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2015 Speakers

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Neil George

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

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.


These 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