ADVISORY PANEL

Sven Wiedenhaupt - General Manager, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Sandra Tikal - General Manager, Palazzo Versace Dubai

David Allan - Cluster General Manager, ‎Radisson Blu Hotels, Dubai Waterfront & Dubai Canal Views

David Allan is known as a hands-on leader, capable of leading teams through busy operations and continuously driving financial performance. He was recently appointed as Cluster General Manager, taking the lead for pre-opening of the two five-star properties located in Business Bay. The 432 bedroom Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront is set to open in Q2 2017 while the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View will open its doors in Q1 2018, adding another 188 stylish rooms and 16 suites. Allan brings a strong track record to the role and solid understanding of the local market having successfully managed the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City prior to his new appointment. Born in Scotland, Allan started his career with Carlson Rezidor at Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, progressing from Food & Beverage Manager to the role of Deputy General Manager. He is now on his fifth General Manager appointment. Highly respected in the industry, Allan received the General Manager Excellence recognition at the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2013, having previously won the Friendly Service Award for the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Aberdeen at the same awards in 2011. Within Carlson Rezidor he was named as Radisson Blu General Manager of the year for 2016 and Park Inn By Radisson General Manager of the year for 2011.

Pierre Delfau - General Manager, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi 

Pierre Delfau’s journey with the Tsogo Sun Group began in 1986 in Johannesburg and saw him move up the ladder from the position of Front Office Supervisor to that of Deputy General Manager Rooms over a period of six years. The Southern Sun veteran has amassed two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, of which many years have been devoted to Southern Sun’s leading properties in South Africa. In 2003, Delfau joined The Westcliff Hotel, one of Johannesburg’s leading properties, first as the Executive Assistant Manager F&B and Rooms and later as the Deputy General Manager. After three years, Delfau rejoined Southern Sun in 2006 as the Deputy General Manager of InterContinental Sandton Towers and has remained with the group since then. In 2012, he moved to the UAE from the InterContinental Hotel Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo Airport, where he was heading the team as General Manager since 2008. Continuing his journey with the group, Delfau took over the management of Southern Sun’s two properties in the Middle East, Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. His success in building the brand reputation in the region made him the ideal man to lead Southern Sun’s newest venture into the market; Southern Sun, Abu Dhabi. Delfau was born in France and moved to South Africa in 1982 with his family. He holds a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute in the United States and enjoys a dual citizenship from France and South Africa.

Laurent A. Voivenel - Senior Vice President, Operations & Development Middle East, India & Africa, Swiss-Belhotel International

Laurent A. Voivenel is the Senior Vice President, Operations & Development for Middle East, Africa & India for Swiss-Belhotel International, spearheading the group’s expansion in the region. He holds more than 30 years of extensive international hotel and asset management experience with some of the world’s leading and most prestigious hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Swiss-Belhotel, Voivenel was the Chief Executive Officer of HMH – Hospitality Management Holding for more than three years and was the primary driving force behind repositioning HMH as the Middles East's largest and most credible operator in the dry segment while setting in motion aggressive expansion. With a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Voivenel has a proven track record in areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, hotel development and investment, multi-brand operations, as well as outstanding management experience across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Being based in the Middle East for the past 17 years, Voivenel also has a deep understanding of the region's unique business dynamics and culture that has resulted in a solid network and close ties with hotel owners, developers and investors.

Pascal Dupuis - General Manager, The Address Boulevard

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