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2014 Speakers

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nicolas Mayer

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Selim El Zein

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bani Haddad

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Andrew Clough

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

Neil George

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nenad Pacek

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Rui Barros

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

Simon Hage

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Elie Younes

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers


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