Stephen Sackur is presenter of HARDtalk, the current affairs interview on BBC World and the News Channel. His subjects have included the heads of NATO and OPEC, Shimon Peres, Gore Vidal and Richard Dawkins.
For HARDtalk he has also interviewed a number of the world’s great innovators, from James Dyson to Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia and the bioscientist Craig Ventor. Distilling his notes for a series of articles, Stephen identiﬁed the ﬁve qualities they all seemed to share: an indestructible will, passion (almost beyond reason), outrageous optimism, a super-sized ego and a ‘rebel yell.’
These interviews have also given him an insight into how organisations can best bring about innovation: “You need to ﬁnd ways to assess individuals on their merits, and give rewards for innovative thinking rather than play-it-safe mediocrity. You should encourage insiders to get outside and bring back fresh insights. And you shouldn’t confuse seniority with creativity.”
Away from set-piece interviews Stephen has served in Brussels, reporting on day-to-day stories from the major European institutions and across the continent. Before that he was Washington Correspondent, where his coverage and analysis of 9/11 won widespread acclaim.
Ten years earlier it was Stephen who broke the story of the mass killing on the Basra road out of Kuwait, marking the end of the Gulf War. He was then posted to Cairo and Jerusalem as Middle East Correspondent, where he reported on the emergence of the Palestinian Authority.
President, MENA Region, Louvre Hotels Group
A recognized stalwart of the Middle East hospitality industry, Amine Moukarzel was the driving force behind the launch of some of the most successful hotels in the region, including the Crowne Plaza hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi , the Hilton Corniche Residence in Abu Dhabi, Royal Tulip, Tulip Inn, and Golden Tulip among others.
After more than 35 years working with leading international hotel groups, Amine Moukarzel decided it was time to create his own regionally inspired hospitality projects and to establish a company to balance local knowledge with global standards. Flamingo Hospitality Management Company was born in 1998 with three employees, and today the company operates throughout the Middle East & North Africa under its local brand and represents through its global partnership one of the largest international hotel companies in the world.
Amine leads an executive team responsible for the branding, development, franchising and management of hotels across the MENA region under the brands of Louvre Hotels Group, considered as one of the largest midscale hotel operators in the marketplace with a robust pipeline with over 50% growth in the short term.
Amine is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including Hotelier Middle East (ranked as Top 9) , Hotelier Express Middle East ranked as Top 6 2017, Hospitality award at HORECA 2009, being named “Man of the Year” by ‘General Manager’ magazine in 2011, recipient of a “Gold Medal” for Tourist Investment Management at the Tatweej Academy of Excellence Awards, Listed in the Meet 100 influential Lebanese figures around the world) and many more.
He is currently a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and an advisory board member of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, he is the Vice President of Mediterranean Hotels and Restaurant Association, Vice President- Middle East of International Hotels and Restaurant Association (IHRA). Amine is also the President of Louvre Hotels Group having long years of experience of operating the Golden Tulip brands and now with the Louvre Hotels Group brands aiming to reach 100 hotels by 2020.
CEO, Jin Jiang Europe CEO, Louvre Hotels Group
Pierre-Frédéric Roulot is the CEO of Louvre Hotels
Group, the international hospitality player based in Paris, France.
He joined the Group in 2007, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the service industry including extensive knowledge in marketing, brand management, operations management and franchise network development.
Since the acquisition of the group by the Chinese conglomerate Jin Jiang in March 2015, Pierre- Frédéric has been successfully collaborating with his new shareholder to smoothly integrate Louvre Hotels Group to their existing structure whilepursuing sound business development.
In December 2015, in addition to his current role, Pierre-Frédéric was named CEO of Groupe du Louvre – the holding of Louvre Hotels Group – which has become the new European headquarters of Jin Jiang International. He is responsible for implementing European development strategies of Jin Jiang, supporting Louvre Hotels Group to achieve better performance, as well as facilitating and
coordinating the growth of its brands in China.
Prior to joining Louvre Hotels Group, Pierre-Frédéric spent 20 years with McDonald’s where he served in various strategic positions including Deputy Managing Director for France and Operations Director, Southern Europe.
Pierre-Frédéric holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from HEC Paris. A French citizen,
he is married with two children and lives in Paris, France.