Chief Development Officer
Asli brings over 20 years of working in hospitality to Cycas, as well as a range of skills and experiences developed in places as far afield as Turkey, the United States of America, Europe and Africa. This geographical spread combines with a rich and varied range of expertise to create the kind of skill set required by Cycas. Specifically this involves the ability to specialise in full service and extended stay hotel operations as well as development and acquisition.
Before joining Cycas, Asli spent two years as a lecturer at the Akilah Institution for Women in Rwanda, teaching hospitality and entrepreneurship. She also established her own consultancy, working with private investors interested in the food, beverage and hotel sector, whilst she developed and opened Rwanda’s first boutique hotel, as well as a European cuisine inspired catering company. She also found time to be part of the Rwanda Development Board’s advisory group; a governmental think tank to develop tourism in the country.
Moving to London, Asli became general manager for Frasers Hospitality. This entailed being responsible for Frasers Suites Kensington and five other London properties, and opening and managing two country house hotels in Warwickshire.
Whilst in the United States, Asli was part of the management team at the Vanderbilt Hall, a luxury boutique hotel with an award-winning restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island.
Asli blends all of this hands-on experience with a Harvard University Real Estate Management education coupled with a Finance MBA from Liverpool University and a finance certificate from Cornell University. She also speaks English, French and Turkish fluently.
Her responsibilities at Cycas include acquisition, negotiation and the execution of deals across the UK and continental Europe, whilst also overseeing the hotel openings and technical services team.