Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

14-16 April 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E

Speaker profile

Wessel Witthuhn

Director of Development & Construction - Global Hospitality
Drees & Sommer

Wessel has extensive knowledge and experience in construction and development industries within Dubai, the Middle East, South Africa, various African Countries and certain Indian Ocean Countries. He has held directorship positions with Grinaker South Africa and various other companies, including listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. As General Manager of Grinaker Infrastructure Development in Johannesburg his role included negotiating with Parliamentary Ministers on many Public Private Partnership initiatives, including toll roads, airport privatizations and infrastructure development. He lectured at the University of Cape Town's Postgraduate programme, held the position of General Manager for the prestigious Al Rostamani Group in Dubai and held the position of President for IFA Hotels & Resorts Africa and Indian Ocean, and the Chief Operating Officer for Emerald Palace Group in Dubai.

Wessel’s extensive experience includes all facets of development, from concept to completion, including strategic planning, developing strategies and objectives for all new projects. His strengths lie with the ability to recognize potential development within countries, contract negotiation, value engineering on all aspects of a project, golf course design knowledge, resort master planning and managing the various assets held by the company - including internal hotel operations and the management of hotel and resort assets.

Wessel’s focus within Global Property Corporation has been consulting and managing the Project and Development Management process for various prominent firms within the MENA region.  This process includes Design Development, Construction Management & Project Management Services.  Wessel has successfully managed these projects by offering a fully comprehensive Development Management process, which is customized to suit the requirements of each individual client.  This process offers strategic guidance and full management of the entire development process – as such, GPC offered a professional, fully comprehensive and effective management solution for Project and Development services.

During his development advisory consultancy role with Knight Frank, Wessel focused on projects within the MENA region, relating to hotels, retail, residential and commercial. The role encompassed master planning, market and financial feasibility studies, highest and best use scenarios, and other strategic guidance related to development and project management.  

Wessel’s key responsibility with Drees & Sommer will be to lead and assist the hospitality team, thus extending the Drees & Sommer Hospitality services within these development and construction disciplines.  This role encompasses all project feasibility, design & development co-ordination from concept to completion, strategic planning, budgets, project delivery and all client contractual advisory recommendations.