Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference

22-23 January 2019

Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

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2018 Speakers

Dr Hamad Al Ismail photo

Dr Hamad Al Ismail

Dr Hamad Al Ismail

Vice President for Investment & Tourism Development, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage

Bio
Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr Badr Al Badr

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Hassan Ahdab photo

Hassan Ahdab

Hassan Ahdab

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Kamel Ajami photo

Kamel Ajami

Kamel Ajami

Vice President, Operations, KSA & Levant, Hilton

Bio
Yousif Al Eid photo

Yousif Al Eid

Yousif Al Eid

Vice President of Investment and Business Development, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Eng. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Nashmi photo

Eng. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Nashmi

Eng. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Nashmi

General Director of Vision Realization Office, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage

Bio
Yasser bin Faisal Al-Sharif photo

Yasser bin Faisal Al-Sharif

Yasser bin Faisal Al-Sharif

Chief Executive Officer, Jabal Omar Development Company

Bio
Mohamed Awadalla photo

Mohamed Awadalla

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer, Time Hotels

Bio
Ignace Bauwens photo

Ignace Bauwens

Ignace Bauwens

Regional Vice President Middle East and Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Bio
Dr Martin Berlin photo

Dr Martin Berlin

Dr Martin Berlin

Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader, PwC

Bio
Abdellah Essonni photo

Abdellah Essonni

Abdellah Essonni

Chief Hospitality Officer, Maad International Co.

Bio
Pascal Gauvin photo

Pascal Gauvin

Pascal Gauvin

Managing Director, IMEA, IHG

Bio
Olivier Granet photo

Olivier Granet

Olivier Granet

Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels, Middle East and Africa

Bio
Maram Kokandi photo

Maram Kokandi

Maram Kokandi

General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson, Madinah Road, Jeddah

Bio
Alex Kyriakidis photo

Alex Kyriakidis

Alex Kyriakidis

President and Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Bio
Gerald Lawless photo

Gerald Lawless

Gerald Lawless

Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council; Chairman, Irish Business Network; Honorary President, Jumeirah Group

Bio
Nick van Marken photo

Nick van Marken

Nick van Marken

Industry Executive

Bio
Anita Mendiratta photo

Anita Mendiratta

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & President of Cachet Consulting

Bio
Elie Milky photo

Elie Milky

Elie Milky

Vice President Business Development Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group

Bio
Barry Moroney photo

Barry Moroney

Barry Moroney

Head of Middle East, TINT

Bio
Amine Moukarzel photo

Amine Moukarzel

Amine Moukarzel

President, MENA Region, Louvre Hotels Group

Bio
Rami A. Moukarzel photo

Rami A. Moukarzel

Rami A. Moukarzel

Vice President Development & Acquisitions, Middle East & North Africa, Louvre Hotels Group

Bio
Dinky Puri photo

Dinky Puri

Dinky Puri

Founding Partner, Eaglewing Estates & Hotels

Bio
Chaymae Samir photo

Chaymae Samir

Chaymae Samir

Founder of CS Ventures; CEO of SouthLabs

Bio
Faisal Shaker photo

Faisal Shaker

Faisal Shaker

Chief Investment & Development Officer, Jabal Omar Development Company

Bio
Gaurav Sinha photo

Gaurav Sinha

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia

Bio
Filippo Sona photo

Filippo Sona

Filippo Sona

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

Bio
Richard Thompson photo

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Editorial Director, MEED

Bio
Philip Wooller photo

Philip Wooller

Philip Wooller

Area Director Middle East, STR

Bio
Jonathan Worsley photo

Jonathan Worsley

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

Bio
Hani Zahran photo

Hani Zahran

Hani Zahran

Regional Head of Corporate Banking, SABB

Bio

MONDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2018

09:45 - 10:00

Welcome Remarks

Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr Badr Al Badr

Jonathan Worsley photo

Jonathan Worsley

10:00 - 10:30

The Future of Saudi Tourism – Transitioning to Tomorrow

Getting into the mindset of Vision 2030 and providing insight on the masterplan and building a sustainable and successful platform for growth.

Dr Hamad Al Ismail photo

Dr Hamad Al Ismail

10:30 - 10:45

Pipeline Perspective

As the focus turns to growth in the Kingdom, is there a danger of oversupply in the market?

Philip Wooller photo

Philip Wooller

10:45 - 11:05

Destination Development

How can Saudi Arabia develop a destination with world-class offerings to hold their own against the best in the region?

Anita Mendiratta photo

Anita Mendiratta

Gerald Lawless photo

Gerald Lawless

11:05 - 11:50

Leaders’ Perspective

Understanding the thoughts and goals of the regions hospitality leaders that are paving the way to realising Vision 2030.

Nick van Marken photo

Nick van Marken

Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr Badr Al Badr

Olivier Granet photo

Olivier Granet

Alex Kyriakidis photo

Alex Kyriakidis

Pascal Gauvin photo

Pascal Gauvin

11:50 - 12:20

COFFEE BREAK

networking

12:20 - 12:35

Round up of Transformational and Infrastructure Projects

The Saudi market will expand dramatically in the coming years and so will the infrastructure around the country. What projects are up and coming, and where will the biggest impact be felt?

Richard Thompson photo

Richard Thompson

12:35 - 12:50

Industry Opportunity: One Way One Belt

As the Kingdom embraces tourism, what can be said of the source markets to the East. How can Saudi Arabia take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Chinese Market?

Amine Moukarzel photo

Amine Moukarzel

12:50 - 13:20

Finance, Investment, and Asset Management

Bringing synergies and best practice together in the development of valuable hospitality assets.

Dinky Puri photo

Dinky Puri

Faisal Shaker photo

Faisal Shaker

Hani Zahran photo

Hani Zahran

13:20 - 13:50

The Rise of Mid-Market & Serviced Apartments

The future of Saudi hospitality will comprise a multitude of product categories. Where are the biggest opportunities for investment?

Mohamed Awadalla photo

Mohamed Awadalla

Ignace Bauwens photo

Ignace Bauwens

Hassan Ahdab photo

Hassan Ahdab

Dr Martin Berlin photo

Dr Martin Berlin

13:50 - 14:50

LUNCH

networking

14:50 - 15:20

Realising the Vision for the Holy Cities

Looking at the developments, infrastructure and projects coming online that will grow and sustain an ever-evolving market around two of the oldest cities in tourism.

Yasser bin Faisal Al-Sharif photo

Yasser bin Faisal Al-Sharif

Abdellah Essonni photo

Abdellah Essonni

15:20 - 15:50

Spotlight on Secondary & Tertiary Cities

Highlighting some of the most attractive destinations in Saudi Arabia, tracking down the markets generating considerable interesting coming from the rest of the Middle East, and identifying why these markets will continue to show promising growth and ROI.

Filippo Sona photo

Filippo Sona

Kamel Ajami photo

Kamel Ajami

Yousif Al Eid photo

Yousif Al Eid

Elie Milky photo

Elie Milky

Rami A. Moukarzel photo

Rami A. Moukarzel

15:50 - 16:10

How the Dream Became a Reality

The first female General Manager in the history of Saudi Arabia’s Hospitality industry discusses her journey to realising a dream.

Maram Kokandi photo

Maram Kokandi

16:10 - 16:30

Building the Path to a Brighter Saudi – Driving Domestic Tourism

A new generation of Saudi travellers are emerging and keeping them engaged is the new challenge. What projects, initiatives and sectors are going to drive domestic tourism around the country.

Hatem Samman photo

Hatem Samman

16:30 - 16:50

Trendlines

Drilling down into the intricacies of global consumer trends currently underway. We look at Saudi Arabia in relation to the wider macro trends under the microscope.

Gaurav Sinha photo

Gaurav Sinha

16:50 - 17:10

Entrepreneurial. Creative. Sceptical. High-level expose on the behaviours and perceptions of MENA Millennials

Over 50% of the population is under the age of 25. How do you cater to this massive demographic by creating valuable experiences that will keep them engaged?

Chaymae Samir photo

Chaymae Samir

17:10 - 17:30

The Social Effect & How to Harness It

Brand generated messaging is being ignored. There has been a shift in the buying behaviour of the modern consumer and to win with them; brands need to reach them in the right place, at the right time, with the right content.

Barry Moroney photo

Barry Moroney

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