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2014 Speakers

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Alexandre Sogno

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Neil George

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

Bernard Forster

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Taras Ettl

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nenad Pacek

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

Bani Haddad

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Simon Hage

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

Tom Hasker

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Andrew Clough

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rui Barros

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Filippo Sona

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Frits van Paasschen

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Rami Moukarzel

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

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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