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2015 Speakers

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Prab Thakral

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Simon Barlow

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Simon Lazarus

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

Elie Younes

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

Gordon Drake

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

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Hubert Viriot

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

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Neil George

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Imad Barrakad

Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Clarence Tan

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

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Farida Al Raisi

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

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Suma Venkatesh

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

David Vely

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL


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