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2014 Speakers

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gordon Drake

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Pascal Gauvin

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rami Moukarzel

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Clough

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Rui Barros

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Selim El Zein

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bernard Forster

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Taras Ettl

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nicolas Mayer

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Costas Verginis

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bani Haddad

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

Christoph Härle

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Advisory Board 2015

2015 Advisory Board Members

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

Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet
Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

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

Dr Martin Berlin
PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

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)

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

Olivier Granet
Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

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

Sameer Kazi
Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Panos Loupasis
Senior Development Director , Wyndham Hotel Group

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

Mohamed Najia
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Martin Ostermann
Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Russel Sharpe
Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

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

Sumair Tariq
Managing Director, R Hotels

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

David Thomson
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff
Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.
NameJob TitleCompany
Munir Ahmed Director Hospitality Naseel Holding
Naif Saleh Al Hamden VP - Investments and Business Development Al Rajhi Investments Co
Eng. Omar Almubarak GD of Licensing Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Hamad Alshaikh VP, Marketing & Programs Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Aboudi Asali SVP Development MEASA Jumeirah Group
Paul Bell Managing Director Pro-invest Group
Selim El Zein Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA Colliers International
Rabih Feghali Roya International
Manav Fernandez COO INSIGNIA FZ LLC
Simon Hasdell CEO IFA Hotel Investments
Philipp Krause Director Strategy Dubai Holding
Abu-Bakr Makhlouf Commercial Director Egyptian Resorts Company
Elie Milky Director Business Development Middle East and Africa The Rezidor Hotel Group
Simon Newberry Aecom
Siegfried Nierhaus Managing Director Atlas Group Middle East
Krish Sundaresan Group CFO Abu Dhabi Capital Group