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2015 Speakers

Taras Ettl

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

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Jawad Khan

Director, PwC

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Gordon Drake

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

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Filippo Sona

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

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Jerad Bachar

Strategic Advisor, Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Neil George

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