Najib Balala
Secretary of Tourism, Kenya

He is credited with steering Kenya’s tourism sector to recovery following the crisis period following various Terrorism attacks between 2007-2015 and the postelection violence in 2008. He played a significant role in boosting Tourism growth and stability in Kenyan and Africa regional tourism sector. He works closely with private and institutional investors, conservation and regional development agencies to ensure that the economic potential of Tourism and Wildlife sectors was both prudently and sustainably managed.

Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations, Netumbo Nashandi, Windhoek, Namibia

The Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (FENATA), is the voice of the private sector of the tourism industry in Namibia in support of environmental sustainability, growth and development of our tourism products for national economic stability and increased business opportunities.

The dynamism and growth of the Namibian Tourism Industry is reflected in the success and strength of FENATA. FENATA represents the different tourism products in Namibia, including car hire (CARAN), accommodation facilities (HAN), tour operators (TASA), professional hunters (NAPHA), community based tourism enterprises (NACSO), tourism products within Communal Conservancies, travel agents (ANTA), tour guides (TAN), emerging tourism entrepreneurs (ETEA) and businesses selling commodities to tourists – totalling TEN member associations.

Some of FENATAs objectives include: lobbying the Government of Namibia on tourism related issues, especially the relevant Ministries, for the establishment and proper running of tourism structures, bodies and institutions within the country; assisting in generic advertising of Namibia as a quality tourism destination in order to promote both the interests of members and of the country as a whole; liaising and co-operating with members of similar Associations and organisations across the world to promote Tourism in Namibia.

As we strive to recover the tourism sector, it is imperative that we collaborate regionally, continentally and internationally with organisations that operate in similar spaces – with the expectation of proactively forging the way ahead for the new normal. African Tourism Boards’ wide network reach will assist FENATA to meet those objectives – particularly connecting our members to the African market – that has not been a traditional target source market.

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Hisham Zaazou
Z Solutions for Development and Tourism Advisory, Egypt

Zaazou, started his career in Banking (Citi Bank Cairo) after his graduation in 1976 from the faculty of commerce – Ain- Shams University, traveled to the USA (Los Angeles) 1980 to start his career in tourism by joining R&H Voyages, a tour operator specialized in the Middle East.

After a successful Career in the private sector, both as an international tour operator ( USA ) and as professional ground handler (in Egypt ), culminated his private sector as the Executive Director of Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF).  Zaazou joined the Government as Assistant Minister of tourism in 2007 promoted to senior Assistant Minister of tourism in 2009 (Being the first to assume this position in the history of the ministry of tourism).

Zaazou became Minister of Tourism of Egypt in 2012 till 2016 and served as Tourism Minister under three presidents and four prime ministers. PH : +201060805763