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2014 Speakers

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Samer Abu Ayash

Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate, Kingdom Investments

Tom Hasker

UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME, Faithful + Gould

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amro Attia Gomaa

Investments Principal, Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels & Cineama (HOTAC)

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alexandre Sogno

President, Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Bani Haddad

Regional Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer and Head of M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Simon Hage

Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Animesh Pandey

Senior Manager Commercial Development, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

President & Managing Director, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Yousuf Lootah

Executive Director Tourism Development & Investments , Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Norman Forsyth

Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Geoffrey Lipman

President & Managing Director, ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, Inc.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Rami Moukarzel

Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa , Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Pascal Gauvin

Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rui M. Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Nenad Pacek

Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group, President, Global Success Advisors

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