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2014 Speakers

Christoph Härle

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tom Hasker

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alexandre Sogno

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Norman Forsyth

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Animesh Pandey

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

Neil George

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gordon Drake

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bani Haddad

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Elie Younes

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Costas Verginis

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nenad Pacek

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Rami Moukarzel

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

Andrew Clough

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

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