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2014 Speakers

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Simon Hage

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rui Barros

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Selim El Zein

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Taras Ettl

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Christoph Härle

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Bernard Forster

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Costas Verginis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Nicolas Mayer

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tom Hasker

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Pascal Gauvin

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Animesh Pandey

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

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