Speaker Profile

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 


Taras Ettl is Vice-President Development of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for the Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for the group’s expansion program in those two key emerging market regions.

Prior to joining IHG, Taras worked for eight years as Vice-President Acquisitions & Development at Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), a dedicated hotel investment vehicle headed by Saudi investor HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal where he was overseeing the assessment of deal flows ranging from acquisitions to green field developments with a particular focus on Africa. Before joining KHI, Mr. Ettl worked for Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in the capacity of Corporate Development Director with base in Zurich. He began his career at Arthur Andersen where he undertook feasibility work and valuation assignments at the firm’s practices in Frankfurt and Bahrain.

Taras has an intricate knowledge of all hotel markets across the Middle East and Africa as well as extensive experience of transaction closings across a variety of different
jurisdictions and markets. His particular strength is his ability to work within emerging countries known for their high barriers of entry.

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