Partner, TPGMichael is a Managing Director and a member of TPG Real Estate’s Investment Committee and is based in London. He joined TPG from Europa Capital and started his career in the Private Equity Real Estate divisions of J.P.Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Diplome de Grande Ecole and MSc in Management from ESCP Europe, and speaks German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of TriGranit and A&O Hotels and Hostels. TPG Real Estate is the real estate platform of TPG, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $75 billion of assets under management. TPGRE includes both TPG Real Estate Partners, its equity investment platform, and TPG Real Estate Finance Trust, its debt origination and acquisition platform. Collectively, the two platforms have approximately $7 billion of assets under management. - always best price on aohostels.com
Senior Property Development Manager, McAleer & Rushe PropertyMark is a highly experienced property professional and Chartered Surveyor with 24 years experience in commercial real estate development across the UK & Ireland specialising in the hotel and mixed-use sectors working across the various brands.
Managing Director, The Blackstone GroupAbhishek Agarwal is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Agarwal is currently responsible for Blackstone’s hospitality investments in Europe. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in real estate investments in various property sectors across Europe including Hispania, HI Partners, Broadgate and Chiswick Park amongst others.
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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, Lungarno CollectionValeriano Antonioli is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Lungarno Collection, the hotel management company owned by the Ferragamo family. A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Antonioli – a business economist and hospitality industry strategic marketing expert – has managed luxury hotels and resorts throughout Italy, Germany, Russia, England and the U.S.. Among other positions, he has served as Managing Director of InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, in Scottsdale, Arizona; General Manager of the historic Diana Majestic in Milan (which he repositioned as “the fashion hotel in Milan”); and Resident Manager at Hotel Principe di Savoia and Hotel Duca in Milan. His most recent success story was the creation of the Portrait Brand where he was able to transform uniform luxury in spontaneous personalization, filling an important gap in the luxury hotel industry. A true Renaissance man, Antonioli is a Taekwondo Black Belt, outdoor sports enthusiast, and author of Eating, Drinking and Flirting and The Joy of Discovery. Fluent in Italian, English and German he was honoured in the Italian Republic Legion of Honour as “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” in 2007.
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Chief Development Officer, Auberge Resorts CollectionRichard leads the Auberge Resorts Collection overall growth strategy. Richard oversees a team that identifies, negotiates, and secures all growth opportunities including new development, acquisitions, and corporate transactions. Prior to joining Auberge, Richard was a Partner and Managing Director at Kadenwood Partners, a London based real-estate investment, capital advisory, and asset management firm focused on the luxury hotel, residential, and mixed-use property sectors. Prior to Kadenwood, Richard served as Vice President, Worldwide Development at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for sourcing and securing new growth opportunities on a global basis. In addition, he focused on strategic transactions, special situations, and identifying development capital. Richard has previously held roles with PKF Consulting and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration with a focus on Real Estate Finance from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He currently serves on the Hospitality Investment Roundtable of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and has previously served on the Hotel Development Counsel at the Urban Land Institute.
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.
Creative Director, Need To Know Club, and former Creative Director of Virgin Money and CEO of Time Out
Creative Director, Need To Know Club, and former Creative Director of Virgin Money and CEO of Time OutTim Arthur is the Creative Director of Need To Know Club and former Creative Director at Virgin Money and former Global CEO of Time Out. His varied career has taken in playwriting, running a charity, journalism, and presenting on BBC Radio London.
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.
Director, Planning and Development & Valuations, Horwath HTLA graduate in Law from the University of Cambridge, a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years’ experience in professional business advisory services and general management in a wide range of independently-managed and publicly-listed international companies.
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.
Managing Director, JLLMr. Badstuber joined JLL as Managing Director after spending four years as a senior pan-European hotel specialist at AXA IM - Real Assets, spearheading hotel transactions and strategic hotel asset management. He has also held senior positions at Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Grand City Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels and Starwood Hotels across Germany, Luxembourg, the UK and Australia.
Vice President Real Estate Europe, Selina• Currently Vice President of Real Estate/Business Development for Europe at Selina, overseeing the expansion and building a hospitality network for digital nomads in the UK, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Greece and Israel, and more countries to come soon
Chief Digital Officer, AccorHotelsMaud Bailly joined AccorHotels as Chief Digital Officer on April 3rd 2017.
Chairman, MEININGER HotelsNavneet Bali took over as CEO of MEININGER Hotels last year following its acquisition by Holidaybreak in the
CEO, IHGKeith has been Chief Executive Officer of IHG® since July 2017. He is responsible for implementing IHG’s strategy for high-quality growth and generating industry leading value creation for hotel owners, operators and shareholders. This strategy focuses on strengthening a diverse portfolio of differentiated brands, building scale in key markets, creating lifetime guest relationships, and delivering highly profitable revenues to hotels.
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.
Managing Director, StudionomieA graduate of the prestigious business school HEC Paris, and holding an EMBA from Neoma business school, Stéphane has worked alongside Alain Ducasse as Vice President Development. In this role, he was responsible not only for prospecting new business opportunities and developing restaurant concepts, but for bringing them to life. Examples
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Director – Germany, The CollectiveNiels Berl has joined The Collective in 2018 after working for Terra Firma Capital Partners for the previous seven years. Terra Firma is a private equity firm focused on operational real estate, with significant investments in Germany, such as Tank & Rast or Vonovia (Deutsche Annington).
Chief Operations Officer, AccorHotelsGaurav Bhushan is the Global Chief Development Officer of AccorHotels, responsible for the group’s hotel M&A and development strategies worldwide.
Chief Executive Officer, Orascom Development HoldingKhaled Bichara is the Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Development Holding, a co-founder of Accelero Capital and previously served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd. He was also CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. and COO of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. Mr Bichara played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom to create the world’s sixth largest telecommunications carrier with a total value of USD 25.7 billion. He managed ten operations across the globe through Orascom Telecom and Wind Italy, and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom. Mr Bichara was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom and Wind Telecom in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both telecommunications and information technology coupled with strong management and entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer of Wind Italy which he joined in 2005, heading the fixed line and portal business unit before becoming Chief Operating Officer: during this time he played a key role in the company’s restructure, completing the successful turnaround of Wind Italy from a continuously loss-making company to one of the leading European mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operators within three years. Prior to joining Wind Italy, Mr Bichara was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET (LDN), one of the largest private Internet Service Providers in the Middle East. In 2001, following successful negotiations, Microsoft chose to partner with LDN to launch MSN Arabia, the Middle East’s first global portal, bringing the full experience of MSN to the region’s internet users. In 2011 he served as Group Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom and Chairman of Wind Italy, and is currently a board member of various telecom and IT companies, including SUPERNAP International S.A, developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers. He is also a board member of Orascom Construction Limited (a company listed on both the NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange) and Orascom Development Egypt S.A.E (listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange). Mr Bichara is a member of the Advisory Board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo and was previously a member of the GSMA board. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the American University in Cairo.
Chief Development Officer, Rosewood Hotel GroupKarl Bieberach-Dielman is the global leader of the Development and the Feasibility teams at Rosewood Hotel Group, overseeing the strategic expansion of the group’s distinct brands. With more than 20 years of experience in development, Mr. Bieberach-Dielman has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the U.S. Prior to joining Rosewood, he held a variety of senior roles during his 15-year tenure at Starwood Hotels & Resorts including as Head of European Development. Prior to Starwood, he was Director of Development Planning and Feasibility for Latin America and the Caribbean at Marriott International. Mr. Bieberach-Dielman is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and speaks English, Spanish and French. Mexican by origin, he is married with no kids, and resides between Amsterdam, Brussels and Hong Kong.
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Executive Director - Global Lodging Group Credit Agricole CIBCharlotte Bocquet is co-heading CACIB Global Lodging Group.
Chief Executive Officer, SnapShotCarson Booth is the Chief Executive Officer of SnapShot GmbH, a leading hospitality data platform, and has recently joined the Company to help lead the next stage of growth. Just prior to joining SnapShot, Carson was active in the vibrant hospitality technology startup space, and previously served as the Global Vice President of Property Technology at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and concurrently as General Manager of Starwood’s International Licensing Company. Carson serves on several boards, including HTNG’s Vendor Advisory Council and HFTP Global Board of Directors, and is the former Chair of the HITEC Europe Advisory Council for its first 2 years. Carson lives in Berlin with his young family.
Chief Commercial Officer, YotelLisa 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 International Hotels, Starwood Capital Group.Cody Bradshaw is a Managing Director and Head of International Hotels at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, he oversees the Firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities across Europe and Asia Pacific. In addition, Mr. Bradshaw oversees North America hotel asset management. His portfolio responsibilities have included numerous major lodging investments, including the Firm’s ownership of Louvre Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in Europe with over 1,000 hotels across more than 40 countries. He also played a leading role in managing and growing The Principal Hotel Company portfolio which included over 50 properties and 7,400 keys across the United Kingdom—highlighted by the launch of the Principal brand in 2016 as well as the remarkable £90m+ restoration of the former Hotel Russell, turning it into an iconic flagship hotel of the Principal brand: The Principal London.
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.
President & Managing Director Europe, Marriott InternationalLiam Brown was appointed President and Managing Director for Europe in January 2019 and is accountable for developing and managing Marriott's hotel portfolio in Europe, comprising 24 brands in 43 countries.
Chief Development Officer, Barceló Hotel GroupJaime Buxó has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality
Partner, FieldfisherAlex is a Partner in Fieldfisher's Financial Markets and Products Group in London. Alex specialises in real estate finance in the hotel and leisure sector. His clients include equity investors, owners, debt providers and operators. Alex advises on the financing arrangements for the acquisition, development and refurbishment of hotel properties. He has advised on both European and international transactions, including on recent projects in the UK, Iraq and Sri Lanka. His experience includes advising on the origination of corporate and real estate loans, Intercreditor arrangements, securitisation and debt/equity restructuring matters.
Founder, Hill Capital Partners LLPPaul Campbell is the founder of Hill Capital Partners LLP, the vehicle through which he carries out private investment and advisory roles across the leisure and hospitality sectors.
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,
Senior Director of International Investments, Choice Hotels InternationalMax Cergneux is Head of International Investments and Portfolio Management at Choice Hotels International. He is responsible for the development of the international portfolio with a focus on achieving the company’s ambitious growth goals through investment-led deals, multi-unit transactions and strategic partnerships. His is also responsible in developing and maintaining relationships in the investment community worldwide.
M&A Director, Louvre Hotels Group
Global Business Director, Horwath HTLJames Chappell is the Global Business Director of Horwath HTL, the worlds oldest and largest Hospitality Consulting Brand and is responsible for 50 offices in 39 countries around the world.
Chief Executive Officer & co-founder, TravelsifyBruno Chauvat is the Chief Executive Officer & co-founder of Travelsify, world's first Travel Product DNA platform powering unique Hotel DNA™ data to help hotel investors, hotel groups and brands to differentiate and derisk investments. Bruno has a +20-year track record in the media, telecom and technology industries, holding various C-level positions in international listed companies (Proximus, RTL Group, Audiofina). His deep understanding of the strategic importance of metadata together with his passion for travel account for the success of Travelsify.
CEO, Fauchon HospitalityJacques-Olivier Chauvin has been President of Fauchon Hospitality since early 2018. His professional experience in the hotel and restaurant industry include Deputy GM of Taillevent Group (1992-1995), DG of the Relais & Châteaux chain (2000 to 2010), Chairman and founder of Colbert Management & Conseil (since 2013)
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.
Senior Business Development Manager, STRSophie has always been drawn to the hospitality industry and has held various positions in luxury properties in Europe and the United States.
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.
Partner - Hotels and Leisure, DentonsMark is a partner in Dentons' world-renowned Hotels & Leisure practice. He has a broad based hospitality practice representing hotel owners, developers, third-party operators, hospitality brands, and lenders in connection with the development and operation of hotel and leisure facilities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. His practice focuses on the negotiation of management and licensing arrangements for a broad range of hotel and leisure facilities, including hotels, spas, golf courses, resorts, restaurants, and other recreational facilities and amenities.
Development Director, LAMDA Development S.A.Zisimos Danilatos has been with LAMDA Development S.A. since 2002 where he holds the position of Development Director, having been project leader for all of the company’s international real estate investments. His prior experience includes project manager positions at Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd. in London, DEPA S.A. (Natural Gas) and Conetal Ltd. He is a Civil Engineer having graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (Metsovio) with scholarship and holds an M.B.A. from the City University Business School. He is fluent in English and Greek (mother tongue) and also speaks French.
Executive Chairman, Village Hotel ClubGary Davis is Executive Chairman of Village Hotels Ltd, and is instrumental in the company’s plans for growth and expansion, creating a next generation model that ticks all of the boxes for hotel users and developers, with a unique mix of accommodation, F&B, gym & leisure and business club facilities. Previously, Mr. Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Malmaison Hotel du Vin Holdings Limited and Chief Executive Officer of De Vere Village Hotels at De Vere Group plc. Additionally, he served as Joint Chief Executive of De Vere Hotels & Resorts, De Vere's prestige four and five star hotels business. Mr. Davis has a wealth of international brand experience in the hospitality sector, served as a Senior Executive at Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood, Grand Metropolitan and Kingdom Holding, with particular emphasis on food and beverage.
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 30 offices throughout Europe and an active Asian Investment team.
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Head of Sector Specialists, AXA IM - Real Assets
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Mai-Lan de Marcilly, Director and Head of Hotels Europe, 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.
Managing Partner, TREUGAST Solutions Group
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.
Head of Development and Marketing, LVMHCaroline is one of the two founding members of LVMH Hotel Management, the LVMH Group’s entity in charge of developing and managing the Cheval Blanc and White 1921 hotel brands. Since 2008 she heads the Development, Marketing and Communication divisions of the Group, and is the driving force behind the creation and positioning of the Cheval Blanc brand and offering, distilling the essence of the LVMH Group’s deep understanding of luxury into hospitality.
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Owner & Managing Director, Phoenix Global; Owner and Joint MD, Kingham Leigh Ltd.Phoenix Global Ltd. provides management, leadership and counsel on the resolution of complex development and strategic management challenges. We utilise the trusted and respected experience of our professional management team who have a track record of delivery of successful large-scale global leisure projects.
Senior Vice President, KSL CapitalMr Edsinger joined KSL in May 2016. Martin most recently worked as an Investment Manager with ARLE Capital Partners. Previously, Martin worked as an Experienced Associate Consultant with Bain & Company and an Economic Analyst with NERA Economic Consulting. Martin graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), where he holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management and an MSc in Economics and Business.
Director, STRThomas Emanuel a Director at STR. He is based in London, and leads a team focused on driving business with Industry Partners.
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.
Vice President of Development, Apple Leisure GroupAs Apple Leisure Group®’s Vice President of Development, Fernando Fernandez leverages over three decades of experience in hotel operations, consultancy and development to accelerate the group’s expansion goals in key markets. Fernando is responsible for increasing the company's footprint in the Caribbean and Latin America by securing partnerships with hotel owners and developers in these high-demand markets.
CEO, Room Mate GroupVíctor Fernández Cintrano has been the CEO of Room Mate since 2015. This is the international group which encompasses Room Mate Hotels, Be Mate (the innovative tourist housing company) and X-Perience (a consultancy with the Room Mate stamp and PwC collaboration). For four years previous to this he was the Managing Director of Room Mate Hotels.
Executive General Manager Hotel Assets, Mulpha Australia LimitedHartmut Fink is Executive General Manager Mulpha Hotel Assets and has been working in hotel real estate management for institutional and private money since 2009. Hartmut is responsible for strategy and execution of hotel asset management and hotel investment decisions for Mulpha Australia Limited as well as being the owner's representative for the company's wider hotel interests in Europe and Asia.
Owner, Vision Lodging & HospitalityWith over 30 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry and a strong focus on development, Joseph Fischer is the Owner of Vision Hospitality & Travel - International Lodging & Travel Solutions. The company is focused on assisting hotel owners/developers in finding the right brands and operators for their properties. Currently VH is working on several selected projects both in Israel as well as in Continental Europe.
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 & CoPart of the pan-European team, Anna works with local colleagues to provide advice to a broad range of domestic and global investor clients across the continent. She joined Christie & Co’s Corporate Hotels team after four years in its Consultancy team where she provided strategic advice to clients across Europe. Prior to joining Christie & Co, she worked at PKF in Vienna and London and gained valuable operational experience in Germany.
President & CEO of Scandic HotelsEven Frydenberg
Performance InsightsMark Gallagher has worked in the high-performance environment of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years. Today he is a Formula One analyst for the BBC, makes regular appearances on global media outlets and is founder of his own consulting business, Performance Insights Ltd.
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
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Associate Vice President Development, Continental Europe, IHGWillemijn Geels is Associate Vice President, Continental Europe for IHG and is responsible for the expansion of the group’s brands across the region. She has nearly 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry through various operational and development related positions.
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.
Head of Hospitality Asset Management, ColliersAs Co-Head of the Hospitality Asset Management division, Ben helps to develop the business nationally and internationally based upon his extensive knowledge and experience within the hospitality sector.
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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.
CEO, BarcelóDegree in economics and business administration, Deusto University
Head of Debt Advisory, EMEA, JLLAs the Managing Director within JLL’ Hotels and Hospitality team, Chris Gow is responsible for directing the debt finance strategy for the EMEA hotels business.
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 of intelligence and customer solutions, EMEA, HotStatsMichael has recently joined Hotstats as Director of Hotel Intelligence & Customer Solutions, EMEA. HotStats, is a benchmarking company focusing of monthly P&L benchmarking for the hotel industry. HotStats collects monthly detailed financial data from over 3000 hotels worldwide from over 100 brands and independent hotels, and provides over 100 different KPIs covering all operating revenues, payroll, expenses, cost of sales and ultimately departmental and total hotel profitability.
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.
COO, MEININGER Hotels LimitedThomas Hagemann has joined MEININGER Hotels mid 2018 as COO and is responsible for the optimization and execution of an effective operational business strategy. The focus is to improve operational excellence and profitability, but also supporting MEININGER’s growth strategy through implementation of efficient processes when launching new business units.
Manager, Engel & Völkers Hotel Consulting
Partner, Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton BoggsElias Hayek leads the global Hospitality & Leisure Group at Squire Patton Boggs, a leading international law firm with 1500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries. He is a widely respected hospitality lawyer with over two decades of cross-jurisdictional professional experience in the hospitality sector, including in sector specific corporate and commercial transactions; management, licensing, franchising and service agreements; hospitality M&A and joint ventures; hotel project leasing agreements; mixed use and branded residential developments; sale and lease / manage back transactions; and food and beverage, restaurant and health and wellness management and licensing agreements. His clients include multi asset owner / developers, private equity funds, brand owners and third party operators. He currently represents clients on hospitality projects across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean. Over his career, Elias closed over 350 hospitality and leisure projects across virtually every major city in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia.
Managing Director, Eastdil SecuredMs. Heng is a Managing Director within the London offices of Eastdil Secured. She has almost 20 years working experience in the hospitality and alternative real estate sector in both investment sales and corporate advisory services. She has sold over $20bn worth of real estate across Europe and Asia.
Michael Hirst OBE
Consultant, CBRE HotelsMichael Hirst is consultant to CBRE Hotels, the world’s leading hotel experts, where he provides general advice and support in respect of business development.
Head of UK Real Estate Structured Finance, Société GénéralePierpaolo Iasci, Head of UK Real Estate Structured Finance is responsible for the commercial real estate finance business of Societe Generale in the UK. In this capacity he has overseen the origination, structuring and distribution of c. EUR 1.5bn of senior and junior mortgage loans secured over hotels in the UK and continental Europe over the last three years. Before joining Societe Generale Pierpaolo worked at Cairn Capital and Lehman Brothers in various roles in commercial real estate finance.
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.
President, ServotelCelebrating over 30 years of growth into a global Hotel & Resort consulting boutique, Servotel is now widely recognized as the leading advisor in the investment and development of hotels, resorts, and integrated mixed-use developments worldwide.
Partner, HORECA Investment Partners BVCurrent Responsibilities:
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche HospitalityWith over 30 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Claus-Dieter Jandel knows the business inside out.
Chief Operating Officer, Aprirose Real Estate InvestmentGary joined Aprirose in January 2015
Managing Director , BNP Paribas Real Estate HotelsBruno Juin joined the CBRE Hotels team in 2018. With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Bruno has an extensive national and international experience and an in-depth understanding of financial and operational functions of hotels at all levels of the market. Recently he has taken on the role of leading the CBRE Hotels team based in Paris covering France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Director, CBRE HotelsKathrin Jung joined CBRE Hotels in September 2018 as a Director in the cross-border transaction team. Before joining CBRE, Kathrin worked for DEKA Immobilien GmbH, where she was responsible for real estate investment and fund management.
Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormatMerilee founded UnderTheDoormat in July 2014 after a decade-long successful career at oil and gas giant Shell. During her spell at the company she led the Global Retail Partnership Strategy and then the Global Maintenance Operations of its 12,000 petrol stations across 42 countries (a surprisingly transferable experience to managing a dispersed network of homes in the hospitality sector).
Senior Director, Hotel Transactions, Invesco Real EstateDavid Kellett is a Senior Director of Hotel Transactions for the Hotel Fund Management team at Invesco Real Estate (IRE), a dedicated specialist team who manage IRE’s investment in the hotel real estate sector. Kellett has 19 years of transaction experience, which has focused on real estate, hospitality and leisure for the last 14 years.
Sol Kerzner (KCMG)
Founder, Kerzner InternationalSol Kerzner – is the Founder and former Chairman of Kerzner International Holdings Limited. The Kerzner family interests in Kerzner International were sold in April 2014 and Sol Kerzner is no longer involved with Kerzner International Holdings or their group companies. Mr Kerzner decided to retire in early 2016, but continues to pursue a number of personal and philanthropic interests.
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 he joined in 1995.
Director, IT, EVENT HotelsTimo Kettern is an experienced Hotel Technology Expert. Timo has been involved in many large scale pan-European Technology Projects working with all major global brands.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Best Western International
VP Business Development, Louvre Hotels GroupAdam Konieczny joined Louvre Hotels Group in May 2017 as a Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe. His goal is to develop the brands of the group through franchise, management and lease contracts in the region.
Founder, Brandmark CollectiveTony has carved out a niche in intelligently translating fashion and lifestyle brands into hospitality experiences. With a wealth of deep owner relationships on a global basis, as well as a rather unique access to, and demand from, many brands looking to extend into the hospitality space in one form or another, the idea for Brandmark Collective BV was born. That of a multi-brand hotel company, with one key filter running through each brand – a globally recognizable name with an existing customer base. The first brand on the BMC platform is Karl Lagerfeld, with the second, a global travel company, to be announced soon.
Managing Partner, Arbireo Hotel InvestTheodor Kubak is a Managing Partner at Arbireo Hotel Invest the Hotel Investment, Asset Management and Management arm of Arbireo Capital. In this role, he oversees the firm’s hospitality acquisition and asset management activities.
Chief Assets and Development Officer, NH Hotel GroupLaia Lahoz is Chief Assets and Development Officer of NH Hotel Group, a leading multinational hotel chain that operates over 350 hotels in 29 countries. From her position, Laia leads the Company’s strategy in terms of asset management and development, reporting directly to the CEO. She is also responsible for the global expansion of the Group’s three brands: NH Collection, NH Hotels and nhow, with a special focus on strengthening their presence in key cities across Europe and America as well as their introduction in new markets. Prior to her appointment as Chief, Laia was Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, where she excelled for her strong negotiations skills and remarkable results.
Chief Executive Officer, General Hotel Management LtdTommy is the Chief Executive Officer of GHM and is currently based in Singapore. Prior to this recent appointment, Tommy’s 20+ years of experience in the Finance, Real Estate and Hospitality industries across global markets in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam), North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and the GCC countries (UAE and Oman) has honed his diverse range of capabilities towards a unique and inclusive set of skills and expertise.
CEO & Managing Partner, Standard InternationalAmar Lalvani is CEO of Standard International (the parent company of Standard Hotels) as well as the CEO of both Bunkhouse Group and One Night. Prior to leading the investment and formation of Standard International he was Chief Investment Officer for Andre Balazs Properties and held various executive roles with Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts including leading the global development of W Hotels. Prior to that, Amar worked for The Blackstone Group and began his career with Starwood Capital Group. In addition to serving on the Boards of Standard International and Bunkhouse Group, he currently serves on the Board of Twyla and was a founding Board member of Peloton Interactive. Amar has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chair, IHIF Advisory BoardJonathan 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.
Chief Development & Construction Officer, Club MedGregory Lanter graduated from the Paris HEC Business School . He joined Club Med Group and its development teams in 2004, especially in charge of Africa and Middle East. He was appointed Vice President Global Development in 2009, which was later extended to Construction matters. His teams are positioned in Miami, Paris, Singapore and Shanghai. Since 2018 he is a member of the Comité de Direction Générale (Executive Committee).
Yanick Larose Vice President, R&D-NBU, AmadeusYanick Larose was appointed VP of R&D-NBU (New Businesses) in November 2013. He is responsible for the development of products in different businesses such as (Rail, Hotel, Airport IT, Travel Intelligence, Car, Cruise & Insurance). The NBU Product Engineering Group has been created to develop emerging and high potential businesses, diversifying Amadeus’ opportunities.
Entrepreneur, Leggiero Real Estate SpaLeggiero is a first-generation entrepreneur. His creativity and mentality as startupper have allowed him over the past 20 years to successfully establish and sell more companies in different industries, thus creating the financial basis for investing in real estate.
Katharine Le Quesne
Senior Director, HoCoSo and Head of Integrated Resorts, GlionKatharine is a Senior Director at HoCoSo – an advisory firm specialising in creating unique hospitality experiences and destinations. Our services cover: concept (re)development & portfolio creation; project scoping and execution; asset management; and education.
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
Chairman, Lindner Hotels AGOtto Lindner was born in Krefeld in 1962. He first started a pilot training in Germany and the US after graduating from Highschool 1982. After his military service 1984 Otto Lindner successfully finished his apprenticeship as a hotel managemenet assistant. Followed by his studies in business administration at the University of cologne. Since 1991 Otto Lindner, a graduate in business, has been the executive director of Lindner Hotels AG. He is also the spokesman for the Executive Board of Destination Düsseldorf. Since 2016, Lindner represents the hotel industry as the chairman of the German Hotel Association (IHA).
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.
Chief Commercial Officer, Sercotel HotelsNicolás Lleixà – Nicolas count with a bachelor Degree in business admistration and International trade Management from the University of Girona, and later on specialized in Marketing and Communication International Management. He also completed its background in well know spanish business schools, and got a Postgraduate Degree in Tourism Companies management at UOC, a Master’s Degree in Online business from Pompeu Fabra University, and finally a General Management program at IESE.
Senior Director, CBRE HotelsJileen's role within CBRE Hotels is to help international hotel investors place capital in UK and European markets. Jileen works closely with the European investment sales team to truly understand each sale opportunity and regularly tours Asia to personally present those opportunities to investors. In order to leverage the wealth of investor relationships resident within the CBRE network, she partners with the international in-country experts.
VP Development MEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Of Counsel, DLA PiperJonathan Lynch advises on a wide variety of cross-border corporate and real estate matters, including complex acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, financing, leasing, and ground-up development.
Head of Acquisition & Sales Investment Management Hotels, Union Investment Real Estate
Head of Acquisition & Sales Investment Management Hotels, Union Investment Real EstateAndreas Löcher is Head of Division of Investment Management Hotel at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, Hamburg, since July 2010. He is in charge of the hotel investment strategy and coordinates all Hotel Acquisitions and Sales activities within the Hamburg-based property investment company. The widespread hotel portfolio of Union Investment containing some 20 hotel operators/brands in nine country markets currently comprises 52 real estate properties with a current market value of about 3.2 billion EUR. For its open-ended real estate funds, Union Investment plans to acquire more in Europe and the US. In 2015, Union Investment entered the US hotel investment market by acquiring the “Godfrey Hotel” in Boston followed by the acquisition of the “LondonHouse” hotel in Chicago. Moreover, the hotel portfolio will also be continuously enlarged by selective acquisitions in the budget segment.
Senior Account Manager STRNele Magi is based in London and is responsible for managing relationships with STR’s key clients.
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.
Head of Business Development -UK, EquiemAs Equiem's Head of Business Development - Europe, Adam leads the company's growth across Europe. Adam is responsible for business development, strategic partnerships and raising awareness of the Equiem brand.
Kevin E. Mallory
Global Head, Senior Managing Director, CBRE HotelsKevin Mallory is Senior Managing Director and Global Head for CBRE Hotels. In this position, Mallory oversees CBRE's activity in the lodging sector including: transaction, asset management, advisory, and capital market services.
Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, London + RegionalRob Mangan has worked in the hotel industry for 13 years, spending the majority of his time working for hotel owners, in asset management and acquisition roles. His experience ranges from ultra-luxury iconic brands to select service portfolios. He has worked in the UK, European and US markets. Rob holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin (UCD).
President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA)Dimitris Manikis was appointed President and Managing Director for EMEA in April 2018. In his role, he is responsible for the development of all of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ brands in the EMEA region as well as maximising the performance of all new and existing franchise and managed hotels. He focuses on driving the strategic objectives of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts including quality and technology solutions as well as loyalty, sales and marketing.
Founder and Managing Partner, Swiss Hospitality & PartnersMichael Manz is a founder and managing partner of the Swiss Hospitality & Partners group. The group manages and consults various hotels mainly in Switzerland but also abroad, and establishes and positions a range of ventures, brands and concepts.
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 HotelsTess Mattisson, Director of European Marketing for Choice Hotels International® and rewarded change evangelist with a true passion for digital sales | services | communication and reaching targets. She has been working in the hospitality industry since 2006, and for the last five years prior to her European position, her focus has been to drive digital growth and business development in Scandinavia. Tess has been tasked with fast-tracking online growth and business performance in EMEA, which includes 250 hotels across 12 countries., and has successfully been doing so since 2016.
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.
Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior, Ecole hôtelière de LausanneIan Millar’s double expertise in the areas of hospitality and information technology sets him at the forefront of new developments in the international hospitality industry.
Founder and CEO, Sarah Miller and PartnersSarah Miller, Luxury Brand Ambassador of The Wall Street Journal, runs Sarah Miller and Partners (www.sarahmillerandpartners.com), an independent agency that creates brand strategies, place-making, curation, storytelling, content and experiences for a range of cultural, luxury and lifestyle brands from The Beaumont, London and The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia to 67 Pall Mall Private Members Club, Bicester Village and Ian Schrager.
Chief Information Officer, IHGAs IHG’s Global Chief Information Officer, Laura’s responsibilities include the strategy, delivery, operations and security of technology solutions in more than 5,500 hotels and corporate offices around the globe. She has effectively partnered with her peers to deliver several organization-wide changes including implementation of a new central reservation system that delivers increased functionality and lower cost of ownership. Laura’s focus on innovation is also evident in her ideation of the new hotel user interface that integrates workflow and data to improve overall guest service and hotel operations. She is now spearheading a major initiative to accelerate speed to market of new product initiatives and reduce overall cost of technology by better leveraging strategic supplier relationships. Laura also currently sits on the board of directors at LGI Homes, a $1.5B company that designs, constructs and sells affordable homes across the country.
Ralph R. Miller CPA, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE
President, Inntegrated Hospitality ManagementRalph is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, Certified Hotel Administrator, and Certified Hospitality
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.
Co-Founder, HotelheroFlorian is co-founder and CEO of Hotelhero since 2017. Hotelhero’s mission is to improve hoteliers understanding and adoption of technology to enable them to run more profitable businesses. The online platform enables hoteliers to make sense of their hotel software and receive actionable recommendations based on localised market data.
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.
The CollectiveBjörn Munte has joined The Collective in 2018 after working for Cresco Capital Group for the previous four years where he managed developments across Germany with a GDV > € 500m. Cresco is a private equity firm focused on developing boutique hotels and micro apartments
CEO and Founder, BlacksheepTim Mutton is the CEO and founder of Blacksheep, a leading full-service creative agency that supports the world’s best food & drink brands with powerful and intelligent insights and solutions. Winner of the Wave of Future Award US for ‘Hospitality Design’, Tim is considered a leading authority on the hospitality sector. He combines a passion for F&B design with in-depth sector knowledge of the practical, business and operational aspects of a business.
Director Development – Nordics, Marriott InternationalErik Möller joined Marriott in June 2018 as Director of Development - Nordics, to lead the Company’s selected service development across Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Partner, Odien GroupÖmer Müftüler is a partner at Odien Group, which is a private investment company that focuses on CEE/SEE regions and with offices in Prague, Istanbul and Split. Since joining Odien, Mr. Müftüler played leading roles initially in Turkey and later across the Central and Eastern Europe in investment and financing transactions as well as in managing Odien’s portfolio companies in tourism, media and automotive industries. Prior to Odien, Mr. Müftüler worked at Enron in Houston and London on project development, structured finance and M&A for energy and broadband assets in North and Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to Enron, he worked on restructuring and sale of state-owned assets at the Privatization Administration of the Turkish Government. Mr. Müftüler holds dual B.A. degrees from Bogazici University in Istanbul, and an MBA degree from Harvard University.
Christopher J. Nassetta
President and CEO, HiltonChristopher Nassetta is President and CEO for Hilton. He joined the company in 2007.
Director of Real Estate, SonderAna has recently joined Sonder to lead the Company’s expansion efforts in Europe. Sonder master-leases, designs, furnishes and manages full or partial residential and commercial buildings representing over $1.8 billion of prime assets. The Company’s current portfolio comprises 4,000+ units across 27 markets and it is using the over $200 million it has raised from some of the top VC investors to rapidly grow in new and existing locations.
Director Investment Properties UK, CBREMarc is an Director in the EMEA Hotel Investment Properties team, specialising in Fixed Income Investments. Over the past 2 years, Marc has acted on over €1bn worth of Fixed Income Hotel deals across EMEA.
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.
Head of Development CEE, Adina Apartment HotelsSince 2012, Matthias Niemeyer is Head of Development Europe for TFE Hotels based in Sydney in charge of expanding the apartment hotel brand Adina in Central Europe.
FDI Department Director, Italian Trade Agency (ITA)Stefano is the newly appointed Director of the Foreign Investment Department at ITA Agency. ITA acts on behalf of the Italian Government to promote FDI to Italy and to support foreign investors.
Group Director of Hospitality & Guest Experience, Value Retail Management LtdMarco Nijhof is an accomplished multilingual senior executive/director within the international five star luxury hotel and hospitality industry, specialising in start-ups and brand creation for hotels - YOO Hotels & Resorts International (Design and lifestyle brands).
Chief Executive Officer, International Campus GmbHRainer Nonnengässer (born 1963) is CEO at International Campus Group since January 2019.
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.
Partner, Head of Hotels & Leisure, CMSThomas Page is Head of the CMS Hotels & Leisure Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 specialists.
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.
Daniel C. Peek
Senior Managing Director, HFFPeek is a senior managing director and head of the hospitality practice group for HFF. He is responsible for institutional hotel and resort transactions globally. During his career, he has completed nearly $15 billion in investment sale, debt, and structured finance transactions.
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.
Director Food and Beverage - Europe, Marriott InternationalGustaf Pilebjer is the Director of Food and Beverage for Europe at Marriott International overseeing development projects across the continent and Marriott brand portfolio.
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.
Chief Strategy Officer, STRElizabeth Randall-Winkle, Chief Strategy Officer, is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives. Randall-Winkle has held several positions within the STR enterprise. Most recently serving as Managing Director for the organization’s global expansion and operations outside of North America. Elizabeth also served as Director of Operations. Elizabeth is active in the industry, speaking at international conferences and participating on panels at various events. Elizabeth was invited to take part in the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) in 2011 and at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in 2012.
Consulting Editor & F&B Strategist, SUPPER MagazineHeleri is a freelance F&B strategist helping hotel owners refine their F&B strategy and find the right concepts, operators and/or chefs. She is also a consulting editor for SUPPER Magazine, the international title covering global hotel F&B. SUPPER explores the projects, personalities and products driving the sector and presents these in a quarterly print title, distributed to the industry’s leading figures.
Abbas A. Rangwala
Head - Mergers & Acquisitions, InterGlobe EnterprisesAbbas is the Head of M&A at InterGlobe, the parent company of IndiGo Airlines and InterGlobe Hotels, and one of India’s largest corporate groups with business interests across aviation, hospitality, travel technology, real estate and business services. InterGlobe in addition to its existing India portfolio of 21 hotels, has over the last year built a sizeable portfolio of hotels internationally through successful acquisitions in key markets, particularly across Europe.
VP of Hospitality, BeekeeperHighly experienced global business executive with a career marked by consulting hotel companies to align business priorities and information technology investment. Helping hotel companies embrace new trends in technologies and strategies to drive customer loyalty, increase revenues, and define and deliver a better/unique guest experience. Recognized and respected as a highly innovative visionary and proven leader in the hospitality space. A proven track record in leading teams to drive incremental revenue and to identify new product development opportunities. Experienced in managing customer, alliances, partner and vendor relationships as well as contract management and complex negotiations. Recognized in 2014 by the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals as one of the hospitality technology industry’s notable and influential female IT executives.
Senior Manager, Industry Partners – STRAlex leads STR's AM:PM platform and is focused on scaling the product across STR’s global supply and pipeline databases. He began his career in New York, gaining experience in fixed income with Lazard, Merrill Lynch, and Scotia Capital. He then moved into the hospitality industry when he joined Expedia’s sales and development team, working in both their New York and San Francisco offices. Alex subsequently moved to London for HotelTonight, with responsibility of managing partnerships with global brands and industry organizations. He then joined STR in August 2016, and has since overseen the acquisition, integration, and global launch of the AM:PM platform.
President of Global Development and Chief Development Officer, Caesars EntertainmentMarco Roca is President of Global Development and Chief Development Officer for Caesars Entertainment. He leads development efforts to expand Caesars’ gaming business and develop hotel opportunities.
Head of Hospitality, Drees & SommerEmployment history
Head of Finance & Investments, The Red Sea Development Company
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.
Head of Structured Products & Alternatives, UK Funds, CBRE Global Investors
Director, Eastdil SecuredSheima Salloum is a Director at Eastdil Secured based in
Associate Director, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) Practice, DeloitteDavid is an Associate Director and industry specialist in the international Transportation, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) advisory practice in London. Recognised as a leader in its field, the team is part of Deloitte’s global THL industry group, which provides corporate finance, consulting, tax and assurance services to the international hospitality industry.
General Manager, CDP Investimenti SGRSince 2010 General Manager CDP Investimenti SGR - real estate asset management company controlled by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.- managing:
Chief Executive Officer, Odien GroupMr. Saran is the founder of Odien. Prior to founding Odien as an investment firm in 2004, Mr. Saran worked in private investment firms in London, Boston, and Prague. Mr. Saran is also the founder of Sport 2 Life, a foundation aimed at supporting the education, development and health of youth through their participation in organized sports. Mr. Saran graduated from Stanford University with two B.A degrees in Economics and International Relations and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in Turkish and German and conversant in Czech.
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.
Director - Hotels, NatwestAnthony is a Relationship Director for NatWest Corporate Banking’s hotel team, where he is responsible for managing banking relationships with some of the bank’s largest UK hotel connections. Anthony joined the hotels team in 2012 having worked for the RBS Group since 2001, operating across a number of industry sectors.
Partner - THS EMEA Leader, DeloitteJorge is a member of Strategy Consulting and leads the Travel, Hospitality, Leisure & Transport industry. He has participated in the strategic development initiatives of the Firm and is currently a member of the Deloitte Global Group responsible for defining the consulting strategy of the Firm "Consulting 20/20". He is also an active member of the business community and has participated in numerous discussion panels and specialized media as a columnist.
Vice President Business Development, Radisson Hotel Group
Founder & CE, GOCO HospitalityAs CEO and founder of GOCO, Ingo brings more than 20 years of experience from the fields of spa and hospitality.
Director DACH, DuettoMichael has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years, starting in hotel operations, working overseas in some of the finest hotels in the world, e.g. Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley & The Setai, Miami Beach.
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.
Director of Business Development, Hotels - STRDennis Spitra is Director of Business Development, Hotels at STR in London. Having discovered his passion for hospitality early, Dennis earned his BA in Hospitality Management from Hotelschool The Hague in 2012 before working in the luxury hospitality industry across Europe.
Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel GroupJay Stein is Chief Executive Officer of Dream Hotel Group, overseeing the evolution and expansion efforts of the Company and its portfolio of brands: Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels.
Chairman and CEO, Enterprise GreeceGrigoris Stergioulis was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Greece in June 2018. He is a chemical engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Integrated Design from the Houldsworth School of Applied Sciences, University of Leeds in the UK, from where he graduated with distinction. He has extensive professional experience in the oil industry and has worked in various companies both in Greece and abroad.
Chief Executive Officer, Blau Hotels & ResortsPablo Suarez joined Blau Hotels & Resorts as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. Since that moment onwards he has been leading the outstanding project of designing and implementing a new management model. Moreover, because of his extensive experience abroad he is playing a key role in the company’s ambitious expansion plan.
Senior Vice President, Hotel Development – EMEA, Caesars EntertainmentShafi Syed is the SVP Hotel Development at Caesars Entertainment, and leads the Group’s development for EMEA based out of London. Caesars Entertainment is distinctly positioned as a global leader in experiential hospitality and entertainment, offering luxury/lifestyle hotels, world-class entertainment, signature dining, vibrant nightlife, and celebrity partnerships.
Founder and CEO, Juyo AnalyticsVassilis Syropoulos is the Founder and CEO of Juyo Analytics leading the company to become a leader in Hotel Analytics. Vassilis has graduated from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and has followed a master course at Cornell University. He has a 20 year experience in Hotel Revenue Management, Distribution, Pricing and Digital Marketing in senior roles in some of the largest Hotel Companies (Intercontinental hotels Group NASDAQ: IHG, Pandox Hotels, NASDAQ: PNDX-B) These roles have been highly strategic where in the last one before founding Juyo he developed the overall Business Intelligence strategy for Pandox and implemented plans for deploying BI across hotels and other key areas. Furthermore he researched and developed Analytical and Predictive Capabilities across the organisation. Profitability is crucial when working for a hotel owner as this has an impact on property value. So the next natural step was to Implement NET REVPAR Analytics and build predictive models to optimise Sales and Marketing Spent. This knowledge led to him founding Juyo Analytics. Digitalisation brings more opportunities to improve Business Performance. However, datasets become more complex, and Managers are increasingly required to connect the dots across many disciplines. Today one can only succeed aligning all areas, from revenue to distribution, marketing, sales, digital acquisition, and finance.
Chairman of the Board, CorendonKees Teer; 40 years of Hospitality Management-, Hotel openings-and project development.
SVP, Development and Strategy (EMEA), Yotel
Partner, Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & WakefieldIan is a London based Partner specialising in hotel valuation and advisory work. He undertakes valuation work for a diverse range of clients encompassing investors, banks, operators and developers. Professional work predominantly comprises valuations for loan security, accounts, taxation or for internal purposes..
Executive Director, Real Estate & Hospitality, EYBrian Tress brings 25 years of hospitality-sector experience to Ernst & Young, and is the global solution leader for EY’s Future Destinations tourism advisory services
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
Wytze Van den Berg
Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & ResortsWytze is a hospitality veteran with over 20 years of experience in the International Hospitality industry. Wytze joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2006. Prior to this he held different roles with Accor hospitality in corporate marketing and revenue management. Currently Wytze oversees the Best Western territories of Belgium and The Netherlands where he is responsible for all of the services provided by Best Western to 50 branded Hotels. Besides providing best in class services to the existing hotels, his other key focus is the development and growth of brand family in the territory.
Bram Van Der Hoek
CEO & Partner, EHPCBram van der Hoek is CEO & partner of Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC). The portfolio’s brands—Sir Hotels, Max Brown Hotels, Park Hotels and the concept store X BANK—all bring an artful touch and fresh energy to Europe’s most vibrant neighborhoods. He is responsible for EHPC’s overall global strategy, and he is passionate about maintaining EHPC’s unique brand values and company culture.
Etienne van Unen
Partner | Director Retail | Co Head EMEA Retail, Colliers InternationalEtienne has a track record of success of more than 20 years in the retail industry. Joining Colliers Netherlands in 2014, he has grown the retail agency business for the company extensively. Always looking forward, both Etienne and Colliers Netherlands see Food & Beverage playing a pivotal role in the success of the retail landscape of the future. Consumers are looking for experience and authenticity. This will transform the hospitality sector as we know it. Combining Etienne’s innate understanding of clients’ needs, his background in real estate and his deep seated interest in all things food and beverage, you have a force to be reckoned with.
Director of International Development, Ducasse ParisCurrently director of international development for Ducasse Paris. In charge of developping the business of all BUs (restaurants, schools, retail, consulting) in line with the company's strategy.
CEO & Co-Founder, GCP Hospitality (Gaw Capital Group)Mr. Vielle is currently the CEO and Co-founder of GCP Hospitality. Since he launched the company in 2008, Christophe has developed a portfolio of over 39 properties and built an impressive performance track record with double digits IRR year on year.
Chief Commercial Officer, NH Hotel GroupFernando 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 StrategyClaire joined Spa Strategy in 2006 to manage our UK office. As managing director, she leads Spa Strategy’s extensive work in strategic planning, programming & design and management support for hotel spa and wellness facilities.
Wilhelm K. Weber
Partner, SHS Swiss Hospitality Solutions AGLooking at Wilhelm K. Weber’s biography one might be
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
Head of Hotel Properties, Special Property Finance – Hotel Properties, Aareal BankMichelle Weiss is Head of Hotel Properties at Aareal Bank AG, one of the leading debt financing providers within the hospitality industry. The bank currently holds a portfolio of around €7 billion of hotel financing in more than 20 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia. Aareal Bank’s hotel team, which consists of eight hospitality professionals, focuses primarily on lending
Senior Investment Manager Hospitality, CommerzrealProfessional career
Managing Director, ChampneysAlan Whiteley has worked within the hospitality industry for over 20 years. He has held senior management and operations roles across a number of leading hotel groups including Thistle Hotels, Hilton, Radisson and most recently De Vere Hotels. Alan joined the Champneys Group in 2014 as Group Operations Director before being appointed to his current position.
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 HospitalityThomas Willms joined Steigenberger Hotels AG, one of Europe’s leading hotel companies, as Chief Operating Officer in June 2017. Since January 2018, he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer.
CEO and co-founder, a&o HostelsThe 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
Vice President 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.
Managing Partner EMEA, Hospitality HouseHospitality House is a Food + Beverage Advisory Firm providing strategy, support, and real estate services globally.
Partner and Investment Director – Hospitality & Leisure, Patron CapitalCamil Yazbeck is Partner and Investment Director – Hospitality & Leisure for Patron Capital, a Pan-European private equity real estate investor, representing €3.4 billion of capital across several funds and related co-investments.
Head of Voco, EMEAA, IHGIn his six years at IHG, Will has occupied a range of Strategy, Brand Development and Implementation roles at a Global and Regional level. Most recently, Will has supported the development of voco, IHG’s new upscale conversion-led brand, with a focus on supporting go-to-market and owner engagement activity. In his new role, Will has overall responsibility for the growth and ramp up of the brand in IHG’s EMEAA region.
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.
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel GroupElie leads Radisson Hotel Group’s expansions across Europe, the Middle East & Africa with an international team of 25 executives based in Brussels, Moscow, Barcelona, Milan, London, Oslo, Dubai, Frankfurt and Cape Town. Under his leadership, the group has launched and delivered an active asset light strategy with a solid pipeline of 120 hotels and opened over 110 hotels across EMEA.
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
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