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2015 Speakers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Simon Lazarus

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Clarence Tan

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Simon Barlow

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Filippo Sona

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Drake

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

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships, HomeAway.com

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Neil George

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

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Taras Ettl

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

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Oliver Ebner

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

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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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