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2014 Speakers

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Elie Younes

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Taras Ettl

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Clough

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Yousuf Lootah

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Simon Hage

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tom Hasker

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gordon Drake

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bernard Forster

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Costas Verginis

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

Christoph Härle

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

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