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Olivier Harnisch

Emaar Hospitality Group


An international hospitality management leader with over 30 years of experience, Olivier Harnisch is the Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, with a focus on international expansion.

He is responsible for the overall management of 15 operational hotels and three serviced residences in Dubai, and the pipeline of over 30 projects in the UAE – in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Fujairah – as well as in international markets including Egypt, Maldives, Bahrain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

With the goal of national and international expansion as well as enhancing productivity and profitability, Olivier leads the company in unlocking the potential of its three hotel brands – the premium luxury brand Address Hotels + Resorts, the upscale lifestyle brand Vida Hotels and Resorts, and the contemporary midscale brand Rove Hotels.

He is also responsible for the leisure clubs under Emaar Hospitality Group and the Lifestyle Dining assets. In addition, he focuses on further enhancing guest experiences and implementing new strategies that create long-term value for all stakeholders.

Olivier joined Emaar from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels, where he was Chief Operating Officer, responsible for a portfolio of over 360 leased, managed and franchised hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He has acquired in-depth expertise in all aspects of the hospitality business through multiple leadership roles across four continents. He has significant regional and international experience in both hotel and restaurant operations.

Olivier started his career in 1986, and was initially associated with individual hotels, food and beverage operations and airlines for over 13 years, enabling him to gain strong insights in classic hospitality and in developing compelling guest experiences.

He then worked for over 14 years with the Hilton Group where he held the position of Vice President for Northern and Central Europe.

Olivier holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London, an MBA in International Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Degree in Hospitality Management from Berlin School of Hotel Administration. Having worked across the globe, Olivier is fluent in six languages.

Olivier 's Sessions

Tuesday - 5th February 2019
10:30 - 11.05
10:30 - 11.05

Simon Allison, Chairman & CEO , HOFTEL


Giuliano Gasparini, Senior Vice-President, Aldar Properties

Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO, RAK Hospitality

Luca Bandecchi, General Manager & Vice Chairman, SBK Holding Hospitality Committee

Olivier Harnisch, CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group