Olivier Harnisch

Olivier Harnisch

Senior Strategy Advisor - Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia, Founder - Lunasole Hospitality

Olivier Harnisch is an international hotelier and founder of Lunasole Hospitality, a consultancy company based in the UAE. He is also the Senior Strategy Advisor for the Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia.

Until the end of 2021, he held the position of Head of Hospitality at the Public Investment Fund in Riyadh. He was also the founding CEO of the PIF Hotel Management Company, in which he is still a member of the Board of Directors. Before that, Mr. Harnisch was CEO at Emaar Hospitality in Dubai. He started his hospitality career in 1986 in Nice, France. His path includes four years as COO of the Radisson Hotel Group and 14 years at Hilton where he was Managing Director for Northern and Central Europe. Mr. Harnisch is a Director and Board Member of various companies in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. He holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a degree in Hospitality Management from the Berlin School of Hotel Administration. Having worked across the globe, Olivier Harnisch is fluent in six languages. He is also a passionate airplane pilot.