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2014 Speakers

Yousuf Lootah

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Neil George

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Oliver Ebner

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

Filippo Sona

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

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Frits van Paasschen

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

Elie Younes

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Clough

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Animesh Pandey

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tom Hasker

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

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