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2014 Speakers

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bani Haddad

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Simon Hage

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Costas Verginis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Filippo Sona

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tom Hasker

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Rui M. Barros

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Clough

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rami Moukarzel

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gordon Drake

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Nenad Pacek

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Bernard Forster

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

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