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2014 Speakers

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Norman Forsyth

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Oliver Ebner

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Taras Ettl

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christoph Härle

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Simon Hage

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Gordon Drake

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Filippo Sona

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Elie Younes

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

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