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2014 Speakers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Drake

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Frits van Paasschen

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Elie Younes

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Filippo Sona

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Oliver Ebner

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rui Barros

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Christoph Härle

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Simon Hage

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

Costas Verginis

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Animesh Pandey

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Norman Forsyth

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Neil George

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

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