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2014 Speakers

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Neil George

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christoph Härle

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Costas Verginis

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

Simon Hage

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bernard Forster

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Taras Ettl

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Oliver Ebner

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gordon Drake

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Andrew Clough

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

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