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2015 Speakers

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Drake

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Filippo Sona

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

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Neil George

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

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri


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.