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2015 Speakers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Taras Ettl

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

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Neil George

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

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Filippo Sona

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

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD