Cristina serves as the Managing Director of Questtio and is responsible for the organization’s practice and expansion in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Nearing two decades of experience, Cristina led in excess of 1,000 projects spanning over 100 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia, including valuations, feasibility studies, highest and best use studies, portfolio investment, strategic reorganization, M&A, operational performance review and optimization, asset management, strategic development and consulting, investment analysis, destination strategy and due diligence assignments, inter alia. Prior to founding Questtio, Cristina set up and led the Feasibility and Investment Analysis division in Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and Africa for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. This followed several years in hospitality consulting for one of the leading firms globally, as well as business development and operations roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts and Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. Cristina is part of the Hotel Asset Managers Association Middle East & Africa leadership team and holds a seat in the Faculty for Hotel Asset Management Course at Emirates Academy of Hospitality, Dubai, UAE. Cristina holds a Bachelor of Law, complemented by ongoing executive education from Cornell University, USA including Asset Management and Real Estate Investments, as well as Executive Leadership.
A well-seasoned hospitality and real estate professional, Rico brings more than 15 years of expertise in the industry. Prior to joining Questtio, Rico led the residential and extended-stay development for Accor in the Middle East and Africa. In his role he supported the regional and global team with development and financial analysis across a global real estate value of USD8 billion. Rico joined Accor in 2016 as Director of Feasibility and has underwritten in excess of 500 hotel projects across the Middle East and Africa. This complemented his previous experience including asset management with Seven Tides Hospitality where he managed a portfolio of hotels valued more than AED1.5 billion and a consulting engagement with HVS, where he co-authored multiple publications and administered a wide range of valuation, feasibility, contract negotiation and strategic assignments. Rico’s development, asset management and consulting experience is completed by several operational management positions held with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Rosewood Hotels& Resorts in the USA and the UAE. Rico is a co-founder and an executive board member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association for the Middle East and Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Business Management from École hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, in addition to certification in Hotel Real Estate Investment and Asset Management by Cornell University.