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2014 Speakers

Pascal Gauvin

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

Elie Younes

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Taras Ettl

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Drake

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Nenad Pacek

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Alexandre Sogno

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Rui Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Costas Verginis

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

Bani Haddad

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Filippo Sona

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Nicolas Mayer

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Norman Forsyth

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Clough

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Simon Hage

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Oliver Ebner

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Neil George

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

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