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2014 Speakers

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Costas Verginis

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

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bani Haddad

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rui Barros

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nicolas Mayer

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Simon Hage

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Selim El Zein

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

Andrew Clough

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Filippo Sona

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Drake

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bernard Forster

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Elie Younes

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tom Hasker

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nenad Pacek

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

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