The Elewana Collection is delighted to announce the new General Manager at Elewana Arusha Coffee; Zimbabwean-born Hazel Gumpo is a seasoned professional with a long and illustrious career spanning 30 years in Hotel Management and Capacity Building. Hazel’s hospitality journey began with a pre-industrial attachment after completing her A-Levels in her homeland Zimbabwe. This led to her undertaking extensive training in Germany for the ensuing years. Her strengths include incisive strategic thinking, creative problem solving and an unmatched zeal for her work. On her return to Zimbabwe, Hazel’s first assignment was in one of Southern Africa’s finest properties.
Hazel has worked as a capacity builder for over 15 years for a Southern African company with international expertise in providing cost-effective, tried and tested hospitality solutions - whose operations are characterized by a tireless quest for quality in every aspect of product and service delivery. Hazel is certified in AHMA Human Resources Management and AHMA Hospitality Training. The Ghana Hotels Association awarded her as the Hotel Trainer of the Year 2015. In recognition of her significant contribution to the industry, she was acknowledged as one of the Top 100 Tourism Personalities in West Africa by the ECOWAS region travel fair, Accra Weizo, in 2017.
Her mission statement is to build people and dreams, and as such is passionate about training and developing young hoteliers. Hazel considers herself privileged to head the Elewana Arusha Lodge team, her vision is to create unforgettable encounters of Africa for visitors entering the northern safari circuit pre and post safari, thereby providing African culinary experiences with cultural encounters from arrival to departure.
Hazel’s passions include interior decoration, creative cooking, hosting and sightseeing. She is the daughter of farmers and delights in being back in a farm environment - working and living on a farm. She is the first born of a family of 5 girls and 1 boy - a symbolic leader from birth. She is not only a strong leader, but a trailblazer who was appointed into a significant managerial role at 22 years, was one of the few female GMs in Ghana and proudly the first female GM at Arusha Coffee lodge.
Please join us in welcoming Hazel to the Elewana Collection and we wish her success in the new positions at ~Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge.