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Gregoir Chikaher

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Gregoir has over 40 years of international experience in the design, management and delivery of sustainable projects worldwide working closely with developers, architects and non-aligned think tanks. In his 35 years with Arup in London as Director and later as the Head of Arup Global Hospitality, he has been involved with more than one hundred hospitality projects. As a mechanical engineer and designer Gregoir has focused on delivering sustainable and low-energy design projects in the built environment. The role demanded an understanding of engineering in relation to reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and the effects of carbon emissions.

 

In addition to his design and management skills, Gregoir currently concentrates in providing technical advice to hotel operators and developers, preparing hotel technical and sustainability guidelines, undertaking feasibility studies, value engineering, design reviews, and appraisal of hotel projects. Gregoir has worked with most luxury hotel brands including Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Aman Resorts, Raffles, Intercontinental Hotel Group on projects in Europe, Americas, Far East and the Middle East.

 

He has collaborated with ‘Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne’ (EHL) developing new ideas for the sustainable hotel of the future by engaging hospitality stakeholders. He was also on the Advisory Panel of International Tourism Partnership. He helped in the development of the first ‘carbon measurement initiative’. The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) undertaken jointly by the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has brought together over 20 hotel companies to agree a common methodology for measuring carbon emissions. He has been a regular speaker at the key hospitality conferences on the design of ‘sustainable hotels’, Drivers of Change and sustainable retrofit of existing hotels.

 

At Arup, he has been instrumental in developing global hotel energy benchmarks and organising ‘hotel of the future’ workshops engaging hospitality stakeholders and developing new ideas for the future of the tourism industry. He is passionate about integrating sustainable and innovative solutions into every level of hotel design, construction and operation. As sustainability consultant, he likes working closely with clients to help them measure, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance.

 

He is a graduate from AUB (American University of Beirut) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Imperial College with an MSc and DIC in Thermal Power. He speaks English, French, Arabic, Armenian and now learning Spanish.