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2014 Speakers

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bernard Forster

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Clough

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nenad Pacek

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rami Moukarzel

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

Simon Hage

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tom Hasker

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Christoph Härle

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Elie Younes

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Taras Ettl

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Norman Forsyth

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gordon Drake

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bani Haddad

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Costas Verginis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Oliver Ebner

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Neil George

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

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