Speaker Profile

Erwan Garnier

Director, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean
The Rezidor Hotel Group

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Erwan has been part of the Africa Business Development team for two years with a focus on accelerating and executing the growth strategy in the French and Portuguese speaking territories of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Erwan has a Bachelor Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Hotel Management School of Paris and a MBA in International Hospitality Management, AACSB-EQUIS accredited majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Development from Cornell University and ESSEC Group – IMHI.

Erwan’s hospitality experience includes the launch and management of his own consulting firm in 2011 based out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Paris, France known as Mise en Place with impressive assignments in Brazil, Italy and USA. Before that Erwan worked for Hilton Worldwide (2007 to 2010) as a Director Brand Performance Support in London, UK focusing on the new Hilton Garden Inn brand. From 2004 to 2007 Erwan worked for the Accor Group as General Manager of the Red Roof San Francisco, USA and then at the Sofitel Bora Bora & Private Island in French Polynesia, Asia. From 2002 to 2004 Erwan was exposed to analyst, hotel valuation and investment while working for the Mazars Group in Madrid, Spain. Erwan also held the position of Assistant General Manager for the Jurysdoyle Hotel Group in Dublin, Ireland from 2001 to 2002.

Erwan native language is French, however he is also fluent in English and Portuguese with working knowledge in Spanish.