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2014 Speakers

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rui Barros

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Norman Forsyth

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Filippo Sona

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bani Haddad

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Frits van Paasschen

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Simon Hage

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Taras Ettl

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gordon Drake

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bernard Forster

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Oliver Ebner

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Animesh Pandey

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

Tom Hasker

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Andrew Clough

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Costas Verginis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Selim El Zein

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christoph Härle

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

Nenad Pacek

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Elie Younes

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

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