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Alinio Azevedo
Alinio Azevedo
Managing Director and COO
The Little Nell Hotel Group
Alinio Azevedo
https://www.thelittlenell.com/hotel/development
Aspen | CO | USA
The Little Nell Hotel Group is a privately held hotel investment and management platform owned by Aspen Skiing Company.
Andriy Gulakov
Andriy Gulakov
COO
easymalon
Andriy Gulakov
https://www.linkedin.com/company/easymalon/
Tel Aviv | Israel
Hotel management company - exclusive franchisee for the development and operation of easyHotel in Israel.
Andy Chopra
Andy Chopra
Managing Partner and CIO
Banyan Investment Group
Andy Chopra
http://banyan-ig.com/
http://banyan-ig.com/
+1 850 424 6431
Atlanta | GA | USA
Banyan Investment Group is an Inc. 5000 recognized hotel investment and management company that acquires and manages select-service hotels in the United States.
Asli Kutlucan
Asli Kutlucan
Chief Development Officer
Cycas Hospitality
Asli Kutlucan
http://www.cycashospitality.com
Amsterdam | Netherlands
Pan-European, multi-brand, all-segment hotel operator, our diverse portfolio covers full and select-service properties as well as extended-stay hotels.
Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Senior Director, Head of Strategic Real Estate Technology
The RMR Group
Bettina Graef-Parker
Bettina Graef-Parker
MD - Special Property Finance
Aareal Bank
Bettina Graef-Parker
http://www.aareal-bank.com
Wiesbaden | Germany
As the leading provider of smart financing, software products and digital solutions for the property sector and related industries we support our clients on three continents with our finance expertise and managing real estate projects.
Camil Yazbeck
Camil Yazbeck
Senior Vice President, Head of Development - Europe
Accor Hotels
Camil Yazbeck
http://www.accorhotels.com
London | United Kingdom
Accor is a leading hospitality group offering experiences in more than 5,000 hotels across the world. The Group has been acquiring expertise for 50 years, with 39 hotel brands, from luxury to economy, supported by ALL, the new loyalty program.
Carlos Hernandez Garcia
Carlos Hernandez Garcia
Chief Executive Officer
Pellas Development Group
Carlos Hernandez Garcia
http://www.pellasdevelopment.com/es/
San Jose | Costa Rica
Pellas Development's vision is to become the leader of Central America in development and responsible operation of planned communities and exclusive resorts. With a focus Modern and sustainable planning, design and construction.
Daniel Campos
Daniel Campos
Managing Director & Partner
Caribe Hospitality
Daniel Campos
http://www.caribehospitality.com/
http://www.caribehospitality.com/
+52 55 9000 9507//52 (55) 8000-0
Escazú | Costa Rica
Caribe Hospitality es una compañía nacida del objetivo de desarrollar hoteles para ser manejados por hoteleros experimentados y respetados. La estrategia comienza seleccionando ubicaciones clave y construyendo instalaciones que son diseñadas y ajustadas para alcanzar las necesidades del viajero de esparcimiento y negocios. Alcanzamos nuestra misión de ser el desarrollador regional líder de las mejores y más prestigiosas marcas de hoteles a través de la eficiencia, compromiso, trabajo en equipo y responsabilidad, todos componentes clave de relaciones a largo plazo con nuestros socios de negocio.
Dieter Kornek
Dieter Kornek
Head of Project Scouting
TUI Hotels & Resorts
Dieter Kornek
http://www.tuigroup.com/TUIhotels/
Hanover | Germany
TUI is the world’s leading tourism group – an integrated business that operates in all stages of the customer’s holiday journey. TUI Hotels & Resorts as part of TUI Group operate more than 430 own hotels and resorts worldwide.The resorts operated by the hotel brands are located in top locations in the holiday regions and meet excellent performance, quality and environmental standards.
Dominic Seely
Dominic Seely
Director of Acquisitions
WHG
Dominic Seely
http://www.whg.com
http://www.whg.com
+1 713-782-9100
Houston | USA
One of the largest privately-held hospitality organizations in the world specialised in the acquisition and operation of internationally-branded hotels. Westmont has had an ownership interest in and operated over 1,000 hotels. Currently this stands at over 500 hotels across four continents. Westmont has strategic alliances with many of the world’s largest hotel brands including Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, Fairmont/Accor, Choice, Wyndham, and LHW.
Federico Holzmann Pérez-Portabella
Federico Holzmann Pérez-Portabella
Director Development & Asset Management
Catalonia Hotels
Federico Holzmann Pérez-Portabella
http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/
Barcelona | Spain
Catalonia Hotels is one of the most renowned hotel chains in Spain. Leading Hotel Chain in Barcelona (26 Hotels and over 3.000 rooms). Current portfolio of 71 establishments, 85% self-owned. 57 hotels in the European market and 8 Caribbean resorts.
Federico Moreno-Nickerson
Federico Moreno-Nickerson
VP Development Mexico & LatAm
Apple Leisure Group
Federico Moreno-Nickerson
http://www.appleleisuregroup.com/
Newtown Square | PA | USA
Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) is a leading North American resort brand-management, leisure travel and hospitality group with a unique business model serving travelers and destinations worldwide. ALG, through its group of affiliated companies, consistently delivers exceptional value to travelers and strong performance to resort owners and partners by strategically leveraging its portfolio of brands including: AMResorts LP, or one or more of its affiliates. Hyatt acquired ALG on November 2, 2021.
Felicity Black-Roberts
Felicity Black-Roberts
VP Acquisitions and Development
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Felicity Black-Roberts
http://www.hyatt.com
http://www.hyatt.com
+44 0845 88 000 80
London | United Kingdom
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company. Hyatt’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to create value for shareholders, build relationships with guests and attract the best colleagues in the industry.
Francesco Cefalú
Francesco Cefalú
Regional Development Director, EMEA & SA
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Francesco Cefalú
http://www.mandarinoriental.com/
London | United Kingdom
MOHG is an international hotel investment and management group, the Group now operates 32 hotels and six residences in 21 countries and territories.
François Cédelle
François Cédelle
Investment & Asset Management Director
Groupe BFM
François Cédelle
https://www.groupe-bmf.com/
Saint-Ouen | France
Jared Melnik
Jared Melnik
Managing Director
Starwood Capital Group
Jared Melnik
http://starwoodcapital.com
Miami | FL | USA
Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a primary focus on global real estate. Founded in 1991 by Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital's hallmark is to invest opportunistically, moving between asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as the firm perceives risk/return dynamics to be evolving. To execute this strategy, Starwood Capital has built up asset-class and geographic expertise in our target markets.
Joan Bertran
Joan Bertran
Global Head of Commercial RE & Hotels
Banco Sabadell
Joan Bertran
http://www.bancosabadellmiami.com
Miami | USA
Banco Sabadell is Spain’s fourth largest private banking group, which is comprised of different banks, brands, subsidiaries and part-owned companies covering all areas of the financial business sector under a common denominator: professional performance and quality. A young, highly-qualified team, with the most modern, up-to-date technological and commercial resources and a multi-brand, multi-channel organisation focusing on the client enable Banco Sabadell to occupy an outstanding position in the personal and business banking markets.
Joanna Ayala Quintana
Joanna Ayala Quintana
Asset & Development Director South America
NH Hoteles
Joanna Ayala Quintana
https://www.nh-hotels.com/
Bogotá | Colombia
NH Hotel Group part of Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, trusted operator and investor, with a multi-national portfolio of over 530 properties. Through our Anantara, Avani, Elewana, Oaks, NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow and TIVOLI properties, Minor Hotels operates in 50+ countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. Our excellence in achieving higher margins set us apart in the hotel industry (average>40% GOP Margin).
John Brennan
John Brennan
Chairman
Amaris Hospitality
John Brennan
http://www.amarishospitality.com
Dublin | Ireland
Amaris Hospitality is a leading hotel investment and management company, owned by LRC Group. Our current strategy focuses on investing in established hotels trading under acclaimed international brands in key strategic locations to significantly grow our portfolio of high performing hotels with a view to delivering long-term, sustainable returns for investors.
Jonah Sonnenborn
Jonah Sonnenborn
Head of Real Estate
Access Industries
Jonah Sonnenborn
https://www.accessindustries.com/
New York | NY | USA
Founded in 1986 by Len Blavatnik, a global entrepreneur and philanthropist, Access is an international industrial concern with strategic investments in the United States, Europe, and South America.
Josh Littman
Josh Littman
VP of Development (Europe)
SH Hotels & Resorts
Josh Littman
https://www.shhotelsandresorts.com/
SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, is a hotel brand management company that operates 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels, Treehouse Hotels, and SH Collection properties. Leveraging its marketing, design, operational, and technological expertise, SH is the force behind some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic hotel brands in the world.
Justin Magazine
Justin Magazine
SVP, Development and Acquistions
Aimbridge Hospitality
Justin Magazine
http://www.aimbridgehospitality.com/
Plano | TX | USA
Aimbridge Hospitality leads the industry with its systematic approach to the acquisition and development of hotel properties. With an ownership-centric approach, we excel in identifying and maximizing opportunities for the best investment returns.
Keith Evans
Keith Evans
Chief Investment & Development Officer
Ennismore Capital
Keith Evans
http://ennismore.com/
http://ennismore.com/
+44 203 301 0890
London | United Kingdom
We develop, operate and curate unique hospitality brands in some of the most exciting cities and neighborhoods around the world. Our development team travels the globe, looking for buildings and projects that make us buzz. We re-imagine old buildings and breathe life into new ones. From giant industrial warehouses to forgotten estates, we collaborate and create innovative experiences that are grounded in authentic places, people and crafts.
Lloyd Lee
Lloyd Lee
Managing Partner
YOO Capital
Lloyd Lee
http://www.yoocapital.com/
http://www.yoocapital.com/
+44 (0)20 7009 0100
London | United Kingdom
Yoo Capital Management is a privately-held partnership formed by 25+ year investment veterans who specialise in transforming underperforming assets and companies into tomorrow’s institutional-quality core investments. The firm originates turnaround, value-creation and restructuring opportunities in edge-of-prime and infill locations and utilises its in-house private equity, asset and development management teams to drive value and create institutional quality core real estate assets.
Lorcain Egan
Lorcain Egan
Head of Lending
Starwood Capital Group
Lorcain Egan
http://starwoodcapital.com/
London | United Kingdom
Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm with a primary focus on global real estate. Founded in 1991 by Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital's hallmark is to invest opportunistically, moving between asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as the firm perceives risk/return dynamics to be evolving. To execute this strategy, Starwood Capital has built up asset-class and geographic expertise in our target markets.
Marc-Olivier Assouline
Marc-Olivier Assouline
Principal
PineBridge Benson Elliot
Marc-Olivier Assouline
http://www.bensonelliot.com
London | United Kingdom
Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP, founded in 2005, is a leading independent private equity real estate fund manager with over €1.5 billion of equity under management.
MariaPia Intini
MariaPia Intini
Development & Investment Director Europe
CitizenM Hotels
MariaPia Intini
http://www.citizenm.com/
Voorschoten | Netherlands
citizenM is an integrated investor, developer and operator of “affordable luxury” hotels around the world. Participated by APG, GIC and KRC Capital, citizenM currently counts 20 open hotels and over 20 under development across Europe, USA and Asia.
Matteo Ghedini
Matteo Ghedini
CEO
Brera Serviced Apartments
Matteo Ghedini
http://brera.de/
http://brera.de/
+49 (0)89 309 087 850
Munich | Germany
Serviced Apartments Operator and Developer, looking for properties of 2000-8000m2 to lease or buy in the top European cities.
Mauro Rial
Mauro Rial
CFO South America
Accor
Mauro Rial
http://www.accorhotels.com
São Paulo | SP | Brazil
Accor is a leading hospitality group offering experiences in more than 5,000 hotels across the world. The Group has been acquiring expertise for 50 years, with 39 hotel brands, from luxury to economy, supported by ALL, the new loyalty program.
Michael Register
Michael Register
Managing Director
Highgate Hotels
Neil Kirk
Neil Kirk
Chief Operating Officer Hotels
L+R Hotels
Neil Kirk
https://www.landrhotels.com/
https://www.landrhotels.com/
+44 (0)20 7563 9000
London | London, City of | United Kingdom
Nitin Bhandari
Nitin Bhandari
Head of Direct Investments
LetterOne Treasury
Nitin Bhandari
http://www.letterone.com/
London | United Kingdom
LetterOne Treasury invests in and manages investments in public securities, private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and direct lending.
Oscar Calvillo
Oscar Calvillo
CEO
Fibra Inn
Oscar Calvillo
http://www.fibrainn.mx/
http://www.fibrainn.mx/
+52 81 5000 0200
Mexico City | NLE | Mexico
Fibra Inn is a Mexican REIT formed primarily to acquire, develop and rent a wide group of hotel properties in Mexico.
Paul Arnold
Paul Arnold
Vice President Development - Americas
Rosewood Hotels Group
Paul Arnold
https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/london
London | United Kingdom
Rosewood Hotel Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, encompasses three brands: ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
Paula Menis Dyksztein
Paula Menis Dyksztein
COO
Excem Real Estate
Paula Menis Dyksztein
http://www.excemre.com/
Madrid | Spain
We provide real estate services with added value and specialist knowledge, leveraging on the experience gained from over 40 years that attest to our capacity as transaction enablers in various industries.
Pedro Seabra
Pedro Seabra
Partner
Explorer Investments
Pedro Seabra
http://www.explorerinvestments.com/
Lisbon | Portugal
Explorer is Portugal’s leading independent management firm for Private Equity across different asset classes. Explorer currently manages and advises over 1.3BN€ in assets across 4 Business Areas: Private Equity, Growth Capital, Real Estate and Tourism.
Pranav Bhakta
Pranav Bhakta
Managing Partner
Bhakta Capital
Pranav Bhakta
http://www.bhaktacapital.com
USA
Bhakta Capital is a data-driven real estate investment firm focused on developing, operating, and acquiring limited and select-service hospitality assets nationwide.
Ramsey Mankarious
Ramsey Mankarious
Founder & CEO
Cedar Capital Partners
Ramsey Mankarious
http://www.cedarcp.com
http://www.cedarcp.com
+44 20 7484 3560
London | United Kingdom
Cedar Capital Partners invests exclusively in the hospitality sector with an emphasis on luxury, full service and lifestyle hotels. Founded in 2004, the firm has made investments in excess of $4 billion and has maintained a consistent track record of strong performance and value creation throughout various market cycles. The firm’s principals have worked in nearly every major hotel market in the world and are industry professionals with backgrounds in acquisitions, finance and operations.
Reem Garrash
Reem Garrash
CEO
SHADA Hospitality
Reem Garrash
https://shadahotels.com/
Jeddah | Saudi Arabia
SHADA Hospitality is a family-owned, family-run hospitality collective that creates curated lodging experiences, from the sleek, to the affordable, to the convenient, with uncompromising creative standards and quality.
Rogerio Basso
Rogerio Basso
Head of Hospitality & Tourism
IDB Invest
Rogerio Basso
http://www.idbinvest.org
Washington | USA
IDB Invest is a multilateral development bank committed to promoting the economic development of its 26 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean across a broad range of industry sectors.
Rohan Thakkar
Rohan Thakkar
Chief Development Officer
Yotel
Rohan Thakkar
http://www.yotel.com
http://www.yotel.com
+44 (0)207 100 1100
London | United Kingdom
Inspired by the language of first class travel, YOTEL has translated the language of luxury airline travel into smartly-designed cabins. Typically located in sought after and central locations, YOTEL city hotels deliver even more luxury with larger cabins as well as a sense of community with spaces for work, exercise and social gatherings. Currently open in 15 properties across North America, Europe and Asia
Rohit Kapoor
Rohit Kapoor
CEO - India & South Asia
OYO
Rohit Kapoor
https://www.oyorooms.com/
India
OYO Hotels & Homes is the world’s third-largest chain of hotels, homes, managed living and workspaces. The portfolio combines fully operated real estate comprising more than 23,000 hotels and 125,000 vacation homes present in 800 cities in 80 countries.
Sanjay Sethi
Sanjay Sethi
Managing Director & CEO
Chalet Hotels
Sanjay Sethi
https://www.chalethotels.com/
Bangalore | Maharashtra | India
Chalet Hotels Limited (CHL) is an owner, developer and asset manager of high-end hotels in key metro cities in India.
Steffen Doyle
Steffen Doyle
Co-Head EU RE Investment Banking
Credit Suisse
Steffen Doyle
https://www.credit-suisse.com/
London | United Kingdom
Our strategy builds on Credit Suisse's core strengths: its position as a leading wealth manager, its specialist investment banking capabilities and its strong presence in our home market of Switzerland.
Vamsi Bonthala
Vamsi Bonthala
Co-Founder Managing Principal & CEO
Arbor Lodging Partners
Vamsi Bonthala
https://arborlodging.com/
Chicago | IL | USA
Arbor Lodging Partners is a national debt and equity investor in the hospitality industry.
Vincent Mezard
Vincent Mezard
Head of Hospitality
AXA IM - Real Assets
Vincent Mezard
https://realassets.axa-im.com
Paris | France
AXA IM Real Assets is the largest European real estate investment manager. Our European capabilities span a wide array of expertise, covering both equity and debt across different real assets classes. We are notably active in traditional real estate sectors (offices, retail, residential) and alternatives (hotels, healthcare, datacenter), we are a leading player in the development field and the leading European commercial real estate (CRE) debt platform.
Willemijn Geels
Willemijn Geels
Vice President Development Europe
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Willemijn Geels
http://www.ihgplc.com/
http://www.ihgplc.com/
+7 495 786 7373
Paris | France
IHG® is one of the world’s leading hotel companies, with a promise to provide True Hospitality for everyone; making everyone feel welcome and cared for, recognised and respected, whoever and wherever they are in the world.
Alinio Azevedo
Alinio Azevedo
Managing Director and COOThe Little Nell Hotel Group
USA
Twenty year career includes hotel/resort acquisitions and development for Loews Hotels, the opening of a Miami development office and brand expansion in the Americas for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, real estate advisory services for Ernst and Young LLP in Miami. An internationally-experienced industry professional, including investor relations and projects in North America, Latin Americas, Europe. As a former adjunct Professor in the Hospitality Management Master’s Program at Florida University, has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Universidade Federal in Brazil and also attended the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris.
Andriy Gulakov
Andriy Gulakov
COOeasymalon
Israel
COO at easyMalon Ltd - exclusive representative of easyHotel in Israel, aiming to open seven franchised properties across Israel with the next ten years. Andriy is responsible for overall program management, investor relations, and fundraising. His 15 years in hospitality started with the development and sales of wellness products. Then he transitioned to the event business as a co-founder and CEO of the event management company, which led until moving to Tel Aviv, Israel. There, he joined a local company rendering purchasing and supply chain management services to electronic device manufacturers. Though currently serving as a COO for two companies, his primary focus is on bringing the very first easyHotels to Israel.
Andy Chopra
Andy Chopra
Managing Partner and CIOBanyan Investment Group
USA
A founding principal of Banyan Investment Group, Mr. Chopra functions as the Chief Investment Officer. Though involved in many aspects of the management and investment company, Andy primarily leads sourcing and dispositions of hotel assets. This includes originations, dispositions, negotiations, capital and deal structuring.
Asli Kutlucan
Asli Kutlucan
Chief Development OfficerCycas Hospitality
Netherlands
Asli is a hotel development professional who has worked in global hospitality for over 25 years. Specialising in luxury, full & limited service as well as extended stay hotels acquisition, negotiation and execution of deals, focusing on the UK and continental Europe. Before Cycas, Asli was a hospitality and entrepreneurship lecturer in Rwanda, where she also developed and opened the country’s first boutique hotel. While a member of the Rwanda Development Board, she helped the governmental think tank maximise tourism. Her previous tenures involved managing Country House Hotels as well as Resort Hotels in America as well as Turkey.
Ben Grippi
Ben Grippi
Senior Director, Head of Strategic Real Estate TechnologyThe RMR Group
USA
Real estate innovation thought leader. Seasoned investment professional with deep portfolio management, FinTech & PropTech experience across a wide variety of asset classes including Real Estate, Public & Private Fixed Income, Derivatives and Equity. Decisive leader who has managed global implementations impacting asset management, trade execution, asset & liability management and regulatory infrastructure enhancements.
Bettina Graef-Parker
Bettina Graef-Parker
MD - Special Property FinanceAareal Bank
Germany
Mrs. Bettina Graef-Parker is Head of Hotel Properties at Aareal Bank AG, one of the leading providers of debt financing to the hospitality industry worldwide. With her team, she is responsible for the structuring and origination of various forms of loans to the lodging industry. Aareal Bank AG provides property finance solutions in more than 25 countries across Europe, North America and Asia.
Camil Yazbeck
Camil Yazbeck
Senior Vice President, Head of Development - EuropeAccor Hotels
United Kingdom
Camil is responsible for the development and expansion of all of Accor’s brands throughout Europe, working closely with investors, owners and partners and leading the development teams to increase Accor’s market share of new deal signings in Europe. Prior to joining Accor, Camil was Partner and Investment Director - Hospitality & Leisure at Patron Capital, a leading Pan-European private equity real estate investor representing approximately €4.0 billion of equity across several funds and related investments including 60+ multi-branded hotels throughout Europe. Camil led all aspects of origination, acquisition, underwriting, execution and asset management of Hospitality related investments.
Carlos Hernandez Garcia
Carlos Hernandez Garcia
Chief Executive OfficerPellas Development Group
Costa Rica
Carlos Hernández has extensive experience in developing innovative and sustainable concepts in the urban planning, luxury hotels and real estate development sectors in remote or emerging destinations. As CEO of Pellas Development, he oversees a portfolio of development and investment of lands and resorts in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama; for more of 1,000 million dollars. Among its most significant projects is the Development of the Mukul Hotel, Beach Golf & Spa (Auberge Resorts in Nicaragua) and the Hotel Dreams Las Mareas Resort & Spa (AMResorts in Costa Rica). Also has experience in various projects in Bahamas, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and USA.
Daniel Campos
Daniel Campos
Managing Director & PartnerCaribe Hospitality
Costa Rica
Mr. Campos has been the General Director of Caribe Hospitality since the Company began in 2000, when an exclusive agreement was signed with Marriott for the development of several Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Central America and the Caribbean. Since the beginning, Mr. Campos has been leading the company’s growth by incorporating new markets and properties in the project’s portfolio, highlighted by the first Residence Inn Hotel to be built in Latin America and the first Fairfield Inn in Central America. An Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica, he has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Chile and the Kenan Flager Business School from the University of North Carolina, USA
Dieter Kornek
Dieter Kornek
Head of Project ScoutingTUI Hotels & Resorts
Germany
Nearly25 years of experience in hotel development in various senior management positions. From 1995 to 2003 Director Development of ACCOR Hotels in Germany and Austria, from 2003-2011 Director Development of Motel One Group for European development of these Budget Design Hotels. In 2011 I joined TUI Hotels & Resorts, but after strategic change in hotel business I started in 2013 as Managing Director Development for Vienna based Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences, being responsible for the growth of Falkensteiner in CEE. In 2017 I returned to TUI Group to manage the growth of Tui own hotels & resorts worldwide, especially TUI Blue, Club Robinson and Club Magic Life
Dominic Seely
Dominic Seely
Director of AcquisitionsWHG
United Kingdom
Mr. Seely is responsible for acquisitions in Europe. Westmont, founded in 1975, has been active in Europe since 1996 and has acquired, owned, and operated more than 350 hotels across twelve countries including Italy. Prior to Westmont, Mr. Seely ran his own hospitality investment advisory firm called Townhouse Capital that acted for a dozen different institutional and private investors. He has also held senior executive positions at Kuwait?s Kharafi Group and the Stein Group. Before the hotel industry, he worked in VC and investment banking with Kleinwort Benson. He is a regular speaker and past member of the Advisory Board of the IHIF, the world’s leading hotel investment forum.
Federico Holzmann Pérez-Portabella
Federico Holzmann Pérez-Portabella
Director Development & Asset ManagementCatalonia Hotels
Spain
Federico Holzmann (Director of Development & Asset Management, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts) has developed expertise in hospitality companies such as the Ritz-Carlton and Catalonia Hotels & Resorts. Currently he is teaching as adjunct professor on the International Master in Hospitality Management at EADA and is also associated professor at the Hospitality Master of the UAB. After 10 years working for Catalonia H & R where he has developed experience within Hotel Operations, he is now responsible for the corporate Development Strategy & Asset Management.
Federico Moreno-Nickerson
Federico Moreno-Nickerson
VP Development Mexico & LatAmApple Leisure Group
USA
Joined ALG in July 2017 to support the expansion of the company’s footprint for AMResorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Federico has over 30 years of experience in luxury hotel management, operations, destination / hotel marketing, and travel product development in the luxury space. Before joining ALG, he spent 13 years as director of product development at Classic Vacations, Expedia's luxury brand, responsible for Caribbean and Mexico. During this time he lead the Classic Caribbean portfolio to become the top selling travel region within the company. Before that, in his role as Senior Director of Marketing at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, for nearly a decade, he successfully opened the hotel in Mexico City and Punta Mita.
Felicity Black-Roberts
Felicity Black-Roberts
VP Acquisitions and DevelopmentHyatt Hotels & Resorts
United Kingdom
Felicity Black-Roberts joined Hyatt in 2016 in her current role as Vice President of Development. She is based in London and leads a team responsible for the development of Hyatt’s brand portfolio across Western Europe.
Since joining Hyatt, Felicity’s team has achieved significant milestones for the company including market entries in Dublin, Madrid, Biarritz and Barcelona along with brand debuts in London, Paris and Frankfurt. Felicity brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience working for brands such as Forte, Le Méridien, Starman and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Francesco Cefalú
Francesco Cefalú
Regional Development Director, EMEA & SAMandarin Oriental Hotel Group
United Kingdom
Francesco is Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Regional Development Director for EMEA & South America. He leads MOHG development and investment activities in the region. In his previous role as Vice President Development Europe at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts he was responsible for expansion of the brand in Europe. Previously he was part of the development team at Hilton Worldwide with management roles in Brazil, Italy and the UK. In his earlier career he held several positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and at Sony Electronics. Francesco has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
François Cédelle
François Cédelle
Investment & Asset Management DirectorGroupe BFM
France
Jared Melnik
Jared Melnik
Managing DirectorStarwood Capital Group
USA
Mr. Melnik joined KSL Capital Partners in September 2006. Previously, he worked as an investment banker in the Gaming and Leisure Groupe of Merrill Lynch. He holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business (magna cum laude) from New York University's Stern School of Business. Additionally, he is a CFA Chartholder.
Joan Bertran
Joan Bertran
Global Head of Commercial RE & HotelsBanco Sabadell
USA
Joan Bertran joined Banco Sabadell in 2008 to manage the Group’s Real Estate portfolio ($15bn). Since then he served in different executive positions and today he is the Banco Sabadell’s Group Global Head of Commercial Real Estate & Hotels. Based in Miami, he is in charge of the CRE & Hotels Group’s financing activity with teams in America and Europe. Previously, Joan served as Business Manager at ‘Logispark’, a Banco Sabadell JV with a RE developer, where he managed investments for $400M to develop more than 700.000sqm of CRE in Europe. He started his professional career in 1999 as Construction Manager at Ferrovial.
Joanna Ayala Quintana
Joanna Ayala Quintana
Asset & Development Director South AmericaNH Hoteles
Colombia
Joanna Ayala responsible for the development and assets of the multiple brands for NH-Hotels Group for South America. She joined the group on 2019, after working for more than 5 years at AccorHotels as Development manager for different countries. Between 2010 and 2014 she worked for the Synergy Group owned by Germán Efromovich, where she was part of the group that created Movich Hotels in Colombia and she later led its development in the country. Joanna has a BA degree at CESA University in Colombia and she followed her studies at the University of Kansai Gaidai in Hirakata, Japan.
John Brennan
John Brennan
ChairmanAmaris Hospitality
United Kingdom
John Brennan is non-Executive Chairman of leading hotel investment and management group, Amaris Hospitality. He is also Founder and Managing Director of Cloudbrook Partners, a boutique investment and advisory firm that provides advice to investors in the hospitality sector. Between 2015 and 2018, John was Chief Executive Officer of Amaris Hospitality which grew to comprise 89 hotels, over 14,000 rooms and 8,000 employees. Established by Lone Star, the business was subsequently sold to a range of international investors realising over €1.7 billion for its owners.
Jonah Sonnenborn
Jonah Sonnenborn
Head of Real EstateAccess Industries
USA
Jonah Sonnenborn is the Head of Real Estate for Access Industries, an investment firm founded by Len Blavatnik, whose investments include opportunistic real estate deals. Jonah is in charge of investing capital in new acquisitions. Previously, Sonnenborn worked at Dune Real Estate Partners, a New York-based private equity real estate firm with more than $1.5 billion under management, serving as a managing director and member of the investment committee, responsible for sourcing, executing and managing the firm’s investments.
Josh Littman
Josh Littman
VP of Development (Europe)SH Hotels & Resorts
United Kingdom
Josh Littman is the VP of Development for SH Hotels & Resorts, responsible for growing the company’s Baccarat Hotels, 1 Hotels and Treehouse Hotels brands throughout the EMEA region. With over 20 years of experience across the hospitality space, from operations to sales & marketing and real estate development, Josh has worked with a variety of international groups, including most recently as Head of Luxury Development in Europe for InterContinental Hotels Group, as VP of Development (EMEA) for Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos and in roles with Kerzner International, PKF Consulting and Mandarin Oriental.
Justin Magazine
Justin Magazine
SVP, Development and AcquistionsAimbridge Hospitality
USA
Justin oversees retention for Aimbridge Hospitality. His team focuses on retaining management contracts for Aimbridge’s strategic hotels that are placed for sale by their respective owners. During his tenure at Interstate, his team nearly doubled the company's retention success rate. As Aimbridge’s ownership base continues to grow and diversify, Justin adds further acumen to the Development team focusing on communicating Aimbridge’s value proposition and leveraging relationships with investors, hotel owners, and brokers to increase retention. Additionally, he specializes in key strategic business development opportunities for strategic ownership groups.
Keith Evans
Keith Evans
Chief Investment & Development OfficerEnnismore Capital
United Kingdom
Keith leads the global investment and development team at Ennismore. This includes new acquisitions as well as expanding the management platform with investment partners from all over the world. Prior to joining Ennismore, Keith was SVP of European Hotel Acquisitions at Starwood Capital. He has transacted on>2bl USD of hotel real estate across the globe in his numerous investment roles from institutional funds
Lloyd Lee
Lloyd Lee
Managing PartnerYOO Capital
United Kingdom
Lloyd Lee, serves at the Managing Partner of Yoo Capital Management with overall responsibility for the firm’s investment strategy as well as for originating and negotiating its major transactions. He also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Lloyd brings over 24 years’ experience in real estate private equity and principal investing and has been involved in $12 billion of real estate acquisitions, public and private corporate opportunities, special situations and asset management turnarounds across the UK, EU, US and emerging markets in Turkey, India and Latin America.
Lorcain Egan
Lorcain Egan
Head of LendingStarwood Capital Group
United Kingdom
Lorcain Egan is Head of Lending, Europe for Starwood. Mr. Egan is responsible for debt origination and asset management for Starwood’s lending platform in Europe. Since joining Starwood in 2013, Mr. Egan has structured and executed financings totaling $1.8bn and whilst working in Capital Markets for Starwood between 2013 and 2017 he secured $4.4bn of financing for Starwood’s equity acquisitions across Europe. Prior to joining Starwood Capital, Mr. Egan was a Vice President at Barclays Bank where he worked in their Structured Property, Debt Finance team. In this team, Mr. Egan focused on originating real estate debt opportunities for Barclays. Mr. Egan holds a degree in Law & Economics from the University of Ulster.
Marc-Olivier Assouline
Marc-Olivier Assouline
PrincipalPineBridge Benson Elliot
United Kingdom
Marc-Olivier has 16 years of industry experience and joined Benson Elliot in 2007 to cover acquisitions and asset management for France and hotels in Europe. Prior to that, he was a member of the acquisitions team at London-based Starwood Capital, where he was involved in various projects in the hospitality sector, and also worked on office transactions in the UK and France. Before joining Starwood, Marc-Olivier was at Goldman Sachs in Paris, where he focused on M&A in the real estate sector. Marc-Olivier graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris with a specialisation in Finance and Real Estate. Marc-Olivier is a native French speaker and fluent in Spanish.
MariaPia Intini
MariaPia Intini
Development & Investment Director EuropeCitizenM Hotels
Netherlands
Mariapia Intini is Development and Investment Director at citizenM hotels, where she is responsible for securing new acquisitions in target cities in Europe. Prior to joining citizenM, she was Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield’s EMEA Hospitality, where she valued over €1.5bn worth of single assets and portfolios (including NPLs) across Europe, and, before then, Senior Consultant at Colliers International’s EMEA Hotels. She started her real estate career at the global architectural firm Design International. She is a MRICS Chartered Surveyor and holds a Master’s Degree in Hotel Real Estate Finance from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, NY, when she completed a rotational programme at Marriott International’s US HQs.
Matteo Ghedini
Matteo Ghedini
CEOBrera Serviced Apartments
Germany
Matteo Ghedini is the founder and CEO of Brera Serviced Apartments. Matteo started Brera in 2013 by opening the first location in Nuremberg. Since then Brera expanded in many German cities and manages today ca. 700 Apartments. Born in Italy, Matteo started his career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, attended an MBA at INSEAD and thereafter successfully completed the turnaround of a Real Estate Family Office in Germany. Passionate about Interior Design and about unleashing People´s talent, Matteo´s goal is to develop Brera to one of the most important long stay players in Europe.
Mauro Rial
Mauro Rial
CFO South AmericaAccor
Brazil
Mauro RIAL joined AccorHotels in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer for South America, in charge of leading all financial and administrative activities and supporting all the development challenges in the region. Seasoned executive with extensive experience in restructurings, ERP implementations, process reengineering and M&As. Previously worked for Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and Suez Group, where he fulfilled for more than 13 years executive financial positions in Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, France, Spain and Brazil. Holds a Public Accountant degree by Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, a Master of Finance from Universidad del CEMA, Argentina, and a specialization on Mergers & Acquisitions from London Business School.
Michael Register
Michael Register
Managing DirectorHighgate Hotels
USA
Michael Register is a partner at Trust Hospitality, a hotel management company with independent and branded properties in the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In addition, Michael works with investment partners to source hotel properties for acquisition or development. Prior to Joining Trust Hospitality, Michael was in charge of business development and legal matters for Nikki Beach worldwide. At Nikki Beach, Michael was responsible for sourcing over 20 new hotel and other F&B development projects around the world. Prior to working in the hospitality industry, Michael was the co-founder of a successful software company, AAAT, which was acquired by a publicly-traded Swisscompany.
Neil Kirk
Neil Kirk
Chief Operating Officer HotelsL+R Hotels
United Kingdom
Neil responsible for the strategic asset management of the owned & operated estate of over 40 hotels at L+R Hotels and is a key member of the hotel transactions team. Previously, as a Director at Westmont Hospitality Group, Neil was involved in hotel investing, asset management, and driving operational initiatives across many of the group’s assets. Most recently he worked as a Principal at Henderson Park where he had responsibility for asset management of the business’ growing hotel portfolio. Neil brings on board over fifteen years of hotel investing and asset management experience as well as being a Chartered Accountant.
Nitin Bhandari
Nitin Bhandari
Head of Direct InvestmentsLetterOne Treasury
United Kingdom
Nitin Bhandari is Head of Direct Investments at LetterOne Treasury (LTS), responsible for private equity, direct lending and special situations investments. LTS manages financial investments in excess of $5 billion. Until recently, Nitin was also a Partner of Pamplona Capital Management LLP and responsible for direct lending and special situation investments in the Credit Opportunities Fund. Nitin has been involved in the European real estate and asset backed markets for over 25 years and has previously led the European Real Estate and Principal Finance businesses of Nomura and Bear Stearns.
Oscar Calvillo
Oscar Calvillo
CEOFibra Inn
Mexico
CEO of Fibra Inn, Advisor, Hotel Manager and Administrator. He has more than 27 years of experience in the real estate industry and more than 34 years of experience in the area of ​​Finance. Responsible for REIT management, property acquisition and development. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE) and Member, Former Vice-President, Secretary and President of the 2003 Forum of the Monterrey Chapter of IMEF, the prestigious Mexican Institute of Finance Executives, which has among its members with Mexico's leading finance executives.
Paul Arnold
Paul Arnold
Vice President Development - AmericasRosewood Hotels Group
USA
Paul Arnold is responsible for leading expansion initiatives in the Americas. Prior to his move to the U.S., he was based in London and Dubai responsible for Rosewood’s expansion across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Arnold worked globally with Ernst & Young for 12 years, five of which were spent in the United States before relocating to Dubai where he helped establish, and later led, the firm’s real estate, hospitality and leisure advisory services practice across the Middle East and North Africa. He began his career in the hospitality industry in operational roles at several hotels in the United States.
Paula Menis Dyksztein
Paula Menis Dyksztein
COOExcem Real Estate
Spain
Experienced Real Estate professional with a track record of 18 years in the Banking sector, Family Office business and Investment firms. Lived and worked in Argentina, Singapore and Madrid.
Pedro Seabra
Pedro Seabra
PartnerExplorer Investments
Portugal
Joined Explorer in 2012 and currently is the Partner in the Real Estate Business Area. He worked at CBRE in Madrid in 1987 and opened the Portuguese office in 1988, leading it until 2012. Pedro has a degree in Systems Engineering from Instituto Superior de Matemáticas Aplicadas and a master in Finance and Company Financial Management from ISCTE-INDEG. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and appraiser certified by the CMVM.
Pranav Bhakta
Pranav Bhakta
Managing PartnerBhakta Capital
USA
Pranav's transactional track record includes negotiating over US $3 Billion of transactions (M&A, Distressed Dispositions, Restructuring), capital markets (debt and equity/fund raising/VC), developments (ground up and conversion), in an international context. Unlike many professionals, he brings a 360-degree, cross-functional and multi-disciplinary perspective to the table – innovation and strategy through business model canvasing, principal investor, third party advisor, developer, and operator/asset manager – that collide into one objective: delivering shareholder value.
Ramsey Mankarious
Ramsey Mankarious
Founder & CEOCedar Capital Partners
United Kingdom
Ramsey is Chief Executive of Cedar Capital Partners, a specialist hotel investment firm. Cedar has acquired hotels with a value in excess of $4 bln. Prior to Cedar, Ramsey was EVP at Kingdom Holding, a major investor in the tourism industry with sizeable holdings in both hotel real estate and management companies (Four Seasons, Fairmont and Mövenpick). Ramsey was previously Associate Director at HVS International in their London and NY offices. Ramsey received his MA in Property Valuation and Law from City University in London and his BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University in the U.S. He has published numerous articles and sits on several tourism-related boards.
Reem Garrash
Reem Garrash
CEOSHADA Hospitality
Saudi Arabia
Rogerio Basso
Rogerio Basso
Head of Hospitality & TourismIDB Invest
USA
With over 20 years of real estate and hospitality experience, Rogerio leads all initiatives related to hospitality and tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean for IDB Invest, the private sector division of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. In his capacity as Head of Tourism, he is responsible for origination, transactions and for executing IDB Invest's strategy in the region, offering a variety of financial instruments including debt, mezzanine and equity.
Rohan Thakkar
Rohan Thakkar
Chief Development OfficerYotel
United Kingdom
Rohan is responsible for overseeing the development efforts for all Yotel brands across EMEA along with the global corporate strategy including feasibility and portfolio management. He joined YOTEL from Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he spent four years on the Real Estate Investment Management team responsible for the corporate owned assets. Over his time with Starwood, Rohan worked towards transacting over USD700M in asset sales to support the overall ‘asset light’ brand strategy. In addition to asset sales, Rohan worked on the asset management and renovation planning of existing properties across all brands in the North America portfolio. Previous to Starwood, Rohan was with E&Y on the Transaction & Hospitality Advisory team.
Rohit Kapoor
Rohit Kapoor
CEO - India & South AsiaOYO
India
Rohit is currently the CEO for India & South Asia business across Hotels, Homes, LIFE & Workspaces at OYO. Started in 2013, OYO Hotels & Homes, a young hotel startup, today is one of the world’s leading chain of hotels and homes. OYO today operates in over 800 cities in 80 countries, including the U.S., Europe, U.K., India, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Japan. A seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience, Rohit has worked in various leadership positions across sales and finance in several companies such as Max India Limited and Mckinsey&Company. Prior to joining OYO, Rohit was the Executive Director & Board Member at Max Healthcare for close to 4 years. He has also been Senior Director-Strategy & Business Performance at Max.
Sanjay Sethi
Sanjay Sethi
Managing Director & CEOChalet Hotels
India
Sanjay is a hotel management graduate from IHM Pusa. He is the Managing Director and CEO of Chalet Hotels Ltd, a leading hospitality asset owner in India. In February of 2019, Sanjay took Chalet Hotels public. The company was listed on the Indian Stock Exchanges through a successful IPO. Chalet owns six hotels with ~2,550 keys spread across markets of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad..The company also owns co-located non-hotel real estate assets in Bengaluru and Mumbai. He is an Executive Committee Member of Hotel Association of India (HAI), Member CII committee for Tourism & Hospitality, and special invitee to the Hotel and Restaurant Association of West India.
Steffen Doyle
Steffen Doyle
Co-Head EU RE Investment BankingCredit Suisse
United Kingdom
Steffen has over 20 years of experience in investment banking; including long tenures at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jefferies and Credit Suisse were he is the Co Head of European Real Estate and Head of Lodging Investment Banking. Based in London, he is recognised as a leading investment banker in the Real Estate, Lodging and Leisure industries. His industry knowledge and transaction experience cover all sub-sectors, public and private, in the real estate, lodging, and leisure sectors, as well as industry specialized financial sponsors and fund managers. Steffen has acted as an adviser on many prominent transactions for a diverse range of clients in Europe and the US involving M&A, debt and equity capital raising.
Vamsi Bonthala
Vamsi Bonthala
Co-Founder Managing Principal & CEOArbor Lodging Partners
USA
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arbor Lodging Partners, a lodging debt/equity investor and operator; Co-Founder of Arbor Lodging Management, a leading hotel management company
Vincent Mezard
Vincent Mezard
Head of HospitalityAXA IM - Real Assets
France
Vincent Mezard joins AXA IM - Real Assets from AccorInvest, where he was Head of Development, and oversaw the development of the real-estate focused platform of AccorHotels. Prior to that, he was Opening General Manager of the iconic Hotel Molitor Paris, MGallery by Sofitel, having also worked for Colony Capital and Bouygues Construction.
Willemijn Geels
Willemijn Geels
Vice President Development EuropeIntercontinental Hotels Group
France
Willemijn brings to the role 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management. Prior to joining IHG in 2015, Willemijn was Development & Acquisitions Director for Europe at Louvre Hotels Group. She also gained experience in Deloitte’s Transport, Hospitality and Leisure team in Paris, where she led multiple hotel valuations, feasibility studies, and transaction and strategic advisory assignments.

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