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2014 Speakers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Neil George

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

Andrew Clough

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

Tom Hasker

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rami Moukarzel

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christoph Härle

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rui Barros

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

Taras Ettl

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bani Haddad

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Elie Younes

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bernard Forster

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Gordon Drake

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Animesh Pandey

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

Selim El Zein

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Costas Verginis

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco


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