Afyaa Holding, a leading real estate development company headquartered in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, has appointed seasoned hospitality professional, Olivier Harnisch, as the Chairman of its Advisory Board.
Harnisch, a well-known hospitality leader with more than three decades of industry experience spanning operations, management, and investment, will provide strategic guidance for Afyaa Holding's real estate developments in the Al Ahsa region and across Saudi Arabia.
As the former CEO of Emaar Hospitality in Dubai and Head of Hospitality for the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, Harnisch is expertly positioned to advise on Afyaa Holding's direction as it cements its position as a hospitality leader in Al Ahsa, the largest governate in the Kingdom.
Projects already underway include three sustainable lodges to be developed in partnership with GCC-born ecolodge brand ENVI Lodges, as well as a premium city hotel, a wellness resort, and the development of several international schools.
The company, which has a development history of 35 years, is also developing several projects in the housing and healthcare sectors, details of which will be announced shortly.
Olivier Harnisch is the founder and CEO of Lunasole Hospitality, a company he established to support investors in enhancing returns on their existing and planned hospitality projects. He also serves as a board member for various companies in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain.
His educational background includes an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, a Degree in Hotel Management from the School of Hotel Administration in Berlin, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Hospitality Real Estate from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. He is also a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
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- Olivier Harnisch is a graduate of Hotelfachschule Berlin in Berlin - Germany
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