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2014 Speakers

Norman Forsyth

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Filippo Sona

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Andrew Clough

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Tom Hasker

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Costas Verginis

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Pascal Gauvin

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Bani Haddad

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Taras Ettl

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bernard Forster

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Animesh Pandey

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Oliver Ebner

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Selim El Zein

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts