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2014 Speakers

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Taras Ettl

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rami Moukarzel

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Clough

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

Selim El Zein

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Simon Hage

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bani Haddad

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Pascal Gauvin

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rui Barros

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Filippo Sona

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bernard Forster

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Costas Verginis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

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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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