Senior property development manager, McAleer & Rushe
Roger A. Allen
Group CEO, Resources for Leisure AssetsRoger is the Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA) a recognized global advisory to investors, owners, developers and management companies in wellbeing hospitality, specializing in hotels, resorts, residential, mixed-use, healthcare, active living communities and health tourism developments.
Chief Operating Officer, Roomzzz AparthotelsRobert joined Roomzzz Aparthotels at the beginning of the year as COO to lead the team through an exciting phase of growth. With two new exciting aparthotels opened this year and a further five more in the pipeline, Roomzzz is well established in the exciting aparthotel sector providing stylish apartments with a personal touch for adventure, business and celebration. Robert has over 25 year’s hospitality experience with some of the world’s largest hotel brands and provides a focus on customer experience, commercial strength and leadership to take the group through the next few years as an innovator and market leader.
Chief Executive Officer, NH Hotels
Founder and Chairman, The Arora GroupSurinder Arora is the Founder and Chairman of the Arora Group. Having arrived in the UK as a teenager from India, Surinder founded the business in 1999, running a luxurious four-star hotel at Heathrow for airline staff. From there, he built a business based on strong principles of enterprise, including the purchase of the Renaissance London Heathrow hotel in 2012, where he had worked as a waiter in the 1970s. Today, the Arora Group is a successful private group of UK-focused companies, with a specialist property, construction and hotel management divisions. The Group owns and manages a diverse portfolio of assets across Britain’s key business locations, with a particular presence in airport regions. Surinder and his wife Sunita are also founders of the Arora Charitable Foundation, supporting social responsibility initiatives in the UK and overseas. The Foundation’s charitable initiatives have raised a combined total of over £1.9 million to date since its inception in 2010. Surinder has been honoured with success in a number of recent awards, including the “Corporate Responsibility” category at the London and South East Institute of Director Awards 2016; “CEO of the Year” at the UK Private Business Awards in 2016; and earlier this year, the Group was awarded ‘Business of the Year’ at the Asian Business Awards.
Founder, Leopard Hospitality/Brown HotelsLeon Avigad (46) is the founder and CEO of Leopard Hospitality, a company which specializes in conceptualizing, creating and operating boutique hotels, and the founder and co-owner of Brown Hotels, a Tel-Aviv based boutique hotel collection.
Managing Director, Orion Capital ManagersRami is a Partner and Managing Director of Orion and is primarily located in London. Since joining Orion in 2002, he has been involved in acquisitions, asset management and realisations for the Orion European RE Funds across Europe with a particular focus on larger corporate transactions, pan-European portfolios, debt acquisitions, restructurings and retail investments. This includes active involvement in investments such as Infracity in Stockholm, Puerto Venecia in Spain, the equity participation in Société Foncière Lyonnaise, the debt acquisition and restructuring of the Spanish company Inmobiliara Colonial or the Sotogrande resort relaunch. Before joining Orion he was an associate at Arthur Andersen within the transaction support team, advising large corporations on their RE strategies. Rami is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique.
Chief Digital Officer, AccorHotelsMaud Bailly joined AccorHotels as Chief Digital Officer on April 3rd 2017.
Chief Executive Officer Netherlands, Colliers InternationalExtensive Management expertise in the global market, with a focus on Sales & Marketing projects and M&A assignments. Strategic & Turn around management with clarity in vision and strategy, leading to tangible results.
Chairman, MEININGER HotelsNavneet Bali took over as CEO of MEININGER Hotels last year following its acquisition by Holidaybreak in the
Chairman and CEO, AccorHotelsAfter five years working in several financial positions in New York, San Francisco and London, Sébastien Bazin was appointed CEO of Hottinguer Rivaud Finances, an investment bank, in 1990, and then CEO of L’Immobilière Hôtelière, a hotel developer in France, in 1992. In 1997, he moved to Colony Capital, a private real estate investment firm, to head up its European branch and lead several acquisitions, principally in the hospitality sector (Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée, Lucien Barrière, Fairmont & Raffles, Buffalo Grill, Château Lascombes, Stadia Consulting and others).
Managing Partner, Pygmalion Capital Advisers LLPChristophe Beauvilain, CFA is Managing Partner of Pygmalion Capital and heads the Investment Committee. Christophe founded Pygmalion Capital Advisers LLP and was instrumental in raising its first fund focused on special situations Hotel investments in Europe. He was previously partner at Perenne Capital LLP which provided deal sourcing and structuring services in the European Hotel sector. He was before that CEO and founding partner of Alphatran Capital LLP, a global equity hedge fund, and partner at Phylon Investment Advisors, a $500M European equity hedge fund. He spent 7 years at Goldman Sachs International in London in Research and Institutional Asset Management.
Blanche van Berckel
Managing Director, Fairquest & PartnersBlanche van Berckel is the founder and Managing Director of FairQuest
Executive Director - Global Lodging Group Credit Agricole CIB
Cheif Commerical OfficerLisa Bovio holds overall global responsibility for YOTEL's Sales, Revenue Management, Public Relations, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Brand and e-commerce). Lisa speaks five languages and has over 25 years’ experience in various areas of the tourism industry spanning from hospitality, car rental, OTA, cruise and corporate travel. She is an outstanding negotiator with excellent commercial acumen and a proven track record. During her car rental days, she won the biggest car rental corporate account in Europe: EADS worth €25M pa at the time. She has worked with global brands such as Oberoi, Hertz, Kerzner, Aman as well as e-commerce platforms such as lastminute.com. Lisa is on the Board of Directors of Entrepreneur Resorts and on the Advisory Board of the NOR Project.
Managing Director and Head of European Hotels, Starwood Capital GroupCody Bradshaw is a Managing Director at Starwood Capital Group and Head of European Hotels. In this role, he oversees the firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across Europe. His portfolio responsibilities extend to numerous major lodging investments totaling over $3 billion in asset value. This includes Starwood’s recent launch of The Principal Hotel Company, a leading UK hotel platform currently comprised of over 30 hotels and 5,000 rooms, following the firm’s acquisition and subsequent merger of three UK hotel companies in 2014 totaling over 50 hotels. His previous responsibilities included SCG’s ownership of Louvre Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in Europe, comprised of over 1,000 hotels across more than 40 countries.
CEO, Amaris HospitalityUnder John’s leadership, Amaris Hospitality is currently undertaking a £100 million transformational investment programme aimed at leveraging the size and scale of the Group’s portfolio of hotels and brands. Between 2008 and 2014 John held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Jurys Inn Hotel Group. In this time he oversaw the development and implementation of an ambitious growth, develop and investment programme aimed at transforming and growing the Jurys Inn business and repositioning Jurys Inn as a leading mid and upper market hotel brand. This strategy culminated in the successful sale of Jurys Inn to Lone Star in January 2015 for £680 million.
Chief Development Officer, Barceló Hotels & ResortsJaime Buxó has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality
Partner, Cushman & WakefieldRichard is a Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Hospitality team with over 25 years of Hotel industry experience. Richard leads the business Investor & Development Services team across Europe and is responsible for promoting the business and coordinating hotel assignments across the region. Richard has in depth knowledge of the sector and has led multiple capital markets and advisory assignments, applying his skills in numerous markets and has a particularly close understanding of the hotel development and investment arena.
Associate Vice President, ArchitectureNick Carrier brings 15 years’ experience in architectural design, management and project coordination to the team. As a studio leader, he has been involved in the design and coordination of numerous urban mixed-use projects, hotels and resorts throughout Europe,
Chief Development Officer, Louvre Hotels GroupSaurabh is the Chief Development Officer at Louvre Hotels Group. In this capacity, Saurabh spearheads numerous development and acquisition opportunities across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, and Australia.
Chief Executive Officer, Rosewood Hotel GroupSonia Cheng leads a team of seasoned industry professionals to spearhead the regional and international expansion of Rosewood Hotel Group. Ms. Cheng is also executive director of New World Development Company Limited and New World China Land which comprise one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong.
Managing Director, Copeland HospitalityRonit Copeland is a hotel & lifestyle expert with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality & tourism business. Her passion for hotels & lifestyle products along with unparalled expertise led her to establish Copeland Hospitality, a firm specializing in creative tailor-made solutions and bespoke services of uncompromising quality to the hospitality, tourism, hotel & lifestyle industries
Strategy, Capital Markets and IR, Arena Hospitality GroupLuka Cvitan is heading the Strategy, Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Arena Hospitality Group, a member of the PPHE Group. Luka has over 10 years of experience in finance, executing a range of sizeable landmark transactions in the structured finance, M&A and capital markets space. Prior to joining Arena Hospitality Group in 2018, Luka was a Director in Agrokor, Croatia’s largest corporate, and spent some time at BNP Paribas Equity Capital Markets in London. Luka holds an MA degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
Global Managing Director, Christie & CoChris Day joined Christie + Co in 1985 and, having worked in the Manchester, Birmingham and London Offices, was appointed Managing Director in 1993. He has overall responsibility for all Christie + Co's specialist transactional and advisory activities. Chris has overseen the successful expansion of Christie + Co into a truly global firm, which currently has 29 offices throughout Europe.
Mai-Lan de Marcilly
Mai-Lan de Marcilly, Principal, Real Estate, KKRMai-Lan de Marcilly joined KKR’s real estate team in 2013 and is in charge of France and hospitality investments. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. de Marcilly was at PGIM in London where she focused on pan-European opportunistic and value added investments across sectors. Ms. de Marcilly also worked at LaSalle IM, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, and RBS in Paris and London. Ms. de Marcilly holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School, Paris.
Board Member, HAMA Europe Chapter, and EVP – Head of Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Board Member, HAMA Europe Chapter, and EVP – Head of Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels & Hospitality GroupRastko is heading JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group’s Asset Management team in EMEA providing on-going asset management services to owners of internationally branded luxury hotels, focusing on sustainable economic performance enhancement opportunities and value growth.
Senior Vice President, KSL Capital
Vice President Business Development, ScandicJesper Engman is Vice President Business Development for Scandic Hotels and a member of Scandic’s Executive Committee. Jesper is responsible for the company’s acquisition and development department including the sourcing and signing of new hotels, take overs and conversions, and the renewal of existing lease agreements.
CEO, Thomas Cook GroupPeter Fankhauser has over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry. Originally from Switzerland, he attended the University of St. Gallen where he graduated with a PHD in Political Science. During his time at university, Peter completed his military service, rising through the ranks to become a Captain in the Swiss army.
Owner, Vision Lodging & Hospitality
Global Hospitality Leader, EYMr. Fishbin is EYs Global & Americas Hospitality Leader. He is an active advisor to leading hospitality and leisure companies, developers, owners, private equity funds, lenders and governments in all aspects of hospitality, leisure and tourism. Recently, he has served as the lead transaction advisor on a number of significant hospitality M&A transactions.
Associate Director, Christie & Co
President & CEO of Scandic HotelsEven Frydenberg
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, partner for strategic consulting and successful management solutions for the hotel and tourism industry. Certified tourism manager with emphasis of process
CEO HotelServices Europe, AccorHotelsFranck Gervais
Marathon Asset ManagementTiman Gill is a member of Marathon’s Real Estate team in London, focusing on the Firm’s European hotel investment activities. As part of his duties for the Firm, Timan also presently manages platforms and singular investments across several traditional real estate asset classes, including Residential, Office and Retail, including Mixed-Use.
Federico J González
President & CEO, Radisson Hotel GroupFederico J. González is the President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, and Chairman of the Global Steering Committee of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He joined Rezidor in May 2017 from the Carlson Hospitality Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer, since January 2017.
President of Homes, AirbnbGreg Greeley leads and manages our Homes business, which includes nearly 5 million listings in 81,000 cities around the world, and our Airbnb For Everybody strategy, including Airbnb Plus, Airbnb Collections, our expanded Superhost program, and our new Superguest initiative.
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development – EMEA, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development – EMEA, Interstate Hotels & ResortsAaron Greenman, based in Brussels, Belgium, is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ executive vice president of acquisitions and development for Europe, responsible for growing the portfolio of managed hotels for all European regions including Russia/CIS.
Director – Europe (Greece & Cyprus) International Hotel Development, Marriott International
Director – Europe (Greece & Cyprus) International Hotel Development, Marriott InternationalNikos Hadjos is Director of International Hotel Development for Marriott International and is based in Athens. He is heading the development efforts of all Marriott’s brands in Greece and Cyprus.
Head of UK Real Estate Structured Finance, Société Générale
Philipp S. Ingenillem
Partner, Online-Birds Hotel Marketing SolutionsPhilipp S. Ingenillem is Partner and acting Director of Sales & Business De-velopment at Online Birds Hotel Marketing Solutions, a leading full-service online marketing company for the hospitality industry in Europe. Prior to his current activities he was working for a CRM-database developer in Munich. Mr. Ingenillem looks back on a long career in the international luxury hotel sector, with stations at Hilton, Claridge 's Hotel London, Kempinski, Sofitel, Sheraton and LeMeridien. During this period he acquired a profound opera-tional knowledge and perfected his profile by achieving a business admi-nistration degree with a focus on Hospitality Management from the Munich University of Applied Sciences. During this time, Mr. Ingenillem gathered more profound experience in some areas of business consultancy for pri-vately owned hotels ( feasibility studies, concept development, etc.). Various other work stations in Scotland, Ireland, Greece and the USA are mentioned only for completeness sake.
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche Hospitality
Chief Operating Officer, Aprirose Real Estate InvestmentGary joined Aprirose in January 2015
Chairman, HVS - London OfficeRussell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, the leading global specialist hotel valuation, consulting, asset management and brokerage firm which was founded in 1980.
Alexi H. Khajavi
Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLCAlexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties and events including the Hotel Management Group, the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Summit Series, Destination Develop and Destination Development Investment Services, HOTEC and other destination and hotel investment events in the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Partner, Nordic Hotel ConsultingChristian Kielgast is partner in Nordic Hotel Consulting (NHC) – the leading hotel advisory in the Nordics with offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik. NHC is active within consulting, asset management and investment advisory. NHC advices major regional and international investors, developers and banks. Christian leads NHC’s investment advisory unit and has in the last couple of years advised on some of the largest single asset and portfolio transactions across the Nordics & Baltics with an aggregate value in excess of 1 billion EUR.
CEO of International Hospitality Development, Kerten CapitalMarloes Knippenberg is Cloud Executive Officer (CEO) of the brand new Cloud.7 Hotels, a dynamic and innovative new hotel management company and concept, with hotels developed for the curious and connected travellers of today.
Senior Director, CBRE Hotels
Board Member and Co-Founder, HAMA EuropeFor over 15 years Theodor Kubak has held a series of operational hotel positions including Hotel General Manager in Austria, New Zealand and States of former Soviet Union. Further his track record in hotel investment and asset management spans over more than twenty years. Theodor enjoyed his education at Modul School for Hotel and Tourism in Vienna that was later complemented by a Cornell Certified Program for Hotel Investment and Asset Management. In Istanbul he founded a consulting group together with his wife in 1997 that successfully assisted private and institutional investors with their Investment-Transactions and Asset Management objectives – equally nationally and internationally. From 2007 onwards Theodor has been contributing at Union Investment Real Estate as a key player to establish a Hotel Investment and Asset Management strategy for a hotel portfolio of ca. 30 assets at the time. Since 2015 he has been concentrating on hotel investments outside of Europe taking leadership in structuring hotel transactions with institutional lease agreements in the US. To date he has been realizing hotel transactions globally at approx. USD 2bn. Theodor initiated and co-founded HAMA Europe, a Non-Profit-Organization representing the interests of hotel owners, investors and asset managers and acting as its first President until 2017.
Managing Director, HotStatsJonathan is a renowned industry commentator who specialises in market demand, financial feasibility studies, strategic planning, and product development. He advises on a wide range of projects from the development of individual budget hotels to multi-component urban and leisure resorts as well as market entry and development strategies. Jonathan has held roles at COO, CBRE Hotels and Managing Director of and the major shareholder in TRI Hospitality Consulting, a position he held from 1996 up to the time that the firm was acquired by CBRE Hotels. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and of the Tourism Society, a member of the Editorial Board of Hospitality Magazine as well as a Patron of The Edge Hotel School. A graduate of the University of Surrey at which he has held posts of Industrial Fellow and Visiting Fellow, he returns to lecture undergraduates and postgraduates. He is also a frequent commentator on the industry in the press and broadcast media and a regular speaker, moderator and panelist at conferences.
TREUGAST Solutions GroupMichael Lidl stems out from a family of true hoteliers. He has been with TREUGAST Solutions Group since 2009. In his position as executive partner, Mr. Lidl is managing the TREUGAST Unternehmensberatungsgesellschaft mbH since 2016. Beyond that, he is an active hotelier with a four-star superior golf and wellness hotel as well as a low-budget city hotel. As part of his academic curriculum, Michael Lidl holds a Bachelor's degree (BA) in Hospitality Management from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) and a Master's degree (MBA) in General Management from the University of Augsburg and the University of Pittsburgh. Today, Michael Lidl is lecturing at the University of Applied Sciences Munich as well as the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University
Managing Partner, 12.18. Investment Management GmbHJörg Lindner has more than 30 years of experience in housing, office, retail and hotel property development, financing and management. He’s the managing partner of the Lindner Group and eldest son of the company founder and architect Otto Lindner, whose four other sons are also involved in the company’s management. Jörg Lindner studied business administration, has a professional pilot’s license, is passionate about sport and the proud father of five children.
Managing Director EMEA, CBRE HotelsKeith Lindsay is Managing Director of CBRE Hotels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a region which spans 15 offices across 14 countries and a team of 130 + hotel experts. In 2015, Keith was promoted to Joint Managing Director for CBRE France to help successfully reposition the French business in 2015/6.
Executive Director, CBRE Hotels EMEAColin Low is Executive Director of CBRE Hotels EMEA based in London and is responsible for leading the transactional business across the EMEA region.
CEO & Co-Founder, Magnuson HotelsThomas Magnuson co-founded Magnuson Hotels, America’s fastest growing hotel brand as a US based business with his wife Melissa in 2003. Today, Magnuson Hotels is a top 15 global hotel chain with 1000 hotels across 3 continents. Magnuson Hotels’ newly formed distribution partnership with Chinese operator Jin Jiang Hotels and Europe’s Louvre Hotels is the world’s largest hotel alliance, forming a consortium of over 8,000 hotels and 800,000 rooms worldwide, equal to the size of a top 2 global hotel chain.
Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, London + Regional
Chief Development Officer, Palladium Hotel GroupJose Matheu is the Chief Development Officer of Palladium Hotel Group since 2016. The group currently operated a portfolio of 9 Hotel brands, gathering almost 14,000 room/keys in six different countries. Responsable for seeking opportunities globally, and as a priority Mr. Matheu is finding investment partners who are willing to analyze reconversion projects in association with the group with the aim of repeating success stories like Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza & Tenerife and Only You Hotels.
Director of European Marketing, Choice Hotels
Managing Director Commercial Real Estate – EMEA, Deutsche BankNick runs the origination team within Deutsche Bank’s European commercial real estate debt platform.
Managing Director, Borgo Egnazia, ItalyAldo Melpignano is the Managing Director of San Domenico Hotels group, a collection of all his family properties, embodying a different concept in hospitality based on local and authentic experiences. Together with his family he is the founder of Borgo Egnazia, an international excellence deeply invested in Puglia.
Associate Partner, EYChristian leads EY’s Hospitality & Leisure team for the UK and Ireland. He has 20 years’ experience advising a mixture of listed companies, real estate funds and private investors in respect of transactions and restructurings within the hotel and leisure sector.
Managing Director - EMEA OakwoodKen Moore joined Oakwood in 2018 as Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Managing Director — Europe, Wilson AssociatesMonika is a hotelier at heart. With an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School and over 20 years of experience in hotel operations, she’s an authority in luxury hospitality. A German native who grew up in South America, Monika developed a passion for art, music, literature and language. She is now fluent in five languages. As Managing Director of Wilson’s atelier in Paris and design office in London, Monika is a brand ambassador who supports the firm’s strategic initiatives. A cultural aficionado, she frequents the opera and loves listening to Rachmaninoff while drinking a malt whiskey. However, her greatest treasure is spending time with her daughter, Clara.
CEO and Founder, Blacksheep
Christopher J. Nassetta
President and CEO, HiltonChristopher Nassetta is President and CEO for Hilton. He joined the company in 2007.
Director Investment Properties UK, CBREMarc is an Director in the EMEA Hotel Investment Properties team, specialising Fixed Income Investments. Over the past 2 years, Marc has acted on over £750 million worth Fixed Income Hotel deals.
CEO, UKHospitalityKate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, in April 2018, having previously worked as CEO and Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR.
Director, Conran and PartnersTina is an interior designer and architect with a diverse portfolio stretching across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential. She is a Partner of Conran and Partners with studios in London and Hong Kong.
Managing Director UK, Interstate Hotels & ResortsNicholas Northam is Managing Director for Interstate Hotels & Resorts in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for over 60 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Belgium. With more than 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nicholas plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth, leading Interstate’s UK senior management and support teams to provide superior returns for hotel owners.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Group, Inc.Mark D. Okerstrom is President and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) which operates a portfolio of over 200 of the world’s leading online travel sites and related travel services across 75 countries around the globe including Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, ebookers, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wotif, Egencia, HomeAway and trivago. Okerstrom is a member of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group and also is a member of the Supervisory Board of Directors of trivago N.V. (NASDAQ: TRVG).
Partner, ProskauerJoanne Owen is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department based in our London office and is a member of our Private Equity Real Estate and Lodging & Gaming Groups.
CEO and Owner, LHM Hotel Management CompanyAfter beginning her career as a Management Consultant to companies such as Chicco Artsana, Banca Agricola Mantovana Bank Group (during the merger with MPS), Verona Fiere, DHL, Eni, Regione Lombardia, etc., she began looking at the Hotel Industry by joining a Real Estate Group based in Brescia.
President A.I.C.A. (Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria)President A.I.C.A. – Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi (Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria)
Founder and CIO, ABP Invest LtdThanos is Founder & CIO of ABP Invest, established in 2015 to provide strategic outlook and research on markets, geopolitics, economics and FX. Previously he had been in asset management for 20 years with Credit Suisse Asset Management and Investec Asset Management across fixed income, emerging markets, currency management and multi-asset. Thanos managed portfolios for a number of FTSE, Dow and DAX pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, local authorities and family offices. His team was presented with the “Currency Manager of the Year" award twice, in 2004 and 2010. He began his career working as an Economist for the UK Government Economic Service coincidentally amidst the outset of the ERM Crisis of 1992. Thanos was also the Co-Founder and CIO of Equant-Analytics and Founding Partner and strategic advisor to EMFC Loans Syndication. He is a frequent guest on BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg as well as a regular speaker at business and investment conferences. Thanos has been awarded the CFA Charterholder designation and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He holds an MSc Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in Athens, he has been living in London for over 30 years.
Chief Operations Officer, Louis HotelsSavvas considers himself very lucky that he can practice his hobby for a living.
Director, HVS LondonSophie is a director at the HVS London office. She joined HVS in 2003, following ten years’ operational experience in the hospitality industry in South America and Europe. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sophie holds a degree in Hotel Management from Ateneo de Estudios Terciarios, and an MBA from IMHI (Essec Business School, France and Cornell University, USA). Since joining HVS, she has advised on hotel investment projects and related assignments throughout the EMEA region, and is responsible for the development of HVS’s business in France and the French-speaking countries, as well as Africa. Sophie completed an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance at Reading University in 2014, and is in the process of becoming a RICS certified surveyor.
Piyaporn Ann Phanachet
Chief Executive Officer, U CityMs.Piyaporn Ann Phanachet is Chief Executive Officer at U City PLC.
Senior Vice President Hotel Development, Corinthia HotelsAs a member of the founding and owning family, Paul has spent his full career with Corinthia Hotels, joining the company straight from University in 1990. He rose through the ranks being promoted within a relatively short time to Group Marketing Manager, a position which he held for a 5 year period in the early 1990s. In the mid 1990s, Paul undertook intensive operations exposure which culminated with a move to Turkey where he was Regional Director for Operations and Development overseeing 5 Corinthia branded hotels, representing the Company on a daily basis in the relationships with the various Turkish Hotel Owners, while at the same time seeking to expand the brand in and around Turkey.
Office Managing Partner, Hong Kong, Head of Real Estate, Asia Pacific, DLA Piper
Managing Director, STRRobin Rossmann is Managing Director of STR, leading its operations across the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Central and South America regions. Robin is focused on continuing to improve the way STR provides the hotel industry with robust and insightful performance benchmarking that enables stakeholders to make better decisions. Prior to STR, Robin was a Senior Director in Deloitte’s Global Hospitality Advisory Team in London. During his 13 years with Deloitte, he advised leading hotel brands, operators, investors and lenders in most major global markets. His wide range of experience includes advising on hotel strategy, business planning, investment appraisal, market reviews, financial and commercial due diligence, IPOs, debt advisory, valuation, financial assurance, controls improvement and risk management.
Associate Director, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) Practice, Deloitte
President and Founder Room Mate GroupKike is a trendsetting pioneer in the tourist industry thanks to his visionary, disruptive and rebellious character. It all began over 10 years ago when he created Room Mate Hotels as an extension of what was to become his most renowned formula: “the 3B’s”: Bed, Bath, Breakfast. The idea of affordable luxury right smack in the center of the most important cities in the world was the formula for success at Room Mate Hotels, now present in Europe and America with 1.500 rooms and 1.600 about to open in the next 18 months.
Partner - THS EMEA Leader, Deloitte
Head of Origination, Starz Real EstateLimor Shilo, Head of Origination. Ms. Shilo is the Head of Loan Origination at Starz and serves as a member of the credit committee. She brings over 19 years of experience in Real Estate Debt Origination and Leverage Finance Credit Underwriting. Ms. Shilo joined Starz from Deutsche Bank AG where she worked as an originator in the commercial real estate debt platform. She originated over €2.0bn of loans, including development, loan on loans, hospitality, retail, office, student housing and bridge financings. Ms. Shilo holds a Bachelor BA Accounting from the College of Management, Tel Aviv and an MBA from Erasmus University.
Vice President, Owner Relations, Lodging Partner Services, Expedia GroupAs vice president for Owner Relations for Expedia Group’s Lodging Partner Services, Susan Spinney leads an experienced global team focused on growing relationships with, and developing new services for, hotel owners and management companies.
Chief Executive Officer, Blau Hotels & Resorts
Senior Vice President, Hotel Development – EMEA, Caesars Entertainment
Head of Hotel Services, BNP Paribas Real EstateAlexander Trobitz has been Head of Hotel Services at BNPPRE since the unit was founded in 2014. A qualified Hotel Management and Trading specialist and graduate in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) as well as a Real Estate Economist, Trobitz has been active in various positions in the hotel real estate sector for around 15 years. In addition to providing consulting services and valuations of hotel properties and portfolios, he has focused since 2008 on transaction advisory and the leasing of hotel properties. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and since 2014 has accompanied transactions with a combined volume of around € 1,5bn.
CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Chief Commercial Officer, NH HotelsFernando joined Nh Hotel Group in 2014 as Senior Vice President Commercial Strategy & Pricing, in July 2016 we was appointed as Chief Commercial Official and member of the Management Committee.
CEO Hotels & Hospitality Group EMEA, JLLCurrent responsibilities
Managing Director, Spa Strategy
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, focusing on strategic Consulting and sucessful Management Solutions for the Hotel and tourism industry. He worked as Regional Director for one of the largest Hotel Groups worldwide and is member of various committees of different tourism organizations and advisory boards
Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbHBefore joining PKF hotelexperts, worked for Stouffer Hotels & Resorts in Seattle after a management training programme with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Singapore and Bangkok.
Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Hospitality
CEO and co-founder, A&OThe hotel business newcomer has established his budget-chain concept as a sure-fire success across Germany. With the entry of TPG Real Estate, a&o paves the way for a Europe-wide market leadership in the individual and youth travel segment. At the same time, Oliver Winter continues to look after the representation and strength of his brand and the well-being of the employees who lead a&o to success - always best price on aohostels.com
President of Preferred Hotels & ResortsMichelle Woodley is President of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. In this role, she has cross-functional and departmental responsibilities, which include working directly with CEO Lindsey Ueberroth on identifying new revenue development opportunities, serving as a corporate spokesperson for the company, and leading the enhancement and improvement of other strategic areas of focus within the organization.
Sabina Wyss di Corrado
Director of Acquisitions & Development, PPHE Hotel GroupSabina is responsible for PPHE Hotel Group’s acquisitions and development projects globally, including Arena Hospitality Group for which PPHE has a controlling ownership interest. She has over 15 years experience in the hospitality sector, having worked in advisory, the Unctad/ITC (UN/WTO), hotel operations and the airline industry in Europe, Central America and Australia. Sabina holds a BSC in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and is fluent in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
Principal, Cedar Capital Partners and VP HAMA EuropeChristian Youens is responsible for Cedar Capital’s hotel portfolio asset management activities. Prior to joining Cedar Capital in 2014, he worked for London and Regional Properties where he held the position of Head of Hotel Operations, Asset Management and Investments. During his time at London and Regional, Mr. Youens oversaw the operations and asset management of over 5,000 hotel rooms across 14 hotels worldwide. He implemented various multi-million capital investment programmes, negotiated lease contracts and hotel management agreements and acquired five further hotels. Mr. Youens was previously with various hotel operators and owners including Thistle Guoman Hotels, Hilwood Resorts, Lotus Investment Fund and others, where he held various positions in Finance, Feasibility and Development.
Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels InternationalMaría Zarraluqui is Global Development Managing Director for Meliá Hotels International Group, she is heading the worldwide development for the Group and is responsible for executing together with her team of developers the growth strategy of Meliá worldwide, having signed over the last 3 years more than 110 deals worldwide.
Managing Director, BlackstoneMichael Zerda is a Managing Director and Head of Europe for the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Zerda spent six years at LaSalle Investment Management overseeing the set-up and growth of its debt investment and special situations group. Prior to that, Mr. Zerda worked in Merrill Lynch's real estate private equity group as a Vice President focused on pan-European equity investments and at Archon, Goldman Sachs’ real estate and distressed loan management platform. Mr. Zerda received a BA in Finance from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he graduated with honors.
9-10- October 2019
Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course
Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course
Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course