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2014 Speakers

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Animesh Pandey

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Costas Verginis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Oliver Ebner

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Filippo Sona

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Bani Haddad

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rui M. Barros

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gordon Drake

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Pascal Gauvin

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Andrew Clough

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

Bernard Forster

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

Taras Ettl

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Selim El Zein

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christoph Härle

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Elie Younes

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Hage

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Neil George

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

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