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2014 Speakers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Animesh Pandey

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Andrew Clough

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Pascal Gauvin

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

Taras Ettl

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Christoph Härle

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

Simon Hage

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bani Haddad

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Filippo Sona

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Costas Verginis

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bernard Forster

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rami Moukarzel

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

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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