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2014 Speakers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alexandre Sogno

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rui Barros

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Elie Younes

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

Taras Ettl

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Nenad Pacek

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

Selim El Zein

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Norman Forsyth

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Simon Hage

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

Tom Hasker

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

Filippo Sona

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Rami Moukarzel

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Yousuf Lootah

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Animesh Pandey

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

Gordon Drake

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Clough

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christoph Härle

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

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.

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

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