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2014 Speakers

Norman Forsyth

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Filippo Sona

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Oliver Ebner

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

Elie Younes

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Costas Verginis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Taras Ettl

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Bani Haddad

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rui Barros

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nicolas Mayer

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Selim El Zein

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

Bernard Forster

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

Gordon Drake

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

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