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2014 Speakers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christoph Härle

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

Elie Younes

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

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)

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nenad Pacek

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Clough

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Simon Hage

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Selim El Zein

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Filippo Sona

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Animesh Pandey

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Rui Barros

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Tom Hasker

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

Neil George

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Bernard Forster

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Taras Ettl

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises