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2014 Speakers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rami Moukarzel

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Pascal Gauvin

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tom Hasker

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Drake

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Neil George

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Clough

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Animesh Pandey

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Rui M. Barros

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

Elie Younes

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Simon Hage

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Bani Haddad

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Bernard Forster

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

Selim El Zein

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

Advisory Board 2014

2014 Advisory Board Members


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

Badr Al Bader
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)

Alain Debare
Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

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

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

Olivier Granet
Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

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

Salman A. Haider
Executive Managing Director, Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Fergal Harris
Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Kees Hartzuiker
CEO, Roya International

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

Carlos Khneisser
Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ben Martin
Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

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

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

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

Mohamed Najia
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nilay Orzral
Director - Real Estate Operations, Aldar Properties PJSC

Russel Sharpe
Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Joe Sita
CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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

Shafi Syed
Regional Director, RCI & The Registry Collection Middle East

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

Rod Taylor
Founder & Chairman, Taylor Global Advisors Ltd

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

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

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

Philip Wooller
Area Director - Middle East & Africa, STR Global

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Elizabeth Winkle
Managing Director, STR Global
NameJob TitleCompany
Mohammed Al Nashwan President HARTT Hospitality Real Estate
Paul Bell Managing Director Pro-invest Group
Moutaz Duwaji Al Futtaim
Jurgen Fischer CEO Dubai Propertoes LLC
Gordon Campbell Gray Chairman CampbellGray Hotels
Simon Hasdell CEO IFA Hotel Investments
Tim Klitscher Head of Asset Management Seven Tides
Anthony Liddiard Chief Executive Officer RMAL Hospitality
Elie Milky Director Business Development Middle East and Africa The Rezidor Hotel Group
Siegfried Nierhaus Managing Director Atlas Group Middle East
Robert Swade Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Jumeirah Group