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2014 Speakers

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Taras Ettl

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

Costas Verginis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christoph Härle

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Elie Younes

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rui M. Barros

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Simon Hage

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gordon Drake

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Animesh Pandey

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

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)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Selim El Zein

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

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