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2018 Judges

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Olivier Harnisch

CEO - Emaar Hospitality Group

Biography

An international hospitality management leader with 30 years of experience, Olivier Harnisch drives the management strategy for 11 hotels and three serviced residences in Dubai, and a pipeline of 30 hotel projects in the UAE, Egypt, Maldives, Bahrain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He has in-depth expertise in all aspects of the hospitality business including restaurant and hotel operations. Olivier holds an MSc in Organisational Labour 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.

Design excellence

Design excellence is the emotional connection that any property makes with guests from a holistic perspective. It is free-flowing and intellectually enriching. An outstanding design concept is aspirational as well as inspiring, it draws on its immediate environment, and takes cues from people and places. A compelling design is underpinned by high levels of aesthetics, no doubt, but it is also about the sense of identification one feels that matters. While being creative is the way forward, the bottom-line in design excellence is people and their contentment – the very reason we are in business.