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2014 Speakers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicolas Mayer

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rui Barros

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Drake

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Hage

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Bernard Forster

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bani Haddad

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Nenad Pacek

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Selim El Zein

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Clough

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

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