39. Sandeep Walia

Company: Marriott International
Designation: COO—Middle East
Sector: Hotels and hospitality
Nationality: Indian
Global headquarters: U.S.
Residence: U.A.E.

Walia has over 25 years of experience in the hotel industry. Before assuming his current role in 2021, Walia was the area vice president for the U.A.E., Marriott’s largest market in the Middle East. Marriott has over 190 operational properties in the Middle East. Walia is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.