Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AZALAÏ HOTELS
Mr. Mossadeck Bally is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Azalaï Hotels Group, a leading private hotel chain group in the West African Region.
Born August 27, 1961 in Niger to Malian parents with a long tradition in commerce and trading, Mr. Bally was raised in Niger and Mali, where he received his early education. He studied abroad, notably in France and in the United States where he improved his business knowledge by holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, in California.
Mr. Bally commenced his foray into the African hospitality industry with an initial focus on his home country, Mali. In 1994 he established the special purpose vehicle, “Société Malienne de Promotion Hôtelière (SMPH)” to effect the acquisition of the first hotel of the future Azalaï Hotels Group through the State privatization of the mythical “Grand Hôtel de Bamako”. In 2000, he built on the strong reputation on the service quality and management of its premier hotel to build the Salam Hotel, and enter into a management agreement for Hotel Nord Sud, both based in Bamako.
In 2005, Mr. Bally consolidated the activities of the various properties under a common brand (“Azalaï Hotels”), and formally launched the Group’s expansion strategy in the WAEMU region. Under Mr. Bally’s leadership, the Azalaï Hotels Group expanded to Burkina Faso in 2004 through the acquisition of Hotel Independence; Guinea Bissau in 2007 through the acquisition of Hotel 24 de Setembro, to Benin through the acquisition of Hotel de la Plage and more recently to Abidjan, Nouakchott, Dakar, Niamey and Conakry. From its humble origin 20 years ago, Azalaï Hotels Group is today the first African private hotel chain group in the West African Region, providing direct employment to about 700 persons and over 3,500 indirectly.
Mr. Bally, through the Azalaï Hotels Group strives to provide a conquering vision for African Business.