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2014 Speakers

Taras Ettl

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Animesh Pandey

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Rui Barros

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bernard Forster

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nenad Pacek

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christoph Härle

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alexandre Sogno

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Oliver Ebner

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

Selim El Zein

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Filippo Sona

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nicolas Mayer

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Hage

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Norman Forsyth

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

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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