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2014 Speakers

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Costas Verginis

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Christoph Härle

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Hage

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nenad Pacek

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

Elie Younes

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernard Forster

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

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