Welcome to the Hospitality250

The Hospitality250 is a growing list of people in the hospitality industry who stand out for making an impact. The list is being announced to coincide with yBC’s attendance at IHIF Berlin (4-6 March 2013). Each fortnight, we’ll announce 10 more people to add to this exclusive list of achievers, movers and shakers and innovators. Click for more information including how to nominate someone to be considered for the Hospitality250.

Jim Abrahamson

Jim Abrahamson

Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Khalid Anib

Managing Director Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kofi Adomakoh

Director Project & Export - Development Finance, African Export-Import Bank
Mohammed Al Nashwan

Mohammed Al Nashwan

Chairman & Managing Director, HARTT Hotel Consulting

Paul Alexander

Group CEO, Beyond Analysis

Peter Anscomb

Senior Corporate Director, Edwardian Group
Scott Antel

Scott Antel

Partner - Russia & CIS, DLA Piper LLP

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL
Surinder Arora

Surinder Arora

CEO & Founder, Arora Hotels
Dr Badr Al Badr

Badr Al Badr

CEO, Saudi Hotels & Resorts (SHARACO)
Belinda Atkins

Belinda Atkins

CEO, AMBA Hotels

Geoff Andrews

COO, Worldhotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

CEO, Seven Tides

Ian Burleigh

Director, ICA
irwinbarkan

Irwin Barkan

CEO, BGI
James Berresford

James Berresford

Chief Executive, VisitEngland

James Bland

Director, Hotels & Hospitality, BDRC Continental
Andrew Boshoff

Andrew Boshoff

Head of Strategy & Development, Global Hotel Alliance
John Brennan

John Brennan

CEO, Jurys Inn Group
Leo Brand

Leo Brand

former CEO, Swisscom Hospitality Services

Lionel Benjamin

Director - Hotels, Topland Group of Companies
Lo'ai Bataineh

Lo'ai Bataineh

DGM, Investment & Development Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC
Marcello Baricordi

Marcello Baricordi

General Manager - United Arab Emirates, Visa
mossadeckbally

Mossadeck Bally

Chairman & CEO, AZALAI Hotels

Navneet Bali

CEO, Meininger Hotels
Angela Brav

Angela Brav

Chief Executive - Europe, InterContinental Hotel Group
Anil Bhardwaj

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, AA Almoosa Enterprises
Philippe Baretaud

Philippe Baretaud

SVP - Head of Development - Europe Middle East & Africa, ACCOR Hotels

Philippe Bijaoui

VP Development - Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group
Pierre O. Botteron

Pierre Botteron

VP - Human Resources, Swissotel Hotels & Resorts

Roman Bach

CEO, 9flats.com
Rui Barros

Rui Barros

SVP & MD - EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group
Anton Bawab

Anton Bawab

Regional President, Viceroy Hotel Group
Stephan Balzer

Stephan Balzer

Chief Executive Officer, Red Onion GmbH

Chiheb Ben Mahmoud

Executive Vice President – Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East and Africa, JLL
Chris Boulton

Chris Boulton

CEO, yoo

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Duncan Berry

Former CEO, Choice Hotels
Francois Baudin

Francois Baudin

SVP Development – EMEA, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Guy Barnes

Director of Strategic Accounts - EMEA, IDeaS
James Chappell

James Chappell

Global Business Director, Horwath HTL
Jean-Philippe Chomette

Jean-Philippe Chomette

CEO, Algonquin SA

Mark Clacy Jones

VP Research, MSCI
Martin Craigs

Martin Craigs

CEO, PATA - Pacific Asia Travel Association

Max Cergneux

Senior Director, International Investment, Choice Hotels

Adriaan Coppens

Co-Founder & Director, OTA Insight

Petr Chitipakhovyan

President, CH Group

Puneet Chhatwal

CEO, Steigenberger
Richard Candey

Richard Candey

Senior Director, DTZ
Robert Cook

Robert Cook

CEO, De Vere Hotels & Village Urban Resorts
Antoine Castro

Antoine Castro

Managing Director, Quantum Global Real Estate

Saurabh Chawla

International Development & Acquisitions Director, Louvre Hotels Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Travis Cabera

Regional Director, Revinate
Yann Caillere

Yann Caillère

CEO, Accor Hotels

Alan Clarke

CEO, Homestay

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Clinton Campbell

Director of Revenue, Apex Hotels
Darroch Crawford

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels LLC

Erica Chang

Senior Regional Director, Homeaway UK
Ewan Cameron

Ewan Cameron

CEO, Lonrho Hotels
Frank Croston

Frank Croston

Partner, Hamilton Hotel Partners

Hala Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai
jeanjacquesdessors

Jean-Jacques Dessors

COO - Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean & Caribbean Islands, Accor SA

Jeff Down

Senior Director of Sales, Sojern
Michael Devereux

Michael Devereux

Director - Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Nima Davoodzadeh

Nima Davoodzadeh

VP Development - Europe & UK, Wyndham Hotel Group
Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants
philippedoizelet

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL - France
Sandie Dawe

Sandie Dawe

CEO, VisitBritain

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, World Hotels

Thomas Dubaere

Managing Director - UK & Ireland, Accor SA
Alain Debare

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels PLC

Chris Day

Global Managing Director, Christie & Co
Chief Edem Duke

Chief Edem Duke

Minister for Tourism – Nigeria
Gordon Drake

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, Abjar Hotels International
honlawrencevans

Hon. Lawrence Evans

Deputy Minister, Tourism & The Arts, Zambia

Hooman Ehsani

Developer, Tribe Hotel

Matthieu Evrard

Chief Development Officer, Louvre Hotels Group

Scott Ellman

Senior Vice President, Eastdil Secured
tarasettl

Taras Ettl

VP - Development, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
Thomas Emanuel

Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Karen Friebe

Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Patrick Fitzgibbon

Patrick Fitzgibbon

SVP Development - Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality), Rani Investment LLC
Dario Filippone

Dario Filippone

Group Business Development Director, Mangalis Management Group
David Fenton

David Fenton

Senior Economist, RBS
Ed Fuller

Ed Fuller

Former President & Managing Director, Marriott International. President, Laguna Strategic Advisors

Frank Fiskers

CEO, Scandic Hotels
Prof. Ian Goldin

Prof. Ian Goldin

Director, Oxford Martin School - University of Oxford
Laurence Geller

Laurence Geller

CEO, Geller Investment Company
Neil George

Neil George

VP - Acquisitions & Development, Africa & Middle East, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, Accor

Olivier Gremillon

Head of EMEA, Airbnb
Pascal Gauvin

Pascal Gauvin

COO - India, Middle East & Africa, InternContinental Hotels Group
Peter Greenberg

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News
Robert Gaymer-Jones

Robert Gaymer-Jones

CEO, Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Carlo Gagliardi

Carlo Gagliardi

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alistair Gosling

Chairman & CEO, Extreme International

Jonathan Humphries

Chairman, HoCoSo

Andrew Harrington

Partner, AHV Associates

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Kenneth Hatton

SVP Corporate Transactions Group, Hyatt
Lahcen Haddad

Lahcen Haddad

Minister of Tourism - Morocco
Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris

General Manager, UK & Ireland, Fastbooking
Michael Hirst OBE

Michael Hirst OBE

Consultant, CBRE Hotels
Nigel Huddleston

Nigel Huddleston

Industry Head for Travel, Google

Olivier Harnisch

Executive Vice President & COO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Peter Henley

Peter Henley

President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group
Robert Hecker

Robert Hecker

Chairman, Horwath HTL
Salman Haider

Salman Haider

Executive Managing Director - Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Shahram Hashemi

Shahram Hashemi

Senior Investment Manager - Head of Investments, Oman Brunei Investment Company

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director, BridgeStreet

Stephen Hanton

Managing Director, SACO The Serviced Apartment Company
Susan Harmsworth

Susan Harmsworth

Founder, ESPA

Tim Helliwell

Head of Hotels, Barclays Bank
William Heinecke

William Heinecke

Chairman & CEO, Minor Group
Bani Haddad

Bani Haddad

Regional VP - Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Christine Hodder

Christine Hodder

General Manager, The Stafford London by Kempinski
Christoph Härle

Christoph Härle

CEO - Continental Europe, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle

Clive Hillier

CEO, Vision Hospitality Asset Management

David Harper

Head of Property Services, Hotel Partners Africa
Prof. Demian Hodari

Demian Hodari

Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Ewout Hoogendoorn

Director, Horwath HTL - Benelux

Fred Hines

VP Hospitality & Leisure, Patron Capital

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ömer Isvan

President, Servotel

Simon I'Anson

VP Business Development, Swisscom Hospitality Services

Marc Jongerius

Co-Founder, Zoku

Marianne Jordan

Managing Director, KTDC

Paul Johnson

Formerly CEO, Kew Green Hotels
Rudi Jagersbacher

Rudi Jagersbacher

President - Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide
Satyan Joshi

Satyan Joshi

Industry Manager - Travel, Google

Steve Joyce

President and CEO, Choice Hotels International
Eric Jafari

Eric Jafari

Managing Director - Development, SACO
Kirk Kinsell

Kirk Kinsell

President - The Americas, InterContinental Hotel Group

Lourie Kruger

VP Treasury & M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments
Mohammad Khalfan Al Dhaheri

Mohammad Khalfan Al Dhaheri

Director of Tourism Ecosystems, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Sir Nigel Knowles

Sir Nigel Knowles

co-CEO, DLA Piper LLP
Roger Kacou

Roger Kacou

Minister for Tourism - Côte d'Ivoire

Russell Kett

Chairman - London Office, HVS

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holding

Wilma Kellermann-Baans

VP - Business Development, Steigenberger Hotel Group
Christopher Knable

Christopher Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Alex Kyriakidis

Alex Kyriakidis

President - Middle East & Africa, Marriott International
denniskarera

Dennis Karera

Chairman, Rwanda Hospitality Association

Marcel Lindt

Director of Business Development EMEA, Frasers Hospitality
Michael Levie

Michael Levie

Founding Partner, citizenM
Renzo Lorio

Renzo Lorio

CEO, Accor Italia
Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Chief Executive, Best Western

Sara Lodhi

Development Analyst, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality
Aron Libinson

Aron Libinson

VP Development - Russia, CIS & Georgia, InterContinental Hotels Group

Steve Lowy

CEO & Founder, umi Digital
Timothy Lloyd-Hughes

Timothy Lloyd-Hughes

Vice Chairman - Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging, Deutsche Bank
Bob Loewen

Bob Loewen

COO, Wyndham Hotel Group

Christian Low

Director of Hospitality - Asia Pacific, AECOM
Gaël Le Lay

Gaël Le Lay,

Head of Hotel Investment, AXA Real Estate
Gerald Lawless

Gerald Lawless

President & Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai
Jalil Mekouar

Jalil Mekouar

COO - Americas & MD Strategic Advisory & Asset Management, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
Joseph McInerney

Joseph McInerney

former President & CEO of American Hotel & Lodging Association

Jovica Mracevic

Development Manager, PortoNovi

Kathleen Matthews

Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer, Marriott International Inc
Andrew McLachlan

Andrew McLachlan

VP - Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean Islands, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Macy Marvel

Journalist, Mintel International

Mahdi Mokrane

Head of European Research and Strategy, LaSalle Investment
Majid Mangalji

Majid Mangalji

President, Westmont Hospitality Group
Margaret McMahon

Margaret McMahon

Managing Director, Wimberly Interiors

Muriel Muirden

Executive Vice President, Managing Director Strategy, WATG

Nicolas Mayer

Partner, Industry Leader – Lodging and Tourism, PWC

Peter Malone

CEO, Hospitality People Group
Anita Mendiratta

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
Phiwe Marumo

Phiwe Marumo

Senior Business Development Manager, IDC
Rami Moukarzel

Rami Moukarzel

Director - Development, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Fairmont Raffles Hotels

Remy Merckx

VP Digital Marketing, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Sir David Michels

Sir David Michels

Chairman, Michels & Taylor

Stephen McCall

Chief Operating Officer UK&I, IHG

Steven Miller

SVP - Business Development, Shapoorji Pallonji International

Ben Martin

Principal, Aecom Economics

Carl Michel

Executive Chairman, Generator Hostels

Christian Mole

Executive Director - Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Christopher Michau

Christopher Michau

SVP Global Market Management, Expedia
Amine Moukarzel

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels

Hans Meyer

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Zoku
johnngumi

John Ngumi

Head - Coverage, Investment Banking East Africa, Standard Bank

Lisa Neubueser

Director, Invesco Real Estate
Peter Norman

Peter Norman

SVP - Acquisitions & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sedat Nemli

COO, Tourism & Hospitality, Servotel
Wolfgang Neumann

Wolfgang Neumann

President & Chief Executive Officer, Rezidor Hotel Group

Gerard Nolan

Managing Director, Gerard Nolan and Partners

Martin Ostermann

Director – Development Middle East, Melia Hotels International
Michael O'Hare

Michael O'Hare

Managing Director, Horwath HTL - Hungary & Russia
Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor

Professor - Academic Director (External Affairs), ESSEC Business School
Valentine Ozigbo

Valentine Ozigbo

MD / CEO, Transcorp

Charlie Osmond

Chief Tease, TRIPTEASE
Alan O'Dea

Alan O'Dea

SVP - Africa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

João Pinto Coelho

Corporate Finance, Pestana Hotel Group

Andrew Pratt

Residential Investment Consultant, PATRIZIA AG

Michael Patrick Struck

Founder & CEO, RUBY HOTELS

Misha Pinkhasov

Co-author, Real Luxury: How Luxury Brands Can Create Value For The Long Term
Paul Pisani

Paul Pisani

SVP - Hotel Development, Corinthia Hotels

Rohan Patel

Director, Sankara Hotel Group Kenya Ltd

Sinai Pedreschi

Director of Sales & Marketing, The Stafford London by Kempinski
Steve Pateman

Steve Pateman

Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking, Santander UK plc

Thomas Page

Global Head of Hotels & Leisure Group, CMS
vernonpage

Vernon Page

CEO, Hotel Partners Africa

Bob Puccini

President & CEO, Puccini Group
christinepeterson

Christine Peterson

President, TripAdvisor for Business, TripAdvisor
Gabriel Peterson

Gabriel Peterson

Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Anabela Radosevic

Anabela Radosevic

Director of Sales & Marketing, JA Resorts & Hotels

Jakob Riegger

COO, TrustYou
Julien Renaud-Perret

Julien Renaud-Perret

Chief Development Officer, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Rogers

Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Property Fund
Miguel Ruano

Miguel Ruano

VP - Design & Engineering, Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group
Robin Rowland

Robin Rowland

CEO, YO! Sushi

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group
Steven Rudnitsky

Steven Rudnitsky

President & CEO, Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Taleb Rifai

Taleb Rifai

Secretary-General, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

Tim Ramskill

Head of European Travel & Leisure Equity Research, Credit Suisse

Brian Reeves

Founder and CEO, Goppar Digital

Cyril Ranque

SVP Global Market Management, Expedia Lodging Partner Services

Frank Reeves

Founder & CEO, Avvio
Gebhard Rainer

Gebhard Rainer

EVP - Chief Financial Officer, Hyatt International
Ingo Schweder

Ingo Schweder

Managing Director, Horwath HTL Health and Wellness

Irina Stamate

VP, Patron Capital

Jackie Somers

DSWT Representative, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Andreas Scriven

International Managing Director, Christie & Co

Joe Sita

Chief Executive Officer, IFA Hotel Investments
Joe Stenson

Joe Stenson

Director - Hotels, Queensway Group

Kingsley Seevaratnam

Executive Vice President, Westmont Management Limited

Marco Saio

UK Country Manager, Hotel Tonight
Marc Socker

Marc Socker

Senior Director – Hotel Fund Management, Invesco Real Estate
Andrew Sangster

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Schaeffner

Director Sales & Marketing, Serenata IntraWare

Minesh Shah

Director of Review Services, TripAdvisor
Nick Skea-Strachan

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner - Hotels, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
olafschmidt

Olaf Schmidt

Global Sector Head - Tourism, Retail & Property Sector, IFC - World Bank Group
Patrick Sanville

Patrick Sanville

Director - Hotels, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Paul Richard Squires

UK Wireless Manager, Hewlett Packard
Paul Slattery

Paul Slattery

Co-founder and Director, Otus & Co

Peter Shaindlin

Chief Operating Officer, Halekulani Corporation
robertshepherd

Robert Shepherd

Chief Development Officer - Europe, IHG
robseabrook

Rob Seabrook

Head of Hotel Transactions, Savills
Russel Sharpe

Russel Sharpe

COO - Hotel Division, Landmark Hospitality
Rutger Smits

Rutger Smits

Chief Executive Officer, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
Simon Schwitallik

Simon Schwitallik

Director of Business Intelligence Product,TravelClick

Bob Silk

Relationship Director - Hospitality & Leisure Team, Barclays
danielsilke

Daniel Silke

Political Analyst & Keynote Speaker, Political Futures Consulting
David Scowsill

David Scowsill

President & Chief Executive Officer, World Travel & Tourism Council
Denis Sorin

Denis Sorin

CEO, Mangalis Management Group

Dominic Seely

Director of Acquisitions, Westmont
Filippo Sona

Filippo Sona

Director - Head of Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gillian Saunders

Head: Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

Hannes Spanring

Managing Director, Meininger Hotels

Hugh Taylor

Chief Executive, Michels & Taylor

Marc Thiel

Managing Director, Soravia Capital

Max Thorne

CEO, CL Serviced Apartments Ltd
Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

UK Head of Leisure - Commercial Banking, RBS / Natwest
Sanjay Tanna

Sanjay Tanna

Director - Business Development & Investment, ADNEC
David Thomson

David Thomson

COO, JA Resorts & Hotels
Haddis Tilahun

Haddis Tilahun

Executive Director, United Africa Group
Kevin Underwood

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader - Leisure & Culture, AECOM
Nick Varney

Nick Varney

Chief Executive, Merlin Entertainments Group
Peter Verhoeven

Peter Verhoeven

COO - ibis Brands Europe, ACCOR
Peter Vermeer

Peter Vermeer

VP Benelux & Eastern Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group

Preben Vestdam

Managing Director, HotelSwaps

Richard Valtr

Founder & Director, Mews Systems
Simon Vincent

Simon Vincent

President – Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide

John C Wagner

Director, Cycas Hospitality

John Walker

Operational Director Development Planning, Westminster Council
Jonathan Worsley

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events
Josh Wyatt

Josh Wyatt

Partner - Hospitality & Leisure, Patron Capital Advisors LLP

Mark Weedon

Head of UK alternative real estate, MSCI (formerly IPD)
Michael Weinstein

Michael Weinstein

VP Strategy & Loyalty, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Wynne Smith

Global CEO, Hotels & Hospitality, JLL

Paul West

CTO, Cardola

Anne Walsh

Director, Horwath HTL - Ireland
retowittwer

Reto Wittwer

President & CEO, Kempinski

Sean Worker

Chief Executive Officer, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Arthur Waller

Product Owner, BookingSuite
Trevor Ward

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Wolfgang Weinz

Senior Technical Specialist - Hotels, Catering, Tourism, International Labour Organisation
Elizabeth Winkle

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Heinz Wehrle

Managing Partner, Horwath HTL - Switzerland

Andrey Yakunin

Partner and Co-founder, VIY Management
María Zarraluqui

María Zarraluqui

Vice President Development, Melia Hotels International
Lennert De Jong

Lennert de Jong

Director of Distribution and Business Development, citizenM
Arthur de Haast

Arthur de Haast

Chairman - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
Nick van Marken

Nick van Marken

Global Hospitality Leader, Deloitte LLP

Philip von Ditfurth

MD and Vice President Business, Hetra Deutschland

Riko van Santen

VP Digital Strategy & Distribution, Kempinski Hotels