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2014 Speakers

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Tom Hasker

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Frits van Paasschen

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Costas Verginis

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Selim El Zein

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

Rui Barros

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bani Haddad

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

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Simon Hage

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Animesh Pandey

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Neil George

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

Elie Younes

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

Christoph Härle

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Pascal Gauvin

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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