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2015 Speakers

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

His Excellency Hesham Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, Wasl Asset Management

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Brian Fisher

Head of Project Management – Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Jean Luc Naret

Senior Vice President F&B, Jumeirah Group , Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Regional Briefing Panel

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H.E Amin Abdulkadir
Minster for Culture and Tourism, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Hamid Addou
Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan National Tourist Office

Bashar Al Natoor
Director, Corporates, Fitch Ratings

Fahd Al-Rasheed
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City
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