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2014 Speakers

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui Barros

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Tom Hasker

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christoph Härle

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Taras Ettl

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elie Younes

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Frits van Paasschen

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bernard Forster

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Simon Hage

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bani Haddad

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Costas Verginis

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Neil George

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Selim El Zein

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

Norman Forsyth

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

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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