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2015 Speakers

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Filippo Sona

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

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Neil George

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Oliver Ebner

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

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality 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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