Damien has worked in the hotel industry for the last 19 years, starting his career in operations with Starwood and Marriott in Europe, moving on to a development role in Mexico.
Before relocating to the Middle East, he worked for Yellowstone Club, a US based ultra-high net worth destination club, as General Manager.
In Dubai, Damien worked as a hospitality consultant with an edge in F&B before working for Meraas, helping them to create their F&B portfolio and bringing brands to Dubai.
Damien oversees the Hospitality Asset Management Function for Drees & Sommer based in Dubai. In his role, he performs strategic asset reviews, develops asset plans and helps owners set up their in-house asset management capabilities.
Damien holds a MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor degree from the Lausanne Hotel School.
See Damien Rizzi speak in the following sessions: