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2014 Speakers

Alexandre Sogno

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Simon Hage

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Costas Verginis

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Selim El Zein

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Taras Ettl

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

Bernard Forster

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Norman Forsyth

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Rui Barros

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Neil George

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bani Haddad

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC