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2014 Speakers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Alexandre Sogno

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Pascal Gauvin

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Simon Hage

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tom Hasker

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Norman Forsyth

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gordon Drake

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Neil George

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nenad Pacek

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

Selim El Zein

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Costas Verginis

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bani Haddad

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rui Barros

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

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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