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2015 Speakers

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Oliver Ebner

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

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Gordon Drake

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Neil George

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR


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