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Olivier Harnisch

Former CEO – Emaar Hospitality Group Dubai

Biography

Olivier Harnisch is an international Hotelier and founder of Lunasole Hospitality, a consultancy company based in the UAE, and a member of the Board of Directors of several companies in KSA, the UAE and Bahrain. Until the end of 2021, Mr. Harnisch held the position of Head of Hospitality at the Public Investment Fund in Riyadh. He was also the founding CEO of the PIF Hotel Management Company, in which he remains a member of the Board of Directors. Before that, Mr. Harnisch was CEO at Emaar Hospitality in Dubai. He started his hospitality career in 1986 in Nice, France. His path includes 4 years as COO of the Radisson Hotel Group and 14 years at Hilton where he was Managing Director for Northern and Central Europe. Mr. Harnisch holds an MSc in Organizational Behavior from the University of London, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Degree in Hospitality Management from the Berlin School of Hotel Administration. Having worked across the globe, Olivier Harnisch is fluent in six languages. He is also a passionate airplane pilot.

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