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2014 Speakers

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Oliver Ebner

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Costas Verginis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Neil George

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bernard Forster

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

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Animesh Panday

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Norman Forsyth

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Bani Haddad

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

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Taras Ettl

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

Nick van Marken

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

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) 

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

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