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2014 Speakers

Gordon Drake

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bani Haddad

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Clough

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Costas Verginis

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Oliver Ebner

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christoph Härle

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rui Barros

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Hage

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Neil George

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nenad Pacek

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Norman Forsyth

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

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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