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2014 Speakers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tom Hasker

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Selim El Zein

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Clough

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bani Haddad

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

Animesh Pandey

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Neil George

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Hage

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Rui Barros

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christoph Härle

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gordon Drake

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bernard Forster

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Filippo Sona

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

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