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2014 Speakers

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rami Moukarzel

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Andrew Clough

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Selim El Zein

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gordon Drake

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

Christoph Härle

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

Elie Younes

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Simon Hage

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Oliver Ebner

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tom Hasker

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Norman Forsyth

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Bani Haddad

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

Taras Ettl

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

Neil George

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Costas Verginis

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Nenad Pacek

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

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