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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.
Giuliano Gasparini Senior Vice-President – Aldar Properties
Senior Vice-President – Aldar Properties
Giuliano Gasparini is Senior Vice-President at Aldar Properties PSJC heading the asset management division of the hotel and leisure portfolio of the firm. Prior to that he covered several executive positions in hospitality-specialized consulting firms across Europe and Middle-East having been Head of Consulting at PKF Hotelexperts in Dubai, Senior Vice-President of JLL Hotels in Madrid, Senior Associate at HVS in Madrid and senior consultant in CBRE Hotels in Rome amongst others.
Giuliano Gasparini is one of the Chairmans of HAMA Middle-East (Hotel Asset Management Association) and a full-time professor at Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, Dubai Real Estate Institute and IE Business School in Madrid as well as visiting professors in major leading institutions worldwide. He holds affiliation at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Counsellor of Real Estate (CRE) and Institute of Hospitality (FIH).
Giuliano graduated in Economics at Bocconi University in Italy and hold two master degrees in Urban Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Nederland’s) and in Tourism Economics (Bocconi University in Italy); as well as a post-graduate certificate on Hotel Asset Management from Cornell University (USA).
Giuliano occasional contributor on Hotelier Middles-Est as well as in other specialized magazines on hotel and real estate such as the RICS Journal, Expansion, etc.
Aaron Greenman Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development - EMEA – Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development - EMEA – Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Aaron Greenman is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development – International, responsible for growing the portfolio of managed hotels for the entire International region. Aaron joined Interstate in fall 2007 as Head of Development in India, in addition to his responsibilities as COO with the company’s joint venture partner there. In 2010, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for EMEA, working closely with his colleagues to build on the company’s platform in this region, and more recently to Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development – International.
Prior to joining Interstate, Aaron was Managing Director for AFEX Group in Nairobi, Kenya, responsible for a company with 600 employees with operations throughout East Africa. Earlier in his career, Aaron was a Senior Manager at Ernst and Young LLP’s real estate advisory services practice, based in Boston, New York and Miami.