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2014 Speakers

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Alexandre Sogno

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rui M. Barros

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Norman Forsyth

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Animesh Pandey

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

Bani Haddad

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Frits van Paasschen

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

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gordon Drake

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Taras Ettl

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Elie Younes

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

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