The impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on the hospitality and tourism industry worldwide and what is the ideal structure for attracting Chinese investment?
Filippo Sona Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer
Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer
Filippo Sona is one of the most recognized names in the global hospitality consultancy community having carried out work in more than 28 countries for the past 25 years. From UK to Europe, Middle East, Africa and USA he has carried out more than 735 hospitality projects ranging from market & financial feasibilities, valuations, operator selection, project management and strategic asset management. Currently is Managing Director-Global Hospitality at Drees and Sommer, a global firm specializing in consultancy, asset management and construction management. Filippo understanding of management agreements has been an invaluable skill to global law firms as an expert witness and advisor in commercial negotiations. Filippo is a regular speaker at international hotel investment conferences and writers for many international hospitality publications. Filippo is an associate member of RICS and holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University and an Honours Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of West London.
Dr. Hong Deng Bian Chairman of the Board / Secretary General – China Baobei Investment Group / World Silk Road Forum
Dr. Hong Deng Bian
Chairman of the Board / Secretary General – China Baobei Investment Group / World Silk Road Forum
Benson Huang Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, – Sichuan New World Investment Group
Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, – Sichuan New World Investment Group
Executive Director of Pioneer International Group China; Director & General Manager of Guangdong Pioneer Investment; Chairman of the Board of New World （Sichuan） Group
Mr. Benson Huang is the Executive Director of Pioneer International Group in China, focusing on investment projects in hospitality and tourism sector as well as building materials and seeking investment opportunities and partners around the world. To disseminate safe, environmentally friendly and healthy business management and investment concepts, and create sustainable development and wealth growth for partners.
Mr. Huang Weimin studied at Murdoch University in West Australia and Victoria University in Switzerland in his early years. After graduation, he served as a senior manager in Australia's Pioneer International Group, French's Lafarge Group in China, and British's Fosroc Group in China. He is currently with Pioneer International Group as China's Executive Director and General Manager of Guangdong Pioneer Investment Co., Ltd.
Pioneer International Group is a well-known multinational group in the field of construction and building material. Since its establishment 70 years ago, the brand has served customers all over the world and participated in regional large-scale infrastructure projects and urban construction with excellent quality and reputation. We are committed to creating a safe, environmentally friendly environment and to create sustainable development and wealth growth for partners.
Dustin Pan Senior Vice President – Oceanwide Investment and Securities
Senior Vice President – Oceanwide Investment and Securities
Dustin Pan has over 10 years experience in overseas investment throughout the world and over 15 years experience in investment within China and Hong Kong. Dustin specialises in supporting investors to identify suitable projects, providing due-diligence as well as providing practical solution of managing the funds prior to the execution of investment as well as managing the return of such investment. Dustin studied in Australia hence speaks well English and have visited many countries. He was a Vice President for Quam Securities based in Hong Kong which merged with China Based Oceanwide Investment and Securities. Dustin works both in Shanghai and Hong Kong and happy to discuss and visit any potential projects.
Dr. Adam Wu Chief Operating Officer – China Invests Overseas by CBN
Dr. Adam Wu
Chief Operating Officer – China Invests Overseas by CBN
Dr. Wu is the Chief Operating Officer of CBN which has a precise slogan "Bring the world to China and Take Chinese to the world". The slogan summarizes the activities of CBN which now focuses on outward investment and outbound travel from China. As a consortium of organizations CBN specializes in facilitating business and investment for a large number of Chinese and foreign authorities, commercial companies and investors.
Dr. Wu have been instrumental in leading CBN to support many Chinese official delegations, investors and business groups going overseas to explore investment opportunities and/or to find business partners as well as to experience high quality travel.
Adam was privileged to be chosen to study overseas more than 30 years ago with government scholarship when China was just opening to the world with economic reforms thus, Adam has been having direct experience in dealing with Chinese and foreign authorities, businesses and other organizations. Thirty years later China has become a major source market of ODI.
This is reflected by the current focus of CBN on supporting outwards investment from China by developing vertical portals on the China Wide Web called “China Invests Overseas i.e. http://fdi168.cn with English demo home page of www.China-Invests.net of which Adam is the CEO.
Adam has been leading the team behind China Invests Overseas in supporting investment promotion authorities and projects owners to reach Chinese investors both state owned enterprises ( SOE) and private businesses across China including Hong Kong. Adam has also been an experienced investor with investments in a number of countries.
Dr. Wu has been invited to speak on various investment conferences and international summit as well as being interviewed by news media both online and offline as well as on the radio that one can see some podcasting on http://news.travel168.net/focus_on/20111028/28662.html
His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal Executive Chairman – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - Shurooq
His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal
Executive Chairman – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - Shurooq
His Excellence (HE) Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, the Executive Chairman of Shurooq, is considered one of the key leaders in Sharjah’s tourism industry growth. He was the CEO of Shurooq from 2009 until mid-2018, which he then became the Executive Chairman under an Emiri decree by HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah.
Al Sarkal has been integral to the success of the Authority since its inception in 2009, and has played an exemplary role in realising the vision of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, of establishing the organisation as the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as a key investment, tourism, and business destination in the region.
Steered by Al Sarkal’s creativity and drive, guided by the emirate’s traditions, and inspired by innovation, Shurooq has adopted world-class standards in providing the necessary services, intellectual property and infrastructural facilities to attract investors from the UAE, the Middle East, and beyond. His role as the CEO of Al Qasba Development Authority, in establishing Al Qasba as a prominent tourist destination, paved the way for the establishment and subsequent success of Shurooq.
After 9 years of genuine leadership, and an effective driver of change across Shurooq and Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, issued the Emiri Decree No 30 of 2018 promoting Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, from CEO to the Executive Chairman of Shurooq, on May 20th 2018.
Samuel Sidiqi Chief Executive Officer – RAK Properties
Chief Executive Officer – RAK Properties
Mr. Samuel Sidiqi leads RAK Properties as CEO where he is responsible for developing and executing the group’s strategy.
Previously, he spent 6 years as CEO of National Real Estate Company where he managed a portfolio of real estate assets across the Middle East. Prior to this, he served 8 years at Agility Logistics working in M&A, strategy, and operations across a number of Agility's global locations. He started his career at Bain and Company in Boston where he advised global Fortune 500 companies on Strategy.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences. He also has degrees in Economics and Political Science from MIT.