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2014 Speakers

Andrew Clough

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Oliver Ebner

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Hage

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Neil George

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Selim El Zein

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Nenad Pacek

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Alexandre Sogno

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

Taras Ettl

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Yousuf Lootah

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

Filippo Sona

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rami Moukarzel

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

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