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2014 Speakers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Rui Barros

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

Christoph Härle

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicolas Mayer

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Neil George

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bernard Forster

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tom Hasker

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nenad Pacek

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

Filippo Sona

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Clough

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rami Moukarzel

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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


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