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2014 Speakers

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Pascal Gauvin

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bani Haddad

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

Elie Younes

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Clough

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Animesh Pandey

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

Nenad Pacek

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Neil George

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Taras Ettl

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Hage

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christoph Härle

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Norman Forsyth

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Selim El Zein

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

Bernard Forster

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Tom Hasker

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling


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