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2014 Speakers

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Norman Forsyth

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Animesh Pandey

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Alexandre Sogno

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Nenad Pacek

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elie Younes

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Simon Hage

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Rui M. Barros

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Yousuf Lootah

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Tom Hasker

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Neil George

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Drake

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Frits van Paasschen

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

Travel Information

Dubai Airport Dubai International Airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Madinat Jumeirah. From Dubai International Airport, follow signs for Garhoud Bridge and Sheikh Zayed Road. Follow the Sheikh Zayed Road until Interchange 4 – Dubai Police Academy - and take the right slip road. At the first set of traffic lights go straight, then at the next traffic lights you will see Madinat Jumeirah straight ahead of you. Valet parking is available to the right, by the entrance to the conference centre.

Taxis are available at all hours from outside the airport. If you require airport transfer services please contact your hotel.

To view the location of the airport please click here