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2015 Speakers

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships, HomeAway.com

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Oliver Ebner

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

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Neil George

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

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Taras Ettl

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

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

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