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2014 Speakers

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Yousuf Lootah

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

Simon Hage

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rui Barros

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

Christoph Härle

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

Tom Hasker

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Neil George

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Filippo Sona

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Nenad Pacek

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Selim El Zein

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Costas Verginis

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bernard Forster

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Clough

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Elie Younes

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Bani Haddad

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Rami Moukarzel

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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


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.