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2014 Speakers

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Clough

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Elie Younes

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

Taras Ettl

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Animesh Panday

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christoph Härle

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Neil George

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gordon Drake

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

Costas Verginis

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tom Hasker

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Frits van Paasschen

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Selim El Zein

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Rami Moukarzel

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

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