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2014 Speakers

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Bernard Forster

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Elie Younes

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Norman Forsyth

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Neil George

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Andrew Clough

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Simon Hage

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Tom Hasker

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Costas Verginis

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Drake

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Selim El Zein

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Christoph Härle

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

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