HAMA MEA EXECUTIVE BOARD
President / Managing Director at Beaufort Global Partners
René Beil, Managing Director of Beaufort Global Partners, brings a seasoned history in hospitality management, operations, finance, investments, asset management and business development to the group. Accompanied by a comprehensive network of personal and private relationships at senior principal levels in Government, Commerce and Finance. He has led business development and growth initiatives on multiple continents as a prime driver of investments, asset management, and new business development for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government, Public & Private Companies, Royal Families, Ultra High Net-Worth Individuals as well as Family Offices. Beil is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and proficient in Spanish.
Beil is of German nationality, was born in Singapore and raised in South East Asia, Bali, Manila and Hong Kong. He spent his adolescence in Europe, The Hague, Geneva, Brussels, and Paris where he pursued a successful hotel career with InterContinental Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Subsequently, he ventured to Boston in the United States of America, in the pursuit of academic achievements. From Boston University, Beil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, complemented by a Minor in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is today an active member of the Advisory Board to Boston University School of Hospitality and that of Metropolitan College.
In his past appointment as Vice President Asset Management of Dubai Investment Group, Beil’s responsibilities included the asset management of the international hotel and real estate asset portfolio of Dubai Holding, which included iconic assets such as the Burj Al Arab, Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts portfolio and additional international real estate assets. In addition, he was mandated to seek investments, develop & grow markets in Latin America and cultivate business relationships between both continents of the Middle East and Latin America.
Beil has been elected President and is one of the founding members of HAMA MEA, the Middle East & Africa chapter of the most reputable global non-profit association, Hospitality Asset Managers Association, which has the aim to bring professional & international business standards as well as excellence in best practices to hospitality asset management within the region. HAMA MEA’s mission is the enhancement of hospitality asset managers through education, the advancement of the profession, and serving as the collective industry voice of hospitality ownership.
Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA
Amit is an asset manager with 18+yrs. of experience in asset management, private equity & operations. He is the Vice President of HAMA MEA , a Mentor at iN5 Dubai and on the executive board of the Cornell University Alumni association for GCC.
He leads the development of the hospitality division at WASL and part of the asset management team there. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of HighPoint providing Asset management & Investment advisory within the hospitality, PE & RE space within UAE, KSA & Europe as well Executive Manager for a family office in Bahrain where he managed as owner’s representative assets globally with international top tier operators.
He is an alumnus from the IHMCTAN, Mumbai School of hotel management as well from Cornell NY where he specialized in asset & revenue management with a post-grad in business administration from NMIMS, Mumbai. He holds a CHA license from AHLEI.
Rico Picenoni serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the MEA Chapter of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), the world’s leading hotel asset management association. He most recently was head of residential & extended stay development with global powerhouse, Accor, covering the Middle East and Africa after originally joining the company as head of feasibility and underwriting business plans throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Rico graduated from the acclaimed and leading hospitality management university, l’Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, with a degree in international hospitality management. He furthered his education with certification in real estate investment and asset management from Cornell University.
Following several years in management positions of hotel chains Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Rico joined international consultancy firm, HVS. During his tenure with HVS, Rico co-authored multiple publications and administered valuation, feasibility, management contract, and strategic assignments throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to that, Rico was engaged in the role of asset manager within the division of prominent local real estate and hospitality developer, Seven Tides. In his role within the asset management division, Rico was involved with a regular review of performance and the strategic direction of Seven Tides hospitality assets, including the Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, the DUKES London, and the DUKES Oceana, Palm Jumeirah.
HAMA MEA ADVISORY BOARD
Mustafa Al Hashimi
Chief Executive Officer
WASL Hospitality & Leisure
Mustafa Al Hashimi
Chief Hospitality & Lesiure Officer, wasl Hospitality
As the Chief Hospitality & Leisure Officer at wasl, he leads a team that currently asset manages a portfolio of twelve hotels with over 5,000 rooms and 80 restaurants along with managing two leisure facilities, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The Dubai-based hotel portfolio includes six hotels under the Hyatt Group; four under Marriott/Starwood Group and two under the Hilton brand.
In addition to the asset management role he is also overseeing the development of a further 13 hotels adding another 5,000 rooms to the portfolio with new brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Bellagio, MGM, Hampton Inn, Aloft and Elements.
Prior to that, Mustafa served as the General Manager of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. He was responsible for the entire operation of one of the most prestigious golf resorts in the Middle East. This includes management of the second largest membership base, an 18 hole championship golf course, a 9 hole Par 3 course, golf academy, seven restaurants and a variety of leisure & recreation facilities along with 92 luxury residential villas and a 121 berths. Over 5 years, Mustafa was able to efficiently transform the structure and culture of the organization resulting in an exponential financial growth year on year whilst winning multiple international and local awards in both service excellence and facility/restaurant management.
Mustafa began his career in the Oil & Gas Industry and was employed by Schlumberger; the largest oilfield services company in the world, working as an Engineer In-Charge in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE. He was the youngest high technology specialist in his field overlooking one of the largest offshore operations in the company.
Mustafa graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Managing Partner at Mereha
With over 20 years of hands on operating experience Mr. Jonsson has worked for sovereign backed asset owners, blue chip development companies, international hotel operators and independent hotels that has given him the ability to truly have a global understanding of all aspects of the hospitality lifecycle, both at an asset as well as corporate levels.
He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Mereha, a boutique advisory practice that provides strategic advice and direction throughout the full lifecycle of hotel assets from acquisition, development, asset management to disposal. Before establishing Mereha Mr. Jonsson was a Senior Vice President of ICD and Head of Asset Management Hospitality. In this capacity, he established and lead the asset management function for the hospitality division with oversight of a portfolio of 2.200 keys and had oversight of the strategic implementation and development of 10 pipeline hotels with approximately 2.500 keys in Dubai. Prior to ICD he held the position of Director Operations – Asset Management at Qatari Diar with responsibility for managing the company’s asset management activities across all asset classes, in addition to managing its hospitality cialis 20mg division. He spent time with Majid Al Futtaim Properties where he occupied the role of General Manager Development-Hospitality and with Melia Hotels International where he was responsible for the groups development activities across Europe Middle East and North Africa.
He is an experienced board, committee member of operating and property companies at an international level including among others Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes. Mr. Jonsson is furthermore a Senior Director at Beaufort Global Partners, Advisory Board Member of Sanad Capital, Advisory Board Member of Hotel Asset Management Association Middle East and Africa (HAMAMEA). He is a RICS certified surveyor.
Chief Hospitality Asset Management Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Alain Debare, has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry and, in particular management of hotels and has extensive experience of hotel operations as well as hotel development. He joined Action Hotels in February 2008 shortly after its inception and has been key to its growth. Alain focuses on real estate development, oversees hotel projects from initiation to completion and has a supervisory role to ensure the ownership objectives are achieved. Driven by his sector knowledge and hands-on expertise, Alain is closely involved with the operators to increase profitability and performance of the operating hotels.
Prior to joining the Group, Alain held various management positions with leading hotel management companies, including Mandarin Oriental and Hilton Hotels Corporation. He joined Hilton in 1996 and worked his way through hotel operations to reach general management. Alain has broad international management and operations experience having worked in the Philippines, France, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain and the GCC. He received a BA in Hotel Management from Institut Paul Bocuse – IGL Lyon in France and has also obtained a certification in hospitality investments and asset management from Cornell University. He speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and Portuguese and is a member of HAMA (Hotel Asset Managers Association).
Director Asset Management
Director Asset Management at Premier Group
Roger N. Blackall is currently employed in the position of Director of Hotels and Hospitality Division at Premier Group, Bahrain since 2008. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Asset Management of Kingdom Hotel Investments from 2003. Mr. Blackall worked at Shimizu Asset Management Inc., the Los Angeles subsidiary of Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation and was responsible for asset management of the 380-room Four Seasons Resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui. He had operated his own company in Palm Beach, where he specialized in hotel appraisals, feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence, impact studies and general management advisory and consulting assignments for the hospitality and recreation sectors. He also held a variety of hospitality industry consulting and operational management positions throughout the United States with Arthur Andersen, Marriot International Corporate Hotel Development, PKF Consulting, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the Walt Disney World Resort Division. Mr. Blackall holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and also attended graduate-level classes at the American University in Washington, DC.
HAMA MEA COMMITTEES
Country Chair KSA
Hospitality Director – The Red Sea Development Company
Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Rabih Feghali is a third-generation hotelier. A graduate of the Les Roches Hotel School in Switzerland and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, he spent the first decade of his career in New York City working at properties such as The New York Palace, The Plaza, and the Westin. Rabih then returned to the Middle East assuming the role of general manager at a boutique hotel in Abu Dhabi and director of hospitality development at a financial institution in Beirut.
Rabih spent 6 years at the hospitality consulting powerhouse – Ròya International, before joining The Red Sea Development Company as part of the team responsible for delivering the ambitious sustainable tourism initiative on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast.
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.
HAMA MEA EMIRITUS
Managing Director – RHA Capital
He has over 18 years of globally diverse career in real estate and hospitality strategy, investment, & asset management in major developed markets in the Americas & Europe & the emerging markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Caribbean & Indian Ocean.
He has been on the operator and ownerships sides of the business, through successful tenures with prestigious firms including Gencom Group, Miral Asset Management, Lehman Brothers, Kingdom Hotels Investment, PKF Consulting, Istithmar World, Majid Al Futtaim Properties, InterContinental Hotels & Hilton.
With core expertise in asset management, he is well experienced in all facets of the real estate investment cycle including portfolio and single asset transactions (acquisition and dispositions), debt and equity funding, management contracts, design and development, workouts, operations and stakeholder management.
After completing the tenure with Gencom earlier this year, Ahmer formed the RHA Capital, with offices in US and Canada. The firm advises in investment and asset management in the hospitality and real estate sector across the globe.
Ahmer holds an MBA in Investment from the Washington State University; a BA in Hotel Management from Austria; and post graduate certificate in Real Estate from Cornell University. He is also a Certified Hotel Asset Manager Designee.
Managing Director Hotel Asset Management for Global Asset Solutions
A founding member of Global Asset Solutions and currently overseeing the Operations and Marketing divisions of all Asset Management contracts representing owners’ interests. A specialist in pre-opening hotels and airlines, operations, hotel investments as well as sales and residential marketing. He has worked at senior level in various hotels, in addition to working with several airlines. Fred Novella was a founding board member for HAMA MEA (Hospitality Asset Manager Association) and is currently an active member of HAMA Europe as he relocated to Spain to oversee the development of Hotel Asset Management in EMEA
Managing Director – Stirling Hospitality Advisors
Donald is the Managing Director of Stirling Hospitality Advisors with 20 years of experience in asset management, development and hospitality advisory services, primarily within the Middle East.
Donald has held multiple roles across the industry including Hotel Manager, Asset Manager, Director of Development and Director of Rooms for Jumeirah Group and Operations Analyst, Revenue Manager, Director of Rooms and Director of Food and Beverage for InterContinental Hotels and Resorts.
Donald is the Industry Chair for the Hotel Asset Management Association and has a BSc from Aberdeen University.
Industry Chair / Chairman at Beaufort Global Partners
As well as a clear track record in Hotel JV Development in Asia, Harry offers over 40+ years of experience in the hotel industry with accomplishments in FDI, Project Financing, Asset Management, Hotel Transactions, Brand Transition, Turnaround and Workout, Master Planning, Operator Negotiation and Litigation.
His experience in the region goes back over twenty years in all hotel market segments, opening hotels and mixed-use projects in Asia, Africa, The America’s and the Middle East.
With a major in Hospitality Management and Finance from Manchester University, Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. He is a past president HCIMA Hong Kong Chapter, now Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. Mr. Johnson is Board member of the MEA Chapter of HAMA MEA – Hospitality Asset Managers Association.