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2014 Speakers

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Rui Barros

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Oliver Ebner

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gordon Drake

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Bernard Forster

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Norman Forsyth

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

Bani Haddad

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Neil George

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

Elie Younes

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tom Hasker

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nenad Pacek

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Taras Ettl

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Simon Hage

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Frits van Paasschen

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Media Centre

Press Releases 2013



Arabic Press Releases 2013