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2014 Speakers

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Clough

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Norman Forsyth

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Neil George

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Taras Ettl

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

Selim El Zein

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

Bani Haddad

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elie Younes

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tom Hasker

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rui Barros

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Filippo Sona

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Costas Verginis

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bernard Forster

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

Gordon Drake

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christoph Härle

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rami Moukarzel

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

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