Speaker Profile

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.


Neil heads Starwood’s Development team for the Middle East & Africa. He leads the team responsible for all aspects of the planning and execution of the growth of all ten distinct Starwood brands across the Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean. He is also responsible for overseeing the negotiation and renewal of management contracts as they come up for renewal across the almost 100 hotels that make up Starwood’s Middle East and Africa portfolio.
Within his over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry and an international career spanning India, the US, Europe, the UK and the Middle East, Neil has held roles in hotel operations, consultancy, corporate finance and development. Prior to Dubai, he was based in Starwood’s divisional office in Brussels. Before he joined Starwood Neil was based in London for almost 10 years in various roles as an industry specialist with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen and has advised most major industry players during this time.
Neil holds a Masters degree in hospitality management from Cornell University, New York and enjoys skiing, scuba diving, tennis, squash and latin music.

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