Regional Vice President - Lodging Development, Africa & All-Inclusive EMEA
In his current role, Karim oversees the growth of Marriott International's footprint across the African continent. He is also leading the company All-Inclusive hotel development across EMEA. Karim joined Marriott in 2010 as Vice President of Development for Africa. Karim has over 20 years of experience in hotel real estate development, finance and investments. Prior to joining Marriott, Karim was a Director of Investments at Istithmar. In his role he was responsible for origination and acquisitions of hotel and leisure assets globally. Karim started his career in hotel consulting with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young Transactions Real Estate Advisory. He has advised hospitality companies, investors and lenders on M&A transactions, strategy and investment opportunities within Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through his college years, Karim went to work as a summer intern with Club Med, and that got him to start his hospitality journey. Karim holds a Masters in Hospitality Administration from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland.