* Agenda is Subject to Change



Transportation to GBSN Members Meeting
Bus departs Intercontinental Hotel ——> Chandaria School of Business, USIU

11:00 – 17:45
Chandaria School of Business, USIU

Pre-Conference Workshop: GBSN Members Meeting

*Closed Session, GBSN Members Only


Transportation to Welcome Reception
Bus departs Intercontinental Hotel ——> Safari Park Hotel

18:30 – 19:00
Safari Park Hotel

Welcome Address

George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Read Bio)
Teresia Linge, Associate Dean, Chandaria School of Business, USIU, Kenya (Read Bio)

18:00 – 20:00
Safari Park Hotel

Welcome Reception, Sponsored by Chandaria School of Business, USIU and Strathmore Business School


Return Transportation from Welcome Reception
Buses depart Safari Park Hotel ——> Intercontinental Hotel 



Transportation to Conference
Buses depart Intercontinental Hotel ——-> Strathmore Business School

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:10

Strathmore Business School Choir Performance

9:10 – 9:40

Welcome Address

Soumitra Dutta, Former Founding Dean, Professor of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa, Kenya (Read Bio)
John Odhiambo, Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University, Kenya (Read Bio)

9:40 – 10:00

Keynote Address

Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft Group, Kenya

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:45

Keynote Conversation

Importance and Impact of Management Education, Leadership and Innovation in Driving the Systemic Change needed to leapfrog Africa’s Economic Growth

This keynote conversation will frame the importance of Management Education, Leadership and Innovation in Driving the Systemic Change needed to leapfrog Africa’s economic growth.

  • Why do companies need leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset?
  • How can business schools work with the corporate world to train responsible leaders with entrepreneurial outlooks?

Tim Mescon, Executive VP and Chief OfficerEurope, Middle East and Africa, AACSB International, The Netherlands (Read Bio)


Nicholas Nesbitt, General Manager IBM East Africa, Kenya (Read Bio)
Amadou Diallo, CEO, Middle East & Africa, DHL Global Forwarding, United Arab Emirates (Read Bio)
Habil Olaka, CEO, Kenya Bankers Association, Kenya (Read Bio
Patricia Murugami, Advisor to the Dean & Program Leader: Women in Business & Leadership, Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Read Bio)

11:45 – 12:00

Group Photo

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:30

Cross-Sector Stakeholder Dialogues

Four simultaneous dialogues. At each session at least two dialogue facilitators with experience in the education, industry, or development fields will lead a sector-specific roundtable discussion around the current status, ongoing efforts and opportunities for a different future. Examples of sectors include Mining & Oil, Agriculture, Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, etc.

Hanga Ahazaza: Creating the Future in Rwanda with Innovative Training in Hospitality and Tourism

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business has joined the Mastercard Foundation Hanga Ahazaza initiative, which is dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for youth in Rwanda while enhancing access to financial services and training so small tourism and hospitality sector enterprises can expand. Cornell SC Johnson has been awarded a five-year partnership to train young Rwandans age 16-35 in the hospitality industry. In collaboration with eCornell and Cornell SC Johnson’s executive education program, this new initiative will focus on various content areas, including hotel operations, service, leadership, financial management, marketing and revenue management, which will be taught in a combination of online courses and live, virtual synchronous events with faculty. In this session, we will meet the collaborators of this program from the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, the Mastercard Foundation, and local Rwandan government. We will hear from the staff in the local office and a student participant to hear his/her experiences in the program thus far. This is a deep dive into the hospitality sector that highlights cross-disciplinary collaboration and teaching tools of innovation. Participants will learn of some of the challenges encountered in developing the proposal for this program, creating the learning environment, and then hearing from a student in the first training cohort.

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Gail Fink, Director of International University Relations and Public Engagement, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, USA (Read Bio)


Vianney Gasarasi, Instructor, Food and Beverage Services, Rwanda  Polytechnic, Rwanda
Carmen Nibigira Project Director, Horwath HTL, Mastercard Foundation Partner, Rwanda (Read Bio)
Anselme Ndikuryayo, Training of Trainers Coordination Specialist, Rwanda Polytechnic, Rwanda (Read Bio)
Mugisha Rurangwa, In-Country Facilitator, Hanga Ahazaza, Rwanda (Read Bio)

Transforming Agriculture for Development and Food Security

As the world population continues to increase, many questions are being asked as to whether the current trends of agricultural production will continue to meet the world demand. There is a widening gap between the supply and demand of food, and this has been aggravated more by the rural urban migration especially in emerging economies.  There is also a rising competition for land and water resources and a widespread hunger and malnutrition arising from lack quality food products.  At the production level, smallholder farmers and small enterprises who produce most of the world food crops are faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from climate change, poor production methods, taxation and the subsistence nature of agricultural. How should agriculture be transformed going forward in order to effectively meet the rising demand? What approaches and interventions are required in order to mitigate the falling levels of agricultural productivity? How can agriculture contribute to the growth and development of the emerging economies? This session will seek  deliberate on  this subject and come up with possible solutions.


William, Kirwa, Faculty, Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Read Bio)


Simon Ndiritu, Faculty at Strathmore Business School, Kenya
John Kariuki Senior Manager, Bidco, Kenya
Eunice Mutua, Agribusiness Entrepreneur, Kenya

Accelerating Innovation Ecosystems When No One Person Is In Charge

Public and private sector leaders from regional innovation ecosystem must work together to drive impact in their regions. Change cannot happen in silos; a combination of top down and bottoms up efforts ultimately propel a regional innovation ecosystem forward. Higher education leaders from MIT’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program have been in the midst of that struggle. Each of them is a leader in their own right, but they have been working together across a multi-stakeholder leadership team to come to together build a common agenda, plan and path forward for the region. Learn from their successes and challenges working with corporate and risk capital partners to effect change when no one person is in charge.


Stuart Krusell, Senior Director, MIT Sloan Global Programs, Senior Lecturer in Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Read Bio)


Bernard Chiira, Hub Manager, @iBizAfrica, Strathmore University, Kenya (Read Bio)
Vincent Kwapong, NPI Operations Leader at General Electric, Managing Partner, Songhai; REAP Team Ghana, USA (Read Bio)
Kwaku Appiah-Adu, Dean of Business School, Central University College, REAP Team Ghana, Ghana (Read Bio)
Kevin Mwasigwa, Strategic Partnerships, Strategy & Innovation Division, Safaricom Alpha, Kenya (Read Bio)

Addressing Health Challenges Through Different Problem-Solving Approaches

Healthy societies lead to prosperous economies, and the importance of this has been recognized by the Sustainable Development Goals. Progress has been made in the health sector to combat curable diseases, but it is widely recognized that weak management systems contribute to a decline in health status. By looking at different models of problem solving – including the Challenge Model combined with Coaching and Design Thinking – this session will explore how health issues have been address through management education. Panelists will share success stories, along with the environmental factors that supported these successes (i.e. partnerships). The session will conclude by examining how these methods can be applied in other health settings.


James Mwanzia, Senior Public Health & Health Systems Specialist, Corvus Health Kenya Country Representative, Kenya (Read Bio)


Tecla Kivuli, Faculty & Executive Coach, Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Suranjan Das, Professor and Faculty Coordinator – Design Thinking, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, India (Read Bio)

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14:30 – 15:00

Networking Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30

World Café Research Roundtable Discussions

In a World Café format, participants will have the opportunity to select two out of the four 40 minute presentations about current and relevant research on trends in the marketplace and how business schools are responding to industry needs.

Responsible Leadership in High Intensity Contexts: The Case of American University of Beirut Medical Center

The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is a prestigious medical center in the heart of Beirut. Established about 150 years ago, it has now become one of the premiere medical centers in the Middle East and North Africa region. AUBMC is currently embarking on implementing the AUBMC 2020 vision that “is an ambitious and comprehensive initiative that affirms AUBMC’s position as the leading medical center and healthcare institution in the region.” This vision aims at elevating medical education, research and practice to even higher levels of quality and excellence. This has required the contribution and dedication of a team of exceptional leaders, administrators, and practitioners.  Within the angle of responsible leadership, this session will deep dive into the challenges faced, and the mechanisms by which AUBMC has been promoting its new levels of excellence. In a context of an adjacent war raging on in Syria, intense competition from new healthcare institutions, problematic external tensions exemplified in a weak rule of law and corruption, and an increasingly deteriorating economic situation, the role of responsible leadership becomes ever more salient. Leaders have to carefully navigate those external constraints while keeping their focus, vision, ethics and values. How leaders at AUBMC have been performing will inform research on responsible, ethical, and authentic leadership. In addition, there will be ample opportunities to make cross-cultural comparisons and implications.


Yusuf Sidani, Professor of Leadership & Business Ethics, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (Read Bio)

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Integrating Innovation into the Mining and Oil Industry through Partnerships Between Industry and Academia

Given the on-going exploration of commercially viable mineral deposits in most countries in Africa, the continent’s natural resource wealth is expected to spur industrial growth, trade and investment. All these could create more jobs and business, and promote sustainable economic growth and development. However, the lack of innovative skills and work readiness will undoubtedly present a great barrier for the African youth in particular, to take advantage of the employment and business opportunities created by the extractives sector.

Strathmore University, through the Extractives Baraza, has identified this as a serious gap that needs to be addressed for the youth to realise the potential of the mining and oil industry in Africa. The Extractives Baraza, in partnership with KIPYA Africa Ltd and the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC), annually carries out the Mining 4i and Energy 4i events which showcase technical innovations (for the mining and petroleum sectors) from Africa’s young industrious minds to stakeholders and industry professionals with the potential of investment and development. The pillars of the events, dubbed “4i”, denote the interlinked concepts of Information, Interaction, Innovation, and Investment. The events target the larger extractives market, providing a forum that highlights industry-specific innovations making way for the growth of local content in the mining and energy sector. The winners of the past events have been able to secure legal assistance, funding, assistance with intellectual property protection and mentorship from movers and shakers within the mining and oil industry.


Laura Muniafu, Petroleum Engineer and Researcher, Program Manager, Extractives Baraza, Strathmore University, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Using Case Method as a Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Business-Technical Collaboration for Oil and Gas Industry

In the upstream oil industry, technical terminologies such as correlation, formation, logging and modeling are quite familiar to geologist and petroleum engineers. In the same industry, the statisticians, accountants and corporate planners, to name a few, have entirely different interpretations of the same words. Such is the dramatic nature of language gap between the ‘technical’ and ‘non-technical’ professionals in the same industry or even in the same organisation. This paper proposes systematic incorporation of case base teaching method as a collaborative approach that both business and science/engineering educators can adopt to give cross-disciplinary sufficiency to their respective graduates. The case teaching method allows scholars to review and analyze data, consider relevant theories, draw conclusions, and present different perspectives of solutions for a thought-provoking real-life problem. Although the method accommodates different interpretations and different ways of framing problems for complex real business situations which offer valuable learning experience, it may also potentially create costly complexity and diversity. Therefore, finding relevant cases is a key step towards achieving learning objective. One of the fundamental principles underpinning the case method is that many decision making skills that require experiential judgement cannot be taught theoretically but must be learned through practice. For the oil and gas sector, learning through practice could involve attending expensive simulation courses or gaining experience through internship or a job. However, such opportunities are often limited; hence, real-life cases that bring relevance to the application of abstract concepts may provide invaluable alternatives for such industries.


Solomon Adeyemi, Research Associate, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria (Read Bio)

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Contingency Factors of Corporate Entrepreneurship in Traditional and Modern Sectors

Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation are contingent upon specific factors pertaining mainly to the environment type, the management and leadership style, and more importantly to the proneness of employees to take initiatives. However and despite all these conducive factors, employees’ innovativeness would blossom only in specific organizational configurations that vary according to whether sectors are stable or not. In this presentation, we will compare the example of a mining company with that of an IT one.


Brahim Allali, Professor, International Business, ESCA École de Management, Morocco (Read Bio)

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16:30 – 17:30

The Solution Room

The Solution Room is a plenary session that lasts 60 minutes. The session is designed to provide peer-supported advice on an institution’s most pressing challenge. The presenters will pose a challenge or issue the Emerging Leaders Foundation is facing. Conference attendees will be divided into groups of 10-12, and each group will be given 20 minutes to work together to find a solution. Groups will have the opportunity to present their solution. Following the presentations, the presenters will offer overall feedback to the audience, ultimately selecting the best solution presented.  


Caren Wakoli, Founder & Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Foundation Africa, Kenya (Read Bio)
Rodgers Kidiya, Head of Programs, Emerging Leaders Foundation, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Transportation to Intercontinental Hotel
Buses depart Strathmore Business School ——–> Intercontinental Hotel 

19:30 – 22:00

Gala Dinner, Co-sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management and Monash Business School

Location: Intercontinental Hotel



Transportation to Conference
Buses depart Intercontinental Hotel ——-> Strathmore Business School

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15

Welcome Remarks & Recap

Guy Pfeffermann, President, Management Sciences for Wildlife Conservancies, Founder, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)

9:15 – 10:15

Innovation Showcases

Plenary session featuring short, practical showcases of innovative approaches to education. Presenters will share relevant and transferable examples of how their business school is addressing some aspect of educating entrepreneurial leaders to transform a traditional sector.

Integrative Cross Functional Faculty Teaching Panel

Faculty in many management institutes work in silos. Further, peer learning among faculty is not normally easy because of egos and silos. We created teaching panels of 16 or so faculty led by experienced and accomplished faculty. In each session, 2 faculty from mixed disciplines identify a topic which marries their interests and teach a faculty group. 360 degree feedback is provided by the faculty group. We describe a session in which a leadership faculty and a sustainability faculty linked leadership theory to an application in rural India which impacted irrigation, agriculture and self-sufficiency. We explain how this initiative has enabled faculty to connect the dots and work on integrative and teaching. Both the sectoral application (agriculture as well as content integration within a school across areas are valuable and demonstrable.


Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, India (Read Bio)

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Entrepreneurship Training Using Technology as a Cost-Effective Way to Offer Personalized Consulting

Conventional business programs are very often copied from western business schools and consequently do not meet the needs of either small businesses or developing markets with all their specifics. Business schools after all cater to the needs of management of big companies in the developed economies.

Real gaps and needs of small businesses, the backbone of employment creation in the emerging economies, are very little researched. The information is largely self-reported, fragmentary and inaccurate. Applying technology allows to determine these gaps scientifically for the first time and develop tailor-made solutions to these problems. For example, out of our experience it is not the lack of capital what hinders SMEs in their growth as many report, but their inefficient use of existing capital. This optimization will allow for growth and improvement without increasing the debt burden of young enterprises. 

ISBI Institute at Strathmore has developed a financial management tool that allows to collect this information and enables the SMEs to solve critical issues hindering their growth. Based on the analysis of the data collected Institute itself can identify key issues faced by the majority of the SMEs and thereby develop tailor-made solutions suitable for the majority of SMEs. Such approach results in cost-efficient, but at the same time almost personalized consulting. Agriculture (along with Retail) being the priority area of many developing economies is obviously our first focus.


Suncan Pavlovic, Managing Director and Founder, Institute for Small Business Initiative at Strathmore Business School, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Management for Peace: Engagement and Solutions for Social Conflicts

In today’s world, extremism within and among religions and regions is an important issue affecting societal development and mutuality in public discourses. Violent actions affect markets, governance structures, organizational strategies, operational structures and daily life of people in conflict zones.  Actions for peace require dialogue, understanding and collaboration to create and develop new structures for societal development such as entrepreneurship, job creation, innovative governance and new policies to re-build social capital. Management schools and business schools play a key role in contributing to peace processes, as the management discipline is a key concept for planning and execution of actions part of peace building.  This breakout session aims to discuss different perspectives and experiences to, systematically and consistently, integrate “management for peace” into the educational, research and service programs of schools. 


Bernhardus Johannes Van Hoof, Associate Professor, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (Read Bio)

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10:15 – 11:15

Africa’s Performance in the Global Innovation Index: Innovation Achievers and Hope for the Future

Innovation is firmly recognized as a central driver of economic growth and development. The Global Innovation Index (GII) is the premier reference for measuring a country’s innovation performance. Extending beyond the traditional measures of innovation, the index explores a broad horizontal vision of innovation that encompasses indicators of political environment, education, infrastructure, and business sophistication.

The GII 2018 recognizes twenty countries as ‘Innovation Achievers,’ a group consisting of countries that outperform on innovation in correspondence to their level of development. Six out of the total twenty come from Sub-Saharan Africa, the most of any region. Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Malawi, and Madagascar stand out for being innovation achievers at least three times in the previous eight years. This plenary session will focus on Africa’s performance in the context of global innovation. 


Soumitra Dutta, Former Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Business School Network, Founding Editor, Global Innovation Index, USA (Read Bio)

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11:15 – 11:30

2019 Annual Conference Preview

11:30 – 12:00

Networking Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30

Breakout Sessions

Presentations, facilitated discussions and/or workshops around design, delivery, promotion, impact or administration of entrepreneurship education related to a specific sector.

Narrowing the Management Skills Gap in Wildlife Conservancies

Management skills are particularly important, as they are needed in every walk of life, such as entrepreneurship, government, business, nonprofit organizations. The same is true in many of the wildlife conservancies, especially but not only in community conservancies, which in Kenya account for 80 some percent of all conservancies. Even in the world of large international wildlife organizations most leaders and managers have life sciences and/or environmental backgrounds. Relatively few hail from business and management professions. Wildlife conservancies face a particularly challenging diversity of management problems; to name a few: anti-poaching efforts, environmental protection, nurturing good relations with local communities, tourism, government relations, personnel management, fundraising and revenue enhancement. There is an increasing recognition in the conservancy world of the need for a more entrepreneurship mindset and better business skills. For various reasons African business schools have not focused much on the conservancy sector.

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Guy Pfeffermann, President, Management Sciences for Wildlife Conservancies, Founder, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)


Aaron Appleton, Learning Experience Designer, African Leadership University School of Wildlife, Kenya (Read Bio)
David O. Chiawo, Senior Lecturer, Dean, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Strathmore University, Kenya (Read Bio)

Innovative Entrepreneurial Development Models that Drive Economic Growth

Entrepreneurship in Africa is seen as the key to improving unemployment for Africa’s growing youth population as well as for overall economic growth. While many traditional institutions on the continent are still teaching business skills through traditional methods, other institutions have stepped in providing practical training opportunities through learning by doing. But emerging research argues that training geared specifically toward entrepreneurs might not be as valuable as once thought. This session will highlight the impact of entrepreneurship training through a practice-focused initiative, demonstrate the value of entrepreneurship training through an interactive case study. The panel will conclude with an open discussion around the value of practical entrepreneurship training and the aspects that make this type of training work.


Scott Bellows, Assistant Professor of Management and Chair of the Incubation and Innovation Center, United States International University – Africa, Kenya (Read Bio)


Rebecca Harrison, CEO and Co-Founder, African Management Initiative, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Patricia Ithau, Regional Director, Stanford Seed East Africa, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Responsible Leadership in the New World Order

The global economy is more interconnected than ever before, and this interconnectedness brings intense competition, disruptive change and increased uncertainty. There is a greater need to drive profits and become successful, but at what cost? Responsible leadership creates healthy organizations, happy employees and can still generate sustainable and profitable organizations. Using two examples of how responsible leadership is implemented, this interactive session will give participants an opportunity to reflect and engage in dialogue on how to incorporate this practice into their own institutions. 


Unmesh Brahme, Managing Director, APAC & MEA, Better Future, USA (Read Bio)
Renata Schoeman, Senior Lecturer: Leadership , Psychiatrist, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa (Read Bio)

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Management Development Institute: The Impact of Partnership and Leadership on the Health Sector

Without effective leadership and management of health services, there will be barriers to scaling up service delivery, the development of robust health systems and the achievement of national health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. This constraint persists due to a shortage of leadership and management expertise in the region and to an uncoordinated and fragmented approach to building this capacity. Leadership and management knowledge, skills and abilities can be taught and have a demonstrated impact in enhancing the quantity, quality and access to healthcare for underserved populations. The Management Development Institute (MDI), funded by Johnson & Johnson, was designed to address the HR issue in the health sector and has provided more than 1,400 Sub-Saharan African health professionals over the last 12 years with leadership and management training. MDI alumni will share their experience of the MDI training and how their new knowledge and skill set has made an impact to the health sector.


Charles Myaka, Consultant in Business Management, Adjunct Faculty, Daystar University, Faculty Coordinator, AMREF Health Africa MDI and MDI-LMA Programs, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Rene Kiamba, Global Community Impact, Johnson & Johnson, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Judith E. Karamana, Program Manager, Beacon of Hope, Kenya (Read Bio)

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Maureen Njoki Githuka, Clinical Lead, German Doctors Nairobi, Kenya
Jane Wakarima W. Mwai, Assistant Project Coordinator – HIV Program, German Doctors Nairobi, Kenya

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Jane Wathome, Executive Director, Beacon of Hope, Kenya

13:30 – 14:30

Closing Lunch


Transportation to Intercontinental Hotel
Buses depart Strathmore Business School ——–> Intercontinental Hotel