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2014 Speakers

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Costas Verginis

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Simon Hage

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Taras Ettl

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nenad Pacek

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Yousuf Lootah

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bernard Forster

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gordon Drake

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christoph Härle

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Alexandre Sogno

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Filippo Sona

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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 (CHI)

Alain Debare
Chief Executive Officer, 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 Commercial Real Estate, MENA, 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 & India, Premier Inn 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

Elizabeth Winkle
Managing 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