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Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference
20-22 October 2014
Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, Sochi, Russia
North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference
19 - 21 November 2014
Chicago, IL, USA
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12-13 May 2015
Dusit Thani, Bangkok, Thailand
Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference
Africa Business Group
Michael Sudarkasa is the CEO of the Africa Business Group, Chairman of the ABG Advisory Board and a Senior Consultant-Private Sector Development, UNDP African Facility for Inclusive Markets (www.undp.org/africa/privatesector). A commercial attorney (intellectual property, broadcast media, and cross border transactions) and economic development practitioner, his areas of specialty include African private sector development, international trade and investment promotion and facilitation, corporate finance and private equity investment. He also has served as an adjunct professor on Africa business and investment at the McDonough Graduate School of Management at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Stauch Vorster Architects
Head of Design,
Founder & President
Sunshine investment Group
Schulze Global Investments
Managing Partner - Germany
Frank Mustaff has more than 25 years of management and consulting experience in various industries. His expertize lies within strategic management and economic tourism development. As the Managing Partner of the Horwath HTL Germany office his assignments in various countries in Eastern Africa included the development of Tourism Master Plans for dedicated areas as well the development and implementation of Tourism Regulation for Rwanda. He is a specialist for facilitating promotion of the tourism sector be it via SME, roadshows or cross-border investments.
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Hotel Chain LLC
Undersecretary of Coordination
Ministry of Tourism Argentina
Taj Cape Town
Michael Pownall is the General Manager of the Taj Cape Town. Born and schooled in the metropolitan borough of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, Michael graduated at Blackpool Hotel School where he earned his degree in Hotel Management during the 80’s. He has since then traveled the world, working and living on four continents before settling down and taking up permanent residence in South Africa – a country from which he draws his inspiration.
Michael has managed high profile hotels in USA, the Carribean and South Africa for over a decade, where he has played a pivotal role in assuring optimum performance and effective daily property operations of some of the industry’s finest hotels.
Apart from managing and continuously improving the hotel’s five key result areas (guest service, employees, sales/marketing, property appearance, and profit/financial control), Michael is forever actively pursuing opportunities and projects for the hotel to get involved in- from local art and design to fashion and food- as part of his passion for the rejuvenation of Cape Town’s inner city. “Many of Cape Town’s best attractions are within easy walking distance of the hotel, allowing our guests to immerse themselves completely in a historical and cultural experience. We need to ensure we don’t miss out on projects and events happening in our neighbourhood,” says Michael.
General Manager Rosa Khutor
Compagnie des Alpes
Head of Special Projects
Castlebrook is a hotel property interior solution provider. Initially it designed and manufactured furniture and it has evolved into a business with full FF&E capacity. It has recently completed a project in the Le Meridian in Cairo airport. Its other notable projects in Africa were the completion of the FF&E in the Radisson Blu in Addis Ababa and the refurbishment of the 600 room Fairmont hotel in Cairo. David is leading Castlebrook’s Special Projects division. He has been in the hotel sector as an asset manager, developer and investor for 15 years. Among the projects he was involved with was the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort in Ponte Vedra, Florida where he was an investor and board member. David is an economics graduate of University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Ireland having qualified while working with KPMG.
Head of Engineering Unit
Plaza Lotus Group
Partner, Head of the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction sectors in the CIS
Olga Arkhangelskaya, Partner, Head of the Real Estate, Transportation, Infrastructure and Government & Public Sectors in the CIS, EY
Olga has more than 15 years of experience in Real Estate, specializing on real estate valuation, feasibility studies, financial analysis, real estate portfolio strategy development, concept development cluster analysis, hospitality, financing and transaction structuring. Olga was the first RICS Chairwoman in the CIS; she is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Steering Committee in Russia. In 2010 Olga won the prize "Personality of the Year" at the Annual Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards. Her personal and professional achievements have made Olga one of the most influential real estate market experts.
Ольга Архангельская, Партнер, руководитель группы по оказанию услуг компаниям секторов недвижимости, транспорта, инфраструктуры и государственным компаниям в СНГ, EY
Ольга имеет более 15 лет профессионального опыта, специализируясь в области оценки объектов недвижимости, подготовки технико-экономических обоснований, финансового анализа, разработки стратегий в отношении портфеля недвижимости, проектов комплексного развития территорий и кластерного анализа, в гостиничном бизнесе, привлечении финансирования и структурировании финансовых сделок. Ольга является членом управляющего комитета Urban Land Institute (ULI) в России, Сертифицированным специалистом Института Коммерческих Инвестиций в Недвижимость США (CCIM), Главой рабочей группы по финансированию и инвестициям в рамках Комитета по недвижимости Ассоциации Европейского Бизнеса, а также занимала пост первого Председателя Правления RICS в России. В 2010 года Ольга награждена премией Commercial Real Estate Awards в номинации «Человек года».
Global Hotel Solution Business Development Director
Francois Carle is the Global Hotel Solution Director of Schneider Electric. Driving global business development, Mr. Carle is charged with the responsibility of developing, expanding and implementing the Hotels offer which represents more than €100 million turnover for Schneider Electric.
Strategically based out of Barcelona, Spain, Mr. Carle leads the development of energy efficiency measures and maintain personal relationships with hoteliers worldwide. Mr. Carle also coordinates the international deployment of the Schneider Electric Buildings Business Hotel & Guestroom management systems.
Backed by 20 years of experience with Schneider Electric, Mr. Carle has proven adept in a variety of international climates, eventually coming to encompass the majority of all company offerings. Some of these concentrations and positions have included: Hotel Strategy Director, Marketing Manager, Key Accounts Manager and International Project Manager. His professional career at Schneider Electric has led him to work with many different cultures and in several part of the world, including Europe, Asia and Pacific.
A dual emphasis on engineering and business administration, as well as personal and professional proficiency with 4 different languages, has succeeded in making Mr. Carle a true asset to the international initiatives of Schneider Electric. In his personal time, Mr. Carle has three children and professes an interest in traveling. He also actively participates in a variety of sporting activities, including golfing, scuba diving, and triathlon competitions.
Senior Director, Energy Optimisation,
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Chief Executive Officer
Edward Kirathe is a Kenyan Entrepreneur and Real Estate Developer.
He is the founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Acorn Group. Acorn Group is a leading property development and project management company in East Africa Region. Recently, Britam a listed diversified financial and insurance group acquired a 25% stake in Acorn.
Through this partnership, Acorn and Britam are embarking to establish Akwa Hotels, a local brand of midscale hotels to serve the needs of the discerning business traveler visiting and conducting business in the cities and towns across the East African region.
Edward is credited with setting the trends in East and Central Africa region by managing the development of iconic and landmark buildings such us the head office of Coca Cola East and Central Africa (Nairobi) and Deloitte East Africa.
He’s vision is about creating a positive impact on peoples’ lives through real estate, enhancing the environment and philanthropy.
He has over 20 years of experience in real estate.
Federal Agency for Tourism, Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation
Родился в 1962 году.
В 1984 г. окончил Московский Институт народного хозяйства им.Г.В.Плеханова по специальности экономическая кибернетика.
Работал в системе внешних экономических связей, в том числе в Торгпредстве России в Республике Гана. Руководил проектами в коммерческих структурах. Являлся заместителем Генерального директора ОАО «Аэрофлот» по корпоративному и стратегическому развитию.
С 2001 по 2004 гг. - Председатель Фонда «Инвестиционный Комитет Содружества Государств».
С 2004 по 2008 гг. - заместитель Министра культуры и массовых коммуникаций Российской Федерации.
Затем Президент Объединенной Промышленной Корпорации, Председатель совета директоров Группы Компаний «АТЛАС».
С июня 2012 г. – советник Министра культуры Российской Федерации.
В январе 2013 г. назначен заместителем Руководителя Федерального агентства по туризму.
Кандидат экономических наук.
Владеет английским языком.
Женат, имеет сына.
Chief Operating Officer, Africa & Indian Ocean
Antoine Guego joined the Accor Group, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Africa, in 1987. He spent his whole career abroad starting as Hotel General Manager and being mostly Director of Operations. From 2008 to 2013, he was COO for Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.
On January 1st, 2014, Antoine Guego was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer Accor HotelServices for Africa & Indian Ocean and he set up the headquarters in Casablanca, Morocco. In parallel, he assumed the role of CEO of Accor Morocco Management Ltd.
Antoine Guego’s priority is to develop, manage and animate Accor hotel networks in his regions while reinforcing brands’ image.
Senior Vice President - Africa
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts
Alan O'Dea is the Senior Vice President of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts – Africa and a member of the Executive Committee of the Company since January 2013.
With his 19 years of experience in the Hospitality field, O'Dea enjoys a wealth of experience and strong relationships with various business partners in Africa.
Ireland born, O'Dea has held several senior positions with Le Meridien and IHG before joining Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in 2005 as VP Revenue Management till 2009.
From 2010 till 2012, O'Dea was the VP Revenue Strategy & Development during which time he played a key role in signing and opening several hotels across Africa Continent.
Alan holds a BA Degree in Hotel & Catering Management from GMIT Galway, Ireland.
Managing Director, Hospitality and Real Estate
Georgian Co-Investment Fund
Executive Director of Theme Park
GOST Hotel Management
Генеральный директор «ГОСТ Отель Менеджмент»
Жизненное кредо « Достижения могут быть только в сплоченном коллективе, объединенной одной корпоративной культурой».
С 1984 по 1986 - проходил обучение в Минском Суворовском военном училище, которое окончил с «серебряной медалью».
С 1986 по 1990 – проходил обучение в Московском общевойсковом командном училище и окончил его с «золотой медалью». По образованию – инженер по эксплуатации техники.
С 1990 по 2000 – проходил службу в Президентском полку на командных и штабных должностях (командир взвода, командир роты, помощник начальника штаба полка, заместитель командира батальона). Награжден медалью ордена «За заслуги перед Отечеством» (2 степени).
С 1996 по 2000 – заочное обучение в Военной академии им. Фрунзе – образование – специалист в области управления.
С 2000 по 2001 – специалист Департамента безопасности компании «Русский алюминий».
С 2001 по 2002 – генеральный директор японского ресторана (Трубная, 26).
С 2002 по 2005 – заместитель генерального директора отелея HELIOPARK Country и генеральный директор отеля HELIOPARK Thalasso. В 2004 году возглавил Управляющую Компанию «HELIOPARK hotel management»
За время работы заместителем генерального директора отеля «HELIOPARK Country Resort 4*» довел среднегодовую загрузку до 91%, а операционную рентабельность до 53%.
За время работы генеральным директором Управляющей Компании увеличил количество объектов под управлением с 2-х отелей до 6. В 2005 году возглавил «HELIOPARK Development».
С 2005 по 2006 - генеральный директор Управляющей Компании «ORANGE RING hotel management», основными направлениями деятельности которой являются разработка и развитие проектов во всех регионах России и странах СНГ, эффективное управление действующими объектами гостиничного бизнеса.
За время работы в данной компании – создал Управляющую Компанию «с нуля», запустил два отеля в коммерческую эксплуатацию, оказал услуг по консалтинговым договорам на сумму 250 тысяч долларов. Создал и развил бренд «ORANGE RING hotel management».
С 2006 по 2008 год – генеральный директор и совладелец компании «Arthurs Hotel Management». За время работы запустил в коммерческую эксплуатацию 5 проектов гостиниц, управлял 3-мя гостиницами под единым брендом, осуществил консалтинговых услуг на сумму более 500 тысяч долларов. Вывел на рынок один из лучших отелей Подмосковья «Arthurs Hotel».
С 1 марта 2008 года по настоящее время– генеральный директор «ГОСТ Отель Менеджмент» и операционный директор «ГОСТ Группа Компаний».
УК «ГОСТ Отель Менеджмент», входящая в «ГОСТ Группа Компаний» профессиональная управляющая компания, оперирующая как в России, так и за рубежом.
Деятельность компании развивается в трех направлениях:
• управление отелями
• консалтинг на каждом этапе создания или реконструкции объекта
• реализация гостиничных услуг
На сегодняшний день в управлении компании находятся отели: «Сретенская» Москва, «Гранд Отель & SPA Родина» г.Сочи, санатории «Валуево» и «Жарки» ,горнолыжный курортный комплекс «Гладенькая» и “Соболиная гора”в Хакасии, «Аурелио» г.Лех, Австрия и отель «Пушкин» г.Москва на стадии реконструкции.
Информация о спикере
Колесников С.Е. является экспертом в области гостиничного бизнеса, управления отелей разного уровня, в том числе и премиум сегмента. Является бизнес тренером по туристическому бизнесу, особенностям управлению гостиничного бизнеса и построению взаимоотношений с персоналом. Принимает участие в качестве спикера во всех ведущих мероприятиях отрасли. Многолетний опыт в сфере управления позволяет предоставлять профессиональную и объективную оценку разным сегментам бизнеса и рыночной ситуации в целом.
Partner & Director Hotels
Head of Development Projects
Chief Executive Officer
Northern Caucasus Resorts
Degtyarev Club Georgia
European Director, Head of Corporate Finance
JLL Capital Markets
The Brand Company
James founded The Brand Company in 2002.
He has helped to create several of Asia’s most notable new hotel brands, including The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Opposite House in Beijing, Langham Place Hotels and East Hotels. He has also helped re-shape some of the region’s longer-standing brands, including Shangri-La Hotels, The Peninsula Hong Kong and New World Hotels, part of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts group.
Based in Hong Kong his work takes him to all corners of Asia and beyond. Current projects cover South Korea, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Hong Kong and Kenya.
His business passion is shifting the prevalent view within the hospitality industry from one where brands are equated with marketing and packaging to one where brands are recognised as the central and unifying driver of organisational purpose, culture and financial success.
He is a regular speaker at global conferences, an active writer for Asian newspapers and hospitality journals and has lectured to several universities on the subject of brand-centred management.
In early 2014 he published his first book on the sometimes uneasy relationship between the hospitality industry and brands: Hotel Brand Bites.
Paul joined the Group from Gateway Communications, which was acquired by PCCW Global, where he was Executive Director responsible for Business Development across Africa and the Middle East.
At Gateway he was a Business Development Director in 2006, in 2007 was promoted to Commercial Director Carrier Services and as of 2008 was Executive Director responsible for Business Development, managing a culturally diverse and dispersed sales team across the EMEA region.
With over 22 years of international voice, data networking (satellite & terrestrial) and telecoms experience, his deep customer understanding and market knowledge of EMEA is highly respected across the industry.
Prior to joining Gateway, Paul has held various positions at AT&T that include Regional Manager EMEA responsible for Service Management, Business Development Manager EMEA, Account Director for MEA responsible for sales of Wholesale voice and data solutions and finally Sales Director EMEA responsible for AT&T’s Wholesale overall data portfolio in the region.
Paul was awarded “AT&T Leaders Council Award” and the “AT&T Presidents’ Award” in 2004.
Protea Hotels East Africa
A British National, certified by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, with over twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry, the first ten years of which was in South Africa, Stuart Cook is the Managing Director/Managing Partner of Protea Hotels (U) Ltd, the Master Franchise holders for Protea Hospitality SA in the East African region, which he runs from their Head Office based in Kampala, Uganda.
He has an intimate knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that exist within the EA region acquired through his passionate, hands-on approach to both the development of branded properties and management consultancy provided to unbranded units. He sits on the Executive Council of the Hotels Owners Association in Uganda and was recently appointed by the Minister of Education to the Board tasked with Reforming Vocational and Educational Training in the country.
During the last the last ten years in East Africa he has over-seen the Protea brand development and unit roll-out in countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
The Protea portfolio, recently acquired by Marriott International, consists of 10,148 rooms in ten African countries including South Africa.
Manager Business Development
African Export-Import Bank
Holds B.Sc and MBA degrees from the Universities of Lagos and Nsukka, Nigeria respectively. Also an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Pan Africa University, Lagos.
Experience started with journalism and later moved into development finance with a stint at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. Spent several years at Fidelity Bank Plc Nigeria with experience cutting through various departments – Corporate Banking, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas and Corporate Finance. Rose to position of Assistant General Manager and Head of Corporate Solutions with responsibility for Capital Issues, SME funding, Asset Management and Real Estate Debt funding. Presently at Afreximbank as Manager Business Development with responsibility for deal origination within the sub region
CIMC Modular Building Systems
Paul is the Managing Director of CIMC Modular Building Systems, CIMC MBS is a division of the $10Bn turnover CIMC group with headquarters in Shenzhen, China. CIMC MBS are a supplier and constructor of modular building units for use in budget and mid-market hotels, student accommodation, care homes and social housing.
Prior to joining CIMC Paul worked in various manufacturing positions globally with the French group, Saint Gobain. Paul was employed by Saint Gobain whilst still at high school and funded through University by the company.
Since joining CIMC in 2006 Paul has taken the company from a concept business to a multi-million Dollar business with projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Paul has developed the business model from a modular supply only business to today’s business model, where CIMC are capable of providing a full turnkey solution with a finance offer, through CIMCs Capital division.
Paul holds a 1st class degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Sheffield University.
Astana Property management
Aidar Utkelov is headed by a development company Astana Property Management since April 2013, Being one of the most experienced and qualified specialists in the sphere of real estate development in Kazakhstan, Aidar invested all their skills to the new project - Talan Towers.
Under his management Talan Towers went from ideas and preliminary concept to real implementation. At the moment of the final project concept, design works are completed, the designers have started the design of internal premises, completed the installation of bored piles. Under the strict guidance of Aidar Utkelov collection of international professional team, which includes professionals in project management, architects, designers, specialized consultants, building contractors, etc.
Aidar Utkelov founded and led by NGOs such as the Association of Realtors of Almaty and Kazakhstan club mortgage brokers and appraisers, was a member of the American chamber of Commerce in Georgia. Today he takes a part in the green building Council of Kazakhstan, actively lobbying the interests of developers and promotion of green building in Kazakhstan.
Since 1997, Aidar started working in the field of real estate development on the international level. Among the projects implemented under his management, 2 five-star Radisson BLU hotel in Tbilisi and Batumi, several office buildings A class in Almaty and Tbilisi, concert hall in the Crimea, as well as many other residential and commercial real estate.
Education and qualifications
Aidar Utkelov has the qualification of a specialist in ecological genetics (KazGU. Al-Farabi), certified specialist in environmental Economics (University of Missouri and Hartwick College), MPA (Kazakhstan Institute of management Economics and strategic research of the President of Kazakhstan), MBA (Maastricht school of management), PMP (Project Management Professional, George Washington University).
Директор Astana Property Management
Айдар Уткелов возглавляет девелоперскую компанию Astana Property Management c апреля 2013 г. Являясь одним из самых опытных и квалифицированных специалистов в сфере девелопмента объектов недвижимости в Казахстане, Айдар вложил все свои умения и навыки в реализацию нового проекта – Talan Towers.
Под его управлением Talan Towers прошел путь от идеи и предварительной концепции до реального воплощения. На данный момент окончательно сформирована концепция проекта, завершены проектные работы, дизайнеры приступили к проектированию внутренних помещений, завершается устройство буронабивных свай. Под чутким руководством Айдара Уткелова собрана международная профессиональная команда, которая включает в себя специалистов по проектному менеджменту, архитекторов, дизайнеров, узкоспециализированных консультантов, строительных подрядчиков и т.п.
Айдар Уткелов основал и возглавлял такие общественные организации, как Ассоциация Риэлторов Алматы и Казахстанский клуб ипотечных брокеров и оценщиков, являлся членом Американской коммерческой палаты в Грузии. На сегодняшний день он входит в Совет по зеленому строительству Казахстана, активно занимается лоббированием интересов девелоперов и продвижением зеленого строительства в Казахстане.
С 1997 г. Айдар работает в сфере девелопмента объектов недвижимости на международном уровне. Среди проектов, реализованных по его руководством, 2 пятизвездочных отеля Radisson BLU в Тбилиси и Батуми, несколько офисных зданий А-класса в Алматы и Тбилиси, концертный зал в Крыму, а также множество других объектов жилой и коммерческой недвижимости.
Образование и квалификация
Айдар Уткелов имеет квалификацию специалиста по экологической генетике (КазГУ им. Аль-Фараби), сертифицированного специалиста по экологической экономике (Университет Миссури и Hartwick College), МPA (Казахстанский институт менеджмента экономики и стратегических исследований Президента РК), MBA (Маастрихтская школа менеджмента), PMP (Project Management Professional, George Washington University).
Deborah Haines has an extensive background in the hotel industry. In 2000, she joined Rezidor as Executive Housekeeper at the Radisson SAS Hotel Manchester Airport and later moved to the position of Rooms Division Manager in the same property. Deborah transferred to the Radisson Edwardian Hotel at Heathrow Airport as Operations Manager in 2003. In 2004 she was appointed Executive Housekeeper at the Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport and was promoted to Director of Operations a year later. In 2006 she transferred as General Manager to the Park Inn Hyde Park in London. In September 2007 she worked as General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham and in 2010 she became General Manager of the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since April 2012, Deborah has been working as General Manager of the Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, which is her most recent position.
Astana Expo 2017
Kuatova Ainur Sainovna was born on October 13, 1973. In 1994 she graduated from Kazakh state academy of management with a degree in «Finance and credit», in 2004 – graduated from Business School under Middlesex University with a degree in «Master of business administration». She has a master degree in business administration. Kuatova A.S. has nearly 20 years of experience. Her professional experience includes both work in the state bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and work in different commercial organizations, including in senior positions. She has the skillls of carrying out expert examination in such shperes as financial sector and oil&gas industry. In recent years she participated in the development of such state programme documents as the Concept of a transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a green economy, State programme of water management. She is fluent in English.
Since January 2014 she is working as a Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Joint stock company «National company «Astana EXPO - 2017».
Head of Unit Financing, Real Estate Finance
Tver Marina Project, Chief Operations Officer
Group of Companies "Status"
Arthur was part of the founding TEAM at Protea Hotels in 1984, and from 1988-2014 Arthur carried out the role of group managing director for what has become Africa’s largest and leading hotel group. On 1 April 2014 Marriott International, Inc purchased Protea Hospitality Holding’s three brands and management company. Some time ago both parties started talking about the unrealised potential in Africa. A reasonable conclusion was drawn that Protea’s alignment with a global hospitality giant such as Marriott ensures that Protea Hospitality Group can realise its full potential and that Marriott will gain a substantial footprint in sub-Saharan Africa. Arthur’s new role is Non-Executive Chairman, Africa Development, Marriott International.
Head of Capital Markets
Deputy General Director
Has worked on a wide variety of development projects each time focusing on creating properties of enduring value. Has almost two decades of experience and specific expertise in the construction industry working senior top management and business strategy positions. Holding the honors degree in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) embarked on his professional career in 1994 as a real estate specialist. In a span of 3 years negotiated and conducted signing of over a hundred real estate lease agreements with leading Russian and international companies. At one time joined Mostechnostroy Company, Mosinterstroy Group. During his tenure company stocks shortly began to rise and went from $200 thousand to a nearly $20 million acquisition. Assisted in setting up effective management facilities and newly established departments’ administration. Head of the capital raising division made investment recommendations and established close links with leading banks and companies such as PARIBAS, Albert Abela, Hyatt, Rosh Credit, Ebel, U. Dori, Grasseto Construzioni, Incombank, Menatep, Sberbank of Russia, Alarko, Yapi Ve Credi, Mosbusinessbank, Industrial and Construction Bank and many others. In 1999 joined Conzern Lusine Group as an Executive Director where he worked successfully on Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow Hotel Project ($64 million) from the concept design to the end product raising funding, providing asset management services and technical leadership, contracting, promoting efficient business models, negotiating with the largest hotel operators like Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Radisson. Was the first to establish effective relationship with Hyatt and attract it to operate the hotel thus fostering hotel industry in Russia evolve and new hospitality standards set. Other notable career success includes work in Mirax Group, one of the largest development companies in Russia where he moved into a challenging role to head many unique and innovative architectural turn-key projects such as two high-rise buildings Federation Tower and Mirax Plaza, Grand Hyatt Moscow Residences and Spa at the total cost of almost $1,5 billion and others. Currently Commercial Part Project Director at Management Company Dynamo managing a 700,000 sqm VTB Arena Park Project comprising sports, entertainment, commercial and residential facilities and providing excellent upscale services and amenities.
The author of 11 scientific publications and articles.
Mangalis Hotel Group
Olivier Jacquin, is the Chief Executive Officer of Mangalis Management Services since March 2014.
He has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Jacquin led for 10 years the marketing, distribution and sales of Carlson Rezidor as a Senior Vice President. Previously, he was the Global Sales Director of Europcar, and before that he was the Corporate Director of Sales at Concorde Hotels & Resorts.
Jacquin acquired the INSEAD Advanced Management Program. He also has a degree in Sales and Marketing from l’Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion in Paris.
He is 47 years old, passionate about contemporary art and design, he also has great interest in culinary.
Currently, he resides in Barcelona with constant travels to Europe and Africa.
Vice President, Marketing & Sales (Central Europe)
Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Member of the Board
Mr. Döngel was born in 1964 in Zonguldak, Turkey. He graduated from University of Ankara, Business Administration division of the Faculty of Political Sciences.
In 1986, he joined audit department İstanbul office of Coopers and Lybrand.
Later he joined Valeo, French group, leading automotive systems producer and held management positions in finance, sales, business development functions both in Turkey and France.
İn 1997, he participated privatization of Antalya Airport terminals, first BOT model in aviation sector in Turkey.
For the last ten years, he is working as the Turkey Representative of Germany based Fraport Group, airport investor and operator worldwide.
Currently holding member of Board of Directors positions within the affiliates of this Group, including but not limited to ICF Airports a Fraport and IC Ictas JV operating Antalya Airport.
The Montgomery Maxx Royal Golf Course
Cahit SAHIN serves as General Manager THe Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course.
In this role, Mr. Şahin is responsible for directing all aspects of the development activities, which include identifying and analyzing target markets for the company; developing and executing a strategic plan for the region;and structuring, negotiating and closing management and other related agreements. he is currently manage golf course.
Cahit SAHIN, with in over 25 years of international experience in the hospitality and leisure industry, started his career in the hotel management with İberhotels Turkey, Thereafter he has held senior management positions with several Resort and hotel group companies. His experience includes all aspects of hospitality , leısure and golf course development, and construction consultancy and management.
Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Territory Manager Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta
Gianluca Laterza began his TripAdvisor career in the London office as an account manager for EMEA markets, having previously worked as an account manager for Naval Interior in Italy. Before that, Laterza worked as Business Development Manager at Robert Half International in Rome and as Sales Manager at Hotel Europa in Taranto. Laterza has a law degree from Bari University and an International MBA from MIP Politecnico di Milano.
Senior Director of Market Management for the Middle East and Indian Ocean
Diego Lofeudo is senior director of Market Management for Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Eastern Med for the Expedia group - the world's leading online travel company. Diego manages a large team of local market hotel experts and oversees business development and hotel relationships across the region.
Prior to joining Expedia in 2001, Diego spent 10 years in the travel industry working for various retailers, franchises, wholesalers, incoming agencies and e-commerce companies. His experience includes; consulting for Atinera Ltd, a joint venture between Amadeus and Fourth Dimension software; consulting for Play-sys.com; and working as a fulfilment partner manager for Leisureplanet.com a company with investment from CNN, AOL and LVMH.
Diego, 44 and from Argentina, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Travel Industry Management from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He also completed post graduate studies in International Management for the Travel Industry at Ecolle Suisse de Tourisme, C.D. Tur and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
Counselor to the Chairman
Sberbank - Head Office
Golden Tulip MENA
A veteran hotelier since 1988 Paul Z. Diab has vast experience in managing hotels thorough knowledge in the MENA region.
Graduated from the Michigan State University, in the year 1985, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A) in Hotel Management, specializing in Food & Beverage Operation, Paul Z. Diab started his career directly after as a Management Trainee, with the Marriott Hotel, in Torrance, California, until 1988 where he joined Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai, as Banquet Manager, in the Food & Beverage Department, to his a first step in 1992 towards a long journey, enhancing his Middle East experience.
In 1995, he moved to Sultanate of Oman, Muscat to join Rotana as Director of Food & Beverage after spending 2 years in Marriott Hotel Jeddah as Food & Beverage Manager.
Continuously climbing the Ladder of Success, he joined Sheraton Sana’a Hotel, Yemen in 1999, as EAM, In-charge of Food & Beverage, until 2001 where he was promoted to the General Manager position of Sheraton Hotel, Aden.
In 2003, he joined the Flamingo Hotel Management, as General Manager, in Kuwait to move later, in 2004, to Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, as General Manager of Golden Tulip Seeb.
Flamingo Hotel Management being the exclusive representation for Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts in the Middle East & North Africa, currently having under its portfolio more than 55 hotels between managed & franchised Hotels.
In 2005 Paul Z. Diab was appointed as the Director of Operations at the Golden Tulip MENA head office in Dubai.
Being the Director of Operations for the MENA Region, his responsibilities cover under one umbrella, all Golden Tulip properties, in Oman, UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Tunis, Algeria, KSA, Egypt and other countries like Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Juba, monitoring and maintaining, high standards of services, and ensuring that, policies and procedures, are implemented, and adhered to.
As an active participant in the Pre-Opening of new hotels, he has made immense contributions, in all areas, of the newly achieved property, paying attention to every detail, with an open mind, carrying out evaluations, at every stage of construction and technical service assistance, so as to ensure that, the entire project, bears fruit, once completed, and in full operation.
To name but few some of the hotels where Paul Z. Diab was an active member and the leader of the task force team in the pre-opening, the Golden Tulip El Mechtel & Golden Tulip Sfax in Tunis, Golden Tulip Galleria, Golden Tulip Jiyeh Marina & Golden Tulip Serenada in Lebanon, Golden Tulip Seeb, Tulip Inn Muscat, Golden Tulip Sharjah, Golden Tulip Al Barsha, Golden Tulip Tecom & Golden Tulip Khatt Springs in the UAE, Golden Tulip Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Golden Tulip Al Jubail and Golden Tulip Dana Bay in KSA and many others across the region.
Over the years Paul Z. Diab has delivered many speeches and shared panels at leading conferences, trade shows, seminars, workshops, with other leaders of the industry, such AHIC, Hotels & Restaurant Show, Gulf Food, Spa Summits and others.
In 2013 Paul Z. Diab contributed in the development of the Golden Tulip, Royal Tulip and Tulip Inn brand across the MENA region acquiring new hotels in Tunis, KSA and Algeria mostly whether managed or franchised agreements, to expanding to new countries such as Erbil, and to new areas where the brand already exist.
In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice President- Operations for the Golden Tulip MENA working closely with the President of Golden Tulip MENA Amine E. Moukarzel to expand the brand by opening one hotel every month, maintaining the standards and the guidelines of the brand from the construction period, to technical service assistance until the opening and fuill operation.
Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts and Louvre Hotels, making the group the 2nd largest European group and the 8th largest worldwide group with the brands: Royal Tulip, Golden Tulip, Tulip Inn, Kyriad, Campanile and Premiere Classe, is planning to expand in the MENA region to reach more than 60 hotels by 2014.
This shall capitalize on the success factor of Golden Tulip MENA achievements in the region.
Co-Founder & Owner
Muse Hotels de Luxe
Adrian was born and raised in France, from Italian and American heritage. He grew up in a highly artistic environment (mother pianist and father architect, partner of Marcel Breuer), graduated from the Paris conservatory in classical flute, and went on to study Law and Finance for which he received a double Masters in 1997. For the past 17 years, Adrian has worked in the financial industry in several global banks such as Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Societe Generale, but became personally involved in the hospitality business, as advisor and investor on hospitality related transactions. Adrian became co-owner in 2001 of Nikki Beach St Tropez and of several other F&B outlets in the south of France. Adrian then moved to Dubai in 2004, as part of the initial team that worked on setting up the Dubai International Financial Centre. He has kept Dubai as his permanent residency since then. In 2007, he put together a team and created the first luxury 5 star luxury boutique hotel in St Tropez, Muse Hotels de Luxe. The group has now expanded to 4 additional assets in Malaysia, Thailand, United Kingdom and Spain. He is passionate about Dubai, the UAE, and its ever expanding Hospitality industry, and is currently working on several locally based projects.
Dr Martin Berlin
Martin is a partner within the PwC Deals Strategy team in the Middle East based in Dubai. He has over 10 years of experience working in senior strategy and operational positions at real estate development companies in the Middle East.
While his core expertise is in strategy, he also gained experience in business development, deal making, marketing and operations.
With his experience in McKinsey & Company, he combines a consulting advisor perspective with a operational expertise that he acquired working for Procter & Gamble and Dubai Holding.
Chief Executive Officer
Intra Tourism Group
Ertugrul Karaoglu was born in 1956 in Eskisehir. He completed his high school education in İstanbul at Kadıköy Maarif College and graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration.
Ertugrul Karaoglu started his tourism career as a local tour guide in 1976 and took the TMGT (Turkey National Youth Federation) Tourist Guiding Course in 1977. In the same year he started to work for the TMGT Travel Agency.
In 1980 he was one of the founders of Intra Tourism and Travel Agency, which celebrates its 34th anniversary this year and has, since its inception, made a positive contribution to Turkish Tourism.
Currently, he acts as the president of INTRA HOLDING and is very active in the fields of tourism management and operations. Intra Holding is made up of a number of well-known tourism companies: Intra Tours, Intra Latin Tur, Intra Travel•Mice and Intra Transport and is also co-founder of Teamcon Congress Company.
Between 2003-2013, he was elected three times as a member of the executive board of TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and presently appointed Consultant to the TURSAB President.
He has also been officiating as Turkey Chapter President of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) since July 2009.
He is a member of DEIK’ (Foreing Economic Relations Board) European Union Business Councils and performs as an executive board member of Turkish – Italian/Spanish and Polish Business Councils.
Ertugrul Karaoglu speaks English and Italian fluently, and also intermediate level Spanish, German and French. He is married with one child.
Intra Tours is the leader in the Italian market. Via its partnerships it creates a strong presence in the coastal resort areas, thereby increasing its effectiveness in the mass market and expanding rapidly into new markets. This company is also running an air brokerage under the brand of Inair and has created its own on-line B2B system.
Intra Latin Tur is the leader in Latin markets including: Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, U.S.A-Hispanic as well as the Balkan States and Greek incoming markets.
Intra Travel•Mice has already been active for many years in the incentive market. It also provides handling services to the incoming sector from the U.S.A, Canada, U.K.
Executive Vice President - Corporate Banking and Project Finance
Burak Akgüç was born in Istanbul in 1964 and graduated from the Department of Political Science, Boğaziçi University. After having worked three years for İktisat Bank T.A.Ş. from 1989 to 1992, Mr. Akgüç joined TSKB in 1991 as a Specialist in the Financial Analysis Department. After serving in a variety of positions, he was appointed as the Head of the Loan and Investment Department in 2001. He was promoted to the Executive Vice President in 2005 and is currently responsible for the Project Finance and Corporate Marketing Division which includes Ankara and Izmir Branches.
Born in Ankara in 1975, Mr. Serhat Çeçen has a degree of Bachelor of Science in Management from Hacettepe University in Ankara and Bentley College in Massachusetts, USA. He has majored in the field of International Finance.
After gaining experience and knowledge specifically in the fields of energy, construction, tourism, aviation, infrastructure investment and industry by taking on different positions and functions in one of Turkey’s pioneer investment holdings, namely IC Ibrahim Çeçen Investment Holding, Mr. Serhat Çeçen has contributed a great amount of effort in the realization of partnerships specifically in the fields of tourism, transportation infrastructure, and energy investments of IC Investment Holding and he is currently the Executive Chairman of the referred sectors.
Between the years 2005-2009, Mr. Çeçen was Member of the Board of Antalya Airport 2nd International Terminal which is one of the important investments of IC Investment Holding in the sector of infrastructure investment. Since 2007, Mr. Çeçen is the Chairman of the Board of Fraport-IC Içtas Antalya Havalimanı Terminal Yatırım ve İşletmeciliği A.S. which is the operator company of all Domestic and International Terminals of Antalya Airport including CIP Terminals. Mr. Çeçen is also the Chairman of the Board of IC Energy Group of companies.
In addition, Mr. Çeçen plays an active role in the social activities of IC Investment Holding. At present, he is actively involved in educational and cultural activities of IC Foundation and Agrı İbrahim Çeçen University project. The foundation has provided scholarships for more than 3000 university students; education being an area which Mr. İbrahim Çeçen and his family value the most.
Mr. Serhat Çeçen was the Vice President of Fenerbahçe Sport Club between the years 2004-2013.
Mr. Serhat Çeçen is married, has three children and speaks fluent English.
Minister of Culture and Tourism,
IFA Hotel Investments
Jim Palmer has spent four decades in banking and project finance, particularly in the hospitality industry, including a long career with CitiGroup. Jim has also worked in advisory for investment houses in Australasia, the Americas, and MENA, as well as on the developer side arranging funding for large scale hospitality and mixed use developments in Australia and the UAE. Currently Jim is a senior funding advisor for IFA Hotel Investments, assisting them to develop and manage their banking relationships in the region.
Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department
Kingdom Hotel Investments
Mr. Hage joined Kingdom Hotel Investments in 2003 in Riyadh, and has been working with the company for 11 years.
Mr Hage is responsible of all activities related to Interior Design and Procurement of the projects within the group which forms an integral part of the Design and Construction Department. Based in Dubai with KHI since 2005, Mr. Hage has been instrumental in KHI’s new Built and Refurbishment activities within the Middle East, Africa and Asia; He has actively participated in the successful completion and opening of numerous Hotel projects for brands such as Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles and Mövenpick hotels in which KHI has invested in excess of 1.2 Billion USD.
Prior to joining Kingdom, Mr. Hage had worked for leading construction firms in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, from 1998 to 2002 until he joined KHI.
Mr. Hage received a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut and an MBA in Cost control and Project Management from ESA (Ecole Superieur des Affaires) in 2000. Mr. Hage is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Mayor of Bodrum
Mehmet Kocadon was born in Bodrum in 1963. He completed his primary, secondary and high-school education in Bodrum. He is married and the father of two children.
He had done the Mayorship in the Ortakent-Yahşi Municipality from 1999-2009 and the Mayorship of Bodrum from 2009 to 2014. He became the first Mayor of the Bodrum Peninsula and re-elected in recent elections in March 2014, after the union of the municipalities of Bodrum.
He was member of Bodrum Chamber of Commerce between 1992-1999 and a member of the Administrative Body of the Democrat Party between 1993-1999. He also played active role in the Administrative section of the Bodrum Democrat Party, Bodrum Hoteliers Association, Bodrum State Hospital Association, Bodrum Sport and Ortakent-Yahşi Sport Association(founder member).
Bodrum Tax Office (committee member), Bodrum Court House(expertise member) and Bodrum Fenerbahçe Association(chairman).
He is currently the chairman of the Bodrum Peninsula Promotion Foundation and the Union of Bodrum Tourism Base Service Unit.
Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).
Mr. Sogno is the founder of Global Asset Solution, which provides expert oversight and asset management in the hospitality industry. Global Asset Solution benefits from dynamic international exposure and exponential growth in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He has lectured frequently and published several articles on hotel real estate finance and asset management. Mr. Sogno is also the co-writer of the new ‘Hotel Asset Management' textbook published by the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute, and the University of Denver. He is the President of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).
Mr. Sogno began his career in New York City after graduating with honors at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Sogno established a number of business ventures, initially focusing on hospitality and real estate valuation. He joined HVS International New York, and he established a new venture at the Cushman & Wakefield headquarters in Manhattan. During this period, Mr. Sogno supervised major hotel transactions (over 900 hotels), and provided technical support for valuations and financial projections for hospitality facilities throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.
In 2005, Mr. Sogno began working for Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), founded by HRH Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud member of the Saudi Royal family, and was employed to asset manage a large portfolio of luxury full-service hotels in 21 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. As Vice President of Asset Management, Mr. Sogno had diverse responsibilities including: asset management of various hotels including Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles, Mövenpick, and Swissotel, valuation of all KHI portfolio, assisting with the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of KHI at the London Stock Exchange and the Dubai International Financial Exchange.
Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan
Immediate Past President
President Mohamed Waheed is the fifth President of the Maldives. As President he promoted democracy and economic development and paved the way for free and fair elections. He strongly advocated for the political and environmental rights of small States in international fora, including at the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Waheed is a good friend of leaders in South and South East Asia and the Middle East.
Former President Dr. Waheed is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Additionally, he is engaged in social development projects in the Maldives.
Dr. Waheed was the first Maldivian to receive a PhD, having received it from Stanford University. He is a 16 year veteran of the United Nations, having served as the highest ranking Maldivian in the UN. During his career, he headed the offices of UNICEF for South Asia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkmenistan among others. Dr. Waheed is a specialist in international development and education. He served as Senior Education Adviser to UNICEF and Special Representative of UNICEF in Afghanistan between 2002 to 2005.
Before his career with UNCIEF, Dr. Waheed was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1989. During his tenure in office, he was the first person to introduce a Human Rights bill in Parliament and was a staunch democratic activist leading to his eventual expulsion from the Maldives. He returned to Maldives in June 2008 to compete in the Presidential elections. President Waheed was inaugurated as Vice President on November 11th 2008 and then as President on the February 7th 2012.
During his tenure, President Waheed firmed the country’s economic base, stabilized its deficit, and strengthened trade and cultural relations between Maldives and other Asian countries.
Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region
Christopher is a Senior Consultant with Colliers International, working on hospitality development and investment projects throughout the MENA region, alongside developers, investors and bankers. His interests lie in providing advice in specialized hospitality projects; he recently worked on the concept development of a theme-park hotel in Dubai, as well as wellness resort projects in the region. In the last months he has focused on the business models and trends of spas, working on spa feasibility studies and operator selection, involving 20 local and global operators.
His hospitality real estate experience in the region includes valuations, concept development, feasibility studies, hotel roll-out strategies, highest and best use, branded residences, operator selection and negotiation strategy as well as master planning.
Prior to joining Colliers, Christopher worked on pre-opening projects with luxury hotel chains in China and the UAE, gaining experience in sales and financial planning. This operational experience proved invaluable when joining Colliers, where he successfully led a 6-month project to re-position a distressed hotel in Abu Dhabi, bringing it from loss to profit.
Christopher recently returned from New York where he completed an intensive course in Real Estate Finance and Investment with NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management from the Emirates Academy and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.
Beaufort Global Partners LLC
Beaufort Global Partners LLC is a private boutique Investment, Asset Management & Development Firm specializing in hospitality real estate and public market ownership with a focus on hotels, commercial buildings, residential projects, and industrial complexes. The firm is based in Dubai, UAE
René Beil, Managing Director of Beaufort Global Partners LLC, brings a seasoned history in hospitality management, operations, finance, investments, asset management and business development to the group. He has led business development and growth initiatives on multiple continents as prime driver of investments, asset management, and new business development for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government, Public & Private Companies, Royal Families, High Net-Worth Individuals as well as Family Offices.
He has a proven track record in organization building, discrete off market Private Negotiations & Transactions, Business Development to Asset Management from Boston to Buenos Aires, London to Paris through Dubai to Singapore as well as Hong Kong, accompanied by a comprehensive network of personal relationships at senior principal levels in, Government, Commerce and Finance.
Beil is of German nationality, was born in Singapore and raised in South East Asia, Bali, Manila and Hong Kong, He spent his adolescence in Europe, The Hague, Geneva, Brussels and Paris where he pursued a successful hotel career with InterContinental Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Subsequently, he ventured to the United States of America, Boston, in the pursuit of academic achievements
From Boston University, Beil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, complemented by a Minor in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is today a member of the Advisory Board to Boston University School of Hospitality
In his past appointment as Vice President Asset Management of Dubai Investment Group, Beil’s responsibilities included the asset management of the international hotel and real estate asset portfolio of Dubai Holding, which incorporated but not limited to the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and other international real estate assets. Furthermore, he was mandated to seek investments, develop & grow markets in South America and cultivate business relationships between Middle East and LATAM.
Beil is currently leading the formation as one of the founding members of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association MEA (HAMA MEA) which is being launched during AHIC 2014. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and proficient in Spanish.
Hill International Inc.
Dr. Jemah is currently working as a Vice President with Hill International for the Saudi Operations. He
spent more than 10 years working for Hill International in UAE and Saudi Arabia assuming various
positions and working on landmarks such as the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Palm Jumeirah.
Dr. Jemah also worked for more than 4 years as the Chief Executive Officer for TPM. Prior to joining Hill
International, Dr. Jemah was a Lecturer at Cardiff School of Engineering, University of Wales Cardiff
where he spent about 8 years working there after obtaining his first degree and PhD from the same
University. Dr. Jemah is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in academia, Civil
Engineering and Construction/Project Management. He began his career working for consultants and
Government Authorities in the U.K. before embarking on an extensive period of research, where he was
awarded a PhD in Structural Engineering.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Bernhard Bohnenberger – President of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, joined the company that would eventually become Six Senses in 1991 as Development Director and was appointed Managing Director in January 1996 and recently appointed President in July 2011.
A German citizen, he graduated from Lausanne Hotel School - one of the world’s leading hotel schools. He is also a gifted linguist being fluent in five languages with a working knowledge of several more.
Prior to joining Six Senses, BB’s hotel operations experience includes Hilton Geneva and Hong Kong, Marco Polo Group in Hong Kong, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich, Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich and The Peninsula Hong Kong.
While at Six Senses, BB has been involved in a multitude of resort and spa projects exposing him to the market in almost every country in Asia and non-Asian destinations around the world. His varied background, both in conventional luxury hotels and at the core of creativity for a new resort trend, provides him with the ideal talents to lead Six Senses in their innovative approach to creating exceptional guest experiences.
From July 2009 until April 2011, he was Honorary Advisor to the President of the Senate of Thailand. In March 2013, he became a Member of the International Advisory Board of Lausanne Hotel School.
Andrew has been an analyst at MEED Insight, the research and advisory arm of MEED since October 2012. Prior to this, he has worked in marketing; finance; and strategy consulting across Europe; Australia and the Middle East, including Deloitte’s Dubai office. Well versed in technological and market analysis, he holds a Master in Management of Innovation and Business Development from Copenhagen Business School, as well as bachelor degrees from Central European University in Budapest and Bocconi University in Milan.
Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group
In his role as Industry Leader of PwC’s Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Nic is responsible for the overall service delivery of PwC’s service offering to clients in this industry. In Switzerland, the Lodging & Tourism Clients Group services clients in the tourism, travel, lodging and destination management sector and comprises 11 full time consultants and an additional multidisciplinary team of around 40 professionals. Personally, Nic’s core expertise lies in board level strategic consulting assignments in integrated destination development, as well as in the execution of large scale operational effectiveness and guest satisfaction assignments in the Lodging Industry.
Prior to joining PwC, Nicolas worked in a variety of operative and development positions for Hyatt International, Hilton Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton Companies in the USA, Germany, Spain and Indonesia.
Nic holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is a licensed CPA and ACCA. Nic is a frequent guest lecturer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and the Lucerne Hotel School. He is a member of the Advisory Board and the Think Tank of the World Tourism Forum in Lucerne and a frequent contributor to trade magazines in Switzerland and internationally.
Nic is married, has 2 children and lives near Zurich, Switzerland.
Deputy General Director
OJSC "North Caucasus Development Corporation"
Елена Бубнова – заместитель генерального директора ОАО «Корпорация развития Северного Кавказа». В период с 2009 по 2011 гг. Елена Валентиновна была управляющим директором Управления корпоративного развития и финансирования в АКБ «МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ФИНАНСОВЫЙ КЛУБ», До этого в течение 5 лет работала на различных должностях в АКБ «РОСБАНК», в том числе директором управления инвестиционных проектов. До прихода в «РОСБАНК» была ведущим специалистом в АКБ «МЕЖДУНАРОДНАЯ ФИНАНСОВАЯ КОМПАНИЯ».
В 2001 году закончила Государственный Университет Управления им С. Орджоникидзе по специальности «Финансовый менеджмент».
First Deputy minister of Tourism, Business and Investment Policy
Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
Гадзаов Феликс Русланович, Министерство туризма, предпринимательства и инвестиционной политики Республики Северная Осетия-Алания, первый заместитель министра. Кандидат экономических наук
1997 – 2002 Северо-Осетинский государственный университет им. К.Л.Хетагурова
Факультет Международных отношений, специальность Мировая экономика
12.2011 – 12.2012 Российская академия народного хозяйства и государственной службы при Президенте Российской Федерации Совместная с Бельгийской школой дипломатии программа послевузовского дополнительного профессионального образования (профессиональной переподготовки) «Международный протокол и кросс-культурные коммуникации»
Управление Республики Северная Осетия-Алания по поддержке и развитию малого предпринимательства
Должность: заместитель начальника
ОАО "Корпорация развития Республики Северная Осетия-Алания"
Должность: заместитель генерального директора
Администрация Главы Республики Северная Осетия-Алания и Правительства Республики Северная Осетия-Алания
Должность: начальник отдела протокола, руководитель протокола Главы Республики Северная Осетия-Алания
Генеральное консульство России в Сиднее, Австралия
Должность: атташе, третий секретарь
Представительство МИД России в г. Владикавказ
Должность: атташе, Врио Представителя
Награжден юбилейной медалью "Министерство иностранных дел. 200 лет"
First Deputy Head
Administration of Stavropol
Некристов Александр Юрьевич. С 07 июня 2011 года поступил на муниципальную службу в администрацию города Ставрополя руководителем комитета экономического развития администрации города Ставрополя.
С 26 сентября 2012 года назначен на должность первого заместителя главы администрации города Ставрополя.
Награждался Почетной грамотой главы администрации города Пятигорска, благодарностью Сбербанка России.
Писаренко Лариса Олеговна
Глава города Ессентуки.
Образование высшее по специальности «экономика и организация промышленности продовольственных товаров». Инженер-экономист.
Работала в Комитете по земельным ресурсам и землеустройству города Ессентуки, в 2000 году назначена директором филиала ФГУ «Земельная кадастровая палата» по Ставропольскому краю в городе Ессентуки.
В 2003 году по приглашению Константина Скоморохина пришла на работу в Администрацию города-курорта Ессентуки.
На должности заместителя главы города возглавила комитет по муниципальной собственности.
В 2007 году стала победительницей краевого конкурса «Лучший муниципальный служащий».
В 2011 году – занимала должность заместитель главы Администрации города-курорта Ессентуки. В марте 2012 года избрана на должность Главы города Ессентуки. Воспитала двоих детей.
Administration of Mineral Waters
ФИСЕНКО ГАЛИНА ВАСИЛЕВНА, заместитель главы администрации города Минеральные Воды.
Награждена медалью "За заслуги в проведении Всероссийской переписи населения", нагрудными знаками: «За активное участие во ВПН-2002 г.» и "За активное участие во Всероссийской сельскохозяйственной переписи 2006", Почетной грамотой Министерства экономического развития и торговли Ставропольского края. Победитель в 2009 г. краевого конкурса «Лучший муниципальный служащий».
Инициатор и разработчик:
- Регламента «Об утверждении мер по упорядочению размещения нестационарной и мелкорозничной торговой сети, общественного питания и предоставления услуг территории города Минеральные Воды»;
- Разработчик и участник официального сайта города Минеральные Воды и инвестиционного паспорта – Интернет портала города Минеральные Воды;
- Буклета «Информационное пособие для предпринимателей»;
- Пилотного проекта «Разделение, сбор и транспортировка ТБО в городе Минеральные Воды» и Стратегии обращения с отходами на территории города Минеральные Воды;
- Стратегии социально-экономического развития города Минеральные Воды на период до 2020 года.
- «Инвестиционного паспорта города Минеральные Воды».
- Туристического паспорта Минераловодского муниципального района.
Head of Economic Development
Administration of Pyatigorsk
Шапран Константин Юрьевич
Начальник управления экономического развития администрации города Пятигорска.
Окончил технологический факультет Московского Станкоинструментального института.
Получил профессиональное управленческое образование в Международном институте менеджмента при Открытом университете Великобритании.
Имеет продолжительный опыт работы в сфере управления проектами и развитием новых направлений деятельности в крупных российских и международных производственных компаниях и в организациях сферы науки и коммерческой деятельности.
First Deputy Head
Administration of Kislovodsk
Клетин Максим Викторович
Образование: 1997 Северо-Кавказский горно-металлургический институт (инженер), 2004 Российский Государственный Гуманитарный Университет (юрист), 2006 Академия Государственной Службы РФ при Президенте РФ ( государственное и муниципальное управление). Занимал должности: замглавы города Невинномысска, заместителя министра экономического развития Ставропольского края, первого заместителя главы администрации города Ставрополя, заместителя министра промышленности, энергетики, транспорта и связи Ставропольского края, министра экономики Волгоградской области. В настоящее время заместитель главы администрации города Кисловодска по экономике(инвестиции, курорты). Женат. Воспитывает дочь.
Senior Associate - Hotel Financing
Director Department of Investor Relations & Financial Institutions
OJSC Northern Caucasus Resorts
Смитиенко Степан Борисович
В 2007 г. окончил Институт Международных экономических отношений Финансовой академии при Правительстве Российской Федерации,
в 2009 г. - аспирантуру Финансовой академии при Правительстве Российской Федерации, кандидат экономических наук
До прихода в ОАО «КСК» занимался организацией проектного финансирования.
Возглавляет Департамент по взаимодействию с инвесторами и финансовыми институтами с июня 2013 г.
In 2007 graduated from the Institute of International economical affairs of Finance academy under the Government of the Russian Federation
In 2009 graduated from a postgraduate program in Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, PhD in Economics
Before joining OJSC “NCR” engaged in project finance.
Head of department of investor relations & financial institutions since June 2013
Naile Göçen Çukurova
TUSIAD Tourism Working Group
She graduated from Istanbul Technical University Faculty of engineering and Architecture. Later she took a master degree in Dortmund University in Germany and achieved the title of Master Architect.
She started her career in 1986 as the Manager of the Financing Department of GÖÇAY Corporate Group.
She is a founding member of the GÖÇTUR TUR.YAT.TİC.A.Ş which was founded in 1987. She carried out the positions of General Director and Executive President within the company, besides her duty as a Member of the Board. Moreover, she has carried out the duties of Company Coordinator, Investment Coordinator, Financial and Administrative Affairs Coordinator within the company.
She is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the company since 2007. She has received the 6th Golden Key Award in the Holiday Camp category by TÜROB (Hoteliers Association of Turkey) in 1997 – the most successful Entrepreneur award of 2000 – the Skalite award of the social responsibility project of 2002 – SKAL INTERNATIONAL TURKEY, by Dünya Gazetesi. With “the Old Town Tanneries Project” she’s been rewarded Skalite award at 2013.
In addition to a class 1 Holiday Village, Double Tree by Hilton Kusadasi which is a member of international hotels chain Hilton is also within the company. It is opened 2013 and first brand hotel of Kusadasi. The Old Town Tanneries Project "which is done by restorating Primary Historical Monument Old Tanneries with a capacity of 100 beds and changing them into a public spot with an art gallery, an art atelier, a museum and restaurants" is opened.
Naile Göçen Çukurova, who speaks German and English, is a founding member of the KUŞADASI TOURISM AND PUBLICITY FOUNDATION, and has worked voluntarily on publicity and resolving the current problems of Kuşadası.
She has taken as a founding member and a project partner and provided the psychological and legal counseling of 1600 women in the operating of the Grant Programme of the SEGEM
She is married and has two children.
Chrystal Capital Partners LLP
James Innes is a founding Partner of Chrystal Capital, responsible for maintaining over 350 relationships with single family offices, sovereign wealth funds and niche financial institutions who are seeking to make direct investments in both public and private opportunities.
An experienced corporate financier and private equity practitioner, James brings with him extensive knowledge of the investment requirements of differentiated, non-institutional capital providers. Having raised over half a billion dollars in the last few years, and following on from the recent successful IPO of Dubai based Action Hotels plc , James is bringing his experience to bear with MENA based companies that are looking to raise debt and equity finance.
James will give an insight into what companies need to do to attract investment, the process and timing for such investment, and how working with a boutique corporate finance house, such as Chrystal Capital, is beneficial to the achievement of those aims.
Limak International Hotels & Resorts
Kaan Kavaloğlu was born in Istanbul on 08.01.1971. He graduated from Istanbul University’s Finance Department Faculty of Economics.
Afterwards he received a Masters Degree from Istanbul University in Tourism and Hotel Management and from Marmara University in Sales Management.
He worked as a Sales & Marketing Manager and a Sales Director in Merit International Hotels & Resorts between 1994 and 1998.
In 1998 he started to work as Assistant General Manager for Limak International Hotels & Resorts, where he has been working as a General Coordinator since 2004.
Kaan Kavaloğlu is married with two sons and speaks fluent English and French.
ISPAT - Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
Arda Ermut was born in 1980, graduated from Bogazici University, Political Sciences and International Relations department in 2004 and completed the MA courses of the same department in 2005.
He worked for H.E. Prime Minister of Turkey, between the years 2005 and 2007, as a “Media and PR Consultant” at Istanbul Dolmabahce Office of the Prime Ministry.
Since 2007, he is working for the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT). He was the head of the team in charge of Gulf, Middle Eastern and Arabic speaking countries and also led the team in charge of India. He had been Chief Project Director and Advisor to the President in 2010. Currently as a VP he leads the Public-Private Partnership Department. He speaks English and Turkish.
Director - International Operations
Recreational Center "Mara"
Пиляров Алий Джамбулатович, Карачаево-Черкесская Республика.
Инициатор, учредитель и генеральный директор туристско-рекреационного комплекса «Мара» с 2005 по 2008 год.
Председатель Совета Карачаево-Черкесского Регионального Отделения «Опора России».
Генеральный директор «Фонда Развития Предпринимательства КЧР».
Член Координационного Совета Российско-Арабского Делового Совета.
Владелец туристско-рекреационного комплекса «Мара».
Присвоено звание Главный эксперт Российского экономического онлайнового сообщества.
Победитель Всероссийского конкурса «Сто лучших руководителей в сфере малого предпринимательства» с вручением медали «За вклад в развитие российской экономики».
Присвоено звание «Лидер малого бизнеса ЮФО».
Сфера интересов: Привлечение инвесторов на действующий курорт в 45 км. от г. Кисловодска для строительства гостиниц, канатных дорог и т.д.
Chief Executive Officer
North Caucasus Development Corporation
Родился 19 ноября 1966 года в Москве. В 1990 году окончил Московский финансовый институт по специальности «Международные экономические отношения».
Свыше 20 лет проработал в банковско-финансовой сфере, в таких банках, как Внешэкономбанк, Коммерческий банк «Моснарбанк», Банк ВТБ, Россельхозбанк, пройдя путь от специалиста до заместителя Председателя Правления.
В своей профессиональной деятельности работал в реальном секторе экономики на руководящих постах на предприятиях горно-металлургического комплекса.
В настоящее время занимает должность заместителя генерального директора ОАО «Корпорация развития Северного Кавказа» (группа ВЭБ), отвечая за проекты развития региона Кавказских Минеральных Вод.
Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation
Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President to the North Caucasian Federal District
Manager, Financial Analysis & Sector Analyst
Hüseyin Gurel was born in 1983 in İstanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), Department of Economics. He started his career at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) in 2007. He is currently manager at the Financial Analysis Department of TSKB. Mr Gürel is responsible from project evaluation (credit risk analysis, risk capital analysis, project finance and debt restructuring), company valuation, real estate appraisal, feasibility, and consultancy activities since 2007.
He is also responsible for Tourism Sector as sector analyst in Department of Economics at TSKB. He presented several sectoral projections and reports on tourism.
Sinan is the eBusiness Director of Titanic Hotels since 2010. He has online sales experience on Turkish Riviera, Istanbul and Berlin markets.
He has also developed expertise in website management, conversion optimization, online user experience and ancillary revenues.
Prior to joining Titanic, he worked at Booking.com and several global hotel chains both in Turkey and USA.
Alexis de La Palme
SVP – Head of Development Europe
Alexis is holding an Hotel & Tourism Diploma from the Swiss Hotel & Tourism School of GLION.
He started his career in 1988 where he was holding several Senior Hotel Operation positions for about ten years.
From there he was recruited by Accor as V.P of Worldwide Sales for Sofitel Luxury Hotels then moved to Middle East as VP Sales & Marketing Accor and went back to operations as Associate Director for Accor Middle-East & Africa.
After his MBA done with HEC School of Management in Paris he integrated the Accor Development Team where he is currently holding the position of Head of Development - Europe.
Chairman - Managing Director
Hotel Acquisition Manager
Quantum Global Real Estate AG
VP M&A and Treasury
Kingdom Hotel Investments
InnCom Business Development & Marketing
Hospitality Property Fund