Charlie MacGregor, founder The Student Hotel Group (Amsterdam)

Charlie MacGregor founded The Student Hotel in his 20s and today has his gaze firmly fixed on the future, guiding the company as it explores new territories and leads the way in the changing landscape of the community-based hospitality concept he conceived.

A born entrepreneur and charismatic leader, Charlie founded The Student Hotel (TSH) in 2003. His love of community and belief that customers deserve better started it all and remains the guiding force behind TSH’s winning hybrid hospitality concept. With his instinctive drive, TSH has grown to more than a dozen European locations and has raised more than €1 billion from investors, making Charlie a leading voice on the future of hospitality for industry publications and events around the world. Today, as he steers from the front, his focus has shifted to building one team, one community and one global brand. Beyond TSH, Charlie focuses on his work improving refugee camps through the humanitarian crises NGO he founded in 2015, Movement on the Ground (MOTG). With four active projects in Greece, their mission is to transform camps into campuses, offering refugees better opportunities and a better life.