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2014 Speakers

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Elie Younes

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Filippo Sona

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Taras Ettl

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Costas Verginis

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Simon Hage

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Clough

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Pascal Gauvin

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bani Haddad

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Neil George

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bernard Forster

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Norman Forsyth

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Rui Barros

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Oliver Ebner

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Alexandre Sogno

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM


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