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2014 Speakers

Rami Moukarzel

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Costas Verginis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Elie Younes

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Tom Hasker

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Panday

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christoph Härle

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bani Haddad

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Selim El Zein

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Drake

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Andrew Clough

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Rui M. Barros

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Neil George

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Filippo Sona

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

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