VP Development ME & Africa
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Charbel Boutros is Vice President of Development for Middle East & Africa region at IHG®, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. He is responsible for leading and driving the strategic growth and distribution of IHG brands, focusing on priority markets within MEA. Charbel brings in-depth experience in the region across major hospitality chains and expertise in the completion of major deals and transactions. Prior to joining IHG, he was with Roya International for 17 years, holding various roles covering development strategy, hotel development, hotel portfolio strategy, asset management, M&A, tourism, master planning, F&B services and franchising. He was most recently Senior Director of Hospitality and Development Strategy, where he contributed to growth and expansion of Roya’s services to become the leading hospitality consultancy practice in the region. He was also responsible for business development related to hospitality strategy and transactions, leading business sales, deal negotiations and closure of business practice assignments. During his tenure, he completed the development of several hotels such as St. Regis, Shangri-La Hotel Abu-Dhabi, W Doha and developed local brands such as Media One and Studio One hotels as a client representative and hospitality advisor. He also worked with renowned architects such as Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Oppenheim, PEI, Arquitectonica on landmark hospitality and mixed-use projects.