The Group

Raphael Ortega

Chief Executive Officer

Raphael has an MBA from the Argentinean university UCEMA. He speaks 5 languages. He began his career with the Accor group in Buenos Aires. In charge of the development of hotel brands, he opened the first SOFITEL, NOVOTEL and IBIS hotels in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. On his return to Europe, he took over the management of the Spanish subsidiary of SFEH in Madrid. During his 10 years at the head of IECSA, he refocused the business towards Africa and China and diversified into the agro-industrial sector. He loves adventure, particularly in the Andes and Patagonia, and regularly travels around that region on horseback, by kayak and 4x4s.

 He has also run several New York and Chicago Marathons.