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2014 Speakers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Costas Verginis

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Elie Younes

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Selim El Zein

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

Nenad Pacek

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gordon Drake

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

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Frits van Paasschen

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Animesh Pandey

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Pascal Gauvin

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Taras Ettl

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bani Haddad

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Rui M. Barros

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Neil George

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Simon Hage

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

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