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2014 Speakers

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Taras Ettl

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Pascal Gauvin

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

Selim El Zein

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Tom Hasker

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Yousuf Lootah

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Simon Hage

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Rui Barros

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

Neil George

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christoph Härle

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

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