The Hotels Association of Tanzania (HAT) is governed by an independent Board of Directors; business leaders who have significant experience and years of distinguished service in the hospitality and accommodation industry. The Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the organisation’s program and overall strategy.
Dr. Jonas Kipokola
Dr Jonas Kipokola has served as a HAT chairman for three years from 2015 till present. He is an economist by profession but has made a substantial contribution in the tourism industry. He was very involved in launching and strengthening of the apprenticeship program to close the skills gap in the market. Dr Kipokola has served in many capacities as Head of Tourism Desk in the EAC, at Kilimanjaro Hotels, Non-Executive Director of Selous Safari Company Ltd and as a Member of Climate Monitoring Committee. He remains a great asset in the initiatives to enable investments and growth of tourism sector.
Malcom is a biologist by profession and has been conducting research in Tarangire for 7 years. He started working in the tourism industry as a camp manager in Ruaha for two years. For more than a decade now, he is based in Dar-es-salaam managing several properties between the northern and southern circuit as well as on the coast. Malcolm has a seat at the Executive Committee focusing particularly on advocacy in regards to the Tourism Act, wildlife regulations and poaching issues.
Jeroen has been active in tourism in East Africa since 2003, primarily as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Asilia Africa (an upmarket travel operator with a portfolio of 14 camps and lodges in East Africa). Professionally trained in finance and business development in various industries in Europe, he has taken an active role in progressing a conducive and sustainable business environment in Tanzania. Jeroen is a Dutch national and holds university degrees in Business Economics and Philosophy.
Alex is a director of FoxTreks Limited which developed and operates various safari camps and lodges within Southern & Western Tanzania, as well as Safari AirLink, which is an aviation business running scheduled & charter flights in Tanzania. He is an Aircraft Engineer and Mechanical & Product Engineer by training, with work experience in lodge construction and management as well as in forestry, agriculture, telecommunications and energy generation. Alex has had an active role in advocacy for the tourism industry as well as wildlife conservation.
A German-born Social Scientist, she spent most of her professional life in Latin America and Africa, working with education reform and natural resource management projects with UNESCO, GTZ/GIZ and others. From 1991, she developed award-winning Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) in Zanzibar, a not-for-profit privately managed the marine park, forest reserve and eco-lodge, for local schools, fishers and community members. Ms Sibylle is highly involved in researching and preserving historical heritage buildings in Tanga / Tanzania and is an ecotourism ambassador.
Damasi holds an MBA from the Lausanne Hotel School (École hoteliers de Lausanne) and has vast experience in the hospitality industry having worked in Europe and USA where he accumulated vast hands on knowledge.Damasi also worked with the Ministry of Tourism as the Senior Civil servant
between 2005 and 2007 where he spearheaded various programs such construction of the new tourism college financed by the French government. He also seats on the board of National College of Tourism representing the hospitality industry. Damasi is the Director of Peacock Hotels Group, where it owns and operates two hotels in the city centre of Dar es Salaam and the co-founder and former chair of HAT.
Company :Peacock Hotel
Bimb Theobald is one of Nomad’s early founders, having established Sand Rivers Selous with his late wife Lizzie and fellow Nomad founder Richard Bonham. These were the earliest roots from which Nomad Tanzania has grown and, although involved in many other business interests in Tanzania, Bimb has stalwartly remained Chairman of Nomad throughout. Being the business brain of the outfit, he’s allowed the rest of us to focus on what we all do best, which is to establish some of the finest safari operations across the length and breadth of the country. Having initially run Lonhro in Tanzania and built up the most successful tea brand in the country, Bimb’s contacts across the political & business world are myriad and he still maintains close involvement in many associations and industry bodies that underpin the careful growth of tourism across Tanzania.
Joerg was born in Germany but grew up in India and East Africa and is a renowned travel writer, photographer and safari guide, Jörg has brought his love for the outdoors and his passion for conservation to Tanzania. He studied political science and geography. While still a student, Joerg and a friend operated a special travel agency for exceptional safaris to East Africa. He lives now with his wife Marlies and their son at the foot of Mt Meru running Hatari Lodge.
Kyle is the executive director of Rivertrees Country Inn and has been based full time in the country since 2008, gaining first-hand experience of Northern Tanzania’s tourism. He has amassed a vast amount of local knowledge with respect to market trends, the legal landscape and the business environment. Kyle has a background in International Hospitality Management specializing in property development with experience across all phases of the development and investment life-cycle.
Born in Holland, Annelies was a successful international entrepreneur when fate stepped in and she was given the opportunity to assist Legendary Wildlife documentary cinematographers Anton van Munster and Hugo van Lawick in Serengeti National Park in the early years of this century. This serendipitous encounter changed her life forever; Africa became home and she went on to create a life of safari, adventure, wonder and excitement.
After several ventures including helping build one of the most prestigious lodges in Africa, team member for other successful safari lodges, opening a raw food emporium and creating her own fine line of designer bags, she came to roost along with her Tanzanian husband and two children on the slopes of Mt Meru in Arusha, taking over management of Ilboru Safari Lodge in early 2014.
Mr. Mugo is very passionate to excel in the tourism sector through his dedication, creativity and intelligence. Originally from Kenya, he studied Bachelor of Commerce in Finance at the Management University of Africa and a Masters in Business Administration from Newport University and holds a number of certificates in hotel management. Mr. Mugo worked with various reputable hotels before joining Serena from 1990, where he held different positions before becoming Country Director of Serena Hotels Tanzania since 2015. To further his vision of raising the tourism services standards, he started a hotel management school Boma International Hospitality College in Kenya.