Gabriel A. Petersen is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Petersen is responsible primarily for asset management activities and oversees the firm’s hospitality investments in Europe. He is also involved in acquisitions with a focus on the hospitality sector. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Petersen worked for Westmont Hospitality Group as Director of Corporate Strategy and was involved in several aspects of the group’s business worldwide, focussing on strategic and investment matters. Prior to Westmont, Mr. Petersen was with InterContinental Hotels where he worked in a number of corporate positions in both Europe and Asia. Mr. Petersen studied economics as an undergraduate and holds a Master's degree in Real Estate from Reading University Business School. He has also studied Corporate Finance at London Business School. Mr. Petersen’s Master's degree dissertation was used to initiate further academic papers on real estate hotel investment, which have been published in European and USA industry publications.