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Group Director of Operations
Dubai Propertoes LLC
Gordon Campbell Gray
City of Sochi
HR Director Russia
In 2003 Natalya began her career in the hospitality industry in the operation in “Korston Hotel & Casino 4 *” Chain, took part in opening of "Swissotel Krasnye Holmi 5 *" hotel, having left the hotel with a position of Operational manager of all restaurants and bars of "Swissotel Krasnye Holmi 5 *".
Natalya continued her career in the restaurant business, started from the scratch ”Starbucks Coffee” and “Costa Coffee” projects in the Russian market, working already in HR sphere. She leaded HR department of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Regional enterprises of division food on transportation as the HR director of restaurant holding "Rosinter Restaurants".
As the HRD of AZIMUT Hotels Natalya is engaged in Managing and developing of the personnel on the entrusted territories – the total number of the personnel of the Chain without new hotel in Sochi makes about 2000 employees.
Currently in Sochi AZIMUT is opening Sochi resort complex of AZIMUT Hotels – 2880 rooms apartments and 720 rooms hotel with the total planned number of hiring personnel - 1565 employees.
Task of the HR department of the project is to provide complex formation of hotel in Sochi during the Olympic and post-Olympic period, a qualified hiring and personnel training, formation of new team corporate culture.
Директор по персоналу по РФ AZIMUT Hotels
Наталья начала свою карьеру в индустрии гостеприимства в 2003 году с операционной деятельности в сети «Korston Hotel & Casino 4*», принимала участие в открытии гостиницы «Swissotel Красные Холмы 5*», покинув отель с позиции Операционный менеджер всех ресторанов и баров «Swissotel Красные Холмы 5*».
Наталья продолжила свою карьеру в ресторанном бизнесе, запускала с нуля проекты «Starbucks Coffee» и «Costa Coffee» на российском рынке, работая уже в направлении HR. Руководила департаментом Управления персоналом Москвы, Санкт-Петербурга и Региональных предприятий питания на транспорте в должности Директора по персоналу ресторанного холдинга «Росинтер Ресторантс».
В должности Директора по персоналу AZIMUT Hotels Наталья заниматься Управлением и развитием персонала вверенных ей территорий – общая численность персонала сети без учета нового отеля в Сочи составляет порядка 2000 сотрудников.
В Сочи на данный момент в активной стадии открытия находится Sochi resort complex of AZIMUT Hotels – апартаменты 2880 номеров и отель 720 номеров с общей плановой численностью к набору 1565 сотрудников.
Задача HR департамента проекта- обеспечить комплексное становление отеля в Сочи в олимпийский и постолимпийский период, качественный набор и обучение персонала, формирование корпоративной культуры новой команды.
Project Development Manager
JSC "Special Economic Zones"
Sergei Zolotarev was born in 1973. He graduated from the Novocherkassk Polytechnic Institute (Russia) specializing in Engineering and Construction; received his second degree in Management in the Moscow State Industrial University and PhD in Technical Sciences.
Sergei Zolotarev administrated elaboration of development and reconstruction projects of the city centers in the Caucasian Mineral Waters and construction of apartments, public and industrial buildings in the Stavropol Territory, Moscow and Rostov Regions. As the head of JSC “Special Economic Zones” branch in the Stavropol Territory he was in charge of creation and construction of the Caucasian Mineral Waters SEZ, promotion of the territory, cooperation with investors and administrative structures.
Currently Sergey Zolotarev is the Project manager of JSC “Special Economic Zones” (Moscow) and deals with development and promotion of Tourism and Recreation SEZ in the Russian Federation.
Head of touristic department
JSC "Special Economic Zones"
In 1993 graduated from Kaluga State Pedagogical Institute (Russia) as a teacher of Russian language and literature; in 2002 from Industrial College (Germany) as Manager in tourism.
Currently Arina is the Head of touristic department of JSC “Special Economic Zones” (Moscow) and deals with development of Tourism and Recreation SEZ. JSC Special Economic Zones is a 100% state owned company established in 2006 with the purpose to design, construct and operate special economic zones in Russia. The Special Economic Zones are areas that are given special legal status and economic privileges in order to bring domestic and international investors into targeted priority industries.
The four Tourism Projects are located in Irkutsk Region «Baikal Gates» SEZ - 768 hectares, in Republic of Buryatia «Baikal Haven» - 3,283 hectares, in Republic of Altai «Altai Valley» - 856.83 hectares, in Altai Region «The Turquoise Katun» - 3,326 hectares.
Prior to joining the JSC «Special Economic Zones» Arina was the head of Sales Department of ESPRO Group. She was responsible for tenants attraction and cooperation with investors. Espro Group is a known development company realizing industrial projects of different scale and complexity all over Russia.
Leila Urazbaeva - Senior Banker, EBRD, Property and Tourism. Joined EBRD in December 2011.
Holds an MBA degree from MIRBIS Business school, degree in finance and credit from Plekhanov Economic Academy, as well as degree in foreign languages from Moscow Maurice Thorez Institute.
Before EBRD, worked 9 years at IMB/Unicredit Bank (till December 2011), first with Syndications Department, then from 2004 - in Real Estate Finance as Deputy Head, and from 2008 - as Head of Real Estate Finance, managing a unit of 16 people and a loan portfolio of appx. USD 1 billion. Prior to that, had worked at Sberbank of Russia (Project Finance) and ING Bank Eurasia (Risk Management).
Chairman and CEO
Capella Hotels and Resorts
Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group (parent company of Capella Hotels and Resorts), is a legend and leader in the service world. His vision has helped reshape concepts of customer service throughout the hospitality and service industries.
Prior to forming West Paces Hotel Group (now Capella Hotel Group), Mr. Schulze served as Vice Chairman of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company from 2001-2002, after serving as President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Group, starting in 1988.
Prior to Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Schulze spent nine years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he was a hotel General Manager, Regional VP and Corporate VP. Before his association with Hyatt, he worked for Hilton Hotels.
Manager Business Development Africa & Indian Ocean Islands
The Rezidor Hotel Group
A South African National, Neil is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Neil is responsible in assisting growth of the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Carlson Rezidor currently has 50 hotels in operation and under development in 21 countries in Africa – under either their upper upscale Radisson Blu brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand. Neil’s career in the hotel industry started in 1999 after being enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. Neil has held many management positions within hotel operations in South Africa and in May of 2006 was awarded a General Management position at the age of 26 within the Protea Hotels group. In September 2008 Neil moved out of operation and into the interior planning and design of the Protea Hotels Group where he spent the next 36 months honing essential skills in hotel development and procurement. In October 2011 Neil joined the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as Manager Business Development. Neil is married with no children.
Chief Executive Officer
Special Economic Zones JSC
Трушко Михаил Станиславович
Генеральный директор ОАО «ОЭЗ»
Родился в 1967 году.
С 1990 по 1993 работал в коммерческих структурах на руководящих должностях.
С 1993 по 1996 занимал ряд должностей в администрации Калининградской области.
С 1996 по 1998 - руководил отделом внешнеэкономической деятельности Комитета по развитию СЭЗ «Янтарь» Администрации Калининградской области.
С 1998 по 2004- руководитель территориального органа Федеральной службы по финансовому оздоровлению и банкротству в Калининградской области.
2005 - вице-президент АКБ «Инвестбанк».
С 2005 по 2007 - первый заместитель министра по развитию территорий и взаимодействию с органами местного самоуправления Правительства Калининградской области.
С 2008 по 2013 - руководитель филиала ОАО «ОЭЗ» в Калининградской области.
М.С. Трушко окончил Балтийский институт экономики и финансов по специальности «Финансы и кредит», а также курс обучения по бизнес программе «Банковское дело и финансы» при Стокгольмском университете.
Mikhail Trushko, RUSSEZ CEO
Born in 1967
1990 – 1993 – worked in commercial structures
1996 – 1998 – Head of Foreign Economic Affairs department of SEZ “Yantar” (Administration of Kaliningrad Region)
1998 – 2004 – Head of Federal Service of Financial Recovery & Bankruptcy of Kaliningrad Region
2005 – Vice President of Investbank
2005 – 2007 – The First Deputy Minister on territory development and local government interaction of Kaliningrad Region
2008 – 2013 – Head of SEZ in Kaliningrad Region
Trushko graduated from Baltic Institute of Economic and Finance (BIEF), Finance & Credit specialty and also a training course Banking & Finance of Stockholm University.
Hon. Lazaro Samuel Nyalandu
Ministry of Natural Resources & Toursim, Tanzania
Vice President Development - Africa
Marriott International, Inc.
Richard Leo is a Civil Engineer/Project Manager with wide-ranging design and construction experience in all sectors of Real Estate managing construction and design teams for projects in Central and Southern Africa and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. His has managed a number of projects straight through from concept design to operations. A selection of his hospitality experience includes hotels for Radisson, Sofitel, Hilton in Ukraine and Uganda. Lordship Africa is currently developing a wide variety of projects including hospitality in East Africa.Richard Leo is a Civil Engineer/Project Manager with wide-ranging design and construction experience in all sectors of Real Estate managing construction and design teams for projects in Central and Southern Africa and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. His has managed a number of projects straight through from concept design to operations. A selection of his hospitality experience includes hotels for Radisson, Sofitel, Hilton in Ukraine and Uganda. Lordship Africa is currently developing a wide variety of projects including hospitality in East Africa.
Director Business Development Middle East and Africa
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
ABJAR Hotels International LLC
Mohammed Al Nashwan
HARTT Hospitality Real Estate
Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities
Uganda - Government
Strategy & Investments Director
Airports of Regions
Alexander joined Airports of Regions (AR) group more than 2 years ago. Currently, AR is the largest regional airport holding in Russia pursuing strategy based on acquisition and management of high potential regional airports, comprehensive investment programs implementation and operational excellence know-how. Alexander is in charge of strategy, M&A and investments including realization of airport hotel projects of the Group.
Prior to AR, he held multiple positions at the leading international consulting companies including Monitor Group, Deloitte and Accenture being responsible for corporate strategy, organizational design, corporate finance and M&A engagements for the leading Russian and international clients.
Alexander holds M.A. in Economics from the State University – Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is visiting lector at State University – Higher School of Economics and The International College of Economics and Finance.
Заместитель генерального директора, Директор по стратегическому развитию бизнеса и инвестициям
ЗАО УК «Аэропорты регионов»
Александр Запорожский начал работать в компании Аэропорты регионов (АР) в 2011 г. АР является крупнейшим российским региональным аэропортовым холдингом. Стратегия компании основана на приобретении и управлении аэропортами со значительным потенциалом роста для их последующего развития посредством реализации комплексных инвестиционных программ и оптимизации производственных процессов. Александр курирует вопросы стратегического развития, M&A и инвестиций, включая реализацию гостиничных проектов в аэропортах холдинга.
До прихода в АР Александр занимал различные руководящие должности в международных консалтинговых компаниях, включая Monitor Group, Deloitte и Accenture, отвечая за реализацию проектов в области корпоративной стратегии, организационного развития и корпоративных финансов для ведущих российских и международных компаний.
Александр имеет степень магистра экономики Государственного университета – Высшей школы экономики и университета Erasmus University Rotterdam. Он является приглашенным лектором Государственного университета – Высшей школы экономики и Международного института экономики и финансов.
Rwanda Hospitality Association
Dennis Karera is a Rwandan businessman operating two major business areas; Hospitality Industry and Real Estate developments. He is the proprietor and CEO of Park View Courts, a high end Apartment-Hotel facility in Nyarutarama, Kigali’s upscale suburb. He is the Chairman of Rwanda Hospitality Association, which brings together Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Lodges, and Guest Houses and other hospitality related facilities. He is also the CEO of Kigali Heights Development Company, dealing primarily in Real Estate development. He is a Director on the EABC Executive Committee representing Rwanda and a member of the EABC Policy and Advocacy committee. He is the Honorary Consul of Ghana in Rwanda and is a member of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Tourism University College.
Manager – Trade Finance and Branches
African Export-Import Bank
Anselm Uzere, Manager – Trade Finance at the Africa Export-Import Bank (the “Bank”), whose headquarters is in Cairo, Egypt. His responsibilities are, among others, business development, structured trade finance deal structuring, risk mitigation and transaction appraisal and implementation, including negotiations with customers and counterparts, representing the Bank in various African countries, especially the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde. He joined the Bank in April 1998. Prior to that Anselm worked at the defunct Peoples Bank of Nigeria.
Anselm Uzere strongly believes that banking the under privileged will alleviate poverty in Africa.
Hooman Ehsani was raised in Nairobi before attending Tufts University in Boston, USA where he majored in Economics and International Relations, with a focus on International Finance. He returned to Kenya in 2003 to develop Tribe, a luxury 5-star boutique hotel, that has won numerous accolades including recently being named "one of the Top 100 hotels in the World" by Robb Report. Another 200 room 4-star property will break ground later this year. Hooman also established a hotel management company which launched Westhouse in September 2013, a new boutique hotel in Nairobi, with a view to expanding their services across the region.
Yury A.Sapozhnikov, the General Director Deputy - Director of Commerce of CJSC "Volgatransstroy", was born in Kuibyshev on December the 11th 1980.
In 2004 he received higher education, having graduated from the Webster university as a bachelor of business. He began his career during the study in 2002 as the assistant of the Project manager in CJSC "Volgatransstroy". Further on he continued working there as a marketing manager.
In 2005 he headed OJSC "Transstroyinvest 2000"(OJSC "TSI 2000"), and since 2009 he was appointed to the post of the General Director of CJSC VTS-Aktiv (as a part of the Groups of Companies VOLGATRANSSTROY (VTS Group)), representing VTS in the sphere of the international development and real estate administration. Under his management, a number of hotels under the control of the operator Marriott in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Samara were put into operation and successfully function at the moment.
In 2013 he was appointed as the General Director Deputy of CJSC VTS (the managing company of VOLGATRANSSTROY Group of Companies) – the Director of Commerce.
The experience in the sphere of project management area is over 8 years.
Member, Committee on Financial Market
Andrey Murga was born in 1969 in Stavropol, graduated from Stavropol Higher School of Aviation, was enrolled in the Staff Training for the National Economy Presidential Programme.
In 2004-2007 Mr. Murga served as Chairman of the Board of Stavropol-EuroHotel. In 2005 he started teaching at the department of global economy, in 2006 received Ph.D. in Economics.
In 2007 he was elected to Stavropol Regional Duma and became Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Budget, Taxes and Financial Policy; in 2010 was appointed Chairman of Stavropol Regional Trade Chamber.
Since 2011 Mr. Murga has been a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation where he is on the Committee on Financial Market. He is a recipient of a commendation letter from the President of the RF and various other awards. He is married, with four children.
Депутат Государственной Думы Федерального Собрания РФ,
член комитета по финансовому рынку
Андрей Мурга родился в 1969 году в городе Ставрополе. Закончил Ставропольское высшее авиационное училище летчиков и штурманов им. маршала авиации В. А. Судца. Прошел обучение по Президентской программе "Подготовка кадров для народного хозяйства". В период с 2004 года по 2007 занимал должность председателя совета директоров "Ставрополь-Евроотель". В 2005 году начал свою педагогическую деятельность в качестве преподавателя кафедры "Мировая экономика". В 2006 году присуждена ученая степень кандидата экономических наук (Российский государственный социальный университет (г.Москва). В 2007 году жителями Ипатовского и Труновского муниципальных районов Ставропольского края избран депутатом Думы Ставропольского края, заместителем председателя комитета по бюджету, налогам и финансовой политике. В 2010 году возглавил Торгово-промышленную палату Ставропольского края. С 2011 года является депутатом Государственной Думы Федерального Собрания Российской Федерации, членом комитета по финансовому рынку. Награжден благодарственным письмом Президента Российской Федерации, медалью «За заслуги перед Ставропольским краем», грамотой «За развитие предпринимательства». Женат, воспитывает четверых детей.
General Manager - Development
Youssef GUENNOUN, General Manager of the Development Pole of Akwa Group, manages an asset portfolio of 300 Million USD.
He graduated from EMLYON Business School with a specialization in Corporate Finance. After graduation, he worked for ERNST & YOUNG Paris where he held the position of Senior Financial Auditor for 3 years.
In 1997 he joined Akwa Group as Special Advisor of the President. He has participated to strategic operations, including the coordination of Afriquia Gaz & Maghreb Oxygen IPOs, the award of the 2nd GSM license in Morocco, and the development of a network of hotels in partnership with Accor.
Since 2001, Youssef GUENNOUN has been the General Manager of the Development Pole of AKWA Group that operates several large-scale touristic projects as the Renovation of the South Kasbahs, the development of the “Ibis Budget” hotel chain in Morocco (in partnership with Accor Group) and the development of Taghazout Bay thought the consortium SAPST.
His is also the founding President of the Moroccan Association of Students of the High French Business Schools and Vice-President of the graduates from EMLYON in Morocco.
Sergey Kalinin was born on April 4, 1973 in Kazan.
In 1995 he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University. Later he received an MBA in Marketing from the American Institute of Business and Economics.
Following the graduation in 1995, he started his career at Bestfoods Russia, where in only four years he was appointed National Key Account Manager.
In 2001 he was hired by Unilever CIS as National Key Account Manager.
That same year Sergey Kalinin joined SUN Interbrew brewing company as Regional Sales Director, where in 4.5 years he rose through the ranks to the position of National On-trade and Trade-Marketing Director.
Between 2005 and 2007 he worked as CEO of Sarmat, a Ukrainian brewing holding.
In 2007 Kalinin was hired as CEO by KR Properties development company.
Since June 2011 Sergey Kalinin has been appointed as President and Board Chairman of HALS-Development JSC.
Chief Executive Officer
Pavel Titov is a graduate of Cass Business School. In 2005-2007 he worked for Merrill Lynch in their M&A department, Russia & CIS. In 2007 he came to ABN Amro as part of their debt capital team. After the acquisition of ABN Amro by RBS he was promoted to Vice-President of Debt Financing.
In 2009 Mr. Titov joined his father’s company as the head of its French winemaking business, Chateau d’Avize. It produces 2 M bottles a year following the traditional Champagne process and has a 5 M bottle cellar. The wine house owns Louis XIV, Chateau d’Avize and Chateau d’Avize Blanc de Blanc Champagne brands. Currently Mr. Titov oversees the operations of Chateau d’Avize and heads Abrau-Durso. He is married and has two children.
Председатель совета директоров, «Абрау-Дюрсо».
Окончил лондонскую Cass Business School. С 2005 по 2007 год работал в Merrill Lynсh, где занимался сделками M&A на территории России и стран СНГ. В 2007 году перешел в банк ABN Amro и занялся долговыми рынками. После поглощения ABN Amro банком RBS стал вице-президентом подразделения долговых рынков. С 2009 года начал работать в компании отца, где возглавил французский винный бизнес - Chateau d’Avize. Это классический шампанский дом, его мощность – 2 млн бутылок в год, Chateau d’Avize имеет погреб на 5 млн бутылок. Вместе с домом Титов получил права на марки шампанских вин Louis XIV, Chateau d’Avize и Chateau d’Avize Blanc de Blanc. В настоящее время Павел Титов курирует Chateau d’Avize и возглавляет «Абрау-Дюрсо». Женат, двое детей.
Russian Association of Business Travel (ABT)
Probably the most prominent figure at the Russian corporate travel scene, Vadim Zelenski is a chairman of the only Russian Business Travel Association ABT (www.businesstravelrussia.ru) for over 6 years now. Vadim is a founder of “Zelenski Corporate Travel Solutions”, a Russian market leader, and is a continuous enthusiast of bringing and developing Russian business travel to highest international standards and practices. Vadim is a graduate of Russian State University of Management (1994), PhD in Economics (2011) and International School of Management Skolkovo”EMBA (2011).
Partner, Head of Hospitality Services
Cushman & Wakefield
Marina Smirnova MRICS, Head of Hospitality and Tourism, Cushman & Wakefield Russia, has more than 20 years' experience in Russia’s Hospitality sector and is well-known as a key expert in the Hotel and Tourism industry in Russia. Until recently she was Deputy CEO at JSC “Krasnaya Polyana” of the Sberbank Sochi Olympic development. Previously she worked for 4 years as Senior Vice President of Advisory and Valuation Services with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels.
Марина Смирнова, MRICS, партнер, руководитель отдела гостиничного бизнеса и туризма Cushman & Wakefield, имеет 20-ти летний опыт работы в сфере туристического и гостиничного бизнеса и является признанным экспертом в этой сфере. До недавнего времени Марина была заместителем генерального директора по развитию ОАО «Красная поляна», одном из крупнейших проектов Олимпийского Сочи, реализуемых ОАО «Сбербанк России». До этого более 4 лет проработала в компании Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels в должности старшего вице-президента, возглавляя направление оценки и консалтинга в сфере гостиничного бизнеса.
SVP, Real Estate and Asset Management
Habib Enayetullah brings nearly 20 years of real estate and investment experience. He is responsible for managing the strategic direction of Hilton’s hotel investments outside the Americas. This comprises a portfolio of a hundred owned, leased and joint venture investments.
Prior to joining Hilton, Habib held a variety of senior investment roles for Hyatt Hotels, Sunstone Hotel Investors and the Bechtel Group in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Habib holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MPA from Columbia University.
Habib and his family are based in the London area.
Hon. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry Of East African Affairs, Commerce And Tourism
Mrs Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie is the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism of the Republic of Kenya. In this role she is responsible for spear heading policy formulation for re-invigorating the tourism industry, rallying Kenyans to embrace commerce for jobs and wealth creation and championing regional integration process as a staging ground for intra-Africa trade.
Prior to her her appointment to the cabinet, she was the director of the Investment Advisory Unit at Standard Investment Bank, Nairobi Kenya. In this position she managed complex investment transactions including privatization of public entities, IPO and advising corporations on major transactions.
She has over 15 years’ experience in Finance, Investment Banking, Business Consultancy and regulatory affairs.
Mrs Kandie holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from St Mary's University in Canada and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. She is also a member of KEPSA Kenya Private Sector Alliance, through the Association of Stockbroker's and Investment Banks and she has served on several boards both in the private and public sector.
Mrs Kandie has also been involved in community based poverty alleviation projects and training of self help groups on entrepreneurship.
Chief Executive Officer
Rainbow Tourism Group
Tendai is the Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Tourism group. Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG), established in 1992, is the one of the largest hotel groups in Zimbabwe listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
Tendai joined the Group in November 2012 with a key mandate of turning around its performance. He started his career in the accounting profession at Price Waterhouse and Coopers where after he changed to marketing after completing his Master’s Degree. He worked for Coca Cola Central Africa as Trade Channel Manager for nine countries in Southern Africa, and then moved to operations, responsible for operations in Zambia and Malawi.
Thereafter, Tendai joined African Sun Limited, a progressive African hospitality player listed on the Zimbabwe stock exchange as the Commercial Director. He subsequently became the Managing Director of the same Group responsible for managing IHG franchise including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands in Zimbabwe. He was an integral part of the team that opened of hotels in South Africa and in West Africa including Ghana, Nigeria.
Tendai is the immediate past President of the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism were his creative direction, innovation and business acumen, contributed immensely in positioning Zimbabwe strategically on the World Tourism map
Tendai holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (B Compt) from the University of South Africa. A Chevening scholar, he holds a Master of Business Administration (with a distinction) from Hull University (United Kingdom).
Lee-Anne is a Director of Advisory Services at Grant Thornton, based in Johannesburg. She is also Grant Thornton’s sector head for Property and Construction in South Africa.
Lee-Anne has extensive experience in providing consulting and advisory services to public and private sector clients in the property, tourism and hospitality sectors.
Lee-Anne carries out assignments that include strategic planning, market and financial feasibility assessments, financial evaluations, business valuations, economic impact assessments, market research, demand assessments and monitoring & evaluation.
She is a member of the Gauteng Committee of the Woman’s Property Network.
Horwath HTL France
Minister of Tourism
Hon. Jean Max Rakotomamonjy
Ministre du tourisme
Hon. Carvalho Muária
Minister of Tourism
Maarten van den Nieuwenhuijsen
Vice President Operations - Africa
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Maarten van den Nieuwenhuijsen, Dutch, has been working in the hotel business since 1998. Starting his career with IHG and then for more than 20 years with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Maarten occupied various GM and District positions in a number of locations: Amsterdam, Germany, Dubai, Beijing, Saudi Arabia and eventually in South Africa as Regional Director for Southern Africa based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In 2011 Maarten joined Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts as Vice President Operations Africa, based in Cairo, responsible for the operational aspect of the portfolio consisting of 15 hotels and 7 Nile Cruise ships.
President & CEO
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
When Jean Gabriel Pérès joined in 1999, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio comprised 39 hotels. The upscale hotel management company of Swiss heritage now has 79 across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa - on target to reach 100 worldwide by 2015.
Paris-born Pérès isn’t building a hospitality giant: Authenticity, warmth and care are best achieved on a human scale, he says. With an MBA from ESSEC, Pérès made his name at Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, becoming MD Asia Pacific before joining a luxury fashion and accessories company as MD.
The Heritage Environmental Management Company
Greg McManus has a diploma in Hotel Administration and over thirty years’ experience in the hotel industry where he held a number of senior positions with among others Westin Hotels, Karos Hotels and Sun International before being appointed Director of Standards for the South African Tourism Board.
He founded the Heritage Environmental Management Company in 1996 as Africa’s first tourism-based environmental certification initiative and currently operates in ten African and Indian Ocean countries.
He serves as Chairman of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance of Africa and on national, regional and international bodies involved with tourism standards and environmental certification.
Kevin B Murphy
President & CEO
Asiawide Hospitality Solutions
As CEO of Asiawide Hospitality Solutions, Kevin provides informed guidance to hotel owners and investors with their hospitality interests, assisting with strategic investment planning, improving profitability in portfolios worldwide and a unique international experience making his perspective on future Hotel Investment needs particularly relevant to new hotel investors.
Earlier as SVP - Development in Langham Hotels International, the luxury hotels of listed Great Eagle Holdings, he led their billion dollar hotel portfolio investment, brand building and operating expansion for 11 years from September 1995 to early 2006 following a career spanning 5 continents including Africa.
He was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2008 by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for his continued contributions to the growth of responsible and sustainable hotels tourism in the region.
Chairman, Hospitality and Tourism
Cushman & Wakefield
Richard Tibbott - Chairman, Advisory – Development Consulting, Hospitality & Tourism at Cushman & Wakefield, Russia. Previously Chairman Global Development Solutions at Colliers International for 5 years and creator of Locum Destination Consulting (1999 – 2009), Europe’s leading destination development & strategic tourism consulting business. He has been an owner, operator and advisor in hospitality & tourism ventures and for many important destination developments in the UK, EMEA and now in Russia. Richard is a highly respected and experienced management consultant and real estate development consultant with over 40 years experience in real estate development, operations and consulting.
Senior Account Manager
Phiwe Marumo is a Senior Business Development Manager Africa for the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state owned development finance institution in South Africa. As a business development manager for Africa, she is responsible for identifying viable, green-field, expansion & strategic “high development impact” projects opportunities across a range of sectors. In the last 2 years she has been part of a team driving IDC’s growth in the development of business hotels in the rest of Africa.
Area Vice President Middle East & Sub-Saharan Africa
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
A British national, Mark Willis has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including 15 years with the Rezidor Hotel Group. He is known for his hands-on management style and sound foundation of operational knowledge having developed his skills across all key areas of the industry.
Mark is based in the area office in Dubai operating a total of 41 hotels across the area with a number of projects in the development pipeline. His role includes the responsibility for a team of executives handling area operations, sales and marketing, revenue management, technical services, procurement, PR and business development.
Z.65 Vision Collaborative
Co Founder & Partner of Z.65 Vision Collaborative, this new company creates and develops new concepts in the leisure real estate sector from it vision collaborative base in Dubai.
Claude Attala’s passionate commitment to Africa, lifestyle and his obsession on hotels has led him to the creation of “The Urban Lodge” concept, which will be straightforward contemporary stylish hotels with genuine hospitality located in vibrant cities in Africa. .
The essence of the Urban Lodge will be interpreted in an urban setting, rather than reproduced. The ideas and principles will be distilled and carefully fused with modern architecture. This fusion ensures that although the spaces and buildings are very much forward-looking, they remain recognizably local at heart.
Ex Global Managing Director of NorthCourse Advisory Services, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and the leading global specialist in comprehensive research and consulting in all sectors of the hospitality and leisure real estate sectors, Claude has worked on exciting initiatives and projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe ranging from the implementation of tourism master plans to hospitality development briefs for mixed used developments
Prior to joining Northcourse, Claude served as the Head of Planning and Operations for the Qatar Tourism Authority, where he was involved in the development of a long-term strategic plan for tourism as well as the classification system for hotels and tour operators. In addition, he set up the business development team to assist potential investors and developers with tourism-related projects in Qatar.
Throughout his more than 20-year career, he has also held various senior roles with leading hospitality companies.
Diar Capital & CityBlue Hotels
Jameel read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2001. He chose to leave the law in order to set up Diar Capital, an investment company focused on the creation of growth businesses. Since 2008, Jameel has focused on sub-Saharan Africa as seed investor and entrepreneur. CityBlue Hotels is a Diar Capital-brand has created for Africa's growing mid-market hotel sector. In 2013, three hotels were launched in Kigali, Rwanda and a fourth will open by the year-end in Kampala, Uganda by the end of the year. Jameel is spearheading the growth of the brand into the wider region.
Chief Executive Officer
Irwin Barkan has over thirty years of experience as a business owner in commercial real estate and retail, and has been an active investor in public and private companies. Mr. Barkan has developed and invested in major supermarket-anchored shopping centers, office parks and residential projects in the US and Canada. He has served a nationwide roster of clients, tenants, financial institutions and partners with a full spectrum of real estate investment services, including ground-up development, construction management, property management, leasing, and asset management. Mr. Barkan was appointed by Massachusetts Governor William Weld as the Governor's representative on the Treasury Investment Advisory Council in 1990.Irwin and Lindsay Barkan reside in Vermont, USA and Accra, Ghana; they have three adult sons .
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
President India, Middle East & Africa
Ulrich T. Eckhardt has more than four decades of experience in the industry. He joined Kempinski Hotels in 1995 as Senior Vice President working in Latin America and then China. In 1997 Eckhardt was sent the United Arab Emirates to oversee the construction and opening of Kempinski Hotel Ajman, marking Kempinski’s debut region.
Eckhardt was appointed Senior Vice President Middle East & Africa in 2002 and then President Middle East & Africa in 2007. Recognised as one of the region’s top hoteliers, he is responsible for spearheading the luxury hotel group’s development drive in the region to double its portfolio by 2020.
Steven Warren Miller
Senior Vice President – Business Development
Shapoorji Pallonji International
Steven W. Miller, FAIA, RIBA, Sr. V.P. Business Development, Shapoorji Pallonji International.
An architect and urban planner with over 49 years of experience in Business Development, Design Management, and Construction Administration for planning and architectural projects. Shapoorji is a major international Design-Build and Construction organization for the past 149 years based in Dubai and Mumbai. Miller is an experienced real estate investment planner and has a deep understanding of the issues that drive real estate development and the elements that make it successful, especially for mixed use, hotels (working with most of the international brands), and residential (both luxury and affordable), in the international market.
(Owner, Ibis Paveletskaya)
Boris Fabrikant was born in 1947 in Lviv, Ukraine, After graduating from college with a degree in engineering he worked for 20 yrs in his chosen field and then went into private business.
Currently Mr. Fabrikant is Deputy General Director of Institute of Food Processing Industry (CJSC), which owns Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya managed by Accor.
Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa
She started her career with Accor in 1998 in Tanzania as Financial Director before she took over the operations as delegate for the hotels and lodges. After various experiences in Africa, she came back in 2005 to Paris as Development Manager for Africa. From 2008 to June 2012, Zahra was in charge as CEO for "Hotel Formula One", joint venture Accor/Southern Sun, in South Africa. She is now the Vice President Development ACCOR for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Chief Finance Officer
Hervé is Chief Financial Officer for Accor Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Caribbean Islands supervising a network of 150 hotels.
Before taking his present role in 2010, Hervé spent more than 20 years in Hospitality, Catering and Travel industries in various senior management positions but always with a strong financial background.
From 2003 to 2010, he acted as Managing Director in charge of Finance for Lenôtre, a French upscale gastronomy business and caterer with a franchise network over 12 countries.
From 1997 to 2003, Hervé has been VP Group Financial Controller & Director of Corporate Accounting and Cash Management for Carlson, Wagonlit Travel.
Hervé has a Master in Finance of the Business School of Strasbourg (France).
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Born March 22, 1985 in Kazan, Russia. Graduated in 2007 from Kazan State Architecture and Construction University with a diploma in Construction Engineering. Has degrees from Loughborough University (2007), City University London (2009) and a diploma in Law from Kazan Federal University (2013).
Albert Gilfanov has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unistroy Development Group since 2013 and is in charge of strategic planning and corporate development. The company was established in 1995 and is one of the largest in the Republic of Tatarstan. The company’s portfolio includes residential real estate, business centers, individual housing, retail and hotels. Total square footage of developed real estate has reached 520 000 square meters.
Unistroy is aimed at diversifying its business and has interest in industrial production and hospitality market. The company’s goal is to implement the highest global standards in all its new ventures.
Гильфанов Альберт Рашитович
Председатель Совета директоров
девелоперской группы Унистрой
Альберт Гильфанов родился 22 марта 1985 года в Казани. В 2007 году закончил Казанский государственный архитектурно-строительный институт по специальности инженер. В 2007 году успешно закончил университет Лафборо, в 2009 году Лондонской городской университет, в 2013 Казанский Приволжский федеральный университет по специальности юриспруденция.
С 2013 года Альберт Гильфанов занимает позицию Председателя Совета директоров девелоперской группы Унистрой. Компания Унистрой была основана в 1995 году и является одной из крупнейших девелоперских компаний в Республике Татарстан. В портфеле компании многоквартирные жилые дома, деловые центры, коттеджное строительство, торговые и гостиничные объекты. За 18 лет своего существования компанией было введено в эксплуатацию 520 000 тысяч квадратных метров недвижимости. В обязанности Альберта Гильфанова входят стратегическое планирование и развитие.
Приоритетным значением для компании является диверсификация бизнеса, а так же развитие производства и индустрии гостеприимства. Унистрой планирует всемерно развивать данные сегменты с применением лучших мировых стандартов.
Selim El Zein
Head of Hospitality Asset Management
Colliers International (MENA)
Selim is an experienced hotel asset manager, focusing on improving the financial performance & market positioning of hotel assets on behalf of private and institutional investors in the MENA region.
He joined Colliers International MENA from Vision Hospitality Asset Management London, the largest Pan European Hotel Asset Management firm with 186 hotels under management. He currently advises institutional investors, high net worth individuals, and finance houses on Hotel profit maximization, refinancing, and exit strategies. An astute expert in contract negotiations, assessment of capital expenditure programs, benchmarking and financial analysis, Selim advises hotel owners on the acquisition, operational asset management and disposal of their assets.
Gary Corrigan has over 9 years experience in real estate having worked in numerous markets managing large-scale design teams on a number of significant urban planning and rejuvenation development projects.
Most recently Gary has worked for global developer Treasury Holdings where he managed a multi-billion euro development portfolio with projects in Ireland, Russia and Sweden.
During his time at Treasury Holdings, Gary spent 2 years in Moscow where he set up their operations before returning to the company's HQ in Dublin.
Prior to Treasury, Gary spent 3 years managing a dedicated real estate team for European retailer Lidl GmbH in order to roll out new retail stores across Ireland.
Gary has completed the Real Estate Advanced Financing course at Harvard University and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Griffith College, Dublin.
Jonathan founded Lordship in 1989 and has led the group from inception to its current prominence.
Jonathan was born and raised in Kenya, qualified in the United Kingdom and has now returned "home" and built up a portfolio of properties in the Nairobi and Naivasha areas.
Jonathan is seeking to replicate the hugely successful property development business he has been running in Eastern Europe for the past 20 years.
While in Prague, Jonathan gained firsthand experience of the CEE region's transformation and the growth of its property development and investment markets from a frontier economy after the fall of Communism to a significant contributor to the European economy today.
Jonathan has spent his entire career in real estate development, including UK experience with both Tarmac and London & Edinburgh Trust, prior to moving to Prague and establishing Lordship.
Amir Lababedi is an Associate Director with the Dubai office of HVS. He originally joined HVS in October 2005 after having worked in hotel operations for several years in management positions. Further to his initial employment with HVS, Amir worked as hotel strategy and development manager for a major Abu Dhabi based Sovereign Wealth Fund and subsequently worked in development and corporate finance managerial roles for an Abu Dhabi Government owned mixed use leisure tourism resort project.
Amir holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Hotel Management from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Global Banking and Finance from the European London Business School. Amir has provided hotel investment advice, conducted valuations and feasibility studies, and negotiated several operator search agreements both as consultant and investor in numerous countries within Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Golden Tulip, West Africa
Mr Amaechi Ndili represents the epitome of established entrepreneurs in Africa; his unfailing and effective working strategy has led to the establishment of an empire with a strong base in the West African region.
As President and CEO of Lionstone Group, he oversees its various subsidiaries and joint venture partnerships, which include Golden Tulip West Africa, a premier owner, and operator of hotels in the West African region. Co-owned by Louvre Hotel Group, Starwood Capital and Lionstone Group -- Golden Tulip West Africa operates luxury, and super luxury hotels, with over 1,000 rooms across 5 leading hotels in Accra, Kumasi, Lagos, Ibadan and Port Harcourt.
President & CEO
Kempinski Hotels & Resorts
VP Operations - Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS
Rolf is an experienced hotel operator, responsible for leading his team of hotel general managers and is accountable for delivering strong financial and quality performance across his region. He is a Swiss national, joined InterContinental Geneval in 1977 and has since held positions with increasing responsibility in Europe, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore. He has been leading many hotels and has held regional and multibrand responsibilities since 1998. Rolf is a member of the Regional Operating Committee of IHG Europe, reporting to the Europe CEO.
General Director of seven hotels belonging to
Gregory Chernov was born on October 7, 1946 in the Smolensk region. Graduated from University (special subject - restaurant business). Married, 5 children.
After the graduating from the Trade and Economic Institute (University) he worked as a Chef in one of the hotels in St. Petersburg. In 1980 he took Candidate's Degree in the restaurant business. 1976-1989 years he held the positions of Provost and the Dean of a faculty at the Trade and Economic Institute.
After the Perestroika Gregory Chernov worked an expert and consultant in the restaurant and hotel business in various companies.
In 1992 he was involved to realization of the project on reconstruction of the building into Radisson Royal Hotel St.Petersburg. In 2002 he took Doctor of Economics Degree.
Now Gregory Chernov, Doctor of Economics, Professor, is a representative of Wenaasgruppen AS, Norwegian Holding, one of the largest foreign investor and makes a great contribution to the development of the hotel business in St. Petersburg. He is at the head of other major city hotels like Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya Hotel and Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya Hotel and Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky Hotel (PHOENIX-HOTEL Ltd.) besides CJSC «Hotel Corporation» («Radisson Royal Hotel St.Petersburg»). In addition to the hotels in St. Petersburg, he is the General Director of CJSC «Nordrus Hotel» (Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg Hotel) and Public Corporation «Hotel Complex «Sheremetyevo-2» (Park Inn by Radisson Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel). Two more projects under his guidance are in progress now in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Chief Executive Officer
JSC "Moscow Region Corporation"
Gleb Bondarenko was born in 1978. In 2000 he graduated from the Law Faculty of Moscow State University of Lomonosov (Russia), in 2003 – from the Law Faculty of New York University (USA).
He began his career as a lawyer in an international law firm KGSG LLC (Moscow). In 2003 - 2005 he was the Head of the legal department in "Renaissance Capital", and from 2007 to 2010 he was the Director of Investment Banking Department in "Renaissance Capital". Subsequently, he served as Deputy Director of Distressed Assets Department OJSC "Sberbank of Russia". Prior to joining the Government of the Moscow region, he was the CEO of OJSC "Complex of Transport Enterprises Fund" and the CEO of OJSC "Assets Development" – an asset management company owned by the city of Moscow.
In December 2012 he was appointed Minister of Investments and Innovations, Moscow region.
Gleb Bondarenko is married, raises a son.
Rui M. Barros
SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa
Wyndham Hotel Group
Rui Barros is responsible for Wyndham Hotel Group’s operations functions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, overseeing and managing the coordination and execution of cross-functional brand initiatives throughout the region.
A seasoned hospitality industry veteran with 25 years of experience, Barros joined the company in 1998 as a director of regional marketing and has since held a number of high-level operations positions within the organisation including: vice president of group operations; senior vice president of operations, Latin America; and brand senior vice president for the company’s Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® hotel brands.
Deputy General Director for Organisation of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
JSC "Center Omega"
Oleg Zabara, Deputy General Director of OJSC “Center “Omega” for organization of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
Oleg Zabara was born on June 10, 1977, in Pskov, Russia and grew up in Novorossiysk, Krasnodar region. In 1996 he graduated from the Novorossiysk College of Radio Electronic Instrument Making, in 2004 - from the Faculty of State and Municipal Management of Kuban State Technological University. He studied psychology at the Novorossiysk Branch of Moscow Humanitarian-Economical Institute.
Following his military service in the Seventh Guard Airborne Division he began working for the group of companies “Delo” as a driver in Novorossiysk.
Then he started an auto business. A few years later Oleg moved to Krasnodar, and founded the logistics company; was involved in the car importing business.
In 2009, by integrating entrepreneurial skills and passion for motorcycles, he founded the company «V-TWIN» - themed motorcycle club-restaurant, which operates successfully now. As an owner of the club he was awarded the diploma of the Krasnodar Region Administration for active cooperation in the implementation of priority projects in the field of youth policy.
In May 2012 Oleg joined the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix project. He was appointed as Director of Operations in the company “Formula Sochi” responsible for promotion and organization of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, which will be held in 2014 in Sochi Olympic Park. Oleg was awarded the diploma of the Krasnodar region’s Motorsport Federation for honorable representation of Krasnodar region as a member of the Organizers of national and international events in 2012.
In May 2013 after organizational changes in the company he was promoted to the position of Deputy General Director of OJSC “Center “Omega”, which is responsible for the construction of the Formula 1 circuit and the promotion of Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix. In this role he is in charge of the organization of the Formula 1 in Sochi.
Oleg is married and has two children.
Karl de Lacy
International Development Manager
Best Western International
Karl is responsible for the development of the Best Western brand in the CIS countries. Following a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Business Management from the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (now University College Birmingham) he began his hospitality career with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Atlanta Georgia and St. Louis Missouri. He returned to Ireland as Director of Rooms Operations with Marriott International. Since joining Best Western the brand has opened a selection of Best Western, Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier hotels in Russia & Kazakhstan joining existing properties in Moldova & Ukraine.
Partner and Head of Banking & Finance Practice Group
Tim has worked on Russia and CIS transactions for more than 22 years and has developed a reputation as a leading expert among his peers and clients. He specializes in cross-border transactions and financings of all types in Russia and CIS, including real estate finance, bilateral and syndicated lending, project finance and public-private partnerships (PPP).
Led by Tim, the Russian real estate finance team has led numerous loans through the complex maze of structuring and implementing property financings in Russia. This includes major hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and luxury residential properties in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl and other major Russian cities.
In addition to his banking and finance capabilities, Tim has significant corporate experience, including real estate M&A, private equity investments and joint ventures. He has also led many major direct-investment industrial projects for foreign multinationals including the structuring and implementation of greenfield projects, as well as debt restructurings and insolvencies. Tim has also led a number of municipal finance projects, with special focus on the Russian water industry and Russian federal budget legislation.
Tim has a thorough understanding of working with Russian and international financial institutions. This includes his two years of experience working in the Office of General Counsel of the EBRD in London, on a working sabbatical (2001-2002). He also frequently travels to St. Petersburg, where he was based for 6½ years (1993-1999), during much of which period he acted as the office's Managing Partner.
Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty
A graduate of the ESSEC business school, 54 years old, Jean-Luc Chrétien joined Accor in 1986 as head of marketing and sales for the Hotels division, then for Accor Asia Pacific and, in 1990, for Accor Leisure hotels division. In 1992 he was appointed Marketing Director for Euro Disney hotels and named VP Distribution Strategy in 1996. In 1999 , he was appointed Senior Vice President Distribution and Strategy and Sales Administration for Disneyland Paris Resort. In 2001, Mr. Chrétien was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Pierre et Vacances Tourism Group, the European leader of holiday rentals. Then in 2004, he joined the Sales and Marketing Department of SNCF Voyages France Europe (French Railways Passenger division) as Vice President, International Sales.
In November 2007, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Hotel Distribution at Accor with responsibility over Accor Global Sales, eCommerce, Loyalty and CRM , Call Centres activities as well as Accor Reservations and Revenue Management solutions. Since January 2012, within Accor new organization by Brands, he has also taken over full direct responsibility of all sales and distribution teams in Europe (10 countries), previously managed by hotel Operations.
Area HR Director Eastern Europe
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Maria started her career in hospitality in 1998 and then having held various managerial positions in international companies, both hospitality and other industries, such as IKEA, Hyatt and Adecco. She has obtained a National Sociologist Diploma in Ural State University and has broad experience in leading Human Resources division.
DAKO Professional Team
Rafal Jaskula started his career in 1999 working as a Regional Manager for ARARAT Outsourcing Group, Poland. Four years later he held the position of the company`s President. In 2006 he left his post to start business in Russia; consequently, DAKO Professional Team was founded in St.Petersburg led by Rafal Jaskula. As a result of successful work on the Russian market the company opened its offices in Moscow and Sochi. Major business lines of the company are cleaning, employee leasing and transport rental for business purposes. In 2013 Rafal Jaskula was appointed back to the position of President of ARARAT Outsourcing Group, since then he leads two companies. Since April 2011 he is co-founder of the DAKO Professional Team.
Svetlana started her career in 1998. Since 2005 she has been working in HR business, from 2010 - in Hospitality Industry. She worked in such companies as Marriott International and IFK Hotel Management.
Svetlan is currently HR Director for Most Consult. She previously worked as a Director of HR at Fine Hotels on Gorki-Gorod resort. Her leading missions - to build up the team for Olympics as well as post-Olympic period and establish all necessary HR procedures and processes. Svetlana is also responsible for motivation, communication, administration, migration issues, development and training for 1700 people staff in Gorki-Gorod Fine Hotels.
Svetlana was educated at Moscow Humanity Pedagogical Institute as a Teacher of English and has a degree in HR Management at State University – Higher School of Economics.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bally is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Azalaï Hotels Group.
In 1994, he acquired the mythical “Grand Hôtel de Bamako”. In 2000, he built the Salam Hotel, and managed Hotel Nord Sud. In 2005, he consolidated the activities of the various properties under a common brand “Azalaï Hotels”. The Azalaï Hotels Group expanded to Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Benin and more recently to Lagos, Niamey, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan.
Azalaï Hotels Group is today the first African private hotel chain group in the West African Region, providing direct employment to about 700 persons and over 3,500 indirectly.
Chief Executive Officer
Inaugure Hospitality Group & Mangalis Management Group
CEO & founding member of Mangalis Management Group, a company of Inaugure Hospitality, first African-born group of international scale, with innovative brands such as upper-luxury Youma House, upper-midscale Noom or economy Seen.
Denis’ extensive experience in Middle East included being a founding member of Avenue Hotels & Resorts - Dubai and also part of the Executive team of Katara Hospitality - Qatar. Previously Denis was a key-member of ACCOR Hospitality in the Greater Middle East.
His 30 years of professional expertise all around the world in operational management includes also top luxury brands such as Venice Simplon Orient-Express.
Denis has a PhD in Psychology.
Political Futures Consultancy
Daniel Silke is one of South Africa’s leading Independent Political Analysts and Keynote Speakers covering South African, African and Global political and economic issues. Silke holds a Masters Degree in South African and International Politics and has served, in a senior capacity, both as a Member of the Provincial Parliament and as a City Councillor in Cape Town He lectures and consults to major corporates, academic institutions and think-tanks both locally and overseas. He is currently the Director of Political Futures Consulting and also regularly appears in print, on the Internet and on radio & television both in South Africa and abroad. He is also the author of the acclaimed new book “Tracking the Future”.
Bjorn de Kock
Head of Hotel Openings - Asia, Middle East & Africa
Studied Hotel Management at Wits University; Johannesburg; South Africa and worked in hotels for various companies in the UK till 2007. I then moved to IHG looking after some of our franchise partners in the UK till 2010. Thereafter took on looking after franchise partners in Africa as well as leading the team looking after our franchisees in the UK. In 2012 I took on the role of heading up hotel openings across Asia; Middle East and Africa and putting in processes to give our owners and corporate offices clarity on where hotels were in the opening process.
Head: Coverage; Investment Banking, East Africa
Standard Bank Group/CfC Stanbic Bank Limited
Mr. Ngumi joined Standard Bank in Nairobi in 2004, and heads Standard Bank’s Investment Banking Coverage business in East Africa. Before taking up this role in 2009, he had established and headed the Bank’s overall Investment Banking offering in East Africa, and oversaw its rapid emergence as the leading investment banking franchise in East Africa, principally in debt issuance and increasingly in the equity capital markets and M&A spaces. Prior to joining Standard Bank, John worked variously for Citibank, Barclays, Citibank, Grindlays and National Westminster Bank. He was also a founder of one of East Africa’s first independent investment banking groups, Loita Capital Partners
Over the last 25 years Mr Ngumi has played a leading role in the development of Kenya’s and East Africa’s debt and equity capital markets, in the emergence of corporate finance and asset management as major market activities, and in the establishment of regulatory institutions to support these markets: for instance the Capital Markets Authority and the Retirement Benefits Authority. He is also a founder member of the Central Bank of Kenya’s Market Leaders Forum, a consultative body responsible for the development of Kenya’s Treasury bond programme, a pace setter in Africa.
Mr Ngumi is also the first Chairman of Konza Technocity Development Authority, the Kenya Government’s agency set up in 2012 to develop Africa’s first high tech city
Mr Ngumi has a BA 1st Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from St Peter’s College, Oxford University
Professor George H.O. Abungu
Chief Executive Officer
Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants
George H.O. Abungu is a Cambridge-trained archaeologist and former Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya. He is the founding Chairman of Africa 2009, ISCOTIA (the International Standing Committee on the Traffic in Illicit Antiquities), and CHDA, the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (ex-PMDA), among others.
Prof. Abungu has been a guest scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, Chairman of the Kenya Cultural Centre, and is currently C.E.O. of Okello Abungu Heritage Consultants. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including Gothenburg University, in Sweden, and the University of Western Cape in South Africa.
He is a recipient of the “Ife Prize in Museology” in 2007 at the 6th Festival of Pan-African Music (FESPAM) in Brazaville and also the recipient of the distinction of “Passeur du Patrimone by EPA, Ecole du Patrimoine Africain in 2009 in recognition of his over 20 years of dedicated service to African Heritage. In 2011he was one of the three persons honored by the National Museums of Kenya during its centenary for contribution to research and development of Coastal Archaeology in Kenya. In 2012, he was, honored by the Association for Research into Crime against Art (ARCA) for Lifetime Achievement in Defense of Art. The same year 2012 he was awarded the Knight of the order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Government of the Republic of France.
Prof. Abungu has over 60 publications in the disciplines of archaeology, heritage management, and museology, culture and development and has championed the role of communities in development in many of his publications, public forums and in his works as a museum professional, scholar and administrator
He has been an advisor to the Aluka project of the Mellon Foundation, the Global Heritage Fund, and is Vice President of International Council of Museums (ICOM), a Member of the International Jury of the UNESCO Melina Mecouri International Prize for Safeguard and Management of Cultural Landscapes and Board member for TARA, the Trust for African Rock Art, among others. He has sat on the World Monuments Watch panel of judges of the World Monument Fund, New York and was Kenya’s Representative to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, and Vice-President of its Bureau (2004-2009).
Prof. Abungu is a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stellenbosch South Africa and the 2013 Spring Semester Elizabeth Eddy Professor of Applied Anthropology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
President of Europe, Africa and the Middle East
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Dr Martyn Davies
Chief Executive Officer
Frontier Advisory (Pty) Ltd
Dr Martyn Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Advisory - a leading research, strategy and capital advisory firm that specialises in emerging markets.
Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world.
Martyn has chaired both public and private sessions at the World Economic Forum including chairing a session at the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. He is a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on China, the world’s foremost intellectual network that helps inform the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos as well as set the direction for global, regional and industry agendas. Martyn is also an Advisor to the WEF’s “Emerging Best Practices of Chinese Globalizers” initiative as well as serving as an industry expert to the WEF’s Mining & Metals Industry Group – an advisory body providing strategic advice to leading global mining and extractive industry companies. Martyn is a recipient of a Dangote Fellowship awarded by the WEF for young Africans selected each year for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.
Martyn has lectured by invitation at Harvard University, MIT, London School of Economics, Oxford University, IE Business School, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the African Development Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, the British Parliament and the World Bank. He is widely published in academia and has written for the Financial Times and the Washington Post and is a regular media commentator for the BBC, CNBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera, Reuters and AFP.
Martyn was previously the (founding) Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) that was established under the South Africa – China Bi-national Commission at Vice Presidential level, a position he vacated in December 2009. During this time, he established the first Confucius Institute in Africa on behalf of the PRC Government in June 2004. He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Tshwane University of Technology Business School, Pretoria, South Africa.
Martyn has been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies &Markets” category as awarded by the prestigious Financial Mail in its Annual Analysts of the Year awards. He was previously appointed as an advisor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) for its Global Development Outlook project . He is a member of MasterCard‘s Global Knowledge Panel – a group comprising leading international economists and is also a member of MasterCard’s Africa Knowledge Panel providing strategic advice to the Board of MasterCard.
Martyn holds a BA degree in Law, an Honours Degree in International Relations (cum laude), a Master's Degree in International Relations (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand), a Diploma in Asian Studies (Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea), and a PhD in International Relations (University of the Witwatersrand) – all completed by the age of twenty five. He also has a certificate from Harvard Business School & GIBS for its “Making Markets Work” course.
In 2010, Destiny Man magazine named Martyn in its “Power 40” of leading South African businessmen under the age of 40. Martyn divides his time between South Africa and international travel. His is an avid reader and is an active sports fan and participant. He has been awarded Protea Colours for cycling for South African Universities, played soccer for his alma mater Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and participated in athletics and cross country at provincial level during high school.
He is married to Suheima and he is the proud Dad of Mikha and Zarah.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Property and Tourism Team
Peter Greenberg is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and CBS Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.
A New York Times best-selling author and multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and producer, Greenberg is also host of a nationally syndicated radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world.
He produces and co-hosts a history-making series of one-hour television specials called “The Royal Tour,” which feature personal, one-on-one journeys through various countries with their heads of state, including the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, the President of Mexico, the King of Jordan, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the President of Peru.
Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. He was recently inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry
Visit him on the Web at www.PeterGreenberg.com.
HVS Consulting & Valuation
Alexey Korobkin is the Associate Director of HVS Consulting & Valuation in Moscow, Russia. Originally with a degree in Economics and Finance, Alexey has also obtained an MBA in Hotel and Tourism Management from of Switzerland's top hotel universities. Alexey has held positions in various hotels across Europe, US and Russia prior to joining HVS in 2010. Alexey specializes in strategic consulting, valuations and investment advisory and completed numerous assignments across Russia, the CIS, Georgia and the Baltic region. Alexey is a regular speaker at major hospitality events in the region as well as an author of multiple hospitality publications.
HVS Consulting & Valuation
Алексей Коробкин является Заместителем Директора Московского офиса HVS Consulting & Valuation. Алексей получил высшее образование в сфере Экономики и Финансов в Санкт-Петербурге, а также в Гостиничном Бизнесе в Швейцарии. Алексей работал в различных международных отелях Европы, США и России, после чего продолжил свою карьеру, присоединившись к компании HVS в 2010г. Алексей специализируется на финансовой оценке, стратегическом и инвестиционном консалтинге, и выполнил множество проектов на территории России, СНГ, Грузии и стран Прибалтики. Алексей регулярно выступает на крупных гостиничных конференциях в регионе, а также является автором множества аналитических публикаций и отраслевых обзоров.
State Conselour of Deputy Prime Minister
Government of Russian Federation
State Academy. MI Kalinin.
State University. Dostoevsky. Moscow State University. MV Lomonosov Moscow State University. Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.
Experience in construction and property management for over 15 years (investment and construction, holding companies, federal agencies).
Mayor of Sochi
Anatoly Pakhomov was born in 1960 in Krasnodar region and started his career in 1977 as a tractor driver and mechanic at Tikhoretsky State Farm. He is a 1983 graduate of Kuban State Agricultural University, holds Ph.D. in Economics (2000) and another one in technical sciences (2005).
In 1991-1996 Mr. Pakhomov served as Deputy General Director and later First Deputy General Director at APEX Trade and Production Association, in 1996-1997 was Vice-President and Deputy Director at KubanKhleboProdukt JSC.
In 1997-2005 he held various executive positions in Krasnodar City Administration and Krasnodar Regional Administration, in 2006-2009 served as the Mayor of the resort town of Anapa. He was elected to his current position of the Mayor of Sochi in 2009.
Mr. Pahomov is a recipient of a number of state awards.
He is married, has a son and a daughter.
Анатолий Пахомов родился в 1960 году в Краснодарском крае и начал свою профессиональную деятельность в качестве тракториста и слесаря в совхозе «Тихорецкий». В 1983 году он окончил Кубанский сельскохозяйственный институт, имеет степень кандидата экономических наук (2000 г.) и доктора технических наук (2005 г.).
В 1991-1996 гг. г-н Пахомов занимал должности заместителя и первого заместителя Генерального директора торгово-промышленного объединения «АПЕКС», в 1996-1997 гг. работал в качестве вице-президента и заместителя Генерального директора ОАО «КубаньХлебопродукт».
В 1997-2005 гг. он сменил ряд ответственных должностей в Администрации города Краснодара и Краснодарской краевой администрации, в 2006 г. был избран Главой города-курорта Анапа и оставался на этом посту до 2009 г. На свою нынешнюю должность Главы города Сочи Анатолий Пахомов был избран в 2009 г.
Г-н Пахомов является лауреатом различных государственных наград.
Он женат, имеет дочь и сына.
Deputy General Director
Alexey Shchipitsin was born and raised in Rostov-on-Don. He is a graduate of Rostov State University of Transportation, holds a law degree from Rostov Institute of Management, Business and Law and a number of continuing education certificates.
Over the course of his career he’s been involved in a number of real estate development projects (including hotel, commercial and residential properties and comprehensive area development).
His most recent positions were:
2007-2009: Commercial Director, ADM Group of Companies
2009-2012: Deputy General Director for Development, Megapolis
Since 2012 Mr. Shipitsin has been working as Commercial Director, Development, Sochi Park JSC.
In 2013 he was appointed Deputy General Director of Omega Centre, where he is also on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Shchipitsin is a member of the Guild of Managers and Developers of Commercial and Industrial Real Estate .
Алексей Щипицын родился и вырос в гор. Ростов-на-Дону
Имеет два высших образования:
Ростовский государственный университет путей сообщения и Ростовский институт управления бизнеса и права по специальности Юриспруденция
Проходил курсы повышения квалификации в направлениях: KPI , как организационный инструмент для управления компанией; маркетинг; эффективные переговоры .
Имеет опыт участия в проектах гостиничной недвижимости, торговой недвижимости, жилой недвижимости ( в том числе комплексного развития территорий)
В последние годы занимал следующие должности:
2007-2009 гг- группа Компаний АДМ , коммерческий директор.
Является членом НП «Гильдия управляющих и девелоперов коммерческой и промышленной недвижимости»
2009-2012 гг.– Мегаполис – зам ген директора по девелопменту
2012г.- ОАО «Сочи-Парк», коммерческий директор отдела развития
-с 2013г по настоящее время занимает должность заместителя генерального директора ОАО «Центр»Омега», является членом совета директоров
Vice President of Market Management EMEA
Expedia Lodging Partner Services
Ariane Gorin is the Vice President of Market Management for Expedia in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role she and her team are responsible for managing relationships with a growing, vibrant and profitable ecosystem of lodging partners across the region.
Ariane joined Expedia in March 2013, prior to which she spent 10 years as a sales and marketing executive with Microsoft in EMEA and in France. Before joining Microsoft in 2003 Ariane worked for the Boston Consulting Group, both in San Francisco and in Paris. At BCG Ariane advised clients in the technology, financial services and retail sectors.
Ariane received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2000, and a BA in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. In 2001, Ariane moved to Paris, where she currently lives with her spouse and two children. She holds both French and American nationalities.
Chief Revenue Officer
CEO and Founder of The Extreme Sports Company
Extreme Hotels and Extreme TV
Al Gosling, CEO of The Extreme Sports Company, has spent the last 15 years building Extreme. In 1998 Al realized that mainstream media was neglecting a huge part of youth culture, and so launched The Extreme Sports Channel in over 60 countries and millions of homes. In 2008 Al acquired the EXTREME brand outright and transformed the company into a pioneering licensor that works with licensees to deliver Extreme branded products, services and experiences including Extreme Hotels and resorts. Currently 7 Extreme hotels are in the pipeline including 3 under construction, with Sochi’s 209-bedroom hotel coming soon.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Alexander Klyachin is a well- known real estate investor and renowned hotelier from Russia. He is the Founder of the Azimut Hotels, an international hotel operator with the largest room fund under management in the mid-market segment in Russia. Currently, Azimut Hotels operates 21 hotel properties totaling over 9100 rooms in 19 cities across Russia, Germany and Austria. Mr. Klyachin serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company.
In 2012, Mr. Klyachin entered the luxury hotel market. Currently, his portfolio of upperscale and luxury branded and independently managed hotels include: the legendary Metropol Hotel Moscow, the Renaissance Olympic Hotel Moscow, The Hyatt Regency Moscow Istra Resort and two lifestyle hotel development projects.
TUROB (Touristic Hotels & Investors Association)
Date/place of birth: Apr 11, 1963/Istanbul, Turkey
Languages: German , English, Turkish, Armenian
Marital Status/Children: Married with two children (born 1998 and 2001)
Hilton Worldwide Jan 2011- to date
Country General Manager, Full Service Hotels Turkey
Regional Manager, in charge of 8 operating hotels & 1 opening, with a total operating inventory of 2607 rooms, generating $ 155 M turnover p.a.
Hilton Istanbul, Conrad Istanbul, ParkSA Hilton Istanbul Aug 2007 – Jan 2011
General Manager, Istanbul Cluster
Division Manager, in charge of 3 hotels, complex multibrand operation with a total inventory of 1207 rooms, generating $ 120 M turnover p.a.
Hilton Prague Feb 2003 – July 2007
Largest Hilton hotel in Continental Europe with 788 rooms including adjacent Congress Center for 1200 persons. $ 50 M turnover p.a.. Progressive market share gain between 2003 - 2007 in a very competitive environment.
Hilton Sofia Aug 2000 – Feb 2003
Opening General Manager of the first Hilton in Bulgaria. The 245 room hotel became market leader within its first full year despite of an increasingly challenging competitive environment and difficult trading conditions.
Hilton Fujairah, UAE Jul. 1999 - Aug 2000
Resort type boutique hotel with 92 rooms, beach front, and extensive gardens. Completed master plan renovation of all public areas, maintaining market share leadership during increasingly challenging trading conditions.
Dresden Hilton, Germany Mar.1997 - Jun.1999
Executive Assistant Manager
Hilton’s most complex food and beverage operation in Europe with 13 outlets, Congress Center and River Boat catering operation.
Ceylan Inter-Continental Istanbul, Turkey Nov.1996 - Feb.1997
Istanbul Hilton, Turkey Jul.1993 - Nov.1996
Rooms Division Manager
Izmir Hilton, Turkey Dec.1991 - Jul.1993
Front Office Manager
ParkSA Hilton Istanbul, Turkey Mar.1990 - Nov.1991
Front Office Manager
Düsseldorf Hilton, Germany Jan.1989 - Feb.1990
Assistant Front Office Manager
Düsseldorf Hilton, Germany Jan.1988 - Dec.1988
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, AK USA May 1987 - Dec. 1987
Accounts Receivable Asst. Supervisor
Istanbul Hilton, Turkey Apr.1983 - Dec.1986
Front Office Clerk
Istanbul Hilton, Turkey Oct.1982 - Mar.1983
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK USA Jan.1987 - Dec.1987
Bachelor of Arts - (second B.A. degree)
Department of Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Administration
Marmara University, Istanbul Turkey Oct .1982 - Sep. 1986
Diploma of Graduation (equivalent of B.A.)
Faculty of Business Administration
Specialization in International Marketing
Vocational Highschool of Tourism and Hotel Sep. 1979 - Jun. 1982
Management, Istanbul, Turkey
Seminars and Courses
CCL Brussels, Belgium Jun. 2008
Leadership Development Programme
IMD Lausanne, Switzerland May 2003
Hilton Career Development Center
Ashridge Business School, UK Aug. 2000
Hilton Career Development Center
Hilton Development Center, Cairo, Egypt Apr. 2000
London School of Economics, UK Sep. 1998
Hilton International Developmet Center
Hilton Career Development Institute, Wembley, UK Sep. 1993
Hilton Pro Active Leadership Course, Mersin, Turkey May 1992
Boardmember of the Turkish Hotel Association Feb. 2008 – to date
Member of Istanbul Rotary Club Jan. 2008 – to date
Boardmember and Founding Member of MPI Nov. 2009 – Aug. 2012
(Meeting Professionals International) in Turkey
Boardmember of the American Chamber of Commerce Apr. 2008 – Jan. 2011
Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants May 2006 – Jul. 2007
Head of Prague Chapter
American Chamber of Commerce Dec. 2004 – Jul. 2007
in the Czech Republic
Head of the Tourism Committee
Boardmember of the American Chamber of Commerce Jan. 2002 – Feb. 2003
Chief Executive Officer
The Baltic Travel Company
Ludmila Koudryavtseva is General Director of Baltic Travel Company, the leading Destination Management Company in Russia based in Saint Petersburg.
Ludmila holds Ph.D. degree in economics, she started her business career in 1990 in business consulting. She founded Baltic Travel Company aimed at providing shore excursions for cruise ship passengers in 1992. Over 20 years the business has grown into a group of reliable companies active in such sectors as MICE, Individual tourism, Shore excursions and Transportation, providing a full range of tourist services in both Russian capitals, occupying the leading position in the local travel market.
In 2008 Baltic Travel with the help from city administration launched the first in Russia official hop-on hop-off double-decker sightseeing tour in Saint Petersburg.
20 years of experience in the Hospitality & Events industry brought the deep understanding of every client’s needs and knowledge of the market that resulted in development of 2 construction projects: a design-focused hotel and a youth art hostel. In 2012 Ludmila Koudryavtseva signed the contract with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its brand, Aloft Hotels. Created to shake up the staid and traditional mid-market hotel sector, Aloft is redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point. The opening of Aloft St. Petersburg in 2015 will mark the debut of Starwood’s Aloft Hotels brand in Russia.
W Hospitality Group
Trevor Ward is a specialist consultant in the hospitality and leisure industries. He is the Principal of the W Hospitality Group with offices in the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and Angola.
For nearly three decades Trevor has specialised in the provision of advisory services to clients in developing countries, and since 2003 has been based in Nigeria advising clients there and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Trevor has extensive international experience, advising clients on hotel and tourism development in more than 30 countries in Africa, and more than 80 countries worldwide. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the hotel industry in sub-Saharan Africa, and is engaged primarily in development consultancy ranging from investment appraisals to operator selection, owner’s representation and asset management.
Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)
Aykut Eken is the chairman of Turkish–Argentinean Business Council and member of Board of Directors of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK).
Aykut Eken holds a Degree and License in Architecture from the İstanbul Devlet Mühendislik ve Mimarlık Akademisi and a Master Degree in Town Planning from at L’ Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since founding Beta International S.A, a leading trading company, in 1979 in Belgium, Mr. Eken has opened several sister companies in various parts of the world. Furthermore, Mr. Eken acquired a reputable travel agency, Kontuar Turizm operating since 1956, and he opened the General Sales Agencies for Turkish Airlines in Argentina and in the Balkan countries. He received Gussi Prize and the Brevet of Officier de l’Ordre de la Couronne given to him by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium.
Deputy General Manager
TSKB Real Estate Appraisal Company
Since April 2005, he has been working within the TSKB Gayrimenkul Değerleme A.Ş. organization. At TSKB Gayrimenkul Değerleme A.Ş., which performs development, location selection, appraisal and feasibility studies for numerous large scale projects in the real property sector, he has worked as an appraisal expert for 1 year.
During this one year period, he has prepared various real property and project appraisal reports. In value assessments aimed for the market value, he has worked on plots-lands, homes, villas, buildings, hotels, touristic facilities, shopping centers, factories and production facilities, fuel sales stations and filling facilities. These reports he has prepared are detailed reports including the analyses of the area where the real property is located, market details, encumbrance data, zoning, license and occupancy permit investigation.
During 2006-2009, he has served as branch manager at the TSKB Gayrimenkul Değerleme A.Ş. Ankara Branch. He has assumed an active role in the structuring of the branch. Moreover, he has been involved in retail, housing and office market appraisal reports in Ankara.
As of the beginning of 2010, he has started to work at the Istanbul headquarters of TSKB Gayrimenkul Değerleme A.Ş., as the Coordinator of the Securities Assessment Department, and as of the beginning of 2012, he continues the same duty with the title of Vice General Manager. He ensures coordination within the company that primarily serves financial organizations, in 6 branches and organizations in over 60 provinces. At the same time, he is a member of the Board of Directors responsible of operations at the TSKB Mortgage Company.
He is a graduate of the Yıldız Technical University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying and Cadaster Engineering (1994-1999), and holds a Post-Graduate Degree from the Gebze Advanced Technology Institute Urban and Regional Planning Engineering (2000-2004). During his education, he has carried out studies on Remote Detection, Mass Transport Systems, Continued and Sustainable Development, Regional Plans for Zoning Plan Works, Land and Plot Regulation.
While he is an appraisal expert who has been licensed by the CMB as of 2008, he also is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, based in England, since 2008.
In addition, by the BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) certificate received in 2011, he has also earned the right to perform the rating of environmental friendly buildings according to various standards.
Meanwhile, Fatih Tosun has also served as member of the board of directors and member of the discipline board at the Appraisal Experts’ Association, and the Licensed Appraisal Companies Association.