Why this makes sense for the destination, developer, operator and investor and most importantly matches consumer demand.
Christopher Lund Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa – Colliers International
Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa – Colliers International
Christopher Lund oversees the Hotels consultancy division of Colliers International in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the past decade, the Hotels team has worked on more than 800 projects in the region, providing advisory services to hotel developers, investors, operators, governments, law firms and banks. Christopher specializes in development consultancy and strategic asset management, ranging from standalone hotels to large-scale destinations, as well as hotel company strategies, condo-hotel investment models and negotiating complex hotel management agreements. His operational and asset management experience allows him to have a 360-degree view and hands-on approach when providing actionable advice to enhance hotel profitability. Christopher holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Henley Business School, with other degrees and certificates from New York University, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
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David Daniels Director of Architecture – SSH
Director of Architecture – SSH
With more than 15 years of experience with leading international practices in the UK and the Middle East, David has a proven record of creating, presenting and developing an international level of design work. His experience spans the commercial, hospitality, residential and retail sectors, and includes the design of large stadia and sporting facilities. In these projects, he has also played a key leadership and business development role with both local and international clients.
Previously employed by internationally acclaimed studios Hopkins Architects and Glenn Howells Architects (GHA), David was engaged in numerous projects including the London 2012 Olympics as well as the Dubai World Trade Centre and Meraas’ Engineers’ Office Headquarters. At SSH, he is working on various projects within the Dubai Creek Harbour development, the Al Marjan Island development and the Burj Square master development.
As well as holding a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Architecture and a Post-graduate Diploma in Architecture, David is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Luca Franco Chief Executive Officer & Founder – Luxury Frontiers
Chief Executive Officer & Founder – Luxury Frontiers
A genuine adventure-seeker, Luca’s passion lies in experiential travel, which heightens travelers’ environmental awareness, immerses travelers into the local culture and communities, and crafts perspective-altering and life-changing journeys. In 2010, Luca founded Luxury Frontiers after identifying the growing consumer demand for experiential travel as well as environmentally and socially responsible tourism.
Having worked with Aman, Four Seasons, One&Only, Six Senses and Belmond among others, Luxury Frontiers is a leading international expert in the design and development of high-end adventure eco-lodges, resorts and camps. Luxury Frontiers designs experiential lodging concepts and operational programming, allowing its clients to quickly and efficiently increase returns from underperforming land and boost the public profiles of their properties.
Prior to forming Luxury Frontiers, Luca was owner of LLPI, an international advisory and management company servicing developers and investors in luxury mixed-use hotels and resorts, and he was an equity Partner with Strategic Hotels and Resorts. Luca earned his engineering degree from Pavia University, Italy and was subsequently an architect for the Icehotel project in Sweden.
Chris Nader Vice President Development – Shaza Hotels
Vice President Development – Shaza Hotels
Chris Nader is Shaza Hotels’ Vice President, in charge of the group’s global development. He has seen the birth of the company and was involved in setting up the brand’s identity and positioning, establishing its values and philosophy, as well as creating signature guest experiences. With such in depth understanding of the brand, he naturally developed into a key player of the company’s growth strategy, signing management agreements for hotels and resorts in the Middle-East, South-East Asia, and Europe. He was also instrumental in the creation of Shaza’s new upscale brand “Mysk by Shaza” which he has developed in Oman, Kuwait, KSA, UAE and Indonesia. Based in Dubai, Chris’ role is to double the group’s portfolio in the next few years. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Shaza Hotels.
Chris had an early start into the hospitality industry, working as a child at his family’s yacht club in Beirut. He then held several positions in food and beverage in some of the trendiest beach clubs and restaurants in Lebanon. Most recently, he was the Vice President – Development Middle East and Africa for Kempinski hotels, a position he occupied from 2014 to 2018 alongside his position at Shaza. Chris holds an MBA from the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.
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.