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2014 Speakers

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Christoph Härle

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Filippo Sona

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Simon Hage

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rui Barros

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Gordon Drake

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bernard Forster

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Bani Haddad

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Neil George

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Tom Hasker

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Clough

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

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