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2014 Speakers

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Neil George

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Elie Younes

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Oliver Ebner

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bernard Forster

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Andrew Clough

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christoph Härle

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Nenad Pacek

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Rami Moukarzel

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bani Haddad

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Selim El Zein

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Filippo Sona

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Simon Hage

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Rui Barros

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai


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