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2014 Speakers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Bernard Forster

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Elie Younes

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Pascal Gauvin

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Costas Verginis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Neil George

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nenad Pacek

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

Andrew Clough

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Oliver Ebner

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Selim El Zein

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Simon Hage

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

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