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2014 Speakers

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christoph Härle

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Neil George

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Clough

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Costas Verginis

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Norman Forsyth

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Taras Ettl

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Rui M. Barros

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Oliver Ebner

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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

Filippo Sona

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Hage

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Bani Haddad

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Animesh Pandey

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

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