IIEPD Board Member

Ghaby Kodeih

CEO at Kodeih Group

A leading entrepreneur in several industries who has worked with numerous high-profile businesses across the world.

As one of the most active and dynamic entrepreneurs in Benin, a country that is located in the West African sub-region, Ghaby Kodeih, the CEO of Kodeih Group, has gone on to become a globally recognised business leader in several industries.

The Kodeih Group is a conglomerate of several high-profile international companies with a combined net worth of nearly $500 million and employs people from within Benin and around the world.

Companies that are part of the the Kodeih group include World Link SA which specialises in mining of precious stones, Kodieh and Co. that focuses on international negotiations as well as import-export, SHRL which oversees hotel and tourism development, Petrolink SA that leads in the oil industry, furniture and textiles brand SOBA and civil engineering firm ECOREF.

Ghaby, through the Kodeih Group, has made significant contributions to the economy and creation of jobs in Benin, which has been recognised at the 5th Annual Hotelier Summit North Africa where he was awarded for his remarkable contribution to the region’s hospitality sector.

Ghaby Kodeih with Christian Adovelandé, president of the West African Development Bank (BOAD)

Most recently, the president of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), Christian Adovelandé has agreed to finance the construction of the final phase of Benin’s first 5-star Marriott Hotel in Cotonia, which is being developed by the Kodeih Group. This new development is set to have 202 luxury rooms, which include 18 executives suites and a presidential suite, will oversee the pristine beaches of Gulf of Guinea, and will play a huge role in boosting Benin’s tourism industry.

Benin has a rich heritage and culture along with mesmerising natural scenery. Benin also has a UNESCO-listed National Park

Designs for Marriott Hotel in Cotonia, Benin

Ghaby has a wealth of knowledge of Benin’s economy, culture and administrative practice. And his expertise has earned him widespread recognition where several high-profile export companies across Europe and China have invited him to become an advisor on their board.

Ghaby Kodeih was awarded the 5th Annual Hotelier Summit Africa North, Hospitality Honourarium Grand 2018, presented with appreciation and recognition for the remarkable contributions to the hospitality sector in North Africa. 

As an IIEPD board member, Ghaby’s experience will help make IIEPD accessible to emerging markets across the globe.

Our Governing Board

Our board of advisers includes:

Andrew Armstrong has been working in education for nearly 20 years. He is an ALS manager for The Manchester College. The Manchester College is the largest further education college in the United Kingdom. 

HYMK are a leading provider in financial consultancy and services. Managing a host of national businesses. The company’s phenomenal success is based on its foundations of having worked in both Private and Public sectors at national and international standards.

The Kodeih Groupe owns numerous 5 star hotels around the world in addition to running many construction projects on behalf of governments. The Kodeih Groupe are one of the largest importers of fruit into Africa.

Over 15 years experience in Business Development, Digital Strategy, Marketing, Lead Generation, Account Management, Event Management and Publishing, having worked for a number of publishers and agencies.

The Ruia Group owns and manages a whole host of international brands, the oldest of which was established in 1876. The Ruia Group is a family controlled organisation and Charitable commitments are an important part of the Group philosophy.

Personal development trainer with a background in mental health support. Founder of vegan health and beauty brand Mona Living.