W Hospitality Group
ABOUT TREVOR WARD
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality and leisure industries, and is the Principal of the W Hospitality Group with offices in the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and Angola. He started his consultancy career in 1983, having previously completed a university degree in hotel management at the University of Surrey, and worked in management positions with De Vere Hotels and Ladbroke Hotels in the UK. From the late 1980s he has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria, advising clients there and throughout Africa.His international experience includes advising clients on hotel and tourism development in more than 80 countries in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. With a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa, he is working with many of the international hotel groups who are seeking a presence their, from the oil-rich countries of the west to the tourism hotspots of the south and east. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, owner’s representation and asset management. In addition to his advisory work, Trevor is an active member of the Institute of Hospitality, for which he is their Ambassador for Africa, and of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. He is also a member of Tourism Concern, the Royal Commonwealth Club and the Royal African Society. He is a Delighted Recipient of the Creating Impact Award at AHIF 2018 for Outstanding Contribution to Africa. Trevor is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and writes in various professional and Africa-focused journals, including the Hotel Yearbook.
ABOUT ADEDAYO ADESUGBA
Adedayo is an experienced Hotelier and Restaurateur who has been in the industry for 40 years. After his secondary school education at the C.M.S. Grammar School in Lagos, he attended Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin where he graduated with an H.N.D. in Catering and Hotel Management in 1982. In 1985, he was employed by the Starwood Corporation as one of the pioneer staff of their new Sheraton Hotel in Lagos. He proceeded to the United States of America to further his training. He attended New York Restaurant School, NY. He also attended Orange/Ulster Board of Education School of Business Management, where he obtained a diploma in Business Management. He obtained an MBA from the Delta International University, Louisiana, USA, in 2009. BDRC Continental, a global organization based in the UK, contracted him in 2014 to audit hotels as one of their global Hotel Inspectors. He has conducted training programs for many hospitality establishments, including Le Meridien Eko Hotel & Suites and the Golden Tulip Al Jazira Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has also been involved in several pre-opening and management of various hotels in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the following Institutes, Institute of Hospitality (IoH) , UK, Nigerian Hotel & Catering Institute, (NHCI) and the Institute of Tourism Professionals. Adedayo is the current Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality, UK, Nigeria International Branch and the CKO of Nexus318 Hospitality Management & Investment Co. Ltd. He is the Nigerian Managing Partner of Africa Tourism Partners, a global Tourism organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also sits on the Academic Board of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training Centre (BEST Centre). He is a member of the national mirror committee on the development of grading and hotel standards for the ECOWAS region. He has a strong flair for developing IT solutions for the hospitality industry and was involved in the development of Biodux Solutions; the most widely used indigenous Property Management Systems in Nigeria.
FIH, FNHCI, FITP
General Manager the Envoy Hotel, Abuja
ABOUT DEWALD KRUGER
Dewald Kruger is an outstanding hotel professional with uncommon passion for Hospitality development, revenue management and workforce development. From Pretoria South Africa, and had his hotel school degree at the Johannesburg University, South Africa and an Advanced Businesses Practice Degree at the Tshwane University of Technology. He also trained at the Cordon Blue Cookery where he got his Gourmet Certificate in addition to Wine Producing and Tasting Certificate (3) at KWV -South Africa. Before joining The Envoy Hotel Abuja, Dewald had worked in Hotels, Restaurants and in Facility Management. Specifically, his franchise exposure to global brands transcends continents having been exposed to Protea, Marriott's, Best Western, Mantis, and ACCOR. He has worked in Nigeria for 6 years.