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2014 Speakers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Simon Hage

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Taras Ettl

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Norman Forsyth

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

Christoph Härle

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bani Haddad

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rui Barros

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bernard Forster

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

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