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2015 Speakers

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Clarence Tan

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

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Simon Lazarus

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Filippo Sona

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Neil George

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

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Simon Barlow

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

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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