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2015 Speakers

Imad Barrakad

Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Gordon Drake

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

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Filippo Sona

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

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships, HomeAway.com

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Taras Ettl

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

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Oliver Ebner

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Neil George

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

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