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Jason Wright (Ambassador)

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Jason is widely regarded as the built environment domain expert n the Middle East. He has over 30 years of operational experience working as a contractor, client, and expert consultant in operational management of multinational organizations, including at “C” suite level. Jason has a background in major projects, international construction, and real estate development with specific competence in project management, facilities management, modern construction techniques, and sustainable building approaches. He specializes in emerging markets, “mega projects,” hospitality construction, incredibly high-end fit-out, upscale office developments, and healthcare.

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Olivier Harnisch (Ambassador)

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Olivier Harnisch is an international Hotelier with over 35 years of experience.  Until 2021, he held the position of Head of Hospitality at the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and was the founding CEO of the PIF Hotel Management Company in Riyadh. Previously, Olivier was CEO at Emaar Hospitality in Dubai. He started in the hospitality industry in 1986 in Nice, France. His career includes 4 years as COO of the Radisson Hotel Group and 14 years at Hilton where he was Managing Director for Northern and Central Europe.

 

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Seema Pande (Ambassador)

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Seema has over 25 years of experience and is an expert in driving and optimizing hotel revenue streams, outpacing competitors and visibility in target markets and segments in the hospitality arena while utilizing the latest strategic planning, design methodologies as well as innovative strategies that enhance brand image across industry and key markets.

She specializes in the overall commercial set up, hands on set up of teams as well as in optimizing sales, marketing and revenue channels to maximize revenue driving opportunities.

Having been an integral part of local homegrown brands as well as large hotel chains, Seema has a deep understanding and experience in setting up leading commercial teams and strategies which are instrumental in driving top line revenues.

 

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