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2014 Speakers

Tom Hasker

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Frits van Paasschen

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Animesh Pandey

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bernard Forster

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Taras Ettl

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Neil George

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bani Haddad

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Oliver Ebner

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

Simon Hage

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Costas Verginis

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christoph Härle

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Clough

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rui Barros

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

Gordon Drake

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Filippo Sona

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Selim El Zein

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Elie Younes

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Pascal Gauvin

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

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