Dietetics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of South Africa, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Katrina Dawson

Vice President, Business Development, Destinations, ForwardKeys, UK

Katrina joined ForwardKeys at the start of 2022. She’s been in the industry for more than 15 years by sourcing, building and managing strategic and commercial relationships across the globe. As a global expert in this sector, ForwardKeys works with more than 80 Destination Management Organizations across the world who require quality travel data & intelligence to monitor and predict travel fluxes, more so in the recovery era Post-Pandemic.

Katrina is a natural communicator with a strong interest in understanding clients’ specific needs to propose the best adapted tools and solutions for an overall customer satisfaction, engagement and loyalty. By participating to the Africa Tourism Forum & Awards 2022, Katrina is keen to speak with the representatives and better understand how ForwardKeys can support the African DMOs with their short- & long-term objectives.

Christelle Grohmann

Christelle Grohmann

Director - Advisory Services / BDO South Africa

Christelle has more than 23 years’ consulting experience and carries out and heads project teams for macro research, economic impact assessments, valuations, marketing and organisational strategies, market feasibility studies, financial viability assessments, business case assessments and transaction advisory assignments. 

Christelle has also facilitated numerous workshops and large meetings and is proficient in using a range of facilitation approaches and tools.

Prof Marina Novelli

Professor - Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead / University of Brighton

Professor Marina Novelli (PhD) is a globally renowned Tourism and International Development expert and Professor of Tourism and International Development at the University of Brighton (UK).

Her contribution to the study of tourism is associated with the empirically grounded studies on Tourism for Sustainable Development, the concept of Niche Tourism and most recently with elaboration of the Overtourism phenomenon. She distinguishes herself for her inclusive leadership practice and excellence in collaborating with multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholders and multi-cultural teams making her a preferred research partner and a particularly active member of the global tourism community.

With a background in economics and a keen interest in international development, she has written and advised extensively in the field of international tourism policy, planning, development and management in Africa, Europe and Asia for institutions such as the World Bank, the EU, UNESCO, UNIDO, the UNWTO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Ministries and Tourism Boards, Regional Development Agencies, private sector and NGOs.

Her global reputation is reflected in numerous external appointments, such as her nominations as Alternate Member of the UNWTO World Committee on Tourism Ethics (2021-2025) and her
work has demonstrated to have considerable impact on the sector with implications far beyond tourism, by contributing to more effective economic growth, improved environments and more inclusive societies. She is committed to generating new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in sustainable development by stimulating local economies, conserving the environment, developing people and changing lives.

Yasmine Fofana

Marketing and communication professional

A highly polyvalent marketing and communication professional with over 15 years of experience, Yasmine Fofana is a culinary content creator and a communication consultant from Côte d’Ivoire. Her professional background includes working for companies such as Microsoft and LG Electronics. While she is equally passionate about women empowerment issues, Yasmine is a culinary and travel enthusiast who believes in uniting food and tourism to drive the economic development in Côte d’Ivoire. For the past 10 years, her mission has been to shift the African narrative through its cuisine and promote Gastronomy tourism on the continent.

Yasmine is a pioneer when it comes to promoting the culinary scene of Côte d’Ivoire. She did not only launch the 1st food blog of the country in 2012: “Journal d’une Foodie” now rebranded as “Afrofoodie”, but she also launched the 1st Restaurant week of Côte d’Ivoire: “Abidjan Restaurant Week” in 2017. Thanks to her continuous efforts in sharing Côte d’Ivoire culinary scene with the world, Yasmine was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow 2016 under President Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), a Chevening Scholar by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom for the year 2017/2018 and as an 2019-2020 African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) beneficiary.

Currently on a mission to promote Gastronomy tourism in West Africa, Yasmine is now partnering with the non-profit organization Africa No Filter as one of their Narrative Champion and recently became a World Food Tourism Association Ambassador for Côte d’Ivoire. Yasmine holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in the US and a Master in International Tourism Development from the University of Surrey in the UK.

Judy Kepher Gona

Judy Kepher-Gona

Director / Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agency (STTA)

Judy has a wealth of knowledge in sustainable travel and tourism across the African continent.
Judy is a sustainable tourism advocate, planner, adviser, assessor and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working with tourism sector, communities, conservation. Holder of MA in Rural Sociology & Community Development, Judy has dedicated her professional life to creating awareness on sustainable tourism. This has involved, challenging status quo, reviewing, debating and making contribution to how to effectively link tourism, community development, and conservation for sustainable tourism development.

She was the founding CEO of Ecotourism Kenya, the premier ecotourism society on Africa. While at Ecotourism she led and coordinated the development of criteria and standards for sustainable tourism certification, resulting in Kenya’s eco-rating scheme for hotels and lodges. In 2013, she founded Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda (STTA) an advisory organization that uses education, research, advocacy, and training to accelerate uptake of sustainable tourism, and support public and private sector agencies to engage and respond.

Globally Judy has served severally as a judge of World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, and onsite evaluator for Nat Geo Unique Lodges of the World and Nat Geo World Legacy Awards. She has also been judge for IIPT Awards.

Her other roles in the industry include: board member of Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), advisory board member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and recently board member of Fair-Trade Tourism South Africa (FTT).

Judy has made significant contribution to acceptance and understanding of sustainable tourism through development of tools, training and awareness, assessment, advocacy and recently through a regional publication for East Africa- The EA sustainable tourism report.

Judy has developed one-day training modules for businesses that are beginning the journey and to support those who are in formative years/stage to mature into truly sustainable operations.

In 2019, she was awarded the Sustainable Citizen Award by Forbes Woman Africa in recognition of outstanding contribution to awareness and knowledge of sustainability in tourism in Africa and beyond.

Scott Blount

Founder – TripClip, South Africa

Scott Blount is the founder of TripClip, a world-first travel tech platform that was launched in South Africa in 2021. TripClip has quickly become one of Africa’s quickest growing travel tech companies, spanning across 14 African countries with clients throughout the world.

Within just 12 months the platform has generated in excess of 80 000 itineraries that have amassed more than 1.4 million views/shares across the globe, generating immensely valuable exposure for the African travel industry.
TripClip was named the World’s Best Travel Itinerary Builder in 2021 and have again been shortlisted for this award in 2022. Scott is also a finalist in the ATP Youth In Innovation Challenge 2022.

Scott previously worked for an industry-leading Destination Management Company, managing Sales for the North American, South American, Asian & Australasian markets.
Prior to his involvement in the inbound travel & tourism industry Scott specialized in investment banking for one of Africa’s most prestigious investment banks – an opportunity awarded to him as a result of being the Top Graduate of his degree in South Africa.

His passion for innovation extends beyond the travel industry and he’s proud to have previously founded/co-founded two additional start-up ventures.

Givemore Chidzidzi

COO - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Mr Givemore Chidzidzi is the Chief Operating Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), the National Tourism Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe under the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Established through the Tourism Act (1996), the ZTA is responsible for tourism marketing and development.

Givemore has 36 years’ experience in the tourism industry. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the City University, Bellevue, Washington, USA and a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Tourism and Transportation from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms, Germany.

Natalia Bayona

Director of the Innovation, Education, and Investments Department at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Spain

Natalia Bayona leads the innovation, education and investments strategy of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations specialized agency for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism worldwide.
With a diverse background on politics, destination management and business, she has become the first innovation director at UNWTO, has introduced entrepreneurship and education as key factors for tourism and development, and has positioned UNWTO as an innovation benchmark within the wider United Nations system as recognized in the UN 2020 Mapping of Innovation, Data and Digital Capacities. Furthermore, she has joined the UN Executive Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development led by the UN System Staff College (UNSSC).
Her work consists of identifying the most disruptive startups and investment projects and matching them with Member
States and leading corporations. As an advocate of youth and technology, she seeks to make entrepreneurs grow for
a promising future in all regions.

During the last 4 years, Natalia has developed 20 UNWTO Startup Competitions and Innovation Challenges with
outcomes such as more than 214 million USD in support for entrepreneurs and pilots for safe travel. Moreover, she
has designed the Tourism Tech Adventures innovation forums and co-created the UNWTO Tourism Online Academy,
the pioneer platform for advancing skill development for the sector in collaboration with the most prestigious universities such as IE University, Sommet Education, Swiss Education Group, the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Externado de Colombia University, currently with over 15.000 students from 191 countries. Furthermore, she has created the UNWTO Technical Committee on Tourism Online Education and acts as its secretary to ensure education is at the forefront of the global agenda.

She has also opened the Multilateral Investment Cooperation area for tourism and has built a network of more than
290 investors interested in the sector and is currently working on high-impact projects to recover tourism, including the
Investment Readiness for Green Finance Mechanisms in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC)
from the World Bank Group. In this same vein, she has been a coordination member of the Global Tourism Crisis
Committee (GTCC) where UNWTO Member States, UN Agencies and Private Sector Associations – IATA, ACI, CLIA,
among others – gather to discuss actions to address current issues. Within this framework, Natalia has led the UNWTO
Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge, the UNWTO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Global Startup
Competition and the UNWTO Jobs Factory as specific projects to support destinations and employment.
On 2022, she has launched the first series of tourism investment guidelines: UNWTO Tourism Doing Business, starting
with the Dominican Republic and Colombia, and moving on with countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania, and
Uruguay. Also, she has developed the brand-new UNWTO Digital Futures for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Programme which aims to provide digital training on connectivity, business growth, e-commerce, big data and analytics,
payments, and security to 1 million beneficiaries by partnering with the largest technology companies.
Furthermore, her short-term goals include a variety of high-impact projects such as (1) co-creating the first Tourism
International Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, (2) opening of the UNWTO Tourism Innovation Lab in
collaboration with IE University as a world-ranked institution on online education and entrepreneurship by QS Rankings,
(3) positioning women leadership in tourism through supporting innovation and startups, and (4) supporting countries
to advance their investment promotion strategies in order to facilitate business creation in tourism, hospitality and food
& beverage with tools such as the above-mentioned guidelines.
As recognition for her work, Natalia has been awarded the IIPT (International Institute For Peace Through Tourism)’s
5th “Celebrating Her” prize for “Innovation & the Empowerment of Women Through Tourism” at ITB Berlin 2021, an
acknowledgement that is only given to 3 women from all over the world each year. Natalia is also a part of the “100 de
COTEC” network which gathers experts who speak Spanish from multiple areas of knowledge for analyzing social,
economic and technological challenges that innovation faces.
Recently, she has also been recognized as one of the 10 Colombian nationals in Spain contributing the most to the
country’s positive image, as one of the 150 most influential people in tourism in Spain by Sergestur, and as part of the
women-led think tank The Club G100 as Colombia Country Chair for Smart and Sustainable Cities.

Natalia graduated in Government and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds an
Executive MBA from the IE Business School. Nowadays, she is part of the World Economic Forum (WEF) network as
a European Digital Leader and is an Eisenhower Fellow as the first Colombian on the Women Leadership Program for
creating the first Tourism for Tomorrow Programme: a high-level network focused on joining public-private efforts for
high-impact investments in digital education and innovation for tourism’s sustainable development and post Covid-19
recovery. Additionally, she enjoys sharing knowledge by teaching at universities – Harvard (USA), Cornell (USA),
Externado (Colombia) and Bilkent (Turkey) – and public schools in Colombia as part of her give back to youth and her
country.
In 2017, she served as the Vice President of International Development for the Spain Startup – South Summit and
organized the first South Summit Pacific Alliance, connecting the main stakeholders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem
of Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
Having worked in ProColombia for ten years, she has lived in six countries where has developed strategies to boost
exports, foreign investment and tourism for Colombia. Her career started in 2006 as part of the team that created the
first international tourism campaign for Colombia: “Colombia, the risk is wanting to stay”, which sought to change the
image of the country abroad. The successful execution of this campaign in more than 15 countries was possible thanks to her work.

Professor Dimitrios Bhualis

Strategic Management and Marketing Expert – Bournemouth University Business School, UK

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality, and Leisure industries. He is Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University Business School in England. He is the Editor in Chief of the most established Journal in Tourism: Tourism Review, now and SSCI Journal in its 75th volume, and the Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing. Professor Buhalis has written and co-edited more than 20 books and 250 scientific articles. His research is referenced widely, being the 2nd most cited for tourism and 1st most cited for hospitality 18th on strategy and 30th in Marketing on Google Scholar with more than 45000 citations and h-index 89.


Professor Buhalis is a candidate for the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate™. The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies researchers who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their chosen field or fields and year of publication, demonstrating significant influence among their peers. This top 1% of the global research community represent magnets in their respective discipline.


Dimitrios current research focus includes: Real-Time and Nowness, Smart Tourism and Smart Hospitality, Social Media Context and Mobile Marketing (SoCoMo), Augmented Reality, Technology-enhanced Experience Management and Personalisation, Reputation and Social Media Strategies, Accessibility and Special Diet (Allergens) Tourism. Professor Buhalis is a well known international speaker on trends, technology, marketing, tourism and Hospitality and works closely with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Professor Buhalis is an inspirational forward thinker that undertakes cutting edge research, develops innovations and makes a major impact on global society. He works closely with the international tourism industry and is supporting tourism and hospitality organisations around the world with strategic marketing innovations using cutting edge technologies. For more information, books, articles and presentations see www.buhalis.com.

For the period January 2016- September 2019, Buhalis was the Head of Department of Tourism and Hospitality, at Bournemouth University. During this period the Department was ranked #8 (2018), #10 (2019), #10 (2020) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019: Hospitality and Leisure Management as well as #9 (2017), #12 (2018), #10 (2020) in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – Hospitality and Tourism and #3 in the Guardian University guide 2019. Dimitrios is a Founding Member and past President (2010-2014) of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT). He served as the First Vice President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (2017-2019). He also served as an Executive Board Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Affiliate Members for the periods 2013-2015 and 2017-2019. Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is a renown international speaker and conference facilitator. He frequently delivers keynote presentations, speeches, seminars and workshops in both academic and professional conferences globally. He has close collaborations with industry, governments and international organisations ensuring his conclusions have the utmost relevance and impact on the real world whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge and academic excellence.

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

CEO - Tourism Business Council of South Africa

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. Tshifhiwa is a strategic, versatile and innovative marketing, tourism, communications and business executive. His experience spans 20 years, with a track record of visionary leadership, strategic project development and execution, travel and tourism events management and communications.

Tshifhiwa holds an MSc in International Business, Leadership, and Management from the University of York, Bachelor of Business Administration on Marketing Communications (Institute of Marketing Management) Diploma in Marketing (Institute of Marketing Management) and a National Diploma in Tourism Management (University of Johannesburg).

In the 20 years since his first foray into the world of work, Tshifhiwa has worked for various companies in the tourism value chain including South African Tourism, Myriad Marketing, FEDHASA, Rennies Travel, SARS and others. He has also consulted for various companies.

Tshifhiwa has also served as a member of Tourism Transformation Council, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, and currently serves on the global Board of Advisors for “The Sigmund Project” which supports innovation and collaboration in Tourism across the globe.

Tshifhiwa has positioned himself as a thought leader and advocate for the South African tourism sector. He is an ambassador for tourism development in South Africa and Africa. He regularly writes, debates and comments on tourism development and growth in South Africa.

Nejc Jus

Head of Research - World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and is based in London

Nejc Jus is the Head of Research at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and is based in London. He is responsible for shaping, leading and implementing the WTTC’s research agenda including the economic impact research. The research is a key pillar of WTTC’s advocacy and is used to support work in company’s strategic priority areas. Nejc is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with company’s research partners. Prior to his role at WTTC, Nejc held various research positions at leading global real estate companies including JLL, Knight Frank and Savills. Nejc holds BA in Land Economy and Management Studies from University of Cambridge and MSc in Environmental Economics from University College London.

Nicholas Kalyango

CEO – Uganda Tourism Association of Travel Agents (TUGATA)

A skilled, passionate and self-driven Association manager who has spent the last 16 years in top leadership of national trade Association. 

Nicholas is the current General Manager/ CEO of The Uganda Association of Travel Agents (TUGATA), a private sector leading Association of Travel Agents in Uganda. 

For the past decade he holds extensive experience in managing voluntary Boards, leading staff, mobilizing resources, negotiating with partners and stakeholders to meet the ever-increasing demands of members. 

He has been in instrumental in exploring sustainability of trade associations and has helped negotiate partnership with various Tourism boards with South African Tourism (SAT), Dubai Economy and Tourism (DET), Abu Dhabi Tourism, Seychelles Tourism Board, etc.

He has represented trade association of various forums in travel such as International Air Transport Association (IATA), United Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA), Agents Passenger Joint Council (APJC) and has attended Travel Agents Summits as speaker in addition to marketing membership services at Trade fairs.

Bokani Mathape

Founder and President – Women in Tourism Botswana

Ms Mathape is the founder and president of Women in Tourism Botswana and a young tourism professional. Through her work in tourism for the past seven years, she has acquired a diverse repertoire of skills and expertise in areas such as camp management, team leadership, guest relation & interaction, as well as relief management. In 2018, Ms Mathape was awarded a place in a prestigious exchange program that exposed her to the international hospitality industry. She now uses what she learned on that programme to make significant contributions to the growth of the tourism & hospitality industry in Botswana. Her immense passion for the industry, especially with regards to women development & leadership in tourism, motivated her to establish Women in Tourism Botswana. Through this NGO, Ms Mathape intends to inspire and empower women in the industry so that they can be fellow game changers and industry movers.

Bokani holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism & Hospitality Management), is the Country Representative (Botswana) for Africa Association of Women in Tourism & Hospitality, a Pyne Awards 2022 Winner and part of the interim committee for SADC Women in Tourism“

Dr. PPS Sifolo

Senior Lecturer - Department of Tourism Management, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Dr PPS Sifolo has wealth of experience and prodigious knowledge in the tourism sector and higher education. She is a senior lecturer focusing on Management, Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship subjects in the Department of Tourism Management at Tshwane University of Technology. She is a National Research Foundation rated researcher and the Future Professors Program candidate by the Department of Higher Education & Training. Portia completed her Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) which focused on the nexus between supply chain management and stakeholder management for the optimum growth of the tourism sector. She has a Master of Business Leadership from UNISA, her research project focused on marketing strategies for major economic regional players in Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa). She is the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Tourism & Sustainability in 2022 as well as Tourism Planning and Development (TPD) 2022 -2024. She serves as Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) expert for Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit & Challenge as a representative for British Council’s Innovation for African Universities programme in 2021-2022. She was an adjudicator for the National Tourism awards in South Africa from 2015-2019. She served as a Board member at LARASA (Leisure and Recreation Association of Southern Africa) from 2017-2018. She has passion for tourism leadership and tourism supply chains in Africa as economic development initiatives due to her international exposure, particularly in the African continent. She is a research supervisor and an examiner for various institutions.  Her scientific interests include digital procurement of tourism establishments in Africa. She has co-authored in different books, published research papers in academic journals and participated in both domestic and international conferences.

Hando Sinisalu

Founder and CEO, Best Marketing & Marketing Parrot, Estonia

I am a journalist, content producer, and content marketing consultant.


I am the founder and CEO of B2B marketing hub Marketing Parrot, previously known as Best Marketing International, the leading digital marketing conferences producer in Europe.

I have produced and managed over 200 conferences in 24 countries from South Africa to South Korea, from Indonesia to Spain.

Have experience in both content creation and event/business management.

I have been an official representative of Cannes Lions Festival in Estonia and helped American Marketing Association establish Effie Awards programs in Croatia, China and Ukraine.

In June 2014 I published “The Best of Global Digital Marketing: The Storybook” . The book quickly sold out, and in June 2015 “The Storybook 2” was published.

I have contributed for Damian Ryans’s “The Best Digital Campaigns in the World II” (Kogan Page, 2013)

I have a MA degree in Communications from Ohio University (USA). In March 2018, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Estonian Marketing Association for developing the Estonian marketing industry. I have traveled to over 70 countries.

Didier Scaillet

Didier Scaillet

CIS, CITP - CEO, Meetings Profile, Luxembourg

A MICE industry veteran, Didier Scaillet recently assumed the role of CEO for SITE and the SITE Foundation for the last three years. During his tenure, the Society adopted a new Vision/Mission and Strategic Architecture, experienced record revenue, membership and retention, sealed new industry partnerships and developed new progams globally. For 18 years he held various roles with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and was vice-president business development for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He has engaged and served on various industry forums and organisations: Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organisation. He was also instrumental in the development of the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals. Scaillet was named one of the most influential people in Incentive Travel in 2018.

Dr. Bao Rasebolai Mosinyi

CEO - Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana

Dr Bao Rasebolai Mosinyi appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) on the 01st of July 2021. An Aerospace Engineer, he is armed with a broad experience in Aviation and Aerospace matters acquired in a period spanning over 20 years. His extensive experience has seen him working for an Aviation Regulator, an Airline, Aircraft Manufacturer in addition to an Aircraft Engine Manufacturer in the United States of America.

Dr Mosinyi, a citizen of Botswana, joined CAAB from Pratt & Whitney where he held the position of Associate Director. He had previously served at the US Federal Aviation Administration as a Senior Research Engineer and at Airbus as an Aircraft Structures Engineering expert.

Bao Mosinyi holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics from Drexel University – specializing in Aircraft Structures. He also holds an MBA degree (Strategy & Finance) from Duke
University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Fred Odek

Managing Director - Silver Africa Tours and Safaris Ltd, Kenya

Fred Ode is Kenyan and Managing Director – Silver Africa Tours and Safaris Ltd, Chairman Jebiha Enterprises Ltd, Chairman, Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO), Chairman , Kenyan Tourism Federation (KTF), Chairman , East Africa Tourism Platform ( EATP), Board member of Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA), Governing Council member KEPSA and Tourism Sector boardchair . He has over 20yrs of experience in Tourism sector.

Yoadan Tilahun

Founder & CEO of Flawless Events

Yoadan Tilahun is the founder & CEO of Flawless Events. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Flawless Events organizes summits, corporate events and conferences throughout the African continent. Yoadan founded Flawless while working in Washington DC. She re-located the company to Ethiopia in 2008 in recognition of the opportunities on the African continent. Her team has since hosted events in Ethiopia, Egypt, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Gabon, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mauritius.
Yoadan is an enthusiastic advocate for professionalizing the MICE industry in East Africa. In 2015, Flawless won the “Event Planner Africa” award at Meetings Magazine’s Women in MICE celebration; MeetingsNet awarded Yoadan a 2017 Changemaker for her trailblazing role in Ethiopia’s events industry, and UNDP awarded her “Seasoned Entrepreneur of the Year 2018” award. She has also been featured on Forbes Afrique and on How We Made It in Africa. Yoadan initiated and spearheaded the establishment of the first MICE Association of Ethiopia and served as the President of the Board for the first two years.

Yoadan leads Flawless Events with a keen eye for design and detail and a passion for flawless delivery. She holds a MBA in International Business and is fluent in Amharic, English and French. Along with her husband, they are raising their three growing boys!

York Zucchi

Investor -The StartUp Tribe, Switzerland

York Zucchi is a Swiss investor and entrepreneur involved in a number of impact projects around the world. He is chairperson of an initiative tasked with helping 50 million individuals to start and grow their businesses. As of Feb 2022, we are active in 27 countries supporting 312 communities.

Nkululeko Ndumiso Nkosi

Co-Founder and COO - Saturated Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

I am a journalist, content producer, and content marketing consultant.


I am the founder and CEO of B2B marketing hub Marketing Parrot, previously known as Best Marketing International, the leading digital marketing conferences producer in Europe.

I have produced and managed over 200 conferences in 24 countries from South Africa to South Korea, from Indonesia to Spain.

Have experience in both content creation and event/business management.

I have been an official representative of Cannes Lions Festival in Estonia and helped American Marketing Association establish Effie Awards programs in Croatia, China and Ukraine.

In June 2014 I published “The Best of Global Digital Marketing: The Storybook” . The book quickly sold out, and in June 2015 “The Storybook 2” was published.

I have contributed for Damian Ryans’s “The Best Digital Campaigns in the World II” (Kogan Page, 2013)

I have a MA degree in Communications from Ohio University (USA). In March 2018, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Estonian Marketing Association for developing the Estonian marketing industry. I have traveled to over 70 countries.

Naledi Khabo

CEO - Africa Tourism Association, South Africa

Naledi K. Khabo is a global strategy leader with 25 years’ experience across Operations, Marketing & Technology. Naledi’s has a professional background in management consulting and digital marketing. Naledi began her career as analyst at Accenture, specializing in implementing global business and technology solutions, along with re-engineering business processes. Naledi later joined ICED Media, a pioneer agency in the digital space. At ICED Media, she was responsible for marrying technology
and innovation with comprehensive integrated marketing strategies to deliver measurable results for their clients. She also developed proprietary analytics reporting tool which was the first of its kind quantifying the effectiveness of digital campaigns. Following her tenure at ICED Media, in addition to serving as a strategic consultant and product development lead for a number of technology startups, she served as Chief of Staff at the United States Small Business Administration My Brothers Keeper Millennial Entrepreneurial Initiative. My Brothers Keeper was former United States’ President Barack
Obama’s national initiative to increase the awareness of millennial entrepreneurship in the areas of music, fashion, film, and sports.

In her role as CEO of the Africa Tourism Association, she drives the organization’s mission to promote travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships. During her tenure at ATA,

Naledi has led the organization through significant operational changes including a complete re-branding of the organization and launching several new digital platforms to serve the hospitality and tourism industry. Most recently, Naledi has made driving inclusive engagement and DEI initiatives across the travel and tourism industry a priority. She is co-founder of Travel Is Better In Color – a platform celebrating diverse storytelling and storytellers across the travel industry – and The Collective, a global group of Black travel writers and reporters, lifestyle and hospitality publicists, magazine owners, TV personalities, and industry leaders.

Malebogo Modise

Founder and Director - MOd Brands, Botswana

Ms Malebogo Modise is the founder and director of Mod Brands, a company that exists to bridge gaps in agriculture and tourism.

Agro tourism is gaining tract in Botswana and Mod Brands has risen to the occassion. Over and above Modise’s commitments and responsibilities at Mod Brands, she is actively involved in community building initiatives, promoting cultural heritage tourism. She advances this mandate through her role as a board secretary at Bathoen 2 trust and Ms Modise is passionate about youth development, diversification of tourism products as well as innovative ways of engaging with the youth to harness opportunities in the tourism sector.

As a member of the executive committee of Bathoen Trust, Ms Modise’s role is to ensure the organisation runs seamlessly, curating program development in cultural heritage which accentuates the beautiful sites within the organisations care such as Mmakgodumo Dam, Pharing gorge, Mmakgodumo gardens. The trust has developed initiatives to activate participation from the community whilst deriving economic benefit too.

Ms Modise’s passion for tourism, community and youth has driven her to serve deligently on the Botswana Youth in Tourism board, nzaturally as she co-founded the organisation with likeminded young people, she made part of the interim committee. She with others defined the structure, policies that govern the organisation most importantly participated in refining the affiĺiation policy that determines the criteria used to admit members.

She believes in strategic partnerships to advance the tourism industry and it is for that reason that she has been aligning Bathoen Trust, Youth in Tourism with organisations that she has worked with and still volunteer her expertise and skill at. Ms Modise has been a volunteer at The Botswana Society, the country’s oldest indigenous NGO that exists to promote cultural heritage tourism and make Botswana better known to itself and the World. It is through her efforts that the two organisations have identified gaps in the sector and are working towards bridging those.

Abreham Yohannes

Founder and Director - One Love Ethiopia Tours

After attending the High School in Addis Ababa and having 7 years’ experience in the tourism sector, he trained in accompanying and became a guide in 2008.

 

The little story of “One Love Ethiopia Tour “

During a trip abroad, Abreham realized that Ethiopia, which first evokes the famine of 1984-1985 in most minds, was little-known. A project took shape in his mind…

Ten years later, he created «One Love Ethiopia Tours », with two objectives in mind: to change the image of the country, by promoting cultural exchanges, but also to contribute to improve the standard of living of local communities by involving them in the development of sustainable tourism.

He is involved in the creation of immersion tours. Motivated professionals joined him, making an enthusiastic team. The adventure is underway…

« Little by little, the egg walks on both legs » (Ethiopian proverb)

Samuel Makuza

Founder and Director - Aviajoin Limited

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA graduated in MOI UNIVERSITY NAIROBI – KENYA with an Executive Master ‘s Degree in Business Administration Aviation option.

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA entered the aviation activities in January 2002 and worked as Air Traffic Controller after completing the related course and Aeronautical Information Officer in Rwanda, in 2012 joined the Air Operation activities in United Nation Africa Hybrid Mission Darfur (UNAMID) Nyala International Airport.

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA completed different aviation professional courses like:

Air Traffic Controller (ATC) course and qualified as an Aerodrome and Approach Controller in 2002 EASA (East African School of Aviation) Kenya, Fundamentals of Aeronautical Information Services Concepts and Applications Course in October 2007 SAA (Singapore Aviation Academy), Aeronautical Information Officers Course 2010, Aviation conventional and Digital Cartography course in 2011 Civil Aviation Training Centre (Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority) 2015-2022 lecturer at University of Technology and Tourism Business study UTB.

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA has attended and facilitated several aviation-related summits, conferences, and seminars around the world. These include the 48th AFRAAAnnual General Assembly in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 2016, AviAssist Aviation Safety Symposium, Amsterdam Netherlands April 2018, The 6th World Aviation Safety Summit, Dubai December 2018.

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA has contributed on 7th Annual Africa airport expansion Summit held on 25th-26th February 2019 Kigali, Rwanda as a panelist on topic entitled “Digitalization as answer to the multiple security and safety threats”

Mr. Samuel MAKUZA, presently do the following:

Aviation consultancy as a founder of Aviajoin ltd, a Company that promote, share the aviation skills.
Expert trainer in Airline and Airport management program at higher learning institution.
2nd Vice Chairperson of Rwanda Association of Travel Agency (RATA) and Managing Director of Wings Travel Agency which created 2012 and the travel agency is a member of Rwanda Association of Travel Agency.

Brad Glenn

Managing Director - The Inside Edge, South Africa

Brad Glenn has been with The Inside Edge an award winning African DMC for over 22 years and been in his current role as Managing Director since 2008. He served as a Board Member of SITE Africa for a number or years as well as on the Sertec Council of South Africa. Sertecevaluates and accredits the Durban University of Technology for the Tourism and Hospitality Faculty courses. In terms of community service he is the current Provincial Chairman of Girls and Boys Town for KZN and sits as a Trustee on the National Board. As well he also works as an Advisor to LUAH (Light Up a Home) which installs solar electricity units in the rural rural and impoverished areas of Africa.

Delphin ILunga

Director - Furaha Tours & Safaris CC, Namibia

In his capacity as the company s director for Furaha Tours & Safaris cc, Mr. Delphin Ilunga has extensive expertise in both field and office. He has been in the tourism industry for more than 15 years and has served the industry as a board member, vice chairperson and now chairperson of the organisation which represents the tour operators in Namibia (TASA: Tour And Safaris Association). His passion for travelling makes him exceptionally attentive to details and always like to contribute in ensuring, through lobbying, that the quality of tourism in Namibia as a whole is not compromised. Mr. Ilunga is keen for the promotion of both domestic and intra-Africa travel.  

Emmanuel Frimpong

Tourism Analyst, a Consultant and the CEO of Pishon Consult

Emmanuel holds a degree in Economics, MBA in Finance, MSc in Tourism Management and Diploma in Hospitality Management.

Emmanuel is a Tourism Analyst, a Consultant and the CEO of Pishon Consult. He is also the Executive Secretary for Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF). Emmanuel is the Editor in Chief and an Advisory Board Member for both VistaTeen Magazine and Neighbourhood Gong Magazine. He previously lectured at Graduate School of Governance and Leadership (now Almond University College) and Aptech Aviation, Hospitality Academy now Prudential College. Emmanuel currently lectures at the only Government of Ghana’s Tourism school Hotel Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT).

Executive Director and Founder- Tourism Research and Advocacy Forum
Patron- Ghana Association of Tourism and Hospitality Students (GATHS)
Board Member (Secretary) – Sector Skills Bodies (Tourism and Hospitality) – TVET
Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation, Country Director.
Moderator for the 2019 and 2020 United Nations World Tourism Day celebration.
A regular contributor on TV and Radio on tourism and hospitality issues.
International speaker on Tourism and Hospitality.
Country Coordinator and International Board Member, Pan Africa Heritage Museum
Expert, Tourism and Curriculum Development.

Francis Doku

General Manager of 3 Group

Francis Doku is a consummate communications professional with over two decades’ experience and currently the General Manager of 3 Group, responsible for TV3 and 3 FM, both owned and operated by Media General Limited. Before this role, he served as General Manager for MG Digital Limited and MG Radio Limited respectively.

His experience spans across the marketing communications and media value chain, including journalism, public relations, media planning, advertising, event management, digital marketing, tourism marketing with veritable know-how in each of these areas. 

Between July 2009 and July 2014, he served as General Manager of Adams Media Limited (Carat Ghana). He left Carat to take up the role of Group CEO of The Rave Group, a multi-specialized communications services holding company with interests in media planning, creative development and production, content production, marketing and syndication, events and experiential marketing as well as digital marketing. He later established Maestro Africa Group Limited, a media planning and buying, experiential marketing, public relations and digital marketing company before joining Media General in 2017.

For over two decades he has been writing the Listening and Watching with Francis Doku column in the Graphic Showbiz, a column which critically reviews and previews radio and television programmes and presenters’ performances as well as other happenings in the entertainment, tourism, arts and culture space.

He has worked with global blue-chip media and communications companies such as MediaCom (Vizeum) and Carat. The global brands that he has had the privilege of working on over the years include Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Guinness, Gulder, MTN, Tigo, Vodafone, Nokia, Ariel, Pampers, Duracell, Gillette, Vicks, Always, Vlisco, South Africa Tourism, to name a few.

Doku has been hosting Travel Pass, the tourism show on Accra-based 3FM since 2019 and has over the years been one of the most sought-after pundits on tourism, entertainment and showbiz on radio and television. Francis Doku has a bachelor’s degree in BSc Administration (banking and finance option) and an Executive MBA (marketing option) both from the University of Ghana (UGBS), Legon, Accra.

His interests include travel, watching football, reading, listening to the radio and playing scrabble.

Linda Mutesi

Tourism Promotion Manager - Rwanda Development Board

Linda Mutesi is the Tourism Promotion Manager at the Rwanda Development Board, based in Kigali, Rwanda. The Rwanda Development Board is a Government institution charged with fast tracking Rwanda’s economic development through enabling private sector growth. As part of the country’s transformational agenda, the tourism sector is expected to contribute greatly to the economy and is estimated to double revenues by 2024. One of the key strategies to achieve this goal is positioning Rwanda as a luxury ecotourism destination. Linda is at the forefront of promoting the destination while taking into account the inevitable balance between economic development and conservation.

Linda previously worked as a Communications Manager at the Rwanda Development Board and as a Public Relations Executive at the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency where she acquired experience managing institutional image, communications, media and brands.

Linda holds an Honours in Arts, English Literature Major at Makerere University and a Masters in International Communications Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Lovemore Machipisa

Managing Director - Africa Travel Tours

Lovemore Machipisa is the Managing Director of Africa Travel Tours, a tour operating company, running for over 16 years specializing in safari tour packages, transfers, and day trips spanning across Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. He has a solid 26 years in the tourism industry.  

Lovemore Machipisa is currently presiding over 30 nations as the Ground Travel Logistics manager for Imagine Africa 2063, an organisation with an agenda to solve key challenges facing Africa in development, digitalisation and sustainability.

He holds a Bcomm in Tourism and Hospitality Management with Midlands State University (Zim) and tour guiding licence.

Being a resident of Victoria Falls, his main areas of expertise are packaged tours and transfers.

Lovemore Machipisa is regularly invited as a speaker on local and national stages with themes related to travel and logistics such as the just ended Zimbabwe Tourism Innovation Challenge in which he has passion for youth development.

On the social side he is married to Mrs Leana Machipisa and were blessed with three daughters. Together are proud founders and directors of Africa Travel Tours, hisunquestionable passion for the tourism industry growing up enticed the  dream to be involved and grow local tourism and beyond.

Mokwena Morulane

Managing Director - Cresta Marakanelo Ltd.

Mokwena Morulane holds a BA Accounting (hons) degree from the University of Bedfordshire, England. He is a fellow member of ACCA, BICA and of Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa. He also recently acquired the following certifications: Property Development & Investment with the University of Cape Town; and Oxford Executive Development Programme with the University of Oxford.

Mokwena possesses extensive Executive Level experience in the resources sector and is currently independent Non-executive Chairman of Minergy Ltd.

He is also Managing Director of Cresta Marakanelo Ltd.

Mokwena also sits as Chairman of the Masiela Trust Fund, an NGO with a focus on advocacy for children’s rights orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Dr. Kwesi Eyison

Vice President - Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF)

Dr J. Kwesi Eyison is an entrepreneur and business executive with transformational leadership credentials in the public, private, corporate and organisational sectors of the Ghanaian socio-economic landscape/environment.

Dr Eyison is the Vice President of Ghana Tourism Federation (GHATOF), the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Sector Skills Council (Tourism & Hospitality Sector), the immediate past President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana (TOUGHA) and a member of the steering committee of the Public Private Partnership Forum (PPPF) of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) & The Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture (MOTAC).

He is the founder and CEO of Pacific Tours, Pacific Solutions (Advertising & Marketing Communications Consultancy Firm affiliated with the ICOM global network), Pacific Digital Marketing and Pacific Eyison Farms.

Kwesi is a certified United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Tourism Practitioner and an accomplished Marketing Communications consultant and practitioner. He is a member of the African Tourism Board and the International Advertising Association (IAA).

He holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the SMC University, Switzerland, Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with Marketing Major from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry and Food Science from same University. He has professional graduate diploma degree from International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) and is a certified International Labour Organisation (ILO) Skills For Social Inclusion in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

Dr. Eyison is Travelife/Global Sustainability Tourism Council Certified Sustainability Manager in Ghana with commitment to maximising the positive impact of social and environmental sustainability of Tourism in Ghana.

Kwesi is also a certified Google Analytics Professional/Practitioner and Digital Marketing facilitator with transformational agenda on digitalisation in the Tourism Industry in Ghana.

He is a Promoter and Advocate of Tourism & Hospitality Sector Skills Development in Ghana for Skilling Up; Reskilling & Upskilling of industry practitioners, the youth and the underrepresented for social inclusion in Ghana.

He is married with three children.

Suzan M. Ongalo

Chief Executive Officer - Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF)

Is the Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) since 2015 to date) the umbrella body for the private sector in tourism charged with advocacy for a conducive business environment for the tourism sector. She bags a wealth of work experience, with over 12 years in tourism and hospitality.

Professional achievement

Mrs. Ongalo is a Public Relations and business manager by training. She has over the years added to her knowledge feathers in Advocacy, Management, Customer Relations, Disaster Management, Marketingand Leadership acumens.

She was instrumental in the setting up of the Secretariat/Administrative department at the Kenya Tourism Federation, as well as oversee the operations of the Safety and Communication Centre at KTF.

She serves on a number of committees and boards in the tourism sector:

Tourism work permit vetting committee – 2015 – to date
Tourism Fund board – 2019 – to date
Kenya National Convention Bureau – 2019 – to date
East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP – 2015 – to date
 

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor in Leadership & Management – International Relations
Advance Diploma in Public Relations
Champions (Diploma) in Occupational Health – Association of British Travel Agency (ABTA).
Ongoing Masters in Ethics in Organizational Leadership.

Professional Engagements

Has been a participant, presenter and panelist in various forums with a focus to tourism, travel and hospitality which included:

Response to Covid-19 for African Tourism 3 December 2020.
Ad Hoc Group Expert meeting (AEGM) 23 November 2020.
Africa Tourism Leadership Forum 25 – 26 October 2020.

Sirili Ako

CEO - Tanzania Association of Tour Operator (TATO)

Sirili Miontini Akko is currently serving as a CEO for the Tanzania Association of Tour Operator (TATO) with a 300plus member base holding at least 70% of the tourism market share in Tanzania.

Mr. Akko who has been in the helm of TATO, the membership-based business advocacy agency for the tourism industry which earns the economy nearly $2.5bn annually (before COVID-19), has an experience of over fifteen years of work with the private tourism sector within EAC countries and Tanzania in particular, where he has been key personnel in forging public, private, partnership for mutual benefits.

Over these years, he has also successfully managed to consult with the several high profiles organizations at different times.  Latest and major assignments include the GIZ’s project on supporting East Africa Community integration through Destination Human Capital (DHC), a Strategic Partnership Specialist Consultant for then SSG Advisors (now Global Resonance) – a USA-based consultancy firm. He has done presentations to various fora including recent on AfCTA for the West Africa Tourism Round Table.

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Prestigious Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI), Mr. Akko has also received both long and short terms training stints from various Universities within and outside Tanzania