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2014 Speakers

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Neil George

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Filippo Sona

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Costas Verginis

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Simon Hage

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Christoph Härle

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Drake

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rui Barros

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Selim El Zein

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Yousuf Lootah

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Elie Younes

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicolas Mayer

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR


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