A discussion on investor sentiment – what are the main hurdles and opportunities for investors in Africa? A look at some of the current disruptors in the investment space.
Wayne Godwin Senior Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, SubSaharan Africa – JLL
Senior Vice President, Hotels & Hospitality Group, SubSaharan Africa – JLL
Wayne has spent over 12 years in the hospitality real estate space and has completed assignments across 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As Senior Vice President of the JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in Sub-Saharan Africa, Wayne leads JLL’s Strategic Advisory services to local, regional and global clients across the region. His broad range of experience includes hospitality and mixed-use feasibility studies, hotel management company and asset valuations, buy-side advisory for hotels and hospitality platforms, market entry strategies, operator selection and management contract negotiation.
Wayne completed an undergraduate degree in Tourism Development at the University of Johannesburg, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) at Wits Business School and an MSc Property Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Ewan Cameron Director – Africa – Westmont Hospitality
Director – Africa – Westmont Hospitality
Ewan Cameron leads Westmont Hospitality’s Operations and Development in Africa.
Ewan has previously held senior roles with IHG, African Sun and Lonrho Hotels;
- VP Franchise Operations, EMEA, InterContinental Hotels Group
- Head of Development Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
- Managing Director (Non Zimbabwe) African Sun Hotels
- CEO Lonrho Hotels
Rahul Chaudhary Executive Director, CG Corp Global
Executive Director, CG Corp Global
Mr. Rahul Chaudhary is the Executive Director of CG Corp | Global which is a multinational conglomerate with an exceptional legacy of 140 years and 4 generations. Spread over 30 countries and with a work force of over 10,000, it is the Himalayan Republic of Nepal's first and only company listed on the Forbes list of Billionaires since 2015 valued in excess US$2.5 Billion comprising over 90 companies that produces world class products and brands.
CG Corp | Global’s notable areas of interests are FMCG, Hospitality, Finance, Banking, Electronic and Home appliances, Cement, Real estate, Education, Energy, Biotech, Retail to name a few. CG is also the brain behind the famous Wai Wai brand of noodles.
Rahul heads CG Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality wing of CG Corp | Global. His forte lies in forging strategic alliances in established as well as emerging markets, which assists in the growth and development of the company. CG Hotels and Resorts has a proud history of successful joint ventures in the hospitality sector with esteemed partners and owns some of the most iconic assets globally with some of the leading hospitality brands over two decades such as Taj, Alila, Jetwing, Radisson, The Farm and its own brands The Fern, Summit and Zinc. CG Hotels & Resorts portfolio comprises of over 100 hotels & resorts in 20 countries and 65 destinations with over 6000 keys. By 2020, the portfolio is expected to grow to over 200 hotels and 10,000 keys.
Lourie Kruger Chief Investment Officer MEA – RF Capital
Chief Investment Officer MEA – RF Capital
Lourie Kruger joined RF Capital in August 2018 as Chief Investment Officer MEA. RF Capital is an asset management boutique focussed on real assets globally, bringing an experienced team with a proven track record, providing investors with institutional deal sourcing capabilities and proven delivery strategies.
Prior to RF Capital Lourie was CFO of Kingdom Hotel Investments, responsible for overseeing all the corporate finance activities of the company, including the M&A initiatives, treasury and capital structure programmes.
Mr Kruger has over 18 years banking, real estate and hospitality experience across 35 countries ranging from Asia and the Middle East to Africa and Europe. Prior to joining KHI, he built a career with Standard Bank in South Africa where he was co-founder of the African Real Estate team, a unit responsible for all the banks’ activities across Africa (excl. South Africa) in the commercial property arena.
Mr Kruger holds various professional qualifications as well as degrees in Computer Science, Monetary Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the London Business School. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Mr Kruger is a South African national.