THE TEAM

MICHAEL W. COWAN

Executive Director

Key Consulting Services

  • Operational and Management Services
  • Hotel & Resort Development 
  • Asset Management & Owner Advisory Services


Expertise

Michael has successfully operated, developed and contributed to hotel and resort openings providing senior leadership and advisory services with iconic resort and hotel brands to include Outrigger, Hyatt, Renaissance and Banyan Tree.


Background

He advises on multi-use project owners/developers on conceptual design, hospitality operations, and programing, branding and positioning. Michael has been involved in all aspects of development, opening and operating premier luxury brands in hotels, resorts, clubs, restaurants, residences and spa's focusing on South East Asia.


Professional & Other

Forming part of his hospitality experience Michael was a joint partner in the Phuket-based hospitality consultancy company C9 Hotelworks, which covered - planning of numerous mixed-use developments, evaluations of existing hotel operations, and carried out numerous audits and project feasibility studies. His Asian hotel industry experience includes a particular focus on developing mixed-use resort and residential projects from design to completion and operation.

MARK A.M. VAN OGTROP

Executive Director

Key Consulting Services

  • Corporate and Brand Management
  • Financial Analysis and Hotel Development 
  • Owner Advisory & Asset Management


Expertise

Mark recently served as Managing Director SE Asia for the Louvre Hotels Group and Golden Tulip SE Asia. He was responsible for the operations and development of the five Golden Tulip brands and grew the portfolio to over 30 hotels in the region. Prior to this appointment Mark was the Area General Manager for Dorint Hotels & Resorts in Brussels and held numerous senior management positions with International hotel brands such as Dusit Hotels & Resorts, The Peninsula Group, Golden Tulip USA and Sheraton Hotels in over 8 cities.


Background

With over 30 years experience working in three continents Mark has gained extensive knowledge in all forms of hotel management from the day to day operations to financial analysis and capital planning.


Profesional & Other

Mark is a graduate from the Hotel Management School The Hague, Netherlands.

Jason B. D. Dunn

Financial Advisory Partner

Key Consulting Services

  • Private Equity Investment
  • Fundraising
  • Financial due diligence


Expertise

Jason’s Financial expertise covers Real Estate Investment to include private equity investment, fund raising, investor relations, deal orientation, underwriting, and execution across all asset classes. Specialised in Asia with over US$750 million in transactions in Japan alone and over $1 Billion of investments, including real estate equity, secured non-performing loans, structured finance and corporate sponsorship transactions.


Background

Over the years Jason has held senior corporate positions including CEO of Zen Capital, Principle of Lehman Brothers global opportunity real estate fund, Business Head and Snr Vice President Lehman Bros and Vice President Corporate Advisor spanning 12 years. In his earlier career Jason held key positions such as Senior Auditor with Westpac Banking Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand for over five years.

Currently Jason is focused on raising capital though Zen Capital, a boutique private equity investment and advisory firm.


Profesional & Other

As a Chartered Accountant through the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand, with a major in Tax and Accounting. He is also a licensed chartered accountant. Jason speaks Japanese at an intermediate business level.

SANTHAYA  ARCHITECTS

Faun Israsena

Key Consulting Services

  • Feasibility / Land use planning
  • Master planning
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Design & Project Management
  • Technical due diligence


Expertise

Faun’s design portfolio includes numerous hotel brands for owners and operators such as Starwood, Hyatt, Accor, Outrigger, Dusit, Movenpick, Onyx and 137 Pillars. Successfully completed projects range from economy to luxury brands, from boutique hotels to mixed-used developments located throughout Asia Pacific. His designs are contemporary, embrace brand characteristics, celebrate local context and culture, while providing uncompromised operational/functional and technical excellence.


Background

Faun started his professional carrier in Europe, collaborating with multiple architectural practices in France, Belgium, Luxemburg and The Netherlands. From 2006 in Bangkok, Faun was involved in multiples large-scale developments in the region. His most recent position is Managing Director of an international design practice focusing on hospitality developments.


Profesional & Other

Faun earned his Master in Architecture (Urban Planning) from ISA St-Luc in Belgium, and Master Class Steel Structural Forms from Berlage Institute in The Netherlands. He is a regular lecturer at various architecture faculties in Thailand. Faun is a Dutch/Thai national and speaks fluently English, French, Dutch and Thai.

Mr. Javier Salgado

Partner Indonesia

Key Consulting Services

  • Development 
  • Operations
  • Market Analysis and Research 

 

Javier Salgado has nearly 15 years of global experience in hotel development and hotel asset management, across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. He began his career at the Embassy of Spain in Turkey and gained experience in M&A work with one of the world’s largest tourist holdings (TUI). He then deepened his hospitality experience at Barceló Hotels & Resorts, taking charge of its hotel investments and asset management portfolio in Europe and South America. In 2008, he was promoted to Vice President of Development and Asset Management of NH Hotels. After five years of being responsible for hotel transactions in key gateway destinations around the world, Javier moved to Asia, when he was initially appointed as VicePresident of Strategic Advisory for JLL Hotels, and thereafter he spent the following four years as Head of Development Indonesia for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. After a successful tenure signing several Hotel Management Agreements across Indonesia, he decided in early 2017 to join his family business at Saphir Group.

 

At Saphir Group he is part of the Executive Committee where he overlooks and supervise operations of the existing portfolio of 3 large beachfront resorts in Bali – under the corporate brand Nilamani Hotels, and he is also engaged in the business development of new opportunities for the Group.

 

Javier attended the University Complutense of Madrid, where he studied Economics. He also holds a MBA from HES Business School in Amsterdam. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia.

 

Mr Pichai  Visutriratana

Sales & Marketing Advisor

Key Consulting Services

  • Sales & Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Training and Structering S&M Platforms
  • Market research and Analyis

 Current Positions :

Director of Events for SKAL International Bangkok.

Asia Pacific Editor of Travel Daily News

Sales & Marketing Consultant for The Small Hotel group (The Small Chiang Mai, The Small Krabi, Krabi La Playa Resort), Synergy Samui Resort and Le Murraya Resort (Koh Samui) as Director

 

A Thai national, Pichai brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in Thailand, Vietnam and Bali. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC), Pichai's career has covered Sales And Marketing roles at the Montien Hotel Bangkok, the Felix Arnoma Swissotel Bangkok and then the Mandarin Oriental Baan Taling Ngam in Ko Samui. The hotel was later rebranded to the Le Meridien Group, and Pichai was responsible for handling their 4 hotels in Thailand: Le Royal Meridien Baan Taling Ngam in Ko Samui, Le Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club, Le Meridien Phuket and Le Meridien Baan Boran, Chiang Rai. Pichai was part of the opening Sales and Marketing team for the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok and is one of only a handful of Thai nationals with a strong sales and marketing background to be selected and offered overseas postings in any international hotel chain. After his first post as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Melia Hanoi, Pichai moved back to Bangkok to join the Grand Hyatt Erawan and the Swissotel Nai Lert Park. Pichai later rejoined the Sol Melia Group in Bali as their Director of Sales & Marketing.