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2014 Speakers

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bani Haddad

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Andrew Clough

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rami Moukarzel

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Rui Barros

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Gordon Drake

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Tom Hasker

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

Taras Ettl

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Neil George

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Filippo Sona

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

Christoph Härle

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Oliver Ebner

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Costas Verginis

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

Bernard Forster

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

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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