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2014 Speakers

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Tom Hasker

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Christoph Härle

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Bernard Forster

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Norman Forsyth

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Rui Barros

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Clough

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Taras Ettl

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Elie Younes

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

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