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2014 Speakers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gordon Drake

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Neil George

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elie Younes

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Rui Barros

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Rami Moukarzel

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Bernard Forster

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Selim El Zein

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tom Hasker

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Costas Verginis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Filippo Sona

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Animesh Pandey

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Taras Ettl

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM


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