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2014 Speakers

Selim El Zein

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Simon Hage

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Elie Younes

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

Rui Barros

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Nenad Pacek

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Animesh Pandey

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Taras Ettl

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Neil George

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Filippo Sona

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Norman Forsyth

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Drake

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Clough

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

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