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2014 Speakers

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nenad Pacek

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christoph Härle

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

Neil George

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tom Hasker

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Taras Ettl

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rami Moukarzel

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bernard Forster

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Animesh Pandey

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Elie Younes

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

Andrew Clough

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Norman Forsyth

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Nicolas Mayer

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Alexandre Sogno

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bani Haddad

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

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