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2014 Speakers

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Selim El Zein

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Rui Barros

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rami Moukarzel

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Yousuf Lootah

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gordon Drake

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Simon Hage

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Costas Verginis

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Norman Forsyth

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

Filippo Sona

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

Tom Hasker

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Clough

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Neil George

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bernard Forster

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Elie Younes

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting


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