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2014 Speakers

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Animesh Pandey

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

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Filippo Sona

Director | Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gordon Drake

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rui M. Barros

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Simon Hage

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Neil George

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Tom Hasker

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

Costas Verginis

Senior Director of Lodging Development, Marriott International Inc. & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Andrew Clough

Senior Vice President Development Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bani Haddad

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nenad Pacek

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Taras Ettl

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rami Moukarzel

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Selim El Zein

Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA, Colliers International MENA Region

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

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