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2014 Speakers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rami Moukarzel

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Frits van Paasschen

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Simon Hage

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Oliver Ebner

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Tom Hasker

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Taras Ettl

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Selim El Zein

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Clough

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Animesh Pandey

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Rui Barros

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Bani Haddad

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

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