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2014 Speakers

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Yousuf Lootah

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christoph Härle

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

Simon Hage

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Selim El Zein

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Rui Barros

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Clough

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Neil George

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bernard Forster

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Tom Hasker

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

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) 

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Gordon Drake

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Elie Younes

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Animesh Pandey

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Oliver Ebner

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

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