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2015 Speakers

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Prab Thakral

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Panos Loupasis

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

Suma Venkatesh

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Filippo Sona

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

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Neil George

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

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Clarence Tan

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

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Barlow

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

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Oliver Ebner

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

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

David Vely

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

Hubert Viriot

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

Gordon Drake

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Taras Ettl

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

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

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.


These 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