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2014 Speakers

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Taras Ettl

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Animesh Pandey

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Filippo Sona

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Neil George

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Norman Forsyth

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Simon Hage

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rui Barros

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Christoph Härle

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bani Haddad

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Selim El Zein

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gordon Drake

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Clough

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

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