Charlie MacGregor is the CEO and founder of The Student Hotel, a company with strong core values reflecting inclusiveness, unity and social responsibility. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Charlie moved to Amsterdam in 2005 and, together with the Carlyle Group, created The Student Hotel. The Student Hotel’s first project opened as student accommodation in Liege, Belgium in 2008. In 2012, Charlie launched the first Dutch project in Rotterdam. Working with PW Real Estate and APG Asset Management, further locations were opened in Amsterdam and The Hague. In 2015, The Student Hotel acquired Melon District, expanding the portfolio with locations in Barcelona in Paris. Charlie has supported many humanitarian efforts and was moved to act when the images from Lesvos flooded the news. He started a foundation ‘Movement on the Ground’ in autumn 2015 and is committed to helping the current crisis.