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2014 Speakers

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bani Haddad

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

Elie Younes

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rami Moukarzel

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Bernard Forster

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rui Barros

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Oliver Ebner

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Drake

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Taras Ettl

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Andrew Clough

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Nicolas Mayer

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alexandre Sogno

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Selim El Zein

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Costas Verginis

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christoph Härle

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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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Charles Taylor Director Communications DTCM