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2014 Speakers

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernard Forster

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Norman Forsyth

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Costas Verginis

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elie Younes

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Neil George

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bani Haddad

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Rui Barros

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nenad Pacek

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Alexandre Sogno

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Rami Moukarzel

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Taras Ettl

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Andrew Clough

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

Tom Hasker

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

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