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2014 Speakers

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bani Haddad

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

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)

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Neil George

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christoph Härle

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rui Barros

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Animesh Pandey

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elie Younes

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bernard Forster

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Selim El Zein

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Yousuf Lootah

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Simon Hage

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Tom Hasker

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Andrew Clough

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Costas Verginis

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Nenad Pacek

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

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