Africa Hotel Investment Forum

October 2019 – Africa

AHIF

October 2019 – Africa

Speaker Profile

Ignace Bauwens

Regional Vice President, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As Regional Vice President for the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Ignace Bauwens is responsible for driving the company’s strategy and strengthening its growing portfolio of hotels across established markets and new geographies.  

Bauwens joined the company as Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa in November 2016, and since then he has dramatically grown the portfolio of brands in the region, most notably in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In February 2018, his remit was expanded to include the Eurasia region, to further growth the portfolio of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brands in India and neighbouring markets.  

Bauwens has worked in the Middle East since 2002, and prior to joining Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, served as Managing Director for BLH bvba Hospitality Consultancy and as CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH). He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including senior operations roles at Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group.  

Bauwens is a native of Belgium and speaks four European languages fluently – English, German, Dutch and French. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from Vives Brugges (previously HTI Brugge) in Belgium.    

He is based in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ Dubai office.