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2014 Speakers

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Elie Younes

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Pascal Gauvin

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

Rui Barros

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bernard Forster

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

Gordon Drake

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bani Haddad

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Andrew Clough

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Filippo Sona

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Selim El Zein

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Simon Hage

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christoph Härle

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Tom Hasker

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Norman Forsyth

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Yousuf Lootah

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Taras Ettl

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Neil George

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

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