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2014 Speakers

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Oliver Ebner

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

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Neil George

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Costas Verginis

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Selim El Zein

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Alex Kyriakidis

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

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

Bernard Forster

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

Elie Younes

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bani Haddad

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Animesh Panday

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Taras Ettl

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Andrew Clough

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gordon Drake

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Filippo Sona

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nick van Marken

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global


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