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2014 Speakers

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Frits van Paasschen

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Bani Haddad

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Nenad Pacek

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christoph Härle

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Taras Ettl

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Filippo Sona

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

Andrew Clough

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nick van Marken

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gordon Drake

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rami Moukarzel

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Animesh Panday

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Elie Younes

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nicolas Mayer

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Tom Hasker

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Pascal Gauvin

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, 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