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2014 Speakers

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Andrew Clough

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rui Barros

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Yousuf Lootah

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

Selim El Zein

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bernard Forster

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Neil George

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Filippo Sona

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Simon Hage

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tom Hasker

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Elie Younes

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

Christoph Härle

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics