Tarek M. Daouk
Smartotels Group Holdings / Founder and Managing Partner
Tarek M. Daouk is Founder and Managing Partner at Smartotels Group Holdings, a hotel real estate investment and full-service hospitality and asset management company developing and operating hotels under its unique and inspired proprietary lodging brands. Mr. Daouk designed and developed an award-winning hotel concept, FORM Hotels, and its flagship property in Dubai, UAE became the first and only Design Hotels® property in the Middle East.
Prior to founding Smartotels, Mr. Daouk was Head of Hospitality at Goldman Sachs’s Realty Management Division in Europe responsible for hotel acquisition, asset management, and divestment activities. Prior to his time in Europe, Mr. Daouk was involved in hotel acquisitions for the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds in the U.S.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Daouk worked at InterContinental Hotels Group in the Development & Investment Analysis Division of the Americas regional office. Prior to InterContinental, Mr. Daouk was a management consultant in the Hospitality & Leisure Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Daouk is Regional Vice President of the Cornell Hotel Society, EMEA Chapters, President of the Columbia Alumni Association UAE, and is the Event Chair of the Dubai Lodging Outlook Seminar, an annual seminar co-hosted with Smith Travel Research. Mr. Daouk received a BSc in Hotel Administration with distinction from Cornell University and an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.