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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Norman Forsyth

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rami Moukarzel

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Simon Hage

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

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

Taras Ettl

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Selim El Zein

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Costas Verginis

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Neil George

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Elie Younes

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tom Hasker

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Yousuf Lootah

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christoph Härle

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Bernard Forster

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Rui Barros

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Drake

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Advisory Board 2015

2015 Advisory Board Members

For images of the 2015 Advisory Board meeting, please click here.


Muhammad Al-Amir
Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet
Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

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

Dr Martin Berlin
PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

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)

Abdellah Essonni
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

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

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

Sameer Kazi
Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Panos Loupasis
Senior Development Director , Wyndham Hotel Group

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

Mohamed Najia
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Martin Ostermann
Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Russel Sharpe
Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

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

Sumair Tariq
Managing Director, R Hotels

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

David Thomson
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff
Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.
NameJob TitleCompany
Munir Ahmed Director Hospitality Naseel Holding
Naif Saleh Al Hamden VP - Investments and Business Development Al Rajhi Investments Co
Eng. Omar Almubarak GD of Licensing Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Hamad Alshaikh VP, Marketing & Programs Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Aboudi Asali SVP Development MEASA Jumeirah Group
Paul Bell Managing Director Pro-invest Group
Selim El Zein Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA Colliers International
Rabih Feghali Roya International
Manav Fernandez COO INSIGNIA FZ LLC
Simon Hasdell CEO IFA Hotel Investments
Philipp Krause Director Strategy Dubai Holding
Abu-Bakr Makhlouf Commercial Director Egyptian Resorts Company
Elie Milky Director Business Development Middle East and Africa The Rezidor Hotel Group
Simon Newberry Aecom
Siegfried Nierhaus Managing Director Atlas Group Middle East
Krish Sundaresan Group CFO Abu Dhabi Capital Group