Speakers

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Hon. Najib Balala, EGH
Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Kenya more…
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Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP
Minister of Tourism, Jamaica &
Chairman, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) more…
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Hon. Phildah Kereng
Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism
Botswana more…
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Hon. David Maynier
Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
Western Cape Provincial, South Africa more…
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Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Sierra Leone more…
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Hon. Rodney M Sikumba
Minister of Tourism and Arts
Zambia more…
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Hon. Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu
Minister of Tourism
South Africa more…
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Ken Osei
Principal Investment Officer: International Finance Corporation (IFC)
World Bank Group (WBG) more…
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Humphrey Nwugo
Regional Chief Operating Officer
Southern Africa: Afreximbank more…
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H.E Mahmoud Mohammed Mussa
Lord Mayor
City of Zanzibar more…
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Carol Weaving
Managing Director
Reed Exhibitions South Africa more…
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Dr. Taleb Rifai
Chairman ITIC & Former Secretary General
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) more…
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Alderman James Vos
Mayoral Committee Member
Economic Opportunities and Asset Management
City of Cape Town
more…
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Rashid Toefy
Deputy Director General, Department of
Economic Development & Tourism

Western Cape Government more…
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Tokozile Xasa
Former Minister of Tourism
South Africa more…
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Aaron Munetsi
CEO
Airlines Association of Southern Africa more…
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Luis Millan
Head of Research
ForwardKeys more…
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Sadiq Dindar
Marketing and Promotions Manager
Middle East: South African Tourism more…
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Gerald Lawless
Director ITIC &
WTTC Ambassador more…
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Daniel Trappler
Senior Director, Development: Sub-Sahara Africa
Radisson Hotel Group more…
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Manish Nambiar
Area General Manager, Africa
Kempinski more…
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Moseketsi Mpeta
Head Tourism and Services
International Development Corporation (IDC) more…
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Nomasonto Ndlovu
Executive Manager – Tourism, Heritage & Hospitality
The Blue Train more…
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Catheryn Khoo
Professor of Tourism Torrens University
& Gender Expert, UNWTO more…
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Ola Wright
CEO
West Africa Tourism Organisation (WATO) more…
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Karen Matsiko
Pan Africa Head:
Working Capital Product Management – Trade

ABSA more…
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Fayrouz Holliday-October
Halaal Hopper Travel & Taste experiences
Exco member of Women in Tourism Western Cape

Interim Chair Lady of Halaal Tourism Association more…
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Dr Theuns Vivian
Destination Development Manager
City of Cape Town more…
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Dirk Van Loggerenberg
Chief Executive Officer
Dale Capital Group and Executive African Growth and Private Equity PCC more…
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Ruben T Miller
Development and marketing strategies
FutureFin more…
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David Q Ramsay
Leadership Trainer and
Coach and Engineering Consultant more…
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Milton Nkosi
Chairman
MMN International Consulting more…
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Roland Vorwerk
Consultant
Africa Nature Based Tourism Platform more…
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Dr. Esther Kagure Munyiri
Executive Director
Global Tourism Resilience and
Crisis Management Centre: East Africa
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Cuthbert Ncube
Executive Chairman
Africa Tourism Board more…
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Mzilikazi Themba Khumalo (CMSA)
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
South Africa Tourism more…
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Sthembiso Dlamini
Chief Executive Officer
Gauteng Tourism Authority more…
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Kojo Bentum-Williams
CEO of VoyageAfriq Media Ltd &
UNWTO Senior Expert on Communications in Africa more…
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Amanda Michelle Mvinjelwa
Key Account Manager, Airlines and Government Agencies
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) more…
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Makhosazane Luthuli
Founder and CEO
Allegro Enterprises (Venture Capitalist) more…
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Lilly Ajarova
Chief Executive Officer
Uganda Tourism Board< more…
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Nicolatte Matuku
Global CEO
ZimAchievers Awards more…
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Zephanie Niyonkuru
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Rwanda Development Board more…
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Ariella Kageruka
Ag. Chief Tourism Officer
Rwanda Development Board more…
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Fiona Ngesa
Ag. Director, Market Development
Kenya Tourism Board more…
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Ibrahim Ayoub
Group CEO & MD
ITIC & Invest Tourism Ltd more…
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Megan Oberholzer
Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism
& creative industries portfolio

Reed Exhibitions South Africa more…

Wrenelle Stander

Wrenelle Stander
Chief Executive Officer
Wesgro

Wrenelle has over 28 years of work experience in the Aviation and Energy industries and has amassed a unique set of generalist leadership skills, She has extensive Board experience both as an Executive Director, as well as a Non-Executive Director. She served on the Comair Limited Board, a JSE listed Board for 8 years and various Sasol Limited Boards, including international Joint Venture Boards.

It was the complexity of the aviation industry which attracted Wrenelle as a young student almost 29 years ago. Her fascination with the aviation industry started in 1990 when she was doing an MBA at the School of Business, Oxford Polytechnic, in the United Kingdom.

She completed her MBA thesis entitled “The impact of deregulation on the European airline industry. She used British Airways Plc as a case study, which subsequently led to an internship at British Airways Plc, in the United Kingdom. In 2005, Wrenelle was elected to the Executive Committee of the Commercial Air Navigation Service Organisation (CANSO), an international body responsible for promoting and protecting the interests of commercial air navigation service providers, where she worked on a variety of projects intended to improve global air navigation infrastructure and customer service. She holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom, as well as a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town.

Givemore Chidzidzi

Givemore Chidzidzi
Chief Operating Officer
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority

Givemore Chidzidzi is a Zimbabwean business executive. He is the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer.

Givemore is a holder of a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) Degree majoring in Tourism and Transportation from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the City University, Bellevue, Washington, USA.

He joined the tourism industry straight form university in 1986, starting his career as an Assistant Research and Planning Officer for the then Zimbabwe Tourist Development Corporation. He rose through the ranks of Research and Planning Officer, Research and Planning Manager, Head of the Research and Planning Division and served in the Diplomatic Field as the Tourism Attaché for Zimbabwe responsible for Continental Europe and based in Frankfurt, Germany from 1996 – 2001.

Chidzidzi returned to Zimbabwe as Marketing and Communication Director for the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, a position held since 2010 interspaced with several stints as Acting Chief Executive. In this position, he has been involved in the development of tourism legislation and policy, marketing strategy, destination branding and institutional capacity building, representing Zimbabwe on the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), regional initiatives such as the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area, African Union Tourism initiatives as well as the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He also serves on several Boards in Zimbabwe.Among these are the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Corporation (SMEDCO), Council Member of the Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences (2017 – 2019) and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority representative on the Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe Board.

On 8 July 2021, Givemore Chidzidzi was part of a six-member interim board appointed by Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhonato stir the affairs of Air Zimbabwe and restore it to efficiency.

Lilly Ajarova

Lilly Ajarova
Chief Executive Officer
Uganda Tourism Board

Lilly Ajarova is a tourism expert and passionate conservationist currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Popularly referred to as “Mama Chimp,” Ajarova has been recognized for contributing to the Uganda’s economic development through tourism marketing and wildlife conservation and management.

She is a recipient of the prestigious National Golden Jubilee Award, Tourism Excellence Award, Wildlife Conservation Award, Top Africa100 Women in Travel, Africa’s most influential women in business andgovernment among other accolades.

Ajarova has also provided leadership as a member on the advisory committee of Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) who developed policies, standard operating procedures and best practices for the 22 sanctuaries and wildlife centers in 13 African member countries of PASA. She is a proud Rotarian, mother, mentor, and educator.

Mzilikazi Themba Khumalo (CMSA)

Mzilikazi Themba Khumalo (CMSA)
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
South Africa Tourism

Themba joined South African Tourism in September 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for defining, establishing and driving the South African Tourism brand in the domestic, regional and global markets as well as driving the overall marketing effort in order to achieve the economic outcomes required of the tourism sector from the National Development Plan (NDP).

A seasoned professional with entrepreneurial flair, Themba has held senior marketing executive positions in blue chip companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola, MTN, Cell C and Telkom among others. He also has aviation and tourism experience, having held executive positions at South African Tourism (2003-2006), Airports Company South Africa and South African Airways where he was prior to joining South African Tourism.

A lawyer by training, Themba holds a Bachelor of Arts Law degree, masters certificates in marketing and organizational behaviour, as well as a certificate in Digital Marketing. Themba serves on the board of the Marketing Association of South Africa. Themba is a certified Chartered Marketer and serves as a board member of the Marketing Association of South Africa.

Dr. Esther Kagure Munyiri

Dr. Esther Kagure Munyiri
Executive Director
Global Tourism Resilience and
Crisis Management Centre: East Africa

Dr. Kagure, holds a PhD in Tourism Management.

Her areas of interest include Climate change vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation, Crisis management in tourism, Geospatial analysis, tourism governance and regional development, tourism management and marketing and Community tourism development.

Roland Vorwerk

Roland Vorwerk
Consultant
Africa Nature Based Tourism Platform

Roland Vorwerk is representing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded African Nature-Based Tourism Platform which is focussed on facilitating access to COVID-19 relief and recovery funding for communities, nature-based tourism enterprises and conservation areas in 11 countries across southern and eastern Africa.

Previously, Roland was the marketing manager of Boundless Southern Africa for 12 years, raising awareness about southern Africa’s Transfrontier Conservation Areas. During this time he was based in Pretoria at the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

In the course of his work, Roland developed close working relationships with stakeholders across the region while finding innovative ways to promote tourism to these Transfrontier destinations. He has worked in a variety of tourism related fields for more than 20 years – as a tourist guide, developing tourism products in rural communities and working on several destination marketing initiatives.

Roland’s current focus is on building greater resilience in conservation landscapes by supporting initiatives that achieve inclusive rural economic development outcomes whilst securing the natural capital of these landscapes. Recent assignments in the Department included leading efforts to develop a national Wildlife Economy Certification Scheme and developing a Biodiversity Sector Investment Portal.

Karen Matsiko

Karen Matsiko
Pan Africa Head:
Working Capital Product Management – Trade

ABSA

Karen Matsiko is a skilled and savvy banking maven with a sterling reputation for achieving impeccable results. Having successfully grown businesses revenue at Absa Africa by over 20%, Karen maintains the perfect balance between client-focused executive and innovative leadership.

With over 15 years of experience in finance including a tenure on Wall Street managing high-stake portfolios, Karen brings her extensive background to the Trade and Working Capital sectors, a growing need in Africa today.

Karen currently serves as the Head of Working Capital Product Management at Absa Capital, a Pan African Bank headquartered in South Africa. In her current role, she designs and implements the Africa Working Capital sectoral value propositions and customer value propositions to obtain growth and primacy by responsively adapting to the ever-changing regional needs of clients.

Outside of work, Karen serves on the board of Save Our Watoto, an organization that advocates for children’s rights. She is also the Board Pillar lead of the Young Leaders Connect, an initiative of the IWFSA Leadership, and actively volunteers as a youth mentor.

Karen maintains an active presence in several prominent committees, including serving as Vice-Chair of the Employment Equity Forum at Absa, Banking on Women (Absa Africa Group), Elevate New York (Formerly 85 Broads), New York Women’s Foundation, and African Business Networking Group.

Karen holds a BBA degree Magna Cum Laude from Berkeley College and an MBA from Cornell University with a concentration in Emerging Markets. She also has taken several leadership programs, notably at IMD, Switzerland, and Duke University.