Rudi Jagersbacher President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey – Hilton
President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey – Hilton
Rudi Jagersbacher was appointed President – Middle East, Africa & Turkey for Hilton in January 2011. He is responsible for all matters across the Middle East, Africa & Turkey where Hilton operates more than 130 hotels and is developing a further 150.
A seasoned hotel management executive, Jagersbacher has extensive experience in various senior roles in EMEA and a solid track record in positively growing the portfolio of Hilton brands and successfully developing stakeholder relations. His earlier career included serving as General Manager of the Langham Hilton and the London Hilton on Park Lane after a brief departure from Hilton as the Assistant General Manager of the Claridges, London and Assistant Manager of the Savoy Hotel, London.
A graduate of Hotel School in Austria, Jagersbacher started his career with Hilton International in 1974. Jagersbacher holds the Decoration of Merit in Gold (Goldenes Verdienstzeichen), one of the fifteen classes of national honours for services to the Republic conferred by the Austrian government for his services to hospitality.
Jagersbacher was also recognised as the region’s most influential hotelier for three years running, ranking number one in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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Jonathan Worsley Chairman & Founder – Bench Events
Chairman & Founder – Bench Events
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman & CEO of Bench Events, is one of the founders and organisers of multiple leading international conferences for the hotel investment industry, including the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) now in its 15 year; the 10th annual Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and the 3rd annual Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC). Bench Events entered the Latin America market in 2016 partnering with SAHIC on their South American and Latin Amerian events. Jonathan also branched out into aviation and F&B, through AviaDev inaugurated in 2016, and the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) now in its sixth year.
In 1997, Jonathan co-founded the annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, a conference he subsequently organised for 19 years, which today attracts over 2,000 delegates. Earlier in his career, he worked for real estate consultants CBRE & Hotel Partners, hotel advisors PKF and hotel operator Forte & Holiday Inns.
Until recently, Jonathan was a board director and founder of STR Global, a global benchmarking company with over 60,000 participating hotels following the merger of The Bench, STR and Deloitte’s Hotel Benchmark. He sits on the board of Hotel Swaps, which allows participating members to swap unused hotel rooms with other members around the globe and is an investor in TripTease, the tech start-up that enables hotels to increase direct sales and aims to defeat rate disparity.
Jonathan sits on the Advisory Board for Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and is a Trustee of Future Talent, a charity that provides financial support to gifted young musicians in need of financial assistance to pursue their dreams and talent.