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2014 Speakers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Costas Verginis

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Clough

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Simon Hage

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Filippo Sona

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Elie Younes

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Alexandre Sogno

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bani Haddad

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christoph Härle

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Tom Hasker

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Programme

Day 1 – Full programme

Day 2 – Full programme

 

Schedule at a glance

SUNDAY MAY 4th
10:00 – 10:30 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & OPENING BREAKFAST
10:30 – 12:00 Networking ROUND TABLES
12:00 – 13:00 Opening Lunch
13:00 – 13:15 WELCOMING REMARKS
13:15 – 13:30 THE NEXT TEN YEARS...
13:30 – 13:50 THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
13:50 – 14:30 VISION FOR THE GCC AND BEYOND
14:30 – 15:00 BEYOND THE HYPE – CREATING REAL VALUE FROM MEGA-EVENTS
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00 THE EVOLUTION OF DUBAI OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
16:00 – 16:15 LOOKING TO THE NEXT 10 YEARS – HARD TALK WITH AHMED RAMDAN
16:15 – 16:40 DEFINING THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
16:40 – 17:00 2014 LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION
17:00– 17:30 DEFINING THE NEXT FRONTIER – HARD TALK WITH ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
17:30 – 18:00 PRESENT YOUR PROJECT
18:30 – 21:00 ZERO GRAVITY OPENING RECEPTION HOSTED BY JUMEIRAH GROUP
Monday May 5th
08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION, MORNING COFFEE & PASTRIES IN THE EXHIBITION AREA
08:45 – 09:00 WELCOMING REMARKS & PRIZES
09:00 – 09:30 COFFEE WITH AN ECONOMIST
09:30 – 09:45 GLOBAL INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE REVIEW
09:45 – 10:00 SMART CAPITAL
10:00 – 10:30 GROWTH
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
10:50 – 11:30 OWNER & OPERATORS – MAKING THE MARRIAGE WORK
11:30 – 12:00 UPDATE ON NORTH AFRICA
12:00 – 12:15 HARD TALK WITH SAMIH SAWIRIS
12:15 – 12:45 DEFINING THE GROWTH MARKETS
12:45 – 13:15 THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN A MANNER WHICH MAKES SENSE FINANCIALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY & SOCIALLY
13:15 – 13:40 HARD TALK WITH FRITS VAN PAASSCHEN
13:40 – 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH
14:45 – 15:30 BREAKOUT SESSIONS A
Session 1 SUCCEEDING IN THE EXTENDED STAY & SERVICED APARTMENT SEGMENT
Session 2 DIFFERENT OPERATING MODELS
Session 3 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
TOP TIPS TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS THAT ARE FINANCIALLY VIABLE IN THE MENA TOURISM SECTOR
15:30 – 16:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS B
Session 4 THE EVOLUTION OF HOTEL F&B IN THE REGION – WHERE TO NEXT?
Session 5 SAUDI SYMPOSIUM
Session 6 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
16:15 – 17:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS C
Session 7 SUCCEEDING IN THE ECONOMY & MID-MARKET
Session 8 GETTING THE MIX RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY
Session 9 THE NEXT WAVE
17:00 – 17:45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS D
Session 10 INNOVATIVE DEBT FINANCING
Session 11 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
UPDATE ON MEGA-PROJECTS BEING DEVELOPED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR

18:30 – 21:00

NETWORKING RECEPTION HOSTED BY AL HABTOOR HOTELS
AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA THE PALM

 

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Jennifer Pettinger, Head of Production, Bench Events
Direct: +971 5588 40145
Email: Jennifer Pettinger