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2014 Speakers

Gordon Drake

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

Filippo Sona

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

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rui Barros

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Selim El Zein

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Norman Forsyth

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Elie Younes

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

Simon Hage

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Animesh Pandey

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Oliver Ebner

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

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Clough

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christoph Härle

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bernard Forster

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

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