Dr. James Mabey is the Chief Operating Officer Antaeus Group (Hospitality and Real Estate) and is responsible for the operations of the company’s hotel and real estate holdings including nearly USD 4.2 billion in assets across 9,000 hotel rooms, 140 restaurants, 2 theme parks, and more than 180,000 sqm of retail. He also provides leadership oversight on the development of new projects including 6,000 hotel rooms, 170 restaurants, 3 theme parks and 200,000 sqm of shopping mall retail area.
Dr. Mabey holds degrees from the United States, Thailand, Dubai, and China including an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism, a Law Degree, and a Doctorate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Mabey has lived in Asia since 1999, and has over a decade of business consulting and real-estate development experience in the region. He speaks Mandarin, Thai, Laotian, and Spanish. Prior to joining Antaeus Group, Dr. Mabey previously held key positions as Interim Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Development – Asia Pacific, for Jumeirah Group, Senior Director of Development for Marco Polo Hotels, and Director of Development for Jumeirah Private Island, Phuket, as well as China Operations and Development Manager for the International Resort Development Group. He also served as Economic and Tourism Development Advisor to the Thailand Ministry of the Interior, and Phuket Governor’s Office from 2005 to 2011.
Dr. Mabey is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, and guest lecturer at universities throughout Asia Pacific. He is also Associate Professor of Hotel Development and Strategy with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. Dr. Mabey serves on the Board of Directors for the Iswara Dewata Group in Jakarta, the Advisory Board of Corinthia Hotels in London, and the Industry Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management. Dr. Mabey was the recipient of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Face of the Future 2013 award.
An avid traveler and pilot, Dr. Mabey enjoys exploring new cultures and engaging in outdoor activities such as skydiving, snowboarding and surfing in his free time.