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2014 Speakers

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Elie Younes

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bernard Forster

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nenad Pacek

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Frits van Paasschen

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christoph Härle

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Selim El Zein

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Taras Ettl

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Animesh Pandey

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rui Barros

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nicolas Mayer

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Pascal Gauvin

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Clough

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Oliver Ebner

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

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