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2014 Speakers

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Selim El Zein

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Elie Younes

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Neil George

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Gordon Drake

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Andrew Clough

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Rami Moukarzel

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Simon Hage

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Costas Verginis

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Rui Barros

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nicolas Mayer

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nenad Pacek

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Norman Forsyth

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

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