Managing Director Real Estate, BlackstoneAbhishek Agarwal is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in analyzing real estate investments in various property sectors across several geographies in Europe. Mr. Agarwal is currently responsible for Blackstone’s hospitality investments in Europe and has worked on various transactions, including the acquisition and sale of the Broadgate estate, the acquisition of Multi Corporation and the acquisition of HI Partners. He also served on the board of Broadgate. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Agarwal worked as a software developer with Microsoft, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Windows' Vista. Mr. Agarwal received a B. Tech. in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad, where he was placed on the Deans Merit List. He completed his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore where he graduated with the Gold medal.
Dr. Andreas Andreadis
CEO, LBRI (Sani & Ikos Resorts)
President, Rosewood Hotels & ResortsRadha Arora brings 30 years’ luxury hospitality leadership experience to his role, including serving in top positions at some of the world’s finest and most celebrated luxury hotels. Mr. Arora joined the company from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where he was a 16-year veteran. His most recent position was Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Beverly Wilshire, as well as presiding over Four Seasons properties in the western United States and South Pacific.
Managing Director, VT Capital LtdDuring the past 8 years, Giuseppe has been developing strong relationships in the industry by managing buy side mandates, deal origination, valuations, deal structuring, and project executions, by advising an international network of clients such as high-profile private equity funds and family offices on their investments in the sector in South Europe and in particular in Italy.
Managing Director, Eastdil SecuredRiaz Azadi is a Managing Director at Eastdil Secured LLC based in London responsible for the firms U.K. and European CRE debt placement, structured finance and structured equity transactions. Riaz was brought in by Eastdil Secured in 2011 having previously worked for Hypo Real Estate International AG on the Real Estate Investment Banking team as well as Wachovia and Wells Fargo Special Situations Group restructuring and selling loans.
Director, Planning and Development & Valuations, Horwath HTLA graduate in Law from the University of Cambridge, a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years’ experience in professional business advisory services and general management in a wide range of independently-managed and publicly-listed international companies.
Senior Director Consultancy, CBRE HotelsDavid heads up Hotel Consultancy Services within CBRE across EMEA. He joined CBRE in May 2013 following the acquisition of TRI Hospitality Consulting, a leading boutique hotel consultancy firm, in which he was Deputy Managing Director and co-owner.
Chief Executive Officer Netherlands, Colliers InternationalExtensive Management expertise in the global market, with a focus on Sales & Marketing projects and M&A assignments. Strategic & Turn around management with clarity in vision and strategy, leading to tangible results.
CEO EMEA, Frasers HospitalityGuus Bakker oversees the group's operations and development across Europe, Middle East and Africa including all the Fraser brands as well as Malmaison and Hotel du Vin. Guus launched Frasers UK operations in 2002 with the opening of three properties, growing it to its current size of 65 properties. Guus has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having previously worked for Citadines where he left as Regional Director of Operations after 14 years with the company.
Chairman, MEININGER HotelsNavneet Bali took over as CEO of MEININGER Hotels last year following its acquisition by Holidaybreak in the
President and CEO, Wyndham Hotel GroupGeoff Ballotti is the president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and 650,200 rooms in 71 countries. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operation, growth and performance.
CEO, IHGKeith has been Chief Executive Officer of IHG® since July 2017. He is responsible for implementing IHG’s strategy for high-quality growth and generating industry leading value creation for hotel owners, operators and shareholders. This strategy focuses on strengthening a diverse portfolio of differentiated brands, building scale in key markets, creating lifetime guest relationships, and delivering highly profitable revenues to hotels.
Senior Partner, Benson Elliot Services LimitedTrish Barrigan co-founded Benson Elliot Capital Management, a pan-European private equity real estate investment company, over 11 years ago. Benson Elliot has raised over €1.5 billion of equity for investment across Europe and acts as a discretionary fiduciary for leading international institutions and family offices. Currently as its Managing Partner, Trish oversees a team of 39 people comprised of 13 different nationalities based across 5 offices.
Chairman and CEO, AccorHotelsAfter five years working in several financial positions in New York, San Francisco and London, Sébastien Bazin was appointed CEO of Hottinguer Rivaud Finances, an investment bank, in 1990, and then CEO of L’Immobilière Hôtelière, a hotel developer in France, in 1992. In 1997, he moved to Colony Capital, a private real estate investment firm, to head up its European branch and lead several acquisitions, principally in the hospitality sector (Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée, Lucien Barrière, Fairmont & Raffles, Buffalo Grill, Château Lascombes, Stadia Consulting and others).
President, Euragone Investment ManagementAfter studying business at the CESEM in Reims and in Germany, Pierre Beckerich starts his career in the shopping center business for a company today known as Unibail Rodamco. After 10 years as a CEO of the Parisian office of the number one German real estate broker Müller International he initiates the fusion with Auguste Thouard, giving birth to Atisreal - today’s BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE.
Founder & Managing Director, Roseberg Hospitality LLCOliver K. Berger, founder and managing director of Roseberg Hospitality LLC, launched Roseberg in 2013 to develop and manage hotels in key European gateway cities, with a particular focus on Paris and Rome.
Chief Development Officer EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group
Vedrana Bilanovic Riley
CEO, Ciel CapitalVedrana is the founder and CEO of Ciel Capital, a principal, JV equity and asset management platform with a core focus on hotels. Vedrana also co-founded Stow-Away, a design led apart’hotel concept. The first Stow-Away will open in Lower Marsh, Waterloo in December 2017.
Managing Director and Head of European Hotels, Starwood Capital GroupCody Bradshaw is a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group and Head of European Hotels. In this role, he oversees the firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across Europe. His portfolio responsibilities extend to numerous major lodging investments totaling over $3 billion in asset value. This includes Starwood’s recent launch of The Principal Hotel Company, a leading UK hotel platform currently comprised of over 30 hotels and 5,000 rooms, following the firm’s acquisition and subsequent merger of three UK hotel companies in 2014 totaling over 50 hotels. His previous responsibilities included SCG’s ownership of Louvre Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in Europe, comprised of over 1,000 hotels across more than 40 countries.
Partner/Head of Europe, KSL Capital Partners
Coley J. Brenan
Partner, Head of Europe, KSL Capital PartnersMr. Brenan joined KSL Capital Partners in May 2005 after spending five years in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure Group of Deutsche Bank Securities. He holds a B.S. in Real Estate and Finance from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
CEO, Amaris Hospitality
Martin J. Brühl
CIO and Member of the Management Board, Union InvestmentMartin Brühl has been a member of the Management Board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH in Hamburg since 2016. As Chief Investment Officer, he oversees all transactions in Union Investment’s 23 national markets worldwide. The business area Brühl is responsible for is structured into two geographical units, Europe and Overseas, covering office investments in both markets, as well as two additional teams, Retail and Hospitality, each with global reach.
Strategy & Business Development Director, Al Marjan Island
Partner, FieldfisherAlex is a Partner in Fieldfisher's Financial Markets and Products Group in London. Alex specialises in real estate finance in the hotel and leisure sector. His clients include equity investors, owners, debt providers and operators. Alex advises on the financing arrangements for the acquisition, development and refurbishment of hotel properties. He has advised on both European and international transactions, including on recent projects in the UK, Iraq and Sri Lanka. His experience includes advising on the origination of corporate and real estate loans, Intercreditor arrangements, securitisation and debt/equity restructuring matters.
Director Spain, CBRE Hotels Limited
Vice President, Strategy, WATG ǀ Wimberly InteriorsRaj Chandnani is Vice President, Strategy for WATG and Wimberly Interiors. He is responsible for guiding the company’s global outreach activities, implementing strategic initiatives, and positioning the firm as a leader in innovation. He has a wide range of industry expertise focusing on consumer trends, travel and tourism, branding strategies and hospitality real estate.
Louvre Hotels GroupSaurabh is the Chief Development Officer at Louvre Hotels Group. In this capacity, Saurabh spearheads numerous development and acquisition opportunities across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, and Australia.
Partner, Crisis and Security Consulting practice, Control RisksAndy Cox is a Partner in our Crisis and Security Consulting practice in Europe and Africa. Andy delivers resilience and risk consulting services and business protection advice to Control Risks’ clients across Europe and Africa. Andy has experience in advising a wide range of clients across a broad spectrum of business sectors, including the hospitality sector. He has delivered security transformation programmes, corporate security strategies as well as operational security guidance and business continuity and crisis management services.
Partner - Hotels and Leisure, DentonsMark is a partner in Dentons' world-renowned Hotels & Leisure practice. He has a broad based hospitality practice representing hotel owners, developers, third-party operators, hospitality brands, and lenders in connection with the development and operation of hotel and leisure facilities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. His practice focuses on the negotiation of management and licensing arrangements for a broad range of hotel and leisure facilities, including hotels, spas, golf courses, resorts, restaurants, and other recreational facilities and amenities.
Global Managing Director, Christie & CoChris Day joined Christie + Co in 1985 and, having worked in the Manchester, Birmingham and London Offices, was appointed Managing Director in 1993. He has overall responsibility for all Christie + Co's specialist transactional and advisory activities. Chris has overseen the successful expansion of Christie + Co into a truly global firm, which currently has 29 offices throughout Europe.
Christabelle Morgan Dessouches
International Hotel Development Director, Aparthotels AdagioChristabelle is in charge of the international development of the Adagio brand (a joint venture between AccorHotels and Pierre&Vacances-Center Parcs) with a development plan covering not only Europe but also Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Graduated from Ecole Hôteliere de Lausanne-Switzerland and with an EMBA from ESCP Paris, Christabelle has more than 15 years’ experience in hotel development for brands from budget to luxury, in Europe as well as internationally and also in strategic and relationship marketing. Christabelle joined the Adagio team based in Paris early 2014 after spending most of her previous career within the AccorHotels group.
Board Member, HAMA Europe Chapter, and EVP – Head of Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Board Member, HAMA Europe Chapter, and EVP – Head of Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Vice President of Commercial, Interstate Hotels & ResortsCarol Dodds is Vice President of Commercial for the UK, responsible for leading and directing the specialist functions of revenue management and distribution, sales and marketing for all Interstate-managed hotels in Europe. She joined the company following Interstate’s acquisition of Chardon Management Ltd in September 2013. With Chardon since 2005, she implemented Revenue Management as a function, building a strong revenue culture within the company driving revenue and distribution strategy and improving total revenue and profit performance and market share growth. In 2016, Carol was promoted to VP Commercial, and working with her key commercial leadership team, has aligned the commercial strategy over all disciplines. Carol also plays an active role within the development team, supporting with business projections and feasibilities for prospective owners and investors. Carol has been working in the industry for 30 years, covering both the London and provincial markets, including ten years with Forte Hotels and five years with Intercontinental Hotels Group. Working through front office, sales and revenue management environments over multiple markets, she held a post of general manager before specialising in the revenue management discipline for the last 15 years and latterly expanding her expertise over specialist sales and marketing.
Managing Partner, Horwath HTLPhilippe Doizelet, MRICS, serves as Managing Partner at the Paris office of Horwath HTL, the global leader in hospitality consulting. Philippe started his career as a consultant with Horwath & Horwath then KPMG before joining Accor as Project Manager and then as Research Director for Accor Hospitality.
THL Lead Partner, Deloitte FranceJo leads the Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) practice in France coordinating over 100 professionals. The French team is part of the Deloitte’s global THL industry group, which provides corporate finance, consulting, tax & legal, advisory and assurance services to the international hospitality industry.
VP Finance, Arena Hospitality GroupArnoud Duin holds the position of Vice President Finance and is responsible for Arena Hospitality Group’s corporate finance strategy including international acquisitions and new development projects. Arnoud holds over ten years’ experience in the hospitality sector including roles such as Group Controller and Director Operational Finance at PPHE Hotel Group and has worked for 8 years as an auditor and certified public accountant.
Partner, DLA Piper
Senior Vice President Global Cyber & Technology, LocktonPeter Erceg joined Lockton’s Global Cyber & Technology team in June 2016. He assists clients with their understanding on the technical and business risks in Information and Cyber Security. Peter is based in London and works with clients across the globe.
CEO, Novum HospitalityIt became clear to David Etmenan, who was born 1984 in Kassel, at an early stage that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a hotelier. After his traineeship as a hotel manager, he joined the family company in 2000, just before beginning his studies in business administration at the Nordakademie, Elmshorn. His focus was on the development of a central administration. Today, as the CEO & Owner of the Novum Hospitality, he is responsible for the dynamically growing group‘s strategy, finance, sales and expansion. Mr Etmenan plays golf and also shares his interest in motor racing and traveling.
Managing Partner, Engel & Völkers Hotel ConsultingAndreas Ewald is Managing Partner of the worldwide operating hotel consulting practice of Engel & Völkers (EVHC). He has more than 20 years of hospitality and real estate experience. Before joining EVHC in November 2016 he used to be Head of Hospitality GSA at EY. In his professional career he has been responsible for structuring large Pan-European real estate portfolio transactions with a transaction volume of more than EUR 15bn.
Chairman, ISHCJohn Fareed, MSc CHME ISHC, is Managing Director of Horwath HTL in the US with offices in New York, NY;
Managing Director, Qbic Hotels
Managing Director, Artelia HospitalityLorenzo Felici is a Director in ARTELIA since 2011, currently heading ARTELIA Hospitality, an ARTELIA group department offering project management and engineering support to investors, developers, operators and architects within the hospitality sector worldwide. Lorenzo has managed more than 50 hotel developments for leaders in the sector such as Accor, Hilton, Club Med, Starwood Hotels, IHG, as well as for international investors and Real Estate funds in EMEA region.
Group Managing Director, Clink HostelsMark Fenelon joined as Managing Director of Clink Hostels during 2017 to manage the evolution and expansion of the Clink portfolio across Europe and the US through both direct ownership and leasing models.
Global Human Resources Director, Room Mate GroupRoom Mate is a visionary brand which encompasses Room Mate Hotels, Be Mate (the innovative tourist housing company) and X-Perience (a consultancy with the Room Mate stamp and PwC collaboration).
Head of Hotels & Resorts Consulting, Colliers InternationalMarc has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK and international hotel business and is a recognised specialist in hotel and resort development. He offers clients a full suite of services from concept and feasibility to operational advice to investment negotiation and corporate finance structuring.
Senior Vice President- EMEA, HiltonBased in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date. In 2016, his remit expanded to include the Middle East, where Hilton’s presence consists of more than 115 hotels, either trading or under development.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Avignon CapitalPatrick Flaton has over 20 years of experience and has spent the past 13 years as an entrepreneur in different private equity businesses. He specialises in building company value and strategic growth in companies.
Director Business Development, Deutsche HospitalitySusanne Friedrich joined Deutsche Hospitality (Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotels) in September 2017 where she is in charge of Hotel development for the region Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Growth targets within the region include urban, vibrant locations in primary and secondary cities for Jaz in the City, expansion of IntercityHotels at important traffic hubs as well as city, resort and airport locations for Steigenberger Hotels.
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, partner for strategic consulting and successful management solutions for the hotel and tourism industry. Certified tourism manager with emphasis of process
Federico J González
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel GroupFederico J. González is the President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, and Chairman of the Global Steering Committee of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He joined Rezidor in May 2017 from the Carlson Hospitality Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer, since January 2017.
CEO, BarcelóDegree in economics and business administration, Deusto University
Head of debt advisory EMEA, Hotels and Hospitality Group, JLLAs the Managing Director within JLL’ Hotels and Hospitality team, Chris Gow is responsible for directing the debt finance strategy for the EMEA hotels business.
Managing Director International Member Services, Best Western Hotels & ResortsNeville joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2006 with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Hospitality Industry. Neville previously held a sales role in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland as well as having brand experience with both Hyatt and Choice hotels in both sales and catering/convention services. In his current role as Managing Director of International Member Services for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Neville oversees hoteliers and owners relationships in various international regions and is currently focussed on the current relaunch of the various Best Western brands for Spain and Portugal.
Managing Director and Chief Economist, Manulife Asset Management
President & Chief Executive Officer, Questex LLCKerry C. Gumas led the formation and currently serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Questex LLC, a leading international business event and information company which produces, owns and operates over 120 events and related digital media products worldwide, including the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin. Kerry is a veteran hospitality, travel and tourism media industry executive with over thirty years' experience producing successful business events and media for the industry throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Among the company's media properties are the IHIF Global Hotel Investment News, Hotel Management, Travel Agent, Luxury Hotelier, Luxury Travel Advisor, the Informed Traveler and International Meetings Review. Kerry is a Board member and advisor to industry trade associations and serves as host of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin.
Managing Partner, Magma Hospitality Consulting
Chief Financial Officer, Redefine bdl HotelsDavid qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003 and has since gained more than 13 years’ experience in progressively senior finance roles within the hospitality industry, ranging from limited service hotels through to 5 star resorts.
Partner, Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton BoggsElias Hayek leads the global Hospitality & Leisure Group at Squire Patton Boggs, a leading international law firm with 1500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries. He is a widely respected hospitality lawyer with over two decades of cross-jurisdictional professional experience in the hospitality sector, including in sector specific corporate and commercial transactions; management, licensing, franchising and service agreements; hospitality M&A and joint ventures; hotel project leasing agreements; mixed use and branded residential developments; sale and lease / manage back transactions; and food and beverage, restaurant and health and wellness management and licensing agreements. His clients include multi asset owner / developers, private equity funds, brand owners and third party operators. He currently represents clients on hospitality projects across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean. Over his career, Elias closed over 350 hospitality and leisure projects across virtually every major city in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.
Head of Global Hotel Sales, trivagoDaniel Holl is the Head of Global Hotel Sales for trivago N.V., a leading global hotel metasearch that helps millions of travelers find their ideal hotel.
Managing Director, BH GroupJames is the founder and managing director of BH Group, he has over 15 years experience developing a wide range of commercial projects and has worked with a number of the major funds throughout the UK. Prior to BH Group, James worked for Business Homes working up the ranks to become managing director, where he took the company from a small business in the North to a nationwide leading developer of small commercial space. Between 2000 and 2010 he developed 42 projects totalling 1.3m sq ft.
Director and Executive Deputy General Manager, HK CTS
Commercial Director, Owner Partnerships, Booking.comCarmen Hui is the Global Commercial Director of Owner Partnerships at Booking.com, responsible for defining partnership opportunities with ownership and management groups worldwide and managing relationships with such partners, helping to further Booking.com’s mission of empowering people to experience the world. Prior to Booking.com, Carmen tenured for 12 years with Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the largest publicly traded hotel REIT in the world, leading a team responsible for Host’s European hotel joint venture with APG and GIC.
Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Chairman, HoCoSo
CEO, Condo Hotels
Dr. Joanne Jia
Head of Asia, Christie & CoDr. Jia holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Cambridge, MSc in Management from the University of Oxford, and First class honour degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sheffield. She is a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of International Society of Hospitality Consultants, and also elected as a vice president of China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hotel Investors Association. She was also a lecturer in Finance and Accounting at University of Surrey and taught Finance and Investments at the London School of Economics and Politics in the UK. She is an invited columnist at <21st Century Business> and <Morning Whistler>, both are prominent finance and investment media in China. She is also a guest professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Surrey, and University of West London. She is a well-known speaker in cross-border real estate/hospitality/leisure/healthcare/education acquisitions in Asia, frequently invited for investment conferences and public media interviews.
Director, Spa CreatorsAlistair Johnson, Managing Director of Spa Creators, leads a team of designers and procurement specialists to design, develop and deliver spas for the luxury hotel market. Alistair has previous experience in both IT business software operating systems and spa skincare. With recent international hotel spa projects in Croatia and France, as well as many closer to home including Elan Spa, Mallory Court, The Lyon Arms and SPAshell at Fishmore Hall, Spa Creators have 3 spa launches due to open in first quarter of 2018. Alistair brings a wealth of knowledge in delivering a great design and a spa business that is results driven. Alistair has recently designed and manufactured a modular spa solution called SPAshell. Designed for boutique hotels or corporate business looking to add spa and wellness to their operation, without the usual cost and timescales associated with a traditional build. email@example.com Tel + 44 (0)118 947 1857
Scotland, North England & Midlands Director, Springboard UKKelly joined Springboard in August 2014 following 17 years in various roles at Thomas Cook. She drives Scotland-wide activity, both in terms of delivery and income generation, particularly working with key partners from the Scottish Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism industry. She is also responsible for North of England and the Midlands, supported by local “Heads of” for each region. Kelly is one of the Founding Members of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity started in 2009. She is also a member of the following Advisory Boards: Scottish Tourism Alliance Tourism Skills Group; Glasgow City College Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism; and, Glasgow Welcomes. She is also on the Developing Young Workforce national work group, a Regional Judge for the Scottish Thistle awards and the BII Scotland awards.
President, Grape HospitalitySince 2016: President & CEO of Grape Hospitality Group (Owner & operateur of 85 hotels in Europe)
Managing Director , BNP Paribas Real Estate HotelsWith over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Bruno Juin has an extensive knowledge of the hotel, tourism and leisure sectors and is a recognised expert in the European market.
VP Business Development, Deutsche HospitalitySince March 2009 Wilma has been representing Deutsche Hospitality (Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, JAZ and IntercityHotels) to supporting their International Development Strategy - resulting in an active pipeline of executed deals and developments in Europe and the Middle East including the first Steigenberger Hotel in Dubai, the first JAZ in the City in Amsterdam and the first InterCityHotel in the Benelux (Enschede). Wilma Kellermann-Baans has been involved in hotel development since 1997 when she started her development career with Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels followed by an assignment at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Prior to her move to Brussels she held several management functions within a franchise organization in Germany where she lived from 1981 till 1997.
Chairman, HVS - London OfficeRussell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, the leading global specialist hotel valuation, consulting, asset management and brokerage firm which was founded in 1980.
Alexi H. Khajavi
Managing Director EMEA & Hospitality Group, Questex LLCAlexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties and events including the Hotel Management Group, the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Summit Series, Destination Develop and Destination Development Investment Services, HOTEC and other destination and hotel investment events in the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
CEO of International Hospitality Development, Kerten CapitalMarloes Knippenberg is Cloud Executive Officer (CEO) of the brand new Cloud.7 Hotels, a dynamic and innovative new hotel management company and concept, with hotels developed for the curious and connected travellers of today.
Chief Evangelist, IDeaS Revenue SolutionsAs Chief Evangelist for IDeaS, Klaus role is to challenge existing thought processes, create stimulating conversations and help bring to live the future of Revenue Management and Pricing in hospitality and travel.
Executive Director, Transaction Advisory Services, EYUrsula is an Executive Director at EY in Munich. She specialises in hotel and hospitality real estate advisory across Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Her particular expertise includes buy and sell-side transaction advice, operator selection processes, valuations and commercial due diligence.
Board Member and Co-Founder, HAMA Europe, Senior Investment Manager, Union InvestmentFor over 15 years Theodor Kubak has held a series of operational hotel positions including Hotel General Manager in Austria, New Zealand and States of former Soviet Union. Further his track record in hotel investment and asset management spans over more than twenty years. Theodor enjoyed his education at Modul School for Hotel and Tourism in Vienna that was later complemented by a Cornell Certified Program for Hotel Investment and Asset Management. In Istanbul he founded a consulting group together with his wife in 1997 that successfully assisted private and institutional investors with their Investment-Transactions and Asset Management objectives – equally nationally and internationally. From 2007 onwards Theodor has been contributing at Union Investment Real Estate as a key player to establish a Hotel Investment and Asset Management strategy for a hotel portfolio of ca. 30 assets at the time. Since 2015 he has been concentrating on hotel investments outside of Europe taking leadership in structuring hotel transactions with institutional lease agreements in the US. To date he has been realizing hotel transactions globally at approx. USD 2bn. Theodor initiated and co-founded HAMA Europe, a Non-Profit-Organization representing the interests of hotel owners, investors and asset managers and acting as its first President until 2017.
Chief Development Officer, Dream Hotel GroupDavid Kuperberg is the Chief Development Officer of Dream Hotel Group. In this role, Kuperberg is responsible for the continued growth and success of Dream Hotel Group’s portfolio of lifestyle brands, which includes Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels, in emerging and established markets worldwide. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development for Virgin Hotels prior to joining Dream Hotel Group in 2013.
CEO & Managing Partner, Standard InternationalAmar Lalvani is CEO of Standard International (the parent company of Standard Hotels) as well as the CEO of both Bunkhouse Group and One Night. Prior to leading the investment and formation of Standard International he was Chief Investment Officer for Andre Balazs Properties and held various executive roles with Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts including leading the global development of W Hotels. Prior to that, Amar worked for The Blackstone Group and began his career with Starwood Capital Group. In addition to serving on the Boards of Standard International and Bunkhouse Group, he currently serves on the Board of Twyla and was a founding Board member of Peloton Interactive. Amar has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Director, HotStatsJonathan is a renowned industry commentator who specialises in market demand, financial feasibility studies, strategic planning, and product development. He advises on a wide range of projects from the development of individual budget hotels to multi-component urban and leisure resorts as well as market entry and development strategies. Jonathan has held roles at COO, CBRE Hotels and Managing Director of and the major shareholder in TRI Hospitality Consulting, a position he held from 1996 up to the time that the firm was acquired by CBRE Hotels. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and of the Tourism Society, a member of the Editorial Board of Hospitality Magazine as well as a Patron of The Edge Hotel School. A graduate of the University of Surrey at which he has held posts of Industrial Fellow and Visiting Fellow, he returns to lecture undergraduates and postgraduates. He is also a frequent commentator on the industry in the press and broadcast media and a regular speaker, moderator and panelist at conferences.
Managing Director, The Apartment ServiceJo is one of the best-known and respected figures in the serviced apartments industry. With a 25-year leadership and business development career in the hospitality industry, Jo combines her passion for excellence with a drive for growth, recognition and development of the serviced apartment industry.
Regional Vice President International Hotel Development, Europe, Marriott International
Regional Vice President International Hotel Development, Europe, Marriott InternationalMarkus Lehnert started his career in hospitality 30 years ago and he has been with Marriott International for the last 18 years. As Regional Vice President of International Hotel Development, Markus is responsible for the development of all Marriott brands in Central Europe as well as Europe-wide for Moxy. Prior to his current position, Markus led Marriott’s development efforts in Scandinavia, the Benelux Countries, the Balkans and Greece, as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. Before joining Marriott, Markus was a hospitality consultant with PKF in London for three years and before that held operational positions for 13 years at various hotels, among them the Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf and the London hotels The Berkeley, Claridge’s and the The Lanesborough. Markus lives in Switzerland.
Chief Operations Officer, citizenMMichael Levie; upon graduating from Essec Mba in hospitality management (IMHI Cornell / Essec), worked for various international hotel chains including Sonesta International Hotels Corporation and NH Hoteles all over the world. As Vice-President of Operations he managed large hotel portfolios. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed up the European office. Michael Levie is currently a founding partner and in charge of operations at citizenM hotels.
Managing Director EMEA, CBRE HotelsKeith Lindsay is Managing Director of CBRE Hotels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a region which spans 15 offices across 14 countries and a team of 130 + hotel experts. In 2015, Keith was promoted to Joint Managing Director for CBRE France to help successfully reposition the French business in 2015/6.
Head Strategic Development, CDL Hospitality TrustsDavid’s 28 years of experience spans from establishing new businesses, investment to professional services in the hotel real estate industry, with roles including CEO, senior executive and board member. He maintains excellent relationships with major industry players and has diverse geographic experience in Asia Pacific and Europe.
CEO & Co-Founder, Magnuson HotelsThomas Magnuson co-founded Magnuson Hotels, America’s fastest growing hotel brand as a US based business with his wife Melissa in 2003. Today, Magnuson Hotels is a top 15 global hotel chain with 1000 hotels across 3 continents. Magnuson Hotels’ newly formed distribution partnership with Chinese operator Jin Jiang Hotels and Europe’s Louvre Hotels is the world’s largest hotel alliance, forming a consortium of over 8,000 hotels and 800,000 rooms worldwide, equal to the size of a top 2 global hotel chain.
Senior Director, HVS Hodges Ward ElliottChris Martin is a Senior Director of HVS Hodges Ward Elliott, and has almost 20 years of specialist hotel brokerage experience gained in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He joined the firm in 2009 from Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, with whom he spent ten years in Asia and Europe, specialising in hotel brokerage. As well as negotiating the sale of numerous major hotels, including several portfolio disposals, Chris also has extensive experience in hotel operator selections, lease and management agreement negotiations and the sale of hotel development projects.
Chief Development Officer, Palladium Hotel GroupJose Matheu is the Chief Development Officer of Palladium Hotel Group since 2016. The group currently operated a portfolio of 9 Hotel brands, gathering almost 14,000 room/keys in six different countries. Responsable for seeking opportunities globally, and as a priority Mr. Matheu is finding investment partners who are willing to analyze reconversion projects in association with the group with the aim of repeating success stories like Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza & Tenerife and Only You Hotels.
Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, DuettoMichael McCartan has been Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Duetto since December, 2014 where he spearheads the rollout of Duetto's services and development of customer success teams throughout the region. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of eRevMax from March 2012 and as their Chief Operating Officer from December, 2010 to March 2012. He joined the eRevMax team to oversee the daily operations of the Rate Tiger and Connect brands.
Vice President Development Central & Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel GroupChristian Michel, a 30-year lodging veteran, was promoted Vice President Development for Wyndham Hotels Group International in May 2007. He is responsible for growing the portfolio of brands and leading the development team in Central and Eastern Europe.
Associate Partner, EYChristian leads EY’s Hospitality & Leisure team for the UK and Ireland. He has 20 years’ experience advising a mixture of listed companies, real estate funds and private investors in respect of transactions and restructurings within the hotel and leisure sector.
VP Corporate Safety and Security, Carlson Rezidor Hotel GroupPaul Moxness has been with The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group for 30 years and has held security management positions both in operations and at corporate level.
CEO Food & Beverages, AccorHotels
Christopher J. Nassetta
President and CEO, Hilton
Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group LLCChris Newman Chief Operating Officer Emaar Hospitality Group A veteran global hospitality professional with over 17 years of experience, Chris Newman is Chief Operating Officer at Emaar Hospitality Group. He is mandated with driving the strategic growth of the organisation through new ventures, expansion, and partnerships, and achieving the highest standards of operational efficiency across all touch-points. Chris is responsible for the strategic operations of all three hotel brands of Emaar Hospitality Group including The Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and the Rove Hotels together with Emaar Hospitality Group’s Leisure Clubs and Lifestyle Dining Division. He will also drive the growth of the company to new markets in line with the strategic vision of Emaar Properties, the holding company of Emaar Hospitality Group. With proven skills in visionary and macro thinking, strategy development, commercial & relationship management, and people, processes & talent management, Chris has previously worked on large-scale hospitality projects for leading international brands in several global markets including Egypt, Nigeria, The Gambia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Guyana in South America, West Indies, Bahamas, Greece, London and Switzerland. Over the years, he has created a sustainable operations model for greenfield ventures, including pre-opening support, as well as developed operational protocols to maximise revenue and profitability for established projects. He has also championed a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives. Chris holds a Higher National Diploma in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management from the Westminster School of Catering, London, and a Certification in Hotel Real Estate Investments & Asset Management from Cornell University, New York. He holds a number of industry certificates in Group Training Techniques, Managing Sales Platforms, Management Communication Skills and High Performance Financial Management for Hotels, among others. Chris is fluent in English and French. He is interested in scuba diving, kite surfing, yoga, saxophone and motorbikes, and is a competitive triathlete and cyclist.
Global Head of Hotels, SavillsGeorge Nicholas has more than 19 years experience in the global hotel investment industry. George joined Savills as the Global Head of Hotels in 2015, bringing a wealth of expertise in global full-service lodging transactions. His extensive deals include dispositions, acquisitions, recapitalisations, portfolio strategy and optimisation, as well as operator selection.
Head of the Hotels & Hospitality for Sub-Saharan Africa, JLLAs Head of the Hotels & Hospitality for Sub-Saharan Africa, Xander leads assignments and projects in this region. Xander is a Dutch national with more than 14 years of experience in hotel advisory, investment and operations in 20+ countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. His broad range of hotel experience includes corporate finance, capital markets, asset management, strategy and advisory across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
CEO, PandoxAnders Nissen is the CEO of Pandox, a leading European hotel property company. Anders was one of the initiators in the formation of Pandox and has served as the company’s CEO since its inception in 1995. Under Anders’ management Pandox has expanded from a narrow local and regional base in Sweden to a company with a well-diversified hotel property portfolio in some of the largest hotel markets in the world. Before joining Pandox Anders was Managing Director for Securum Hotel & Turism AB where he led the restructuring of Securum’s hotel property portfolio. Anders has a thorough knowledge of the hotel industry, with professional experience as hotel director for several hotels in Sweden, as well as a number of executive positions within the RESO organisation. Anders’ has a lifelong interest in handball and he is chairman of the organisation responsible for arranging international games and championships in Sweden.
Managing Director UK, Interstate Hotels & ResortsNicholas Northam is Managing Director for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for over 60 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Belgium. With more than 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nicholas plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth, leading Interstate’s UK senior management and support teams to provide superior returns for hotel owners.
Director of Product and Service Innovation, Places for PeopleAlexandra is an internationally recognised conference speaker, moderator and workshop facilitator. She has led masterplanning, regeneration and PPP consultancy projects in London, Moscow, New York, Istanbul, Barcelona and many other global cities.
Partner, ProskauerJoanne Owen is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department based in our London office and is a member of our Private Equity Real Estate and Lodging & Gaming Groups.
Chief Executive Officer, AccorInvestJohn Ozinga has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in France and internationally. He started his career in 1991 with Accor as Development Director for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Benelux. In 2001, he joined Dolce hotel group as Vice President of Development in Europe. He went on to become Executive Vice President in charge of international real estate activities for Groupe Casino in 2004. In 2008, he joined Carrefour as CEO of Carrefour Property France.
Alpinist - First Woman to Summit Everest from North & South SidesCathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, from both its north and south sides. Her first ascent of Everest happened in the midst of the chaotic events that form the basis of the ‘true story’ behind the 2015 Hollywood movie Everest. Cathy remains a committed adventurer. Her next expedition will be a ski ascent of Mount Logan, the second highest peak in North America, in spring of 2016. She is also actively involved with charities focused on female empowerment, notably the Rwenzory Women for Health project in Uganda and the Astraia Female Leadership Foundation in Germany
President and CEO, Choice Hotels InternationalPatrick Pacious is President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies. On July 13, 2017, Pacious was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the Choice Board of Directors, effective September 12, 2017.
Director Hotel Group, Barings Real Estate AdvisersMr. Pahiyiannakis is responsible for hotel acquisition deal sourcing and underwriting with a primary focus on European markets. Based in Barings’s London office, he is also responsible for supporting the Barings Structured Financing and Core Mortgage groups with underwriting of hospitality related loans. Other responsibilities include support of Barings’s broader Asset Management, Business Development and Portfolio Management efforts in the US and Europe. Mr. Pahiyiannakis served as a US based Associate for the Hotel Group for over two years before being promoted to Assistant Vice President and joined Barings in 2013.
Founder, EnnismoreSharan Pasricha is CEO and Founder of Ennismore, the London-based owner and developer of unique properties and experiences across the world. Sharan oversees the various components that make up the hospitably company and is responsible for the overall strategy of its brands Part developer, part operator and part creative studio, Ennismore is currently building on the Scottish legacy of Gleneagles; crafting the global expansion of The Hoxton, a series of open-house hotels; developing NoCo, a brand that will reinvent the budget hotel model; as well as launching several standalone restaurants.
CEO Dorint Hotels
M anaging Director, Spa & Wellness AdvisoryGreg is a global spa and wellness advisor whose approach focuses on developing authentic offerings that deliver return on investment.
Chief Commercial and Technology Officer, IHGEric Pearson was appointed as Chief Commercial and Technology Officer in October 2017 and is responsible for global sales, distribution, revenue management, property systems, digital and voice, and technology.
Daniel C. Peek
Senior Managing Director, HFFPeek is a senior managing director and head of the hospitality practice group for HFF. He is responsible for institutional hotel and resort transactions globally. During his career, he has completed nearly $15 billion in investment sale, debt, and structured finance transactions.
Director, HVS LondonSophie is a director at the HVS London office. She joined HVS in 2003, following ten years’ operational experience in the hospitality industry in South America and Europe. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sophie holds a degree in Hotel Management from Ateneo de Estudios Terciarios, and an MBA from IMHI (Essec Business School, France and Cornell University, USA). Since joining HVS, she has advised on hotel investment projects and related assignments throughout the EMEA region, and is responsible for the development of HVS’s business in France and the French-speaking countries, as well as Africa. Sophie completed an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance at Reading University in 2014, and is in the process of becoming a RICS certified surveyor.
Senior Vice President Hotel Development, Corinthia Hotels
CEO, Puccini GroupBob Puccini knows what makes social spaces and restaurants successful. Companies such as Fairmont, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Ritz Carlton, and Strategic Hotels and Resorts come to Bob because they know he understands the business from every perspective. Responsible for designing and remodeling over 1,000 restaurants worldwide, Bob translates client goals into winning concepts, earning him a stellar reputation and many longtime clients. Before founding Puccini Group in 1996, he served as Partner and Senior Vice President for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for ten years during their expansion from 4 to 35 restaurants throughout the United States. Today, Kimpton remains one of Puccini Group’s closest clients.
Chief Executive, Nira Hotels & ResortsFor almost 40 years, MPS Puri has been associated with some of the finest hotels in the world, including the Peninsula Hotels (Hong Kong), Raffles Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel (Singapore), Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Halekulani (Hawaii), Hyatt Hotels and Fairmont Hotels. His management positions include time in charge of the Raffles International portfolio, supervising development and performance in the Asia-Pacific region and roles leading operations for prestigious hotel openings, including duties as the Chief Operating Officer of the Fullerton in Singapore. Puri has also acted as Head of the Americas for GHM Hotels, where he was responsible for opening and operating The Setai, South Beach, serving as General Manager. Recently, Puri has acted as Food & Beverage consultant to Orient Express Hotels & Resorts, advising on global F&B operations. All this experience has been crucial in helping Puri develop his vision for Nira Hotels & Resorts. Working closely with his business partners and hard-working staff, he has created a distinct personality for Nira.
Chief Operations Officer and Global Transformation Leader, NH Hotel GroupRufino Pérez Fernández studied Economics and Business Administration at the Universidad de Vigo and has an Executive MBA in Tourism Enterprise Management from the Instituto de Empresa.
Managing Director Hospitality, PAREFJoined Fosun Property Holding as Managing Director Hospitality Europe in January 2017 and brings 25 years of experience in international leisure, hotels and real estate.
Dr. Jochen Reuter, LL.M
Partner, Beiten BurkhardtDr Jochen Reuter is Partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT's Frankfurt office and member of the Real Estate practice group. His area of expertise particularly comprises advising hotel operators, project developers and owners of hotel properties regarding the negotiation and conclusion of operating contracts and legal support during hotel transactions. In particular, Dr Jochen Reuter regularly advises his national and international clients on any matters concerning commercial leases.
Head of Hospitality, Drees & SommerEmployment history
Managing Director, Strategic Hotel ConsultingTea is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Hotel Consulting, an international management consulting firm specialising in hotel investments. Tea is based in Switzerland and has 15 years of consulting experience within Europe, Middle East and Asia. She has advised a number of prominent owners, developers and investors.
Founder, Mason Rose
Managing Director, STRRobin Rossmann is Managing Director of STR, leading its operations across the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Central and South America regions. Robin is focused on continuing to improve the way STR provides the hotel industry with robust and insightful performance benchmarking that enables stakeholders to make better decisions. Prior to STR, Robin was a Senior Director in Deloitte’s Global Hospitality Advisory Team in London. During his 13 years with Deloitte, he advised leading hotel brands, operators, investors and lenders in most major global markets. His wide range of experience includes advising on hotel strategy, business planning, investment appraisal, market reviews, financial and commercial due diligence, IPOs, debt advisory, valuation, financial assurance, controls improvement and risk management.
CEO, Louvre Hotels GroupPierre-Frédéric Roulot is the CEO of Louvre Hotels Group, the international hospitality player based in Paris, France.
Partner, Head of Hotels and Leisure Division, Internos Global Investors
Head of Hotel Investment and Asset Management, CommerzReal AGDirk Schuldes assumed his role as head of Commerz Real’s Hotel Investment and Asset Management Department in October 2015. Prior to this position Dirk acted as Head of Credit Risk Management Department for Managed & Operational Properties and respective Corporate Clients at Hypothekenbank Frankfurt (formerly Eurohypo). This industry group comprised Hotel, Senior Care, Leisure and private Education. Dirk and his team continue to provide in-house consulting analyses and recommen-dations on all financings related to this industry group within Commerzbank Group.
Senior Investment Manager Hotels, Art-Invest Real Estate Management
Head of Hospitality & Leisure, Deloitte
Head of Fixed Site & Hotel Security Consulting, AS SolutionMac is the Head of Hotel & Fixed Site Security Consulting at AS Solution. With over 25 years of operational and consulting experience in the Security Industry, specializing in mitigating terror and criminal threats, he brings real world knowledge and expertise to all facets of his job. As a hospitality and fixed site security SME Mac conducts security assessments and designs security master plans for hotels, conference centers, business facilities and installations the world over. Working extensively with owners and operators in the hotel and industrial sector worldwide he possesses and in depth understanding of the challenges facing businesses in today's world. Mac has published many articles on hotel and fixed site security and is a regular speaker at hotel and security conferences the world over.
Managing Director, Fico CorporationSanjay Singh, resident of Thailand manages Real Estate Investment of FICO Group in Thailand, UK and Germany. The portfolio of Assets include 48 operating hotels with approx. 6,000 keys in 38 cities and commercial real estate of approx. 125,000 sq. m. in addition Sanjay is actively managing Group’s development pipeline of hotels and commercial real estate projects in Thailand and Europe.
CEO, Envolve TechnologyEmma Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Envolve Technology; she started the company in 2013, and spent spending the first 18 months figuring out the proposition and product, launching the company properly in January 2015.
Chief Information Officer, Novum HospitalityMartin Stegner, born in 1978, was one of the first IT experts in a leading position within the German hospitality industry.
Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel GroupJay Stein is Chief Executive Officer of Dream Hotel Group, overseeing the evolution and expansion efforts of the Company and its portfolio of brands: Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels
Managing Director, RPW DesignAriane Steinbeck is the Managing Director
Chief Commercial Office, MEININGER HotelsDoros Theodorou holds dual British and Greek-Cypriot citizenship. He brings over 17 years of experience in strategic sales and marketing, combined with significant technical knowledge within the hospitality and travel industry. Before joining MEININGER he worked as CCO at Sunhotels by Webjet and was instrumental in establishing a successful global sales and marketing organisation. Previously he has held senior positions of increased commercial responsibility at TripAdvisor, Kuoni Global Travel Services and Gulliver’s Travel Associates (GTA). At MEININGER he will drive forward the strategic alignment of all commercial areas, ensuring accelerated growth, whilst strengthening our competitive advantage on the low-budget hotel market
Blanche Van Berckel
Managing Director, Fairquest & Partners
Eric Van Dijk
Chief Operating Officer, MEININGER Hotels
Pieter Van Tilburg
Founder and CEO, CityHubDuring his Masters in Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing at Rotterdam School of Management, Pieter founded CityHub together with a university friend. From scratch, they started building a hospitality concept around the desires and wishes of the travellers of generation Y. It took them about 7 years to develop and fine-tune the concept until they opened their first full-glory hotel location in Amsterdam in 2015. These years involved a lot of bootstrapping in the development of their sleeping-unit (Hub) and IT systems, a lot of pitching and promoting to get the right partners on board and an endless lobby to find the right building and the support of the authorities. Before opening the first real location, CityHub was put to test in a pilot location with only four Hubs in the apartment of Pieter’s business partner. This turned out to be a great success and proved the potential of the concept. During the evolution of CityHub Pieter assisted in the development of another successful unique hotel location in Amsterdam, called VolksHotel, where he worked side by side with the owner and initiator of the hotel, from the moment of acquiring the building until the opening of the hotel.
Wytze Van den Berg
Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & ResortsWytze is a hospitality veteran with over 20 years of experience in the International Hospitality industry. Wytze joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2006. Prior to this he held different roles with Accor hospitality in corporate marketing and revenue management. Currently Wytze oversees the Best Western territories of Belgium and The Netherlands where he is responsible for all of the services provided by Best Western to 50 branded Hotels. Besides providing best in class services to the existing hotels, his other key focus is the development and growth of brand family in the territory.
CEO , YotelHubert joined YOTEL in May 2014 to roll out an aggressive growth strategy targeting key city centres and international airports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. More than 3,000 new cabins are already scheduled to open by 2018, including YOTEL hotels in Dubai, Singapore, Paris, London, Geneva, Miami, San Francisco and Boston.
Vice President of Design & Engineering, IHGMichael leads IHG’s Design & Engineering team in Europe, responsible for the design, development and product quality across all IHG’s brands in the region, for all new openings as well as transformation and refurbishment projects across the existing hotel estate.
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, focusing on strategic Consulting and sucessful Management Solutions for the Hotel and tourism industry. He worked as Regional Director for one of the largest Hotel Groups worldwide and is member of various committees of different tourism organizations and advisory boards
Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbHBefore joining PKF hotelexperts, worked for Stouffer Hotels & Resorts in Seattle after a management training programme with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Singapore and Bangkok.
Sabina Wyss di Corrado
Director of Acquisitions & Development, PPHE Hotel GroupSabina is responsible for PPHE Hotel Group’s acquisitions and development projects globally, including Arena Hospitality Group for which PPHE has a controlling ownership interest. She has over 15 years experience in the hospitality sector, having worked in advisory, the Unctad/ITC (UN/WTO), hotel operations and the airline industry in Europe, Central America and Australia. Sabina holds a BSC in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and is fluent in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
Partner & Investment Director – Hospitality, Patron Capital Advisers LLPCamil Yazbeck is Partner and Investment Director – Hospitality & Leisure for Patron Capital, a Pan-European private equity real estate investor, representing €3.4 billion of capital across several funds and related co-investments.
Principal, Cedar Capital Partners and VP HAMA EuropeChristian Youens is responsible for Cedar Capital’s hotel portfolio asset management activities. Prior to joining Cedar Capital in 2014, he worked for London and Regional Properties where he held the position of Head of Hotel Operations, Asset Management and Investments. During his time at London and Regional, Mr. Youens oversaw the operations and asset management of over 5,000 hotel rooms across 14 hotels worldwide. He implemented various multi-million capital investment programmes, negotiated lease contracts and hotel management agreements and acquired five further hotels. Mr. Youens was previously with various hotel operators and owners including Thistle Guoman Hotels, Hilwood Resorts, Lotus Investment Fund and others, where he held various positions in Finance, Feasibility and Development.
Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels InternationalMaría Zarraluqui is Global Development Managing Director for Meliá Hotels International Group, she is heading the worldwide development for the Group and is responsible for executing together with her team of developers the growth strategy of Meliá worldwide, having signed over the last 3 years more than 110 deals worldwide.
Co-Founder, Regent International Hotels, & Founder, Amanresorts, AzeraiIn a career spanning more than 45 years, Adrian Zecha has founded a series of hotel management companies and conceived and developed more than one hundred hotels. He is recognized globally as one of the foremost visionaries within the hospitality industry. He has received accolades throughout his career.
President and CEO , Apple Leisure GroupAs CEO of Apple Leisure Group, Alejandro Zozaya leverages 30 years of industry insight to optimize global synergies between the Group’s six leading hospitality companies.
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