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2014 Speakers

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Tom Hasker

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Animesh Pandey

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Norman Forsyth

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Simon Hage

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

Bernard Forster

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nenad Pacek

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rui Barros

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Clough

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Oliver Ebner

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Costas Verginis

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Neil George

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Frits van Paasschen

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Elie Younes

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

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