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2014 Speakers

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nenad Pacek

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Simon Hage

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Selim El Zein

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Elie Younes

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Bernard Forster

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Clough

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Taras Ettl

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Costas Verginis

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Filippo Sona

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gordon Drake

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

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)

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christoph Härle

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bani Haddad

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting


Geoffrey Lipman

President & Managing Director
ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

Professor Geoffrey Lipman is Director of, a global think tank network, promoting green growth and travelism (travel & tourism) and specializing in strategy, innovation and funding. His current focus is the China, Africa, Europe market development. His emphasis is on the link between low carbon lifestyles, and smart sustainable mobility, lifestyles and destinations. Clients include governments and multinational companies.

He is also President of ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners) and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Lipman is Adjunct Professor at Victoria University Australia, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University UK and Senior Tourism Research Fellow at George Washington University US. He is an Associate at Cosmos China, founded by Maurice Strong and President of GATEtrip the travel & tourism
investment arm of GATE Global Impact.

From 2006 to 2010 Lipman was Assistant Secretary General and Spokesperson of UNWTO, the World Tourism Organization. He was the first President of WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) 1990 to 99: Chair of Green Globe 2000-07 and Executive Director IATA (International Air Transport Association) where he worked from 1966 – 85, as well as founding partner in Global Aviation Associates, specializing in aviation government relations & competition. He has served on Boards of public & private sector groups in Europe, M.East & Canada.

Lipman has written and lectured around the world on tourism strategy, sustainability and airline liberalization. He is the lead co-author/editor of Green Growth and Travelism; Letters from Leaders issued at the recent Rio+20 Earth Summit. He has co-authored studies on opening up European Aviation and on Airline Globalization established a Think Tank on Free Trade in the Air and led a major study on EU airline merger policy. He was a member of 2 European Union High Level Commissions - on Airline Liberalization and on Tourism Employment as well as the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Development, the President of Zambia’s Business Advisory Council and the Ethiopia Think Tank. He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society.

Over this period Lipman has played a leading role in a number of global tourism initiatives including IATA’s Liberalization reform, Development support and Consumer interface: WTTC’s Agenda 21 for Travel & Tourism, Green Globe and Tourism Economic Research: UNWTO’s ST-EP initiative, Liberalization with a Human Face trade strategy, Davos Process on Climate Change and Roadmap for Recovery/T20 Strategy.

Lipman has participated in many international, regional and national Travel & Tourism Economic Summits as speaker and moderator. He is recognized for irreverent, out of the box thinking on strategic and tactical  policymaking, commitment to the Travel and Tourism Sector as an instrument of positive socio-economic change, as well as his passion for sustainable development and green growth.