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2014 Speakers

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Norman Forsyth

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Selim El Zein

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bernard Forster

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Taras Ettl

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Andrew Clough

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Elie Younes

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

Costas Verginis

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

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

Neil George

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christoph Härle

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Animesh Pandey

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports


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