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2014 Speakers

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Taras Ettl

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Simon Hage

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christoph Härle

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Oliver Ebner

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Animesh Pandey

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Andrew Clough

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Bani Haddad

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Norman Forsyth

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rui Barros

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Tom Hasker

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Media Centre

Press Releases 2013



Arabic Press Releases 2013