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2014 Speakers

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Drake

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christoph Härle

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bani Haddad

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Selim El Zein

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Elie Younes

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

Simon Hage

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Costas Verginis

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Andrew Clough

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Filippo Sona

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Frits van Paasschen

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

Taras Ettl

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Oliver Ebner

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM