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2014 Speakers

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Taras Ettl

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rui Barros

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Nenad Pacek

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Elie Younes

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

Tom Hasker

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Yousuf Lootah

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

Andrew Clough

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Rami Moukarzel

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Selim El Zein

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Bernard Forster

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Simon Hage

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

Christoph Härle

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Alexandre Sogno

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Costas Verginis

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Oliver Ebner

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Video Testimonials

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Christopher Knable - Hospitality is an international currency

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Elizabeth Winkle - Pipeline incredibly active in Middle East

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Anil Bhardwaj - Demand still outstripping supply in Dubai

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Bob Loewen - Bringing the brand to the Middle East

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Badr Al Badr - Hotel investment rests on supply and demand

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Francois Baudin - Stabilising Middle Eastern market

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Nick van Marken - Confidence in Middle East despite problems

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Mark Wynne Smith - Middle East success due to segmentation

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