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.
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.
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.
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.
Al Marjan Island
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 - Hotels and Leisure, Dentons
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 ChapterRastko Djordjevic is Board Member of HAMA Europe Chapter, and Senior Vice President / Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels.
Vice President of Commercial, Interstate Hotels and 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.
Partner, DLA Piper
Manager/ Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction, EY
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 Director, Qbic Hotels
Senior Vice President- EMEA, Hilton
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 Hospitality
Federico J González
President & CEO, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
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
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.
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 43 (350 buildings) projects totalling 1.3m sq ft.
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
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.
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, Questex Hospitality GroupAlexi Khajavi is Senior Vice President of Questex Hospitality + Travel and Managing Director of Destination Develop Investment Services. 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 Operations & Technology and other destination and hotel investment events in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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.
Executive Director, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH
President, HAMA Europe ChapterFor 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.
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.
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.
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.
VP Corporate Safety and Security, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
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.
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.
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.
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 appointment 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.
Spa & Wellness AdvisoryGreg is a global spa and wellness advisor whose approach focuses on developing authentic offerings that deliver return on investment.
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.
Head of Hospitality, Drees & SommerEmployment history
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
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.
Chief Information Officer, Novum Hospitality
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
Blanche Van Berckel
Managing Director, Fairquest & Partners
Wytze Van den Berg
Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
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.
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 Group
Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels International GroupMaría 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.
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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