Taras Ettl joined the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) as Vice President Development in 2011. His responsibilities span across a wide geographic area from the Middle East to Africa. In his supervisory function as Head of development, he spearheads IHG’s growth ambitions on those two key emerging market regions. Prior to joining IHG, Mr. Ettl worked for eight years as Vice President Acquisitions and 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 development of Four Seasons, Fairmont and Movenpick branded properties in both the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining KHI in Dubai and Riyadh, Mr. Ettl worked for three years at Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in the capacity of Corporate Development Director with base in Zurich. Priorto Movenpick, Mr. Ettl was Senior Consultant at Arthur Andersen’s Real Estate Group in Frankfurt, Germany, Mr. Ettl advised an international clientele on project feasibility for hotel developments within Germany. His background on feasibility and valuation was further broadened by a two-year tenure at the firm’s office in Manama, Bahrain where he undertook feasibility work and valuation assignments for various clients across the Middle East. Mr. Ettl has an intricate knowledge of all hotel markets across the Middle East and Africa and vast experience of transaction closings across a variety of different jurisdictions known for their high barriers of entry.