Graduate, Shannon College of Hotel Mgmt, Ireland. 23-year career with Forte Hotels. 1997, joined Jumeirah. Has helped establish it as one of the premier luxury hotel brands in the world. Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Fellow Member, Institute of Hospitality (formerly HCIMA). Member, Advisory Group, Global Irish Forum. Member, Dubai Holding Exec. Committee. Member, Board of Trustees, Emirates National Development Programme. Chairman, Board of Governors, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. Hon. Doctor of Business Admin. in Hospitality Mgmt, Johnson & Wales Univ., Rhode Island, US. Hon. Law degree, NUI Galway, Ireland.