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2015 Speakers

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Taras Ettl

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

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Imad Barrakad

Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Neil George

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

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Filippo Sona

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

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Drake

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

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