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2014 Speakers

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Clough

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bernard Forster

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bani Haddad

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gordon Drake

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Tom Hasker

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rui M. Barros

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Yousuf Lootah

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Rami Moukarzel

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Nenad Pacek

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Neil George

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christoph Härle

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

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