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2014 Speakers

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Oliver Ebner

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gordon Drake

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Simon Hage

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

Andrew Clough

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Neil George

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Nenad Pacek

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bani Haddad

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Norman Forsyth

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rui Barros

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bernard Forster

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Pascal Gauvin

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Costas Verginis

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Elie Younes

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Frits van Paasschen

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

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