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2014 Speakers

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Bani Haddad

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Filippo Sona

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gordon Drake

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Nenad Pacek

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

Selim El Zein

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rui M. Barros

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Costas Verginis

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christoph Härle

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Taras Ettl

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Andrew Clough

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

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Animesh Panday

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Geoffrey Lipman

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

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