Katharine Le Quesne
Katharine is a Senior Director at HoCoSo, an advisory firm specialising in creating unique hospitality experiences through re-envisaging assets and developing new concepts. She has spent the past two decades working all over the world with private investors, public companies, Governments and operators in the hospitality and leisure industries, advising on an eclectic mix of opportunities, particularly luxury hotels, resorts, destinations and theme parks.
Katharine began her career with Jones Lang Wootton (now Jones Lang LaSalle) in China, when the country was undergoing its first real estate boom, working on real estate investment and agency. She subsequently worked in Asia and Europe for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, within their specialist hotel advisory practices. She was responsible for the launch of the first monthly hotel benchmark survey to cover Asia Pacific and travelled extensively across EMEA and Asia, working on M&A, strategy and development feasibility assignments.
Katharine is also Head of Resorts at the Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland, and is a Visiting Lecturer at world class hospitality and real estate institutions, including the University of Zurich and previously the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. She has been an industry advisor on the World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report and regularly speaks at industry events.
Katharine has lived in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan and France and is currently based in the UK. She speaks French and rusty Mandarin (her undergraduate degree); and has an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Mahak Mannan, Editor, Hotel and Catering News Middle East
Katharine Le Quesne, Senior Director, HoCoSo
Carmen Hui, Global Commercial Director of Owner Partnerships, Booking.com
Stefan Leser, CEO, Langham Hospitality Group