Arabian & African Hospitality
Investment Conference

20-22 September 2021 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E

Speaker profile

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa

Based in Hilton’s Regional Office in Dubai – Khneisser is charged with spearheading the growth of the Hilton portfolio across Middle East & Africa.

Under Khneisser’s leadership, Hilton has enjoyed year-on-year, organic growth in the region with one in four pipeline properties under development in MEA carrying a Hilton flag.


Carlos Khneisser started his career in the hospitality industry in 1998, gaining broad experience across the sector, before focusing on finance and asset management positions over a nine-year period.

Khneisser joined Hilton in 2009, overseeing the company’s growth within the Middle East & North Africa region that now features more than 180 hotels trading or under development under eight brands. In 2020 he began overseeing Hilton’s development operations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He graduated in 1996 with a BA Business Administration and Finance from Notre Dame University, Lebanon and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


A native of Lebanon, Khneisser is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

See Carlos Khneisser speak in the following sessions:

14:00 – 14:30
Development Bright Spots in the Middle East & Africa