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2015 Speakers

Simon Lazarus

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Barlow

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Filippo Sona

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Denis Sorin

Advisor to Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Clarence Tan

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Brian Fisher

Head of Project Management – Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

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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