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Walid Maalouf is general manager of Hospital Development Company, PSC. HDC is a start-up, with regional development ambitions and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the United Development Company. The firm is currently developing over US$500 million of luxury hotel & resort projects. It has also closed exclusive regional joint ventures with restaurant brands. Prior to joining UDC, Walid co-founded Synergy Hospitality, a hospitality management and consulting company based in Beirut, operating in the Middle East Region and providing financial, restructuring and concept creation advice to restaurant and hotel owners and operators such as Hilton International. He was also a Senior Consultant within the Arthur Andersen Hospitality and Real Estate Practice, based in London. As such, he worked on assignments such as a strategic overview of the global hospitality industry for Bass PLC after its purchase of the Inter Continental Hotel Group. While with Arthur D. Little International, he was based in the firm's MENA headquarters in Riyadh (KSA), and worked on assignments such assessing large scale tourism investment opportunities for Kingdom Holding. Walid graduated with a diploma of superior studies in hotel management from the Lausanne Hotel Management School. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.