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2014 Speakers

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rui Barros

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Elie Younes

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

Filippo Sona

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

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)

Geoffrey Lipman

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nenad Pacek

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Christoph Härle

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Tom Hasker

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Bernard Forster

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Taras Ettl

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Costas Verginis

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gordon Drake

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Andrew Clough

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Selim El Zein

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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