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2014 Speakers

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Animesh Pandey

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Frits van Paasschen

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Clough

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Elie Younes

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

Neil George

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Costas Verginis

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Yousuf Lootah

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Gordon Drake

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Hage

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Selim El Zein

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa