Vice President Development Middle East & Africa
Based in Hilton’s Regional Office in Dubai – Khneisser is charged with spearheading the growth of the Hilton portfolio across Middle East & Africa. Under Khneisser’s leadership, Hilton has enjoyed year-on-year, organic growth in the region with one in four pipeline properties under development in MEA carrying a Hilton flag. BACKGROUND Carlos Khneisser started his career in the hospitality industry in 1998, gaining broad experience across the sector, before focusing on finance and asset management positions over a nine-year period. Khneisser joined Hilton in 2009, overseeing the company’s growth within the Middle East & North Africa region that now features more than 180 hotels trading or under development under eight brands. In 2020 he began overseeing Hilton’s development operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. He graduated in 1996 with a BA Business Administration and Finance from Notre Dame University, Lebanon and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). LANGUAGES A native of Lebanon, Khneisser is fluent in Arabic, English and French.