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2014 Speakers

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Bani Haddad

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nenad Pacek

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

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Clough

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rui Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicolas Mayer

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Filippo Sona

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

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

Bernard Forster

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Gordon Drake

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Norman Forsyth

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

Elie Younes

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

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