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Charlie MacGregor

CEO and founder, The Student Hotel

Charlie MacGregor (40) is the CEO and founder of The Student Hotel, a company with strong core values reflecting inclusiveness, unity and social responsibility. Born and raised in Edinburgh, he moved to Amsterdam, via a 10-year stopover in London, to establish a company focused on the needs of the Millennial generation.

Charlie started working on building sites at the age of 16. By 25 he had bought a small student housing company in the UK. He redeveloped the assets and eventually sold the company 10 years later.

In 2005 he moved to Amsterdam and, together with the Carlyle Group, created The Student Hotel. Their mission was to develop and operate 5,000 student beds within Benelux. Today this mission has been increased to 15,000 rooms by 2020, working with PW Real Estate and APG Asset Management.

The Student Hotel’s first project opened as student accommodation in Liege, Belgium in 2008 and, despite the global economic crisis and his banks going bankrupt, Charlie acquired new projects in Amsterdam, The Hague & Rotterdam.

In 2012 he opened the first Dutch project in Rotterdam followed by further projects in Amsterdam, the largest hotel in Benelux, The Hague and a second in Rotterdam. In 2015 The Student Hotel acquired Melon District expanding the group’s portfolio with two locations in Barcelona and one in Paris.

Charlie has supported many humanitarian efforts and was moved to act when the images from Lesvos flooded the news and couldn’t be ignored anymore. He, together with some friends, started a foundation ‘Movement on the Ground’ in autumn 2015 and has committed himself and his network to helping the current crisis. Charlie visits Lesvos every six weeks and is a vital part of the vision for Movement on the Ground as it moves forward.

He lives in Amsterdam and is married with two sons and two labradors.