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2014 Speakers

Bani Haddad

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Alexandre Sogno

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Costas Verginis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gordon Drake

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rui Barros

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Filippo Sona

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Animesh Pandey

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Neil George

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Oliver Ebner

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Taras Ettl

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tom Hasker

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

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