Are there investors checking in or checking out and what is driving these decisions? What does a shift in players mean and what opportunities does it open up as a result?
Andrew Sangster Editorial Director – Hotel Analyst
Editorial Director – Hotel Analyst
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Charbel Boutros Senior Director Strategy & Hospitality Advisory – Ròya International
Senior Director Strategy & Hospitality Advisory – Ròya International
With a combination of specialist capabilities in Hotel Investment and Development, Feasibility Studies, and Architecture, Charbel has provided significant value and contribution to a number of Ròya’s projects both regionally and internationally.
Having gained his primary experience in Canada and Lebanon prior to moving to the UAE in 2004, Charbel has since acquired diverse exposure in markets including the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Kingdome of Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Kingdom, Spain, France, ,Islamabad, Maldives, Seychelles and eastern European countries.
At Ròya, Charbel is responsible for the management of new or existing hospitality projects, in which he manages different disciplines and teams of specialists. Charbel undertakes several roles within Roya’s different divisions.
Key strengths and core capabilities include:
With Charbel’s diverse range of capabilities, he has successfully managed and executed projects that require versatile expertise. Charbel since his tenure at Roya has successfully led and completed several projects in different roles; amongst these he led the development of multiple hotels for inception to completion.
Lissa Engle Founder & Managing Director – Berkeley Capital Group
Founder & Managing Director – Berkeley Capital Group
Lissa Engle is Founder and Managing Director of Berkeley Capital Group ['BCG'] an agile, innovative, turnkey partner on hotel-led investments and developments. BCG partners with global investors on projects over £100m in value across the UK and Europe as turnkey partner as well as asset manager where development and/or financing expertise is key.
BCG selects only a handful of developments per year based on creating greatest impact and is currently developing with partners the first London city-centre Hyatt Place due to open in 2021 and will soon announce the opportunity to purchase turnkey the first Kimpton hotel in Portugal and the first MY Locanda by Cheval Collection in Europe.
Lissa has advised on circa £5bn of real estate and has 20 years of investment and development experience. She is Chair of GRI’s Hospitality Committee connecting C-Suite real estate and infrastructure leaders from around the world, Chair of the Steering Committee for UK’s landmark Hotel Financing Report and on the Advisory Board of AHC. She is also Member of Forbes Business Council.
As knowledge share and collaboration are fundamental to BCG, Lissa is host to BCG Talks, a podcast series which includes ‘Leadership Series’ interviewing global leaders in hospitality and ‘Hotel Performance’ providing insight from Hotstats and market leaders. She is also Founder and CEO of Women in Hotels [‘WiH’], a global not-for-profit organisation to mentor, inspire, support and empower women cross segment in the hospitality industry creating a best-in-class community of future leaders and current C-Suite executives driving for parity.
Lissa received her MBA from INSEAD and BA from Dartmouth College, studying also at Oxford and University of Munich as German-American Federation scholar. She speaks French, German and Italian and previously worked in Strategy Consulting and Private Equity.
Ramsey Mankarious Chief Executive Officer – Cedar Capital Partners
Chief Executive Officer – Cedar Capital Partners
Ramsey Mankarious is Chief Executive of Cedar Capital Partners, a specialist hotel investment firm. Cedar has acquired hotels with a value in excess of $4 billion including the Savoy Hotel London, Four Seasons Geneva and the Mandarin Oriental Prague. Cedar has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.
Prior to founding Cedar, Mr. Mankarious was Executive VP 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).
Mr. Mankarious was previously Associate Director at HVS International in their London and NY offices where he performed hotel valuations and feasibility studies in over 30 countries.
Mr. Mankarious 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.
Tea Ros Founder & Managing Director – Strategic Hotel Consulting
Founder & Managing Director – Strategic Hotel Consulting
Tea is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Hotel Consulting, an international management consulting firm specialising in hotel investments. Tea is based in Switzerland and has 15 years of consulting experience within Europe, Middle East and Asia. She has advised a number of prominent owners, developers and investors.
Prior to establishing Strategic Hotel Consulting in 2009, Tea worked in Asia with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and in the Middle East with TRI Hospitality Consulting.
She is a Member and a Board Member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the leading source for global hospitality expertise.
Tea has comprehensive operational background, having worked with the Four Seasons, Rosewood and Starwood hotel companies in positions covering F&B, rooms division, sales and marketing, yield management and Six Sigma process improvement and management. She is a graduate from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.