Isaac Sebakijje is Director of Hospitality/Tourism & Business Development. He has over 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry. He studied and graduated in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Henley College, Coventry (United Kingdom). He also undertook more vocational studies in Hotel Management with American College in Los Angeles as well as Real Estate/Mortgage Licensing with Long and Foster Real Estate in Maryland, USA.
He went on to gain experience in Europe working with the Holiday Inn (Plymouth, England) and Hotel Schneefernerhaus (Germany). He moved to the United States and took on supervisory and management positions for the Doubletree Hotels by Hilton. The companies included Dolce Hotels & Resorts (Potomac, Maryland) and Davidson Hotels & Resorts (Los Angeles, California). He continually participates in industry workshops and holds various hotel certifications from the Hilton Worldwide University, Venza Group, USA and City and Guilds of London. Isaac is a current Member of the Institute of Hospitality (MIH) United Kingdom.
Isaac’s expertise lies in exceptional customer service, training, team management and leadership within high-profile hotel corporations especially resorts. He also possesses vast knowledge in world tourism. Isaac has taken particular interest in closing the hospitality skill gap in emerging Sub Saharan Africa where he travels and spends time consulting with hospitality and tourism stakeholders. He has written several published commentaries on the subject based on his findings. Isaac is active with commercial and humanitarian organizations that are focused on promoting Sub Saharan Africa as the fastest growing and last economic frontier. He is also a strong advocate of the African youth, women empowerment and diaspora involvement as the foundation for future African development.
As part of the global pursuits, Isaac participated in live training workshops with the US Exim Bank in Washington DC that focuses on export and import funding for projects both in the USA and emerging nations. He is also a former secretary of the African Growth & Opportunities Act – Southern California Coalition (AGOA-SCC)