16. Sandeep Walia

Company: Marriott International
Designation: COO for the Middle East, Egypt & Türkiye
Nationality: Indian
Sector: Hotels and Resorts

Walia assumed his current role in 2021. Marriott International has 230 properties and more than 100 projects underway in the Middle East. The company opened 24 properties in 2022, including the Ritz-Carlton in Jordan. In March 2023, it also signed three deals with NEOM for two Luxury Collection properties and one Autograph Collection in Sindalah. Walia started his career as a butler at Oberoi Hotels and has 26 years of industry experience.