GRI Hospitality Europe 201911-12 September, Paris


GRI Hospitality Europe 2019 is an annual get-together of senior investors, lenders and developers active in the hospitality market in Europe within GRI Europe 2019

Now in its second year, we will have dedicated discussions focused on product selection, disruptive trends, the macro state of hospitality investments globally as well as understanding capital flows into all of Europe’s hospitality assets and the current hotspots for investors, lenders.

See below for a glimpse at some of the themes that will be discussed.

  • Global capital flows in Europe's hospitality assets
  • Threats and opportunities for hospitality investments
  • Real estate as a service - is the hotel formula the only way forward for all assets?
  • Is the market defined by a few institutions or can local players stand out and conquer?
  • The airbnb effect - what lessons can investors learn?
  • Established Brands vs Fresh Brands - Competing or complementary?
  • Mixed Use Estates – What are the investment implications?
  • Accessing finance for development
  • Hospitality, Leisure & Serviced Assets - Are their fates forever intertwined?
  • What Adds Value to Hospitality & Mixed Use Developments ? Service, F&B, Offices, Resi, Retail, Leisure or something entirely new?
  • Destinations - Summer vs Winter Hotspots
Francisco Albertí
Global Business Development Director
Iberostar Group
Francisco Alberti is Global Business Development Director of Iberostar Group, a company in the tourism industry in Spain and internationally since 1956 with a revenue of €2,4 billion. He has previously been responsible for global development in other hotel groups like Melia Hotels International (2006-08), earlier also at Iberostar (1999-2004) and RIU Hotels & Resorts (1994-98) with wide experience in the acquisition of hotels and entering emerging countries. He also worked in the retail oil industry as Marketing Director in BP Oil Venezuela (1998), Regional Operations Manager and Retail Network Development in BP Oil Spain (1989-94). Francisco is graduate in Laws of University of the Balearic Islands and he has a master degree in Auditing.
Coley Brenan
Partner, Head of Europe
KSL Capital Partners
Coley Brenan, Partner & Head of Europe, KSL Capital Partners. KSL is a leading private equity firm with $7.0 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005 and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively in travel and leisure businesses. Through its investment vehicles, KSL has owned and operated some of the largest and most renowned hotel and resort properties in the United States and Europe, comprising 15,500 hotel rooms, 500 restaurants, 350 retail stores 250 golf courses and 630,000 members.
Michael Bruhn
Managing Director, PFA Real Estate
PFA Pension
Segment: Pension Fund
Michael is educated as chartered accountant and holds an M.Sc. (econ.) from Copenhagen Business School. He has held various positions in the real estate industry and was a senior partner in DTZ before joining Valad as Head of Nordics. In 2013 Michael moved, after 9 years with Valad, to the position as CEO of PFA Real Estate – the real estate arm of Denmark’s largest private pension fund, PFA Pension.
Kirat Dhillon
Platinum Estates Limited
Kirat Dhillon is a Managing Director at Platinum Estates Limited based in London. Platinum is boutique real estate investment and advisory firm serving ultra high-net-worth clients. Established in 2012 we operate a highly focused investment platform, pursuing niche opportunities across Europe.
Ramsey Mankarious
Founder & CEO
Cedar Capital Partners
Ramsey is Chief Executive of London based Cedar Capital Partners, a specialist hotel investment firm. Cedar has acquired hotels with a value in excess of €3 bln. Prior to Cedar, Ramsey was EVP of Acquisitions and Development for 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.
Mauro Montagner
CEO and General Manager
Edizione Property
Mauro Montagner is CEO and General Manager at Edizione Property SpA. In his role, Mauro is responsible for the investment program of Edizione Property globally, as well as for the management of a €1.6 bil portfolio distributed in 16 countries. Before joining Edizione in January 2018, Mauro was CEO at Allianz RE Southern Europe, and member of the Allianz RE Executive Committee & Investment Committee. Previously, Mauro was MD at Morgan Stanley, where he served as Country Head for the RE investment activity in Italy as well as portfolio manager for a large pan-european RE fund. Prior to that, Mauro was Director at London-based Curzon Global Partners, where he was responsible for the acquisition and asset management operations in Italy.
Justin Smathers
Vice President
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Justin is VP, Head of Development Europe for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts since June 2016. In this role, Justin is responsible for all development activities across the European region. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Justin was with Starwood Hotels for 14 years in a number of operational and corporate roles in the U.S. and Europe, including within the Finance and Treasury team in the U.S. and Europe, notably overseeing Starwood's extensive capital deployment program across its owned and leased portfolio in Europe as well as leading the EMEA portfolio management group. Justin moved into Starwood's development group in 2012 and, as VP Acquisitions & Development, oversaw new development activities across Starwood's Southern European region.
Christoph Hager
Head of European Expansion
Zoku International
Christoph Hager recently joined Amsterdam based Zoku International to lead the European Development Team. In this role, he is responsible to introduce the innovative apartment-hotel hybrid concept to the most creative capital cities. Zoku is working with real estate developers and investors in the placemaking for urban projects and can enter leases, management contracts and co-investments. Prior to joining Zoku, Chris spent 12 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in various functions including real estate development, feasibility and asset management in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Chris holds a Tourism Diploma from Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland and a Bachelor in Hospitality Business Management from Washington State University.

A GRI is a get together of senior international and local real estate investors, developers and lenders. The discussion format enables you to interact with everyone in the room. Quickly find the right partners for your business, build high value relationships, and continue the conversation afterwards.

GRI has no speakers, no presentations. Instead, you have a selection of closed-door discussions where everyone can participate. Much like a conversation in your own living room, the dynamic environment allows you to engage with your peers in an informal and collegial setting.


Delegate slots are available for anyone senior currently active in real estate. Immerse yourself in a dynamic environment of informal group discussions where everybody participates. Discuss the latest opportunities, challenges and trends with top level decision makers.

Available exclusively to senior-level investors, developers and lenders that confirm their participation in advance, chairing a discussion at India GRI is a way of attending while enjoying greater visibility, reduced rates and other benefits.

Register as a delegate or co-chair

The GRI has a limited number of commercial packages available and our sponsorship team will be happy to tailor a package to ensure you maximise your return on investment.

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Available selectively to senior-level Investors, Developers and Lenders confirmed in advance, co-chairing is a way of attending while enjoying greater visibility, reduced rates and other benefits.

As a discussion Co-chair you do no more and no less than anyone else. Just bring your experience and opinions. Discussion co-chairs are featured in the marketing brochure, profiled on the website and event program book, and enjoy reduced rates to attend.

Each discussion has a limited number of places and these fill up fast.

If you are interested in co-chairing, select the co-chair option at registration, request a callback or contact


Fulvia D’Ippolito
Head of Hospitality Europe, GRI Club
T + 44 (0)20 7121 5072 | [email protected]


Fulvia D'Ippolito

Fulvia D'Ippolito

Head of Italy and Hospitality Europe

+44 20 7121 5072

[email protected]
Fulvia D'Ippolito
+44 20 7121 5072
Head of Italy and Hospitality Europe
GRI Club

Fulvia is a Senior Director at GRI, with direct responsibility to lead GRI’s activities in Italy, and the GRI Hospitality Club on a Pan-European level. She joined GRI in 2014 to launch the GRI business in Italy while helping to strengthen GRI’s portfolio in Sub Saharan African markets. She has over 18 years of experience in b2b event production and brand marketing. Prior to joining GRI, she was Director at Fiera Milano Media for many years, and brand consultant for Italian start-ups in London. Fulvia is Executive MBA from MIP Politecnico di Milano (2012) and M.Sc. in Business & Corporate Communications, University of Siena, Italy.

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