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2014 Speakers

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Elie Younes

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Andrew Clough

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Pascal Gauvin

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Neil George

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Selim El Zein

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gordon Drake

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bernard Forster

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Costas Verginis

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Simon Hage

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Animesh Pandey

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

Bani Haddad

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui Barros

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tom Hasker

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

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Press Releases 2013



Arabic Press Releases 2013