Speaker Profile

Valentina Zeisler

Vice President, Hospitality & Tourism
DEG German Development & Finance Institution

Valentina, Vice President of DEG carries key responsibility for the selection, structuring and advisory process of hospitality and tourism investments  of  DEG’s finance and investment portfolio in emerging and developmental markets.

She has been with DEG, the German development fund, for over 20 years and carries global experience in project finance and corporate lending as well as private equity investments in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Valentina has given particular emphasis to a prudent selection of hotel investors and projects with key focus on energy efficiency concepts, water & waste treatments and nature-oriented architectural building concepts. As a key supportive stimulus for DEG`s hotel & catering investments she likes to include the set up of hands on dual facilities for employees (e.g. training schedules, learning restaurant). Furthermore she sits on the Board of directors of several of DEG’s hotel investee companies. 

Valentina was born in Hamburg, has a certified Hotel & Catering Diploma and studied in Reutlingen/ London (B.A. Hons. in European Business Studies). She has this year completed  Hotel Real Estate Courses at Cornell University, N.Y.. Previous to being employed with DEG, Valentina has been responsible for commercial banking transactions in Russia and Eastern Europe for 7 years. She has worked and lived in Russia for more than 2 years. Valentina speaks German, English, Russian and French and has some basic knowledge of Spanish and Africaans. She is married and has two children.