Hala Matar Choufany President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS
Hala Matar Choufany
President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS
Hala Matar Choufany is the President for HVS Middle East, Africa & South Asia and Managing Partner of HVS Dubai.
Hala is an experienced Managing Partner and Hospitality Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in Contract Negotiation, Feasibility Studies, Development Recommendation, Valuation, Asset Management, and Strategic Advisory; she has advised on more than 2,500 hospitality and mixed-use projects in the last 15 years across Europe, MEA and Asia. Hala has in-depth expertise in regional hotel markets and a broad exposure to international markets and maintains excellent contacts with developers, owners, operators, investment institutions and government entities. Hala speaks frequently at investment coneferences on a range of topics including asset valuation, management issues and women leadership.
Hala completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School. She also holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from IMHI (Essec- Cornell) University, Paris, France and a BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Hala is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Hala is a board member of Harvard Business School club of the GCC and is a mum of three. Born in Beirut, Hala lived and worked in a number of cities across Europe, Asia and Middle East.
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Khalid Anib Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC
Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC
With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, Khalid had the opportunity to manage various hotels under well-reputed international hotel chains in different countries.
Khalid has had exposure to different business models, resorts, city hotels and mix used development.
Before joining Abu Dhabi National Hotels, Khalid spent 5 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was the Managing Director of Al Hokair Group, where he played a key role in the group’s successful IPO.
Prior to that, Khalid worked as General Manager for Accor & Banyan Tree.
Khalid a 54 yr old Finnish citizen of Moroccan origin, holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Strathclyde University, United Kingdom.
Bani Haddad Founder & Managing Director – Aleph Hospitality
Founder & Managing Director – Aleph Hospitality
Following a successful 25-year career in the hospitality business, Bani Haddad founded Aleph Hospitality in 2015 to provide hotel owners in the Middle East and Africa with a customised, results-driven alternative to traditional hotel management models.
A visionary leader, acclaimed speaker and widely respected hotelier, Bani successfully developed, launched and managed several major international hotel brands prior to making the bold move to set up Aleph Hospitality.
From site selection, fundraising and construction at Hospitality Management Services and pre- and post-opening operations at Starwood and Disneyland Resort Paris, to strategic growth and development as Regional Vice President Middle East & Africa for Wyndham Hotel Group, Bani has first-hand experience in virtually every aspect of hotel management.
Under Bani’s leadership, Aleph Hospitality has developed a portfolio of nine hotels in less than four years. Following successful growth in Africa, and the demand for alternative hotel management models rapidly gaining momentum, the company has now turned its focus to the Middle East.
Bani holds an MBA from IMHI, a joint programme established by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and ESSEC. Originally from Lebanon, Bani has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 2005.
Christophe Landais Chief Executive Officer – Action Hotels Company
Chief Executive Officer – Action Hotels Company
Christophe Landais, MBA, born in 1955 in France, joined the Accor group in 2000 as Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer heading Accor in the Middle East.
Under his leadership, Accor Middle East embarked on a regional strategy to develop its hotel brands throughout the region. For over 16 years, Christophe spearheaded the development and overall operations of an extensive portfolio of Accor brands ranging from economy lodging to luxury properties in the Gulf region.
With over 35 years of experience in International hospitality management together with recognised business acumen, organisational skills and hotel specific asset management, operational and development expertise, Christophe has established Accor Middle East as one of the most respected and successful leading hospitality groups in the region.
Christophe is now Chief Executive Officer for Action Hotels Company (AHC) founded in 2005 by H.E. Sheikh Mubarak A. M. Al-Sabah with the vision to become a leading owner, developer, and manager of branded economy and midscale hotels in the Middle East and Australia. The success of each of AHC’s hotels is the result of the careful execution of a focused plan to develop high quality assets in locations which have the potential for capital growth, coupled with extensive local market knowledge and management expertise.
Christophe also serves as Non-Executive Director at Swiss Integrated Energy Technology AG; a start-up focussed on developing smart cooling products centred on energy efficient adiabatic based technology. Additionally, he supports as Non-Executive Director the Women’s Cardiovascular Healthcare Foundation which innovative project lead by Prof Claire MOUNIER-VEHIER encompasses 3 complementary and distinctive intertwined objectives covering medical researches, information & education, and prevention & treatment.