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2014 Speakers

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Christoph Härle

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Taras Ettl

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

Gordon Drake

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Yousuf Lootah

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Animesh Panday

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rami Moukarzel

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Neil George

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Tom Hasker

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rui M. Barros

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Costas Verginis

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nick van Marken

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Nicolas Mayer

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Andrew Clough

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Elie Younes

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Advisory Board 2014

2014 Advisory Board Members


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
Senior Manager at Project and Structured 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

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
Muhammad Al-Amir Managing Director Riyada international Hotels & Resorts
Mohammed Al Nashwan President HARTT Hospitality Real Estate
Paul Bell Managing Director Pro-invest Group
Moutaz Duwaji Al Futtaim
Abdellah Essonni CEO ABJAR Hotels International LLC
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