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2014 Speakers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rui Barros

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Oliver Ebner

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Andrew Clough

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Hage

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Alexandre Sogno

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Bani Haddad

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Taras Ettl

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Tom Hasker

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nenad Pacek

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Elie Younes

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Costas Verginis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gordon Drake

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Yousuf Lootah

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

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