Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019 | AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Speaker profile

Marc Dardenne

Chief Operating Officer, Public Investment Fund – Amaala

Following graduation from the world-renowned Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne in Switzerland, Marcembarked on a progressively rich career as hotelier in all reaches of the globe and is currently Chief Operating Officer of PIF’s Amaala Project based in Riyadh (KSA).

Marc is a passionate and relatable hotelier with well-rounded operational expertise having worked extensively with Grand Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton in Europe, Middle East and Asia and he is well recognized for a track record for creating operational excellence and financial returns. Emaar, the Middle East’s largest real estate company, approached Marc in 2008 to develop and launch a hospitality division.
During his tenure, he created a luxury five-star lifestyle brand named The Address Hotels and Resorts and he worked closely with Giorgio Armani on developing and opening two Armani Hotels in Dubai and Milan. He also led the expansion of the company’s leisure division which included spas, golf courses, a polo club and a yacht club. In 2011, Marc was recruited by Pontiac Land in Singapore which is owned by the Kwee family who is known for being amongst the largest owners of prime real estate in Singapore. Marc again led the creation of their own ultra-luxury hotel brand, Patina Hotels and Resorts and it included the pursuit of projects in Singapore, Shanghai, Maldives and Sydney. Marc was most recently Interim Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Operating Officer of Dubai based Jumeirah Hotels and
Resorts, which owns four large hotels in Dubai including the world famous seven-star Burj Arab and
operates 20 hotels and resorts in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Marc is Belgian, was born in France but raised in Switzerland and he fluently speaks four languages. He is happily married for the last thirty years to an American wife named Rima and they are blessed to have two kids residing in Los Angeles and San Francisco. A passionate sports and health enthusiasts, Marc enjoys world travel and experiencing diverse cultures. Throughout his professional career Marc has dedicated time to several charity organizations including Doctors without Borders and The Red Ribbon.