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2014 Speakers

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Simon Hage

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Neil George

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Nenad Pacek

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Costas Verginis

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rui Barros

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Selim El Zein

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Rami Moukarzel

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Andrew Clough

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christoph Härle

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Animesh Pandey

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Taras Ettl

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

Norman Forsyth

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

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)

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gordon Drake

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Tom Hasker

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Pascal Gauvin

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

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Press Releases 2013



Arabic Press Releases 2013