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2014 Speakers

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tom Hasker

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gordon Drake

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

Christoph Härle

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Selim El Zein

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Animesh Pandey

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Rui Barros

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Oliver Ebner

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Nenad Pacek

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Elie Younes

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Neil George

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bernard Forster

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Yousuf Lootah

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered