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2014 Speakers

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Norman Forsyth

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Selim El Zein

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Bani Haddad

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Frits van Paasschen

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nicolas Mayer

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Andrew Clough

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

Elie Younes

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Costas Verginis

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

Christoph Härle

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group


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