Latest News

Twitter iconJoin the conversation

2014 Speakers

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Animesh Pandey

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Selim El Zein

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Taras Ettl

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

Bani Haddad

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

Rui Barros

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Costas Verginis

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bernard Forster

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Neil George

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Samer Abu Ayash

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Norman Forsyth

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Oliver Ebner

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Rami Moukarzel

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Yousuf Lootah

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Video Player

« Video Library

Nick van Marken - Confidence in Middle East despite problems