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2024 SPEAKERS

Khalid Saud Abu Haimed
Chief Executive Officer
Al Khozama Investment Company

Mahmoud Abdulhadi
Deputy Minister, Destination Enablement
Ministry Tourism of Saudi Arabia

Desdemona (Desi)
Humanoid Robot
Lead Vocalist of the Desdemona Dream Band

Abdulrahman Abaalkhail
Chief Executive Officer
Dan Company

Louis Abboud
CDO & Deputy Head of Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Ennismore

Rashid Aboobacker
Asset Manager
Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

Maher Abou Nasr
Vice President Operations Saudi Arabia
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Shaji Abu Salih
Vice President - Business Development & Growth
Shaza Hotels

Dr. Hamad Abuhaimed
Chief Executive Officer
Shatha Company

Layla Abuzaid
Chief Executive Officer
WK Holding

Janet Adams
Chief Operating Officer
SingularityNET

Ankur Agrawal
CEO & Founder
Inhabitr

Hassan Ahdab
Chief Hospitality Operations Officer
Taiba Investments

Khalid Al Gahtani
Chairman
Rikaz Properties

Shaikha Al Nowais
Corporate Vice President - Owner Relationship Management
Rotana

Khalid Al-Amoudi
Chief Executive Officer
Jabal Omar Development Company

Hashim Al-Attas
Chief Executive Officer, Leylaty Group
Co-Founder, Kuruu

Hossam Al-Basrawi
General Manager Corporate Banking Group
Alrajhi Bank

Qusai Al-Fakhri
Chief Executive Officer
Tourism Development Fund

Fadi Alaseri
Senior Director - Education
Red Sea Global (RSG)

Abdulrahman Albassam
Board Member
Baheej

Nouf Alharthi
Manager of Business Development
TDF Grow

Banan Alhazmi
Researcher (Ph.D. Candidate)
KAUST

Badr Alherbish
Chief Strategy Officer
Tourism Development Fund

Nawal AlKhalawi
Founder & CEO
Asfar Experience

Abdulaziz Alkhudair​
Managing Director, Majd Alaamal
CEO, Yakoon Invest Company

Abdulrahman AlMalik
Investment Development Executive Director
ASFAR

Osama AlOthman
Chief Executive Officer
Aseer Investment Company

Dr. Khalid Alshaibani
Chief Executive Officer
Health Sector Transformation Program

Mubarak Alsufayan
Hospitality Business Development Manager
Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

Bilal Ambikapathy
Founding Partner
Wisefields

JS Anand
Founder & CEO
Leva Hotels

Stephen Ansell
Managing Director – Middle East and Africa
Hyatt

Patrick Antaki
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Hospitality Management Holding (HMH)

Scott Antel
Founder & Owner
Scotts FZ LLE

Salma Arafa
Senior Innovation Specialist
UN Tourism

Hiba Araji
Regional Design & Project Development Manager - Middle East & CIS
Valor Hospitality Partners

Aboudi Asali
Executive Vice President, Head of Hotels Advisory MENA, JLL
JLL

Abdulhalim Awlia
Regional Operations Specialist
NEOM Hotel Division

Maya Ayoub
Founder & CEO
District Twelve

Abdullah Azhari
Chief Executive Officer
Saudi Icon Company

Dominique Backhouse
Founder & Managing Director - Hong Kong & Singapore
Companion Communications

Jana Bader
Advisor
The Bench

Sultan Bader Al-Otaibi
Chief Executive Officer
Taiba Investments

Mawadah Bajrai
Food Innovator and Researcher

Sam Bakhshandehpour
President & Board Member
José Andrés Group (JAG)

Emma Banks
VP, F&B Strategy and Development EMEA
Hilton

Luis Nicolás Barrios
Regional Manager - Innovation, Education and Investments
UN Tourism

Ben Baseley-Walker
Founder & Managing Partner
Andart Global

Anton Bawab
Independent Hospitality Advisor

Siew Kim Beh
Chief Financial & Sustainability Officer, Lodging
CapitaLand Investment Limited / The Ascott Limited

Ramine Behnam
Vice President Development - EMEA
Minor Hotels

Lynne Bellinger
Director of Food & Beverage Design & Development
Marriott International EAME

Dr. Martin Berlin
Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader
PwC Middle East

Nichola Beskine-Taylor
Partner
TGP International

Ahmed Bin Madhi
Chief Investment Officer
Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

Dr. Fahad Bin Mushayt
Chief Executive Officer
ASFAR

Oliver Bonke
Chief Executive Officer, H World International
Managing Director, Steigenberger Hotels GmbH

Martin Boudreau
President and Executive Producer - Parks & Hospitality
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Alberto Bounous
Vice President Design & Development
KAFD

Charbel Boutros
VP Development, Middle East & Africa
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Stefan Breg
Managing Partner-Consulting
KEANE: Consult & Create

Coley Brenan
Partner, Head of Europe
KSL Capital Partners

Paul Bridger
Chief Operating Officer
Rove Hotels

Benjamin Calleja
Founder
Livit Design & Fast Fine Restaurant Group

Sebastien Carre
Group Head of Hospitality
Red Sea Global

Judith Cartwright
Founder & Managing Director
Black Coral Consulting

Ulpa Chauhan
Chief Solutions Officer
Beyond Bamboo

Rosanna Chopra
Executive Director – Destination Development
Red Sea Global

Hala Matar Choufany
President, Middle East, Africa & South Asia
HVS

Nicholas Clark
Program Director
Compass Project Consulting

Kathrin Cockhill
Commercial Director
HotStats

Henry Coutinho-Mason
Author & Speaker, The Future Normal
Co-founder, 3Space

Mark De Cocinis
Chief Executive Officer
Boutique Group

Gustavo de Hostos
Founder & Managing Partner
Forsite Creative

Fritz Dickamp
Managing Director
Studio 49

Jihad Dirani
VP New Development Leasing
Cenomi Centers

Marcello Distefano
Chief Executive Officer
San Carlo Restaurant Group

Pascal Donat
Chairman & Founder, Maison ELLE
President, de Valotel

Henri Giscard D’Estaing
President
ClubMed - All-Inclusive beach and mountain Resorts

Ben Edwards
Group Head of Cost, Commercial, and Procurement
Red Sea Global

Catherine Edwards
Chief Strategy Officer
QUO

Amr El Nady
Head of Hotels & Hospitality MEA and Managing Director, Global Hotel Desk
JLL

Susie Ellis
Chair & CEO
Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

Sherif M. Elsherif
Managing Director - MENA
Olayan Food Services Company

Lars Eltvik
Senior Advisor – Education
Red Sea Global

Thomas Emanuel
Senior Director
STR

Dr. Adel Ezzat
Chief Executive Officer
Elaf Group

Elyza Falzon
Vice President - Architecture, Design & Construction
Hilton Worldwide Services Limited

Mario Ferraro
CEO
Smeralda Holding Group

Michael Flanagan
Chief Business Development Officer
Al Khozama Investment Company

Marco Franck
Chief Hospitality Officer
Boutique Group

Marina Franolic
Head of Investor Relations
The Bench

Hitesh Gandhi
Senior Director Development – KSA and Kuwait
Marriott International

Reem Garash
Partner- KSA Consulting & Valuation
HVS

Sarah Gasim
Senior Vice President, Head of Hotels KSA
JLL

Giuliano Gasparini
Head of Hospitality Asset Management
WASL / Dubai Real Estate Corporation

HE Gloria Guevara Manzo
Chief Special Advisor
Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia

James Hacon
Founding Partner
Think Hospitality

Hicham Hassouni
Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer
Boutique Group

Christoph Hoffmann
Founder
25hours Hotels

Guy Hutchinson
President, Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Hilton

Mohammed Islam
Host & Founder
The Mo Show Podcast Saudi Arabia

Adil Jabrayilov
Development Director MENA
Louvre Hotels Group

Mohammed Jawa
Founder & Chairman
MJS Holding

Rizwan Kassim
Founder & CEO
RIKAS Hospitality Group

Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim
Chief Executive Officer
Millennium Hotels & Resorts & Lakhraim Group

David Keen
Founder & CEO
QUO

Talar Keshishian
Senior Manager Leasing – Retail Development
Red Sea Global

Carlos Khneisser
Vice President Development Middle East & Africa
Hilton

Aradhana Khowala
CEO & Founder
Aptamind Partners

Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer
Kerten Hospitality

Amir Lababedi
Managing Director, Development, Middle East & North Africa
Hilton

Tatiana Labaki
Head of Hotels and Tourism Advisory - PSU
Tonomus

Julien Laloye
Director, Mixed-Use Development (EMEA)
Marriott International

Gregory Lanter
Chief Development Officer & CEO Mountain Strategy
ClubMed - All-Inclusive beach and mountain Resorts

Angela Lester
Senior Vice President Business Development EMEA
sbe

Peggy Li
Managing Partner
SPS Affinity

Serena Lim
Chief Growth Officer
The Ascott Limited

Ana Lobo Martins
Director, Interior Design
ARC International Design Consultants

Stefano Lopez
Tourism Projects Director
Baheej

Panos Loupasis
Market Managing Director Türkiye, Middle East & Africa
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Waleed M. Abualnadi
Commercial Director
Saudi Icon Company

Eng. Abdulaziz M. Al-Shanqiti
General Manager
Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY).

Cladys Magagna
Corporate Director of Food & Beverage
Al Khozama Investment Company

Glenn Mandziuk
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Madan Manjeshwar
Director of Finance
AlMoajil Hospitality

Ali Manzoor
Head of Hotels & Tourism
CBRE MENA

Haitham Mattar
Special Advisor, UNWTO
Managing Director MEA & South West Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Nicolas Mayer
Industry Leader Hospitality and Tourism EMEA; Managing Partner Global Center of Excellence Tourism & Hospitality
PwC

Elie Milky
Vice President Development
Radisson Hotel Group

Jean-Jacques Morin
Group Deputy CEO and Premium, Midscale & Economy Division CEO
Accor

Falih Motasim Hajaj
Chief Executive Officer
Tashyid Urban Development

Fawaz Moumina
Country Manager & Senior Director of Operations – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hilton

Uday Mukundan
Chief Executive Officer
The Food District Company

Simone Mundy Clowry
Chief Operating Officer
Beyond Bamboo

Nicolas Nasra
Head of Hotel Advisory, Hospitality & Tourism | MENA Region
Colliers

Vikram Natarajan
Chief Executive Officer
Kayanee

Amit Nayak, CHA
Vice President
HAMA MEA

Ian Palmer
Executive Director - Venues
MDLBEAST

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines
Co-Founder, Global Restaurant Investment Forum
Partner, THINK Hospitality

Maria Pichon
Director Brand Development
NEOM Hotel Division

Tapan Piplani
Chief Operating Officer
Valor Hospitality Partners- Middle East & CIS

Mateo Ramos
Chief Executive Officer
Foodvest Holding WLL

Martin Raymond
Co-Founder, The Future Laboratory
Editor-in-Chief, LS:N Global

Ada Renedo
Regional CEO, Middle East
Together Group

Mike Rigby
General Manager & Regional Vice President – Middle East
WhiteWater

Edie Rodriguez
Member of the Board of Directors
Saudi Tourism Authority

Agnès Roquefort
Chief Development Officer, Luxury & Lifestyle
Accor

Samer Sabra
Chief Asset Management Officer
Jabal Omar Development Company

Rohit Sachdev
Chief Executive Officer
Soho Hospitality

Moustafa Said
Founding Partner
Wisefields

Turab Saleem
Partner ‑ Head of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Advisory ‑ MENA
Knight Frank

Roaya Saleh
Founder, Villa Mamas
President & Founder, RS Management WLL

Wed Saleh
Influencer & Top Chef Middle East Contestant

Christopher Sanderson
Co-Founder
The Future Laboratory

Gautam Sashittal
Chief Executive Officer
King Abdullah Financial District Development & Management Company (KAFD DMC)

Markus Schreyer
Chairman
META Foundation

Ingo Schweder
Founder & CEO
GOCO Hospitality

Lyndsey Scott
Director
MJS Investment

Ali Shahid
Marketing Director, The Bench
Generative AI Evangelist

Faisal Shaker
Co Founder, Board Member & CEO
Modern Food Company (MFC) & Modern Elite Company

Mohamed Siam
COO
Trofi

Gaurav Sinha
CEO
Insignia Worldwide

Patrick Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Strive Services Group

Daria Smith
Portfolio Director
The Bench

Shahad Sulaimani
PhD Candidate
King Abdullah University for Science and Technology

Rana Tabbara
Reporter
CNN Business Arabic

Joe Tabet
Managing Director
JT+Partners

Reina Takla
Business Editor
Arab News

Oli Thomas
Founder
Hatchin

Michael Thorley
Project Director, Expenditure and Projects Efficiency Authority (Expro)
DAR Engineering

Ashish Tulsian
Co-founder & CEO
Restroworks

Jules Ugo
Chief Executive Officer
Lotus

Holkan Vasquez
PhD Student
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Suma Venkatesh
Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development
The Indian Hotels Company Limited

Daniel Von Barloewen
Regional Vice President, Accor One Living
Head of Mixed-Use (EMEA), ACCOR

Linh Vu
Founder & CEO
Key Hospitality Consulting

Daniela Wagner
Global Business Development Director
Jacobs Media

Richard Williamson
Chief Operating Officer
Considerate Group

Andrew Williamson
Senior Director - Retail Development
Red Sea Global

Henrik Winther
Founder
Tigrus Holding

Olly Wood
Senior Director – Adventure & Sport
Red Sea Global

Georgie Woollams
Founder & Managing Director
Katch International

Jonathan Worsley
Chairman
The Bench

Simon Wright
Founder & Chairman
TGP International

Greg Wright
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Food People

Faisal Younes
CEO F&B
Cenomi Retail

Tariq Yousef Dowidar
Vice President Saudi Arabia
Aleph Hospitality

Kurt Zdesar
Chef, Founder & Owner
Chotto Matte

Ahmed Zeeshan
Technical Consultant
HPE Aruba Consulting Systems Engineer

Maya Ziade
Chief Development Officer Premium, Midscale and Economy Division Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Accor

Makram El Zyr
Corporate Vice President – Development
Rotana