Rita is the VP of Global Business Development and is responsible for establishing and engaging with our potential and existing partners. As an experienced lawyer and having been elected in public office, she was appointed as the first Flemish Attaché to the Belgian Embassy in Washington D.C.
After this 5-year term, she started her international consultant career, which brought her to live and work in Mexico and Argentina.
Since 2009 and the creation of her own boutique search firm, work4stars, she has selected and placed management profiles in the EMEA region representing owners, international hotel groups for various hospitality and leisure assets as well as for upscale and luxury developments. Her strong insight into the EMEA markets is combined with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of Human Capital in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Since the creation of work4stars, Rita has focused on hospitality development on the African continent and has been in charge of pre-opening training programs.
Rita is a Dr Juris from the State University Ghent (Belgium) and started her career as a Lawyer in Belgium. She is professionally fluent in Dutch, French, English and Spanish and fluent in Italian, German and Hebrew.