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2014 Speakers

Rui M. Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Neil George

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Elie Younes

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Rami Moukarzel

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Selim El Zein

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Gordon Drake

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Clough

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

Animesh Panday

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC


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