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2014 Speakers

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Bani Haddad

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Costas Verginis

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Animesh Pandey

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bernard Forster

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Nenad Pacek

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Elie Younes

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Neil George

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

Christoph Härle

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

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)

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Andrew Clough

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

Selim El Zein

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Tom Hasker

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rami Moukarzel

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

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