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2014 Speakers

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Elie Younes

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Andrew Clough

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Animesh Panday

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christoph Härle

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nenad Pacek

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Taras Ettl

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tom Hasker

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Frits van Paasschen

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

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Pascal Gauvin

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

Costas Verginis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gordon Drake

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bani Haddad

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

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