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2014 Speakers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Rui Barros

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Yousuf Lootah

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bani Haddad

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Simon Hage

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Andrew Clough

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

Christoph Härle

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Neil George

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Filippo Sona

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

Nenad Pacek

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Selim El Zein

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Costas Verginis

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

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