Mark Willis Chief Executive Officer – Accor Hotels Middle East & Africa
Chief Executive Officer – Accor Hotels Middle East & Africa
Mark Willis holds an MBA in International Business from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and has completed a number of senior management programs at Cornell University, New York.
Previous to his appointment, he was the President for the Asia region with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a very dynamic area with a robust expansion strategy to open 30 properties by 2020.
With a career spanning over 30 years with leading hospitality companies, including IHG and Sun International, a large portion of his professional life was spent with the Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group), where he held a number of senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa & Turkey. It was in this role that Mark oversaw all brands within a portfolio of 85 hotels with over 80 hotels in the development pipeline.
Marks brings with him a wealth of operational experience alongside an intuitive knowledge of the Middle East and Africa, a region that he has worked in for over 14 years.
He joined the Group Executive Committee in September 2018, when the Group finalized the acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, and he is responsible for a portfolio of more than 430 hotels in operation and development.
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H.E. Eng. Essa Al Hajj Al Maidoor Director General – Dubai Developments
H.E. Eng. Essa Al Hajj Al Maidoor
Director General – Dubai Developments
His Excellency Eng. Essa Al Hajj Al Maidoor is the Director General of Dubai Developments (formerly known as Dubai International Real Estate), the leading high-end and integrated real estate projects in the United Arab Emirates. Through his position, he plays a strategic role providing creative solutions, innovative products that fundamentally change the real estate landscape. His vision and creativity is an essential element for the growth of the real estate development sector in the country.
His Excellency obtained a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Utah State University in the United States of America, and held a position of President of the Society of Engineers in United Arab Emirates until 2016. His Excellency Eng. Essa Hajj Al-Maidoor is also a member of Maktoum Charity.
Through his journey as Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, he has established a huge revolutionary development in the healthcare sector within the emirate. His diligent, dedicated work and ambitious vision played a major and prominent role in the opening of 3 hospitals and 40 healthcare centers in Dubai, strengthening and increase the collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Prior to his engagement with Dubai Health Authority, His Excellency held the position of Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality, and the position of Assistant Director General for the Engineering and Planning Sector in Dubai Municipality.
His digital transformation strategy is set to enhance the customer journey and experience, accelerate a productive movement, change the concepts of traditional culture by introducing active leadership by empowering people and the community.
In recognition of his exceptional leadership, dedication and commitment to innovation and the development of the economic ecosystem of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Eng. Essa Al-Haj Al-Maidoor received an honorary doctorate award from Middlesex University in Dubai.
on what they see in the future for the hotel market.