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2014 Speakers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Gordon Drake

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

Filippo Sona

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Christoph Härle

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Frits van Paasschen

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

Andrew Clough

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rui M. Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Tom Hasker

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Elie Younes

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Alexandre Sogno

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Animesh Panday

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Yousuf Lootah

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Selim El Zein

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

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Press Releases 2013



Arabic Press Releases 2013