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2014 Speakers

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Norman Forsyth

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gordon Drake

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Elie Younes

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Filippo Sona

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rami Moukarzel

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Animesh Pandey

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Rui Barros

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Simon Hage

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Clough

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Neil George

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

Bernard Forster

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

Tom Hasker

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Selim El Zein

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

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