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2014 Speakers

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tom Hasker

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elie Younes

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

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Simon Hage

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Norman Forsyth

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gordon Drake

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bernard Forster

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Nenad Pacek

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Taras Ettl

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Oliver Ebner

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Costas Verginis

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Bani Haddad

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media


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