Marc Aeberhard (*1968), born in Switzerland completed his studies with an MBA from University in Bern and a degree with distinction from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (both Switzerland). After stints in Switzerland, Thailand, the Maldives and Cyprus, he started up his own company, Luxury Hotel & Spa Management Ltd. in Zurich. A small refined company that specializes on the opening, the management and the turnaround of small boutique hotels in the high and top end. He has successfully worked in the Maldives (opened Soneva Gili, and managed Soneva Fushi), Sri Lanka, the Ukraine, the Seychelles, Switzerland, France, Germany and many other countries, has up until now opened 9 hotels of which many have gained international top scores and accolades such as Island Hideway in The Maldives, Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles , Thalassa, Paphos, Cyprus etc. and is presently involved in a transformation project of a historic jail-house into a luxury boutique hotel, the opening of a lakeside manor in Bavaria and the takeover of a prestigious portfolio of historic French châteaux. He is a freelance consultant to the Gerson Lehmann Group USA, the Swiss Hotel Association, Switzerland and the ITB Berlin, Germany as well as visiting lecturer at the hotel schools of Lucerne and Thoune in Switzerland.