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2014 Speakers

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Elie Younes

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gordon Drake

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Frits van Paasschen

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

Tom Hasker

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nicolas Mayer

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Taras Ettl

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Selim El Zein

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Andrew Clough

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Rui Barros

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Christoph Härle

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Norman Forsyth

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

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