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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Panday

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Costas Verginis

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Neil George

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gordon Drake

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Andrew Clough

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Yousuf Lootah

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

Elie Younes

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

Christoph Härle

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Selim El Zein

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Pascal Gauvin

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tom Hasker

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Filippo Sona

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nenad Pacek

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts


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