Let's develop together.

We look forward to growing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio with you. The first step is to contact us. Our development professionals are located around the world, but you can find them all right here.

Our Development Leadership Team

Our Development Leadership Team helps ensure that Hilton Worldwide remains one of the world's fastest-growing hotel companies. To find development contacts for your location, please use the selector to the right.

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    Sarah Hannam

    Senior Manager, Development – Conferences and Owner Events

    M +1 512 965 9271

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    Mario Carbone

    Chief Development Representative, Central America

    T +1 305 781 6175

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    Juan Corvinos

    Managing Director Development – Mexico, Central America, & Hispanic Caribbean Regions

    T +1 703 883 1059

    M +1 301 412 7676

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    Juan Corvinos, Managing Director Development - Mexico, Central America, & Hispanic Caribbean Regions since 2013, is responsible for corporate development and expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands in the Central America, & Hispanic Caribbean regions.Corvinos also supports the Americas development team on special projects.

    Corvinos joined Hilton Worldwide in 2010 in Malaysia as part of the human resources team. He showed interest in driving the company’s presence in key markets and quickly migrated to join the development team for the Iberian Peninsula the same year. In 2011, he transferred to London and accepted a role as Manager, Development for Europe and Africa until August 2013, when he moved to Hilton’s headquarters in McLean, VA for a stint as Manager, Luxury and Corporate Development for the Americas before taking on his current role.

    He holds a bachelor's degree from Escuela de Hosteleria de Sevilla where he specialized in international law and business, and a Master Certificate in Hotel Management from Cornell University.

    When he is not traveling, Corvinos spends most of his leisure time devoted to voluntary teaching and fundraising activities.

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    Alex Mai

    Director Development - Andean Region

    T +1 703 883 6041

    M +1 901 590 5797

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    Alex is responsible for development in the Andean Region in Latin America (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana); in this new role he brings a wealth of expertise as a former Director of Brand Performance Support for Full Service Brands - Latin America & Caribbean.

    Alex also worked as Director of Owner Support for the Hampton by Hilton Brand in Latin America and previously, as part of Hilton Worldwide Global Training team, has taught nine different classes in the Americas, from sales & revenue to operations and brand culture. Throughout his multinational hospitality career, Alex has worked closely with hotel owners and investors, developers, leading lending institutions, government agencies and consulting firms. In addition, he brings vast operations experience.

    A native of Italy, he fluently speaks four languages and he is in the process of learning a fifth. He has a bachelor’s degree specialized in teaching from Istituto Magistrale G.D. Peri in Tuscany and holds a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) certificate from American Hotel & Lodging Association.

    Alex has been married to Cristina for 22 years, and they have four children. A huge Led Zeppelin fan, he loves music and is an accomplished musician/singer.

    Alex, as all good Italians, is a former soccer player and coach, and when time permits, still enjoys playing in the adult soccer league. He and his family enjoy anything outdoors, and they have four pets.

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    Erik Eveleigh

    Senior Manager, Luxury & Corporate Development, North America

    T +1 703 883 6516

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    Jeff Cury

    Senior Director, Canada

    T +1 514 695 6798

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    Frank McFadden

    Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 5397

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    Lisa Waldron

    Director, Development

    M +1 310 614 6261

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    Robbie Hall

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 5199

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    Patrick Speer

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 310 744 9725

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    Susan Bachman

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 970 984 0364

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    Karen Whitman

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 781 592 3313

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    Robert Giardino

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 5107

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    Glenn E. Goerke

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 6553

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    Gary Finnell

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 770 937 5171

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    Chris Brock

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 5609

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    Corey Mitchell

    Senior Director, Development

    T +1 310 462 1320

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    Tim Powell

    Vice President & Managing Director, Development – Southwest U.S.

    T +1 310 744 9723

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    Matt Clark

    Senior Manager, Development – U.S. West (Tru by Hilton only)

    T +1 901 374 5317

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    Denise Carpenter

    Vice President & Managing Director, Development

    T +1 901 374 5157

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    John Koshivos

    Vice President & Managing Director, Development

    T +1 203 463 3405

    M +1 914 646 3707

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    Colleen O’Shea

    Senior Manager, Development

    T +1 773 263 4681

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    Tom Lorenzo

    Vice President & Managing Director, Development

    T +1 203 463 3407

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    Dianne Jaskulske

    Vice President, Management Contract Services & Owner Relations

    T +1 703 883 1049

    M +1 678 778 3877

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    Matt Wehling

    Senior Vice President, Development – U.S. and Canada

    T +1 312 294 6666

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    Jacob Purackal

    Director of Development

    M +91 99204 28969

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    Jacob joined the Hilton Development Team in May 2012 to help grow the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout India. Before this, Jacob was part of the Business Development Team at SilverNeedle Hospitality, prior to which he led Molinaro Koger's brokerage and advisory practice in India, helping him develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hotel sector in India. A qualified Architect, Jacob holds an MBA in marketing & finance from Iowa State University, USA. Jacob is a voracious reader and hopes to someday publish a book profiling the Western Coast of India.

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    Yuyu Zhou

    Development Manager, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6853

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    Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Elly Yuyu Zhou worked as a consultant in Shanghai where she was responsible for undertaking feasibility and financial evaluations for hotel projects across China. Fluent in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka, Elly has spent time living in France where she worked at the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as well as holding a number of marketing, e-commerce and analytical positions for Moulin Rouge, Travel Avenue SAS and China Tour. She holds a Masters from the Universite Paris III Sorbonne and a MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School.

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    Kieran Bestall

    Director Development, Asia

    T +65 6833 9754

    M +65 8218 6237

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    Kieran joined the Hilton Worldwide Development Team in 2012 and brings considerable experience to support the expansion of our portfolio of brands across the Middle East and Asia Pacific region.

    Born into the hotel industry, Kieran studied hospitality management with honors at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and started his career working in Operations for a major hotel company. A move to Singapore as a hospitality investment consultant followed by a role at a luxury boutique hotel management company as a Development Manager, working on projects in Asia and Europe, has given him a thorough understanding of the Asian hotel markets.

    Kieran has a strong passion for sports particularly football and rugby. Always keen to experience new and different cultures, Kieran enjoys traveling.

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    Kaushik Vardharajan

    Vice President Development

    M +91 95995 93317

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    As Vice President, Development – India, Kaushik leads the expansion efforts of Hilton Worldwide in India and is based at the company's India Regional Office in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR.

    A global veteran from HVS, Kaushik's career with the firm spanned almost 15 years and included positions in North America, India, and most recently Singapore, where, as Partner Managing Director, Asia Pacific, HVS, Kaushik spearheaded strategy for the region, driving overall performance of the firm.

    Kaushik holds an M.B.A. in Hospitality Administration as well as a B.S. Hotel – Restaurant / Institutional Management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. He is also a graduate of the Owners and Presidents Management (OPM) program at Harvard Business School. Kaushik is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and part of its Valuation Board for South Asia. He has also served as Adjunct Professor for Real Estate Finance and Valuations at New York University, New York, and taught at Johnson & Wales and the Indian School of Business.

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    James Wei

    Director Development, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6906

    M +86 136 0165 3627

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    Based in Shanghai, and a member of the Development Team since July 2010, James is responsible for developing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout Greater China. With an MBA from Nanjing University and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, James has extensive hotel consultancy experience from his time with a large global hospitality consulting firm. He has also previously worked in a development role for another major hotel company. An occasional badminton player, James enjoys travel and spending his leisure time with his wife and young son.

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    Ivy Bian

    Director Development, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6914

    M +86 137 6186 9552

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    Ivy joined the Hilton Development Team in January 2009 to support the creation and implementation of development strategies. She has taken a lead in marketing and PR activities across China. With an MBA from IMHI-ESSEC in Paris, where she specialised in real estate, luxury hotels and brand management, Ivy also has extensive experience in hotel management, particularly in the start-up and pre-launch phases.

    In her leisure time, when not travelling to new and exciting destinations across the globe, Ivy enjoys swimming, badminton and yoga, as well as quiet relaxation with books and movies.

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    Jinjie Xu

    Director Development, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6908

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    A graduate of the prestigious two-year MBA program at the Institut de Management Hôtelier International, Jinjie joined Hilton in January 2008. In addition to sourcing deals for the Asia Pacific Development team, Jinjie provides her colleagues with market research insights and marketing support, including arranging Hilton Worldwide’s presence at key trade shows in the region.

    As well as loving travel, Jinjie enjoys evenings at home with a good movie and time spent with friends.

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    Justine Jing

    Senior Director Development, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6904

    M +86 137 0187 5217

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    With an MSc in finance, an MBA and a strong background in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the public utilities sector, Justine is ideally equipped for her current role. Based in Shanghai, Justine joined Hilton in January 2007 and is a key member of the China Development Team.

    Justine loves travel, but also enjoys spending time with her family. A lover of Chinese painting and calligraphy, she is also a devotee of traditional Peking Opera.

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    Joyce Tan

    Senior Manager Development, Asia and Australasia

    T +65 6833 9753

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    Joyce brings her professional services, real estate, and Hilton in-house experience to the Development team. Specializing in process, efficiency, and analysis in finance and real estate, she has built her career with a passion for hospitality and focus on sound decision-making. During her Hilton tenure, Joyce has partnered with hotels within the Hilton family of properties in APAC to improve the properties’ financial controls and operational efficiency, giving her the regional knowledge, exposure and perspective to assist in expanding the global hotel footprint in MEAP.

    In addition to an enthusiasm for travel, Joyce enjoys tennis, yoga and a good book.

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    Alla Chilikina

    Development Coordinator, Russia

    T +7 (495) 660 8960 (ext. 8963)

    M +7 925 205 9072

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    Alexey Shatalov

    Director Development, Russia

    T +7 (495) 660 8960

    M +7 9266 978 621

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    Alexey began his career at Hilton Worldwide as a Development Manager, based in Moscow. With a strong background in marketing and sales in the hospitality sector, Alexey applies his unique perspective of the exciting Russian market to building the Hilton destination portfolio.

    A gifted musician who loves playing the guitar, Alexey also enjoys traveling throughout Europe. His favorite destination is France, where he spent four rewarding years studying hospitality management.

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    Edgar Olle

    Development Manager – Spain, Portugal & Andorra

    T +34 935 070 096

    M +34 606 217 036

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    Edgar born and raised in Spain, joins us from the Middle East Development Team. He holds a Masters in Hospitality Management from ESADE-TSI and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Prior to working with us Edgar worked for Deloitte in Spain.

    A Naturally gifted professional tennis player until the age of eighteen, it could be said that he was born with a tennis racquet under his arm. He likes to play football and paddle during his free time as well as reading and traveling around the world.

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    Matthias Schulthess

    Development Manager, Central Europe

    T +49 69 66556114

    M +49 172 4658549

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    Matthias is responsible supporting the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa. Initially trained as a bank clerk in his native Switzerland, Matthias has worked in several parts of the hotel industry since, where he held sales and marketing and operational roles with international hospitality companies, before joining the Hilton development team in 2013.

    Matthias holds a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management from the École hôtelière de Lausanne, is a sergeant with the Swiss Aerial Forces and is a keen football and squash player in his free time. As most Swiss nationals he enjoys a weekly cheese fondue, usually on Mondays.

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    Alexander Dadak

    Senior Director Development

    M +49 (0)152 57 38 19 54

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    As a Development Director, Alexander has been responsible for sourcing and managing deals with Hilton partners since January 2008. He joined the Singapore Hilton Development team three years earlier as an analyst, having started at Hilton on the Elevator Graduate Trainee Programme. Alexander learnt the hotel trade at the Hilton Resort & Spa in Kuwait, and then at the Hilton Tokyo.

    His interests include mountain biking and road cycling and, through his extensive traveling, Alexander has developed a passion for Spanish cuisine and New World wines.

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    Nida Sözügeçer

    Development Manager, Turkey

    T +90 532 798 2242

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    Adela Cristea

    Director Development, Central & Eastern Europe

    T +44 207 856 8695

    M +43 664 883 40040

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    Adela joined Hilton Worldwide in March 2007, to help establish the Feasibility and Investment Analysis function in Europe & Africa, before joining the Development team in 2008. She is responsible for growing Hilton Worldwide’s Portfolio of Brands in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Hilton Worldwide, Adela gained extensive experience in both consulting and hotel operations. She has an MBA from Hult University and studied corporate finance at London Business School.

    A former professional fencer, Adela enjoys diving, skiing and traveling with family and friends.

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    Magdalena Sekutowska

    Director Development, Eastern Europe

    T +48 22 356 55 97

    M +48 661 977 122

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    After developing full-service hotels in North America for major hospitality brands, Magdalena moved to Europe to take on her role with Hilton’s Development team in December 2008. Based in Warsaw, her focus is on developing the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States.

    An avid reader of both historical fact and fiction, Magdalena enjoys traveling with her family to exotic locations that allow her to indulge her passion for hiking and glacier walking.

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    Vladimir Ilichev

    Director Development, Russia & CIS

    T +7 (495) 660 8960

    M +7 9037 761 700

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    With a passion for serving his home market of Russia, Vladimir joined the Hilton Development team in May 2008 to grow the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands throughout Russia and the CIS. With almost 20 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sector, he built Hilton Development’s Moscow team from the ground up.

    When not enjoying the travel opportunities that his role provides, Vladimir particularly enjoys spending time with his family.

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    Esteban Lozada

    Director Development

    M +33 6 64 66 50 47

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    Graham Dodd

    Director Development, UK & Ireland

    T +44 20 7856 8653

    M +44 7767 323 845

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    Graham is responsible for the development of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands throughout the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining the Development Team in September 2010, Graham spent 20 years in the hotel and leisure property markets, working at senior levels for global asset, estate and property management consultancies. This has given Graham unique insights into the needs and requirements of property owners and investors in the hotel sector.

    A keen road cyclist and occasional golfer, Graham devotes his leisure time to his family.

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    Alan Mantin

    Senior Director Development - Southern Europe

    T +39 06 3509 3033

    M +39 335 53 17 376

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    A former marketing director with pan-European brand experience, Alan joined the Hilton Development team in 2005 to build the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands throughout Southern Europe and Africa. Based in Rome, Alan’s focus is on the Italian market, developing long-term relationships with developers, investors and partners in the region.

    In his spare time, Alan hugely enjoys traveling with his family, and in particular exploring new destinations with his young son. In between trips, he also enjoys the occasional game of golf.

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    Melanie Rossler

    Development Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

    T +27 21 418 4063

    M +27 71 330 4585

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    Geri Wessels

    Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    T +27 21 418 4064

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    Upon her return to South Africa in 2013, Geri gained valuable experience by conducting market studies in Africa as a hospitality analyst. She joined Hilton Worldwide a few months later as part of the sub-Saharan Africa Development team to assist in realizing the growing number of opportunities on the continent. Prior to this, she spent 5 years in the United Arab Emirates focusing on the Middle East and North Africa hotel markets. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and an Honours degree in Marketing from Stellenbosch University. Geri is passionate about photography and experiencing new cultures and enjoys exploring destinations which are off the beaten track.

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    Lasse Ristolainen

    Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    M +27 73 212 6007

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    Based in Cape Town since July 2011, Lasse is responsible for sourcing new management and franchising opportunities for the growth of the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of brands throughout Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Prior to this role, Lasse was part of Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Feasibility and Investment Analysis team for Europe & Africa; later he directed the team in Middle East and Asia Pacific. He has an MBA from Cornell University and IMHI-ESSEC Business School in Paris, and has previously worked in both consultancy and general hotel management roles.

    A former competitive boxer, Lasse enjoys yoga, wakeboarding and exploring new destinations.

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    Feras Hasbini

    Senior Development Manager, Middle East & North Africa

    T +971 4 364 2195

    M +971 56 413 8810

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    Nisrine Karazi

    Director of Development

    T +971 4 363 0407

    M +971 50 708 1692

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    Nisrine, who joined the Hilton Development Team in June 2010, is responsible for developing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout the Middle East & Africa. Nisrine knows the region and role well, having previously worked in development for four years for another global hospitality company. With degrees in Economics and Finance from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Nisrine is on the MBA programme at the American University in Dubai. In her leisure time, Nisrine is a keen tennis player and enjoys travel.

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    Carlos Khneisser

    Vice President Development, Middle East and North Africa

    T +971 4 363 0406

    M +971 50 130 4797

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    Prior to joining the team in January 2009, Carlos worked for one of the ‘big four’ global audit and consulting firms, and as a Finance Director with major hospitality brands throughout Europe and the Middle East. A Certified Public Accountant with a degree in Finance, Carlos is responsible for driving forward Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in the Middle East and North Africa.

    An enthusiastic and talented cook who enjoys reading about history, Carlos also loves anything to do with engines, particularly Formula 1

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    Michael Cooper

    Vice President Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    M +27 83 656 4917

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    Based in Cape Town, Michael joined the Hilton Worldwide team at the beginning of 2013 to head the development efforts in Africa. His work with major global hotel brands over the previous fifteen years has seen him head development initiatives across central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the UK and most recently sub Saharan Africa. A lover of fine wine and dining experiences, Michael spends much of his leisure time travelling the world to discover new and exciting destinations.

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    Carlos Miro

    Director Development – Spain, Portugal & Andorra

    T +34 93 444 70 37

    M +34 628 715 782

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    Carlos joined the Hilton Development team in June 2008, having spent eight years working in development for a variety of major hotel brands and property firms. His close understanding of property developers and hoteliers proves invaluable as he works to expand Hilton’s presence in the Iberian Peninsula.

    When not working, Carlos enjoys discovering exciting new travel destinations. Closer to home, he is devoted to his young family and loves to cook. A former Catalan table tennis champion, Carlos now keeps fit by playing basketball.

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    David Heijligers

    Senior Director, France & Benelux

    T +33 1 4008 4494

    M +33 6 6487 5957

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    Based in Paris, David focuses on France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. He is responsible for the expansion of all brands in that region. His past experience with several well-known hospitality groups in Development and Asset Management provided David with a transverse experience from franchising to financing and from construction to refurbishment projects. Graduated with a Master in International Business and Management, David’s experience has been widely Pan-European. David devotes his leisure time to his family.

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    Tugrul Temel

    Senior Director Development, Turkey

    M +90 532 505 0164

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    Tugrul focuses on developing the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of brands in Turkey. Before he joined the Hilton Development Team in May 2011, Tugrul worked for a Turkish hotel investment group, and brings his in-depth knowledge of the real estate market to his current role. He has a BA in city planning, an MA in real estate development and is working towards a doctorate with Istanbul Technical University.

    A keen motorcycle enthusiast, Tugrul has a passion for travel and photography, specializing in portraits.

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    Mike Collini

    Vice President Development

    M +90 530 962 2561 - Turkey

    M +44 7974 229 672 - United Kingdom

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    A chartered quantity surveyor with a master's degree in property business and management, he has held key roles in technical services and real estate and has managed the major capital expenditure of many refurbishment projects. Appointed Vice President Development in June 2006 and now based in Istanbul, Mike drives expansion into Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe. In his spare time, Mike tries to be as active as possible and enjoys all sports especially football, rugby and skiing.

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    Marybelle Arnett

    Vice President Development, Central Europe

    T +44 20 7856 8060

    M +44 7956 375 088

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    Marybelle joined Hilton Worldwide’s London office in 2009 to help spearhead the growth of Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton in Europe & Africa and more recently to also lead the Southern Europe and North Africa Development Team.  With a career in hotel development, she played a key role developing Hilton Worldwide Brands in the US and was part of the original team launching the Hampton Brand in America.  Marybelle is an outdoor enthusiast and a passionate fan of sports.

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    Sarah Green

    Development Director, UK & Ireland

    T +44 20 7856 8120

    M +44 7956 279 775

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    Sarah joined the Development Team at Hilton Worldwide in 2016 and will focus on developing Hilton brands across the UK & Ireland. Prior to joining Hilton, Sarah spent 12 years in corporate banking specialising in hotel finance and in particular development finance. This experience has given Sarah real insight into the requirements of owners and investors going through this process.

    Sarah is passionate about travel and loves to explore new places whenever she gets the opportunity.

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    Nick Smart

    Vice President Development, North & West Europe

    T +44 20 7856 8057

    M +44 7976 328 056

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    A veteran hotelier, Nick has worked with some of the world's biggest brands in the UK and US hospitality industry for nearly 25 years. He joined the Hilton Development team in November 2006, taking overall responsibility for the growth of the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in the UK and Irish markets.

    Formerly a keen rugby player, Nick is now a regular and enthusiastic supporter of London Wasps. The son of a Gordon Highlander, Nick devotes most of his spare time to his wife and eight children.

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    Dawn Beghi

    Director, Management Contract Services

    T +1 310 744 9706

    M +1 818 383 6634

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    Luis Alvarado Andrade

    Senior Director

    T +1 786 866 7211

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    Gregory Rockett

    VP of Corporate Hotel Development

    T +1 703 883 1048

    M +1 703 342 9686

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    Patrick Puricelli

    Development Manager, Europe & Africa

    T +44 2078 568 128

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    Pierre Ricord

    Director, Development Strategy & Planning – EMEA

    T +44 2078 568 027

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    Pierre is an alumni from Thonon-Les-Bains Hotel School and holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Over the last 6 years and prior to joining Hilton Worldwide's Development team, Pierre's passion for the hospitality sector has led him to hold various roles in hotel operations, market research and publishing, finance, consulting and valuation, and underwriting across the Europe and Africa region.

    Based in London, Pierre is responsible for supporting the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa through market intelligence reviews, proactive assistance to the development process, targeted communication and marketing initiatives towards industry partners and coordinating internal reporting to the Development leadership. As a true Frenchman Pierre is a wine and food connoisseur and even bakes his own bread.

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    Dan Wakeling

    Vice President Development – Luxury, Europe and Africa

    T +44 2078 568 501

    M +44 7974 229 907

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    Dan Wakeling is Vice President of Luxury Development for Europe and Africa. In this capacity he oversees the execution of the Hilton’s luxury growth strategy plan across Europe and Africa. With over 15 years of dedicated hotel experience Wakeling’s hotel career has provided exposure to the complete hotel investment lifecycle across a broad geographical spectrum including the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to re-joining Hilton in April 2016 Wakeling was Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for Kingdom Hotel Investments in Dubai where he established the M&A team and led all M&A activity. Most recently he held the position of Senior Vice President Global Acquisitions and Development at Trump Hotels where he was responsible for the global growth managing teams in Shanghai, Dubai and New York. During his first stint with Hilton Wakeling was Director of Real Estate in London and played an integral role in an asset monetization strategy which involved the disposal of over 30 hotels in Europe on long term management contracts at a combined value of over £2Bn before joining the development team.

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    Andy Potter

    VP Development Renewals & Retentions EMEA

    T +44 20 7856 8143

    M +44 7974 229 233

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    As a chartered management accountant, Andy brings a wealth of financial experience to Hilton Worldwide's Development team, which he joined in 1999. He spent the early nineties with Stakis Hotels and then moved to Hilton in Australia. Andy is now overseeing the retention process of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Europe. Leisure time for Andy revolves around his young family and he also enjoys golf and football.

  • Ian R. Carter

    President Development, Architecture, Design & Construction

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    Ian Carter is President, Development, Architecture, Design & Construction for Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Carter was appointed President of Global Operations in 2008 and acquired responsibilities for Global Development for the company in 2010. Prior to his post, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International, a position he held since 2005.

  • Patrick Fitzgibbon

    Senior Vice President Development, EMEA

    T +44 20 7856 8274

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    Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date. Since the Blackstone acquisition in 2007, the number of trading properties has increased by +120 (80%) to +270 trading hotels; the number of properties under development across Europe and Africa has increased by +260% to more than 150.

    Patrick was appointed to the role of senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide in 2005. His first position with Hilton was in 1997 as development manager for Hilton International’s stand-alone health club business, LivingWell. Following this he moved to Miami for three years to head up the company’s hotel development activities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. In 2004, he returned to London as Managing Director of LivingWell before taking on his current position.

  • Bill Fortier

    Senior Vice President Development, Americas

    T +1 703 883 1051

    M +1 310 968 6474

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    William B. Fortier is the senior vice president - development Americas and has been with Hilton since 1996.

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    Robert Scullin

    Vice President Development, Australasia

    T +61 2 9266 2072

    M +61 447 710 433

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    With over 20 years’ financial experience in the hospitality industry, Robert joined Hilton in 1997 as Area Director of Finance for Asia Pacific in Singapore. After becoming Hilton Vice President of Finance for the Middle East and Asia Pacific, he returned home to Australia in July 2007 to launch the Hilton Development team for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

    Power boating and jet skiing being his passions, Robert enjoys spending time on the water with his family, and plays squash at competition level.

  • Francis Lee Wee Hau

    Senior Vice President Development, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6900

    M +86 136 6187 6137

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    An MBA graduate of INSEAD with Master’s degrees in finance and law, Francis joined Hilton Development’s Shanghai office in July 2005 to lead the expansion of all Hilton’s brands in China and Mongolia. Formerly a corporate finance lawyer, Francis brings to his role an in-depth knowledge of the private equity and venture capital markets.

    Francis enjoys travel, exploring ancient villages in the remoter areas of China and discovering the history and culture of the places he visits.

  • Guy Phillips

    Senior Vice President Development, Asia & Australasia

    T +65 6533 9750

    M +65 9138 7056

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    Guy is Senior Vice President Development responsible for the Asia & Australasia region. He joined Hilton Worldwide in 2002 and has worked in development in Asia Pacific throughout this period.

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    Leonardo Lido

    Director of Development - Brazil and Southern Cone

    T +55 11 2845 0250

    M +55 11 99334 1956

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    Leonardo is responsible for Hilton's Worldwide brands expansion in Brazil since January 2016.

    Experienced hotel and real estate developer with more than 8 years in these industries. He developed his carrier in another Global Leaders in hospitality and retail. He has also experience in construction and facilities management.

    Leonardo has a bachelor degree in Engineering from PUC (Catholic University of Campinas), a Master degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation and a Master in Real Estate from University of Sao Paulo).

    He is a sports fan, during his leisure time he enjoys practicing soccer and swimming, as well as spending time with family and friends.

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    Eduardo Rodriguez Suarez

    Managing Director Development - Brazil and Southern Cone

    T +54 11 5274 1166

    M +54 9 11 4173 1117

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    Eduardo is responsible for Hilton Worldwide’s brands expansion in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia since 2013.

    Specialized in Hotel & Real Estate Investments, and with more than 13 years of experience in these Industries, he had worked for several years as Head of Development in the Southern Cone for another global leader in the hospitality industry, and also worked for one of the most important Real Estate holdings in South America, based in Chile, at the executive level.

    He has a Bachelor degree in Economics from Buenos Aires University, a Master degree in Finance from Torcuato Di Tella University, and a specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Management from ESADE Business School of Barcelona.

    In his leisure time, he enjoys travelling with his family & friends, admiring arts, in its different expressions, and reading about politics, economics and global lifestyle.

  • /contacts-assets/images/ac_andy_albonetti.jpgAndy Albonetti, Vice President, Architecture and Construction, United States & Canada.

    Andy Albonetti

    Vice President, Architecture & Construction, United States & Canada

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    John Walters

    Vice President, Architecture & Construction, Latin America & The Caribbean

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    Gordon Coles

    Senior Vice President, Architecture & Construction, Europe, Africa & Middle East

    T +44 207 856 8158

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    Gordon is responsible for both property related capital expenditure to existing Hilton properties and new build and conversion projects within Europe.

    A chartered surveyor with over 20 years of project management experience, Gordon originally joined Hilton in July 2000 to look after the design and construction of the LivingWell health club chain before moving to the hotel division in 2002.

  • /contacts-assets/images/ac_allan_zhang.jpgAllan Zhang, Vice President, Technical Services, Greater China and Mongolia

    Allan Zhang

    Vice President, Technical Services, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6888

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    Carlos Kusaka

    Vice President, South East Asia Pacific & India

    T +91 9971116656

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    Christian O. Pucher

    Director Development, Asia

    T +65 6833 9752

    M +65 8111 3785

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    Christian Pucher is Director of Development Asia for Hilton Worldwide, with a focus on Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Prior to joining Hilton at the beginning of 2016, he was Vice President at HVS, leading the Consulting & Valuation practice in Bangkok and advising clients throughout the Asia Pacific region. Christian joined HVS in 2013 after a seven-year tenure with award-winning luxury resort company, Six Senses Resorts & Spas as Director of Development, overseeing the group’s expansion in the Asia Pacific region.

    Christian earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, in Switzerland.