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2014 Speakers

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rui Barros

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nenad Pacek

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

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)

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Oliver Ebner

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Taras Ettl

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Tom Hasker

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Bani Haddad

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Yousuf Lootah

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christoph Härle

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernard Forster

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Andrew Clough

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

Elie Younes

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Hage

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Samer Abu Ayash

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Advisory Board 2015

2015 Advisory Board Members


Abdellah Essonni
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Lo’ai  Bataineh
DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC

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

Anil Bhardwaj
Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Hala Matar Choufany
Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Catalin Cighi
Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

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

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

Henning Fries
Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Olivier Granet
Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

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

Ron Hilvert
Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Carlos Khneisser
Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ivor McBurney
Vice President Finance – Development Projects, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mohamed Najia
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Joe Sita
CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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

Sumair Tariq
Managing Director, R Hotels

Sanjay Tanna
Senior Director - Commercial and Investments, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

Nigel Teasdale
Senior Asset Manager, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)

Darroch Crawford
Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International
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