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2014 Speakers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Bernard Forster

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Frits van Paasschen

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tom Hasker

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Costas Verginis

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Pascal Gauvin

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Alexandre Sogno

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Animesh Pandey

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Bani Haddad

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Neil George

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Simon Hage

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

Taras Ettl

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Selim El Zein

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Elie Younes

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

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Arabic Press Releases 2013