Olivier is inspiration behind Show Engineering Workshop® and WorkshoW Design Associates® which he settled in 1997 and Lighteo® in 2008, after more than 30 years working on Theme Parks, Shows and Events; he contributedrecently to the launch of the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia,

Experience

  • Senior Expert

    at Mc Kinsey & Company

    November 2019 - at Present

    Dubayy

    As a Senior Expert, Olivier is part of a team studying development of Art, Tourism and Entertainment support businesses.

  • CEO

    at Walhorn Worldwide LLC.

    February 2019 - at Present

    Delaware

    Olivier creates the Advisory Company as a Consultancy Group of experts Designers in Architainment, Production Concepts and Cultural Innovation. Designed as a pole of creativity and hyper expertise in the field, purpose is here to serve progressive projects and give sense to Public Experience.

  • Senior Advisor

    at Various Organizations

    January 2018 - at Present

    Minţaqat ar Riyāḑ

    Olivier have been involved in drafting strategies and frameworks related to expansion of all sectors of Entertainment of Public related activities. Acting in Public and Private sector, his alignment with National policies and his operational approach fed by 40 years’ experience, already produced successful implementations. Olivier have been given recently leadership in designing a 3Years High-Level Program of Regional development: definition of targets and objectives, master planning of infrastructures and programming of a comprehensive calendar of activations in line with Saudi Seasons 2019 program.

  • General Manager / Art Director

    at Lighteo Asia Sdn.Bhd.

    October 2010 - at Present

    Kuala Lumpur

    Olivier Panhuys started settlement in Asia in October 2010. Today various levels of partnership are giving Lighteo group strong networking with partner’s offices in, Istanbul, Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and now Jakarta. Public Projects as Bridges in Bangkok, Theme Park in Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia, but also Hotels with Accor Group, Spas, and Zoological Park in Thailand have in common the passion of Olivier to offer the Public highest quality entertaining Leisure and Hospitality products of the 21st Century. Exteriors Lighting Design for Jabal Omar Development in Mecca – KSA is one of the highlights. Care of investors as well as Client satisfaction are the keys of success. Olivier does not spare any time of effort for what his passion is.

  • Stage Director- Show Producer, World Tour Manager

    at Ecole National d'Equitation - Le Cadre Noir de Saumur

    January 1989 - at Present

    Pays de la Loire

    Olivier started collaboration with this prestigious and world-famous Horse-riding school, participating at first with Lighting in 1989. In 1992 Colonel Christian Carde entrusted him for stage Direction of the Galas and Tour Management 1995 was the year he created the "Opera du Cadre noir" staging in Paris Bercy Arena the Horses and "Ecuyers" with a symphony Orchestra and diva Julia Migenes, Experience was renewed for a Ballet version with star dancer Patrick Dupond in 1995. These Productions went on World Tour. Among hundreds of thousand spectators, French President, Queen of Spain and Emperor of Japan.

  • Project Director

    at AOR/Disneyland Paris

    January 1989 - at Present

    Île-de-France

    In 1989 Olivier became a Project Director for set-up of more than 40.000 square meters of show rides for the World-famous Theme Park. Contract management, Project Direction handling more than 120 staff multi specialties, more than 150 subcontractors, is a highlight in Olivier’s career opening Project fully completed on time and guaranteeing profitability of contracts. “Snow White”,” Peter Pan”, “it’s a small World” post show, “Pinocchio”, “The Wild West show” are the most important Productions he handled. This experience gave him the opportunity to improve his skills with the most talented “Imagineers" of World Walt Disney Company. Olivier is forever a member of the Disneyland Paris Opening Crew.

  • COO

    at General Entertainment Authority of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    January 2017 - January 2018

    Minţaqat ar Riyāḑ

    Under Leadership of HRH the Crown Prince, Olivier is a member of the team driving initiatives of development of all sectors of Entertainment in the Kingdom. Challenging1 Year mission on purpose to bring smiles to Saudi Public but also to offer a new image of the Kingdom to the World.

  • General Manager Hotels and Resort

    at Putri Duyung Ancol Cottage and Convention/Smart Hotel Thamrin.

    March 2015 - October 2015

    Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta

    Olivier have been given mission of assessments, action plans and implementation of e-commerce Acting as General Manager, mission have been completed end of October 2015.

  • General Manager

    at Lighteo FZCO.

    January 2008 - October 2010

    Dubayy

    Changes in global economy and development of major projects in Middle East, gave Olivier support from investors and trust in Future. August 2008 is the date of first steps of resettlement of Olivier Panhuys on the Silk Road: Based in Dubai, in the free zone. This was the base of extension to Asia.

  • Partner - Senior Engineer and Consultant

    at Golden Horn Consulting

    February 2005 - July 2008

    Eskişehir

    After an amazing collaboration with Minister of Tourism of Kingdom of Jordan for Petra and Jerash sites in 2005, Olivier was invited by Turkish government to work on Istanbul Historical Presque isle where are sitting their most famous monuments, including Blue Mosque, Topkapi Museum and Haya Sofia. GHC have been created on purpose but also participated in large scale Tourism and Culture projects as well as opening of Marriott Istanbul Asia. Urbanism, revamping of Public circulation and of course, lighting, landscaping and fountains have been placed under his Direction and coordination of National and Municipality entities.

  • General Manager

    at Show Engineering Workshop Ltd. then WorkshoW Design Associates Ltd.

    January 1995 - January 2005

    London

    Olivier Panhuys created the company in 1995 with the target to expose his talents and knowledge originally about Public Venues in many famous projects. A complete team of skilled specialists gave great efficiency to his works. His staff of designers and engineers was working in close collaboration with industry specialists to create functional and aesthetically pleasing environments as well as giving entertainment to architecture. Olivier is one of the creators of the concept of Architainment that finds its main application in Modern Hospitality and obviously in Theme Parks. In 1997, Olivier have been called of first large-scale Hotel construction projects, He forged there an extensive experience in hotel openings and operation while working on Starwood, Accor, Marriott, Four Seasons and intercontinental hotels, at various levels of involvement

  • Deputy General Manager – Director of Operation

    at Lido de Paris

    January 1987 - February 1994

    Île-de-France

    Olivier was given the challenge to implement his vision about 21st century Venue Management in this worldwide famous place in Paris. Olivier succeeded in a complete revolution of it at occasion of opening of show "C'est Magique" 1200 dinners” a la Carte’ every night, 200 staff brigades and 2 shows 7/7, a true challenge! Issue was there about cost efficiency and profitability protection. With full support of CEO, Olivier re-visited the organogram of General management, F&B, Show Production, Security, An extensive re-vamping of technologies targeting dramatic reduction of payroll have been a full success. Overall Investment have been accurately produced to guarantee ROI and profitability on long term. But mostly as the Director of 400 staff in all specialties he has been recognized by many for his qualities in HR leadership. Today, The Lido the Paris have been sold to Sodexho Group. Olivier remains a “Life time” consultant of the Venue.

  • General Stage Manager and Stage Director

    at French National Theaters

    November 1979 - September 1989

    Île-de-France

    At age of 20, Olivier was already involved in Management and administration of National Theaters, then private entities in France. He forged there an experience in Facilities and Equipment but also in multi-specialties team management. On top maintenance and development of structural, excellence in relation to the Public and first approaches with outlets, he handled more than 350 productions during the period: (Theatrical, concerts, events and tours). Working with so many preeminent Directors, architects, decorators, engineers, and technicians offered Olivier an experience not only in his profession but in the business in general.

Education

  • BTS Regie et Administration Theatrale

    at Ecole National Superieure ses Arts et Techniques du Theatre

    1980 - 1982 (2 years) Île-de-France

  • Liciense

    at Universite de la Sorbone Nouvelle-Paris 3 Censier

    1980 - 1982 (2 years) Île-de-France

Services offered

  • Architainment and Architectural Lighting Designer

    After almost 20 Years on Theater Stages and Opening Disneyland Paris, set-up of the first company in 1995 with the target to expose talents and knowledge about Public Venues in many famous projects. A complete team of skilled specialists gave great efficiency to the works.
    Staff of designers and engineers works in close collaboration with industry specialists to create functional and aesthetically pleasing environments as well as giving entertainment to architecture.
    Olivier have extended as contracting support to consultancy offer for Property owners or operators.
    Remains among those who invented the concept of Architainment that finds its main application in Urbanism,, modern Hospitality and obviously in Theme Parks.

  • Hotel General Manager

    My career in Hospitality started 25 years ago, with Management positions in Opening of Disneyland Paris and mostly as Deputy General manager in “Lido de Paris”. I have also worked in Thailand where I opened the “Day Spa” in Bangkok for the Summit Group.
    In my recent positions as Hotel General Manager, and as a Consultant in Hospitality, I succeeded in contexts where I had to demonstrate leadership, patience, tact and understanding, in most challenging situations.

  • Hospitality Senior Consultant

    Comprehensive expertise in Hospitality “from Cellar to the Attic”
    At various levels of involvement, ensures the effective and efficient operation of the Hotel or the Resort.
    Enhances the existing model, delivers superior performance at shouldering client’s business thrive in:
    • Project (renovation, construction, finishing).
    • Improvements of product and maintenance.
    • Recruitment and training. Team building.
    • Revenue management.
    • Processes (meetings -reporting).
    • Mice, Events and Conferences.
    • Sales and Marketing.

  • Tourism, Heritage, Arts and Entertainment

    Establishment of strategies and frameworks at the side of Government Authorities or Private sector Investors

Languages

  • French Native

  • English Native

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