Marloes Knippenberg

CEO, Kerten Hospitality

Marloes Knippenberg, has an innovative mindset that has established the organisation as a disruptive, dynamic international hospitality group dedicated to the management of mixed-use developments in key global destinations.  

Her journey in the hospitality field started with Hilton where Marloes held senior operational and commercial management positions for over a decade. At the helm of Kerten Hospitality, which she developed and launched with the backing of Kerten, Ireland-based investment vehicle, Marloes has grown the organisation’s operational and pipeline portfolio from one brand in one country to 10 aspirational lifestyle-driven concepts in 35 development projects across 3 continents.   

Marloes continuously pioneers the role of innovation across the larger ecosystem with the aim to establish an industry platform where technology, hospitality and sustainability coexist and evolve for the benefit of consumers, investors and businesses.

She is on the Advisory Boards of flagship events like IHIDC – Vienna, AHIC – UAE, HITEC – Dubai, IHIF – Berlin and is frequently invited to contribute Though Leadership to industry forums: ITHIC – Italy, SHIC – Saudi Arabia, HOST – London and The Retail Summit, Dubai. She has been a mentor for students in hospitality schools and was recently on the jury panel of the GENIO Innovation Summit by Hotelschool The Hague. 

Marloes has been listed in the Hotelier Middle East Power List 2019 ranking the region’s most influential industry professionals. Most recently, she was listed in Hotelier Middle East 25 ‘women in hospitality power list’ is a result of those women who are making waves in the industry. She is the Winner of CEO Today’s 2020 Business Women of the Year recognition in hospitality.  




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