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2014 Speakers

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Selim El Zein

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

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Filippo Sona

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Christoph Härle

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Bernard Forster

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Norman Forsyth

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Costas Verginis

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Oliver Ebner

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bani Haddad

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Yousuf Lootah

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Frits van Paasschen

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gordon Drake

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alexandre Sogno

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

Elie Younes

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting