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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bernard Forster

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Selim El Zein

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Norman Forsyth

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christoph Härle

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

Neil George

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

Simon Hage

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

Andrew Clough

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Costas Verginis

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Frits van Paasschen

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nenad Pacek

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicolas Mayer

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

Filippo Sona

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Rui M. Barros

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Elie Younes

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Animesh Pandey

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting