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2014 Speakers

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Simon Hage

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tom Hasker

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alexandre Sogno

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rui Barros

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christoph Härle

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Oliver Ebner

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gordon Drake

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bernard Forster

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Selim El Zein

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

Taras Ettl

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Costas Verginis

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

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