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2014 Speakers

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Taras Ettl

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

Neil George

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Yousuf Lootah

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Costas Verginis

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nenad Pacek

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Frits van Paasschen

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Drake

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Andrew Clough

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

Bernard Forster

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

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Tom Hasker

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

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