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2014 Speakers

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Tom Hasker

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Elie Younes

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Animesh Panday

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

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

Filippo Sona

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Clough

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

Christoph Härle

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Nenad Pacek

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gordon Drake

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Yousuf Lootah

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Taras Ettl

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Selim El Zein

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Rui M. Barros

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Bani Haddad

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

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Pascal Gauvin

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

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