Hala Matar Choufany

Company: HVS

Position: Regional President MEA and Managing Partner

Bio

Hala Matar Choufany is the President for HVS -Middle East, Africa & South Asia; the only global consulting company focused solely on the hospitality industry.

Hala is an experienced Regional President and Managing Partner, an industry expert, and is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the hospitality industry, notably in the Middle East and Africa region.

Hala has advised on more than 5,000 hospitality and mixed-use projects in the last 20 years across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has advised clients in areas such as Valuations, Acquisitions, Asset Management, Strategic investments and development, Contract Negotiations, and general Real Estate Strategic Advisory.

Hala has authored more than 50 publications and speaks frequently at investment and hospitality related conferences on a range of topics including asset valuation, investments, management issues and women leadership.

In addition to being a Board Member of HVS Global, Hala sits on the Boards of Harvard Business School Club of the GCC, Hotel Investment Advisory Board, and is regularly invited to Boards as a subject matter expert in the industry. Hala is frequently invited to discuss hotel and tourism trends on major news channel including Alarabiya, Bloomberg, Abu Dhabi TV, Forbes, Breaking Travel News and CNN.

Hala completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School. She also holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from IMHI (Essec- Cornell) University, Paris, France and a BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Hala is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Born in Beirut, Hala lived and worked in several cities across Europe, Asia and Middle East and is a mother of three.
Hala’s previous work experience included stints with PWC, Arthur Anderson, Hard Rock International and the AL Kharafi Group, in London, Bahrain, Beirut and Kuwait. In addition, Hala lectured at Norte Dame University on the subject of International Travel & Tourism.

Member of the Board of Directors – HVS Global
Vice President- HBS Club of the GCC
Advisory Board Member- Future Hospitality Summit (FHS)
Advisory Board Member- African Hotel Investment Conference (AHIF)



Geographic Areas

Middle East, South Asia and Africa


Expertise

Hala has advised on more than 5,000 hospitality and mixed-use projects in the last 20 years across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has advised clients in areas such as Valuations, Acquisitions, Asset Management, Strategic investments and development, Contract Negotiations, and general Real Estate Strategic Advisory.


Professional Memberships

Harvard Business School Club of the GCC- Member and Vice President
MEA CEO Business Group- Member
Women In Hospitality- Member
FHS- Advisory Board Member
AHIF- Advisory Board Member



Articles and Publications

Authored more than 50 publications on various markets and topics.
https://www.hvs.com/personnel/375-hala-matar-choufany- list available on profile



Education

Harvard Business School, Executive Education, Boston, USA
Senior Leadership

Joint Program of Essec Business School, Paris, and Cornell University, USA
MBA in International Hospitality Management

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY
BA in Hospitality Management


Past Experience

Previous work experience includes stints with PWC, Arthur Anderson, Hard Rock International and the AL Kharafi Group, in London, Bahrain, Beirut and Kuwait. In addition, Hala lectured at Norte Dame University on the subject of International Travel & Tourism.