Philip Akesson

Group Head Corporate Development
Travelstart (Nigeria)

2023 Phocuswright Europe speaker

Philip Akesson Group Head Corporate Development
Philip’s role within the TravelLab Group (TLG) is primarily focused on M&A activities and investor relations. TLG is Africa’s leading travel group with a diversified portfolio of travel brands; featuring market leaders in various travel verticals, geographic markets, distribution models, customer segments, and travel products. Travelstart is Africa's leading OTA and the mother brand within the TLG group.

Prior to his current role in Corporate Development, Philip served as the CEO of Travelstart during Covid-19, and prior to that as its Country Manager in Nigeria.

Philip moved to Nigeria in 2012 after graduating from the Stockholm School of Economics to build e-commerce businesses for Kinnevik, a Swedish investment company. Since then, he’s taken on a wide range of executive roles in various e-commerce businesses and verticals.

In parallel with his work at TLG, Philip serves as the Honorary Consul of Sweden in Lagos, Nigeria.

Vacation days are preferably spent kitesurfing or his latest fascination with ultramarathons (completed Marathon Des Sables in May ’23).


Tuesday, June 13, 2023
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CET

WiT Europe: Hello, New World

In this curated session, WiT puts the spotlight on the new world of trends and tech in the more unconventional markets where things are changing at a rapid pace and accelerated during the pandemic. From South Korea to the Middle East and Nigeria, we meet the titans and trailblazers from those markets and scan the fast-paced, high-growth digital travel landscapes forming and how that might influence the way you think about opportunities and new ideas for your businesses in Europe.

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