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2014 Speakers

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Rui M. Barros

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Neil George

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Tom Hasker

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Filippo Sona

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Drake

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

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Selim El Zein

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Bernard Forster

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Taras Ettl

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

Christoph Härle

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bani Haddad

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

Elie Younes

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Costas Verginis

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Animesh Panday

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Advisory Board 2014

2014 Advisory Board Members


Muhammad Al-Amir
Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Badr Al Bader
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

Alain Debare
General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

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

Abdellah Essonni
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

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

Henning Fries
Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

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

Olivier Granet
Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

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

Salman A. Haider
Executive Managing Director, Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Fergal Harris
Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Kees Hartzuiker
CEO, Roya International

Ron Hilvert
Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Carlos Khneisser
Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ben Martin
Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ivor McBurney
Vice President Finance – Development Projects, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

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

Mohamed Najia
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nilay Orzral
Director - Real Estate Operations, Aldar Properties PJSC

Russel Sharpe
Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Joe Sita
CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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

Shafi Syed
Regional Director, RCI & The Registry Collection Middle East

Sanjay Tanna
Senior Director - Commercial and Investments, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

Rod Taylor
Founder & Chairman, Taylor Global Advisors Ltd

Nigel Teasdale
Senior Asset Manager, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)

David Vely
Senior Vice President Development- Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

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

Philip Wooller
Area Director - Middle East & Africa, STR Global

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
NameJob TitleCompany
Mohammed Al Nashwan President HARTT Hospitality Real Estate
Paul Bell Managing Director Pro-invest Group
Moutaz Duwaji Al Futtaim
Jurgen Fischer CEO Dubai Propertoes LLC
Gordon Campbell Gray Chairman CampbellGray Hotels
Simon Hasdell CEO IFA Hotel Investments
Tim Klitscher Head of Asset Management Seven Tides
Anthony Liddiard Chief Executive Officer RMAL Hospitality
Elie Milky Director Business Development Middle East and Africa The Rezidor Hotel Group
Siegfried Nierhaus Managing Director Atlas Group Middle East
Robert Swade Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Jumeirah Group