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2014 Speakers

Taras Ettl

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicolas Mayer

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bani Haddad

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Neil George

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Animesh Pandey

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rui M. Barros

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Norman Forsyth

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Selim El Zein

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christoph Härle

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Clough

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Elie Younes

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Yousuf Lootah

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

Simon Hage

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

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