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2014 Speakers

Yousuf Lootah

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Elie Younes

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bernard Forster

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Taras Ettl

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Neil George

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tom Hasker

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Clough

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bani Haddad

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

Selim El Zein

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rui Barros

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Filippo Sona

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Alexandre Sogno

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report