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2014 Speakers

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Samer Abu Ayash

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Frits van Paasschen

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Selim El Zein

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

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

Bernard Forster

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Clough

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Elie Younes

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Taras Ettl

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gordon Drake

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nenad Pacek

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Filippo Sona

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

Tom Hasker

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Neil George

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Simon Hage

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Advisory Board 2015

2015 Advisory Board Members

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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