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Monday - 29th January 2018
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
Conference Reception Area
11:45 - 12:30
11:45 - 12:30
Ballroom
Moderator:

Rashi Sen, Editor, TTN (Travel & Tourism News Middle East)

Speakers:

Enver Cebi, COO and Co-founder, HalalBooking.com

Nehme Darwiche, President, DWL

12:30 - 14:00
12:30 - 14:00
Origins Restaurant
14:00 - 14:10
14:00 - 14:10
Ballroom
Speakers:

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Abu Dhabi TCA

14:10 - 14:15
14:10 - 14:15
Ballroom
Speakers:

Simon Allison, Chairman & CEO , HOFTEL

14:15 - 14:40
14:15 - 14:40
Ballroom
Speakers:

Robin Rossmann, Managing Director, STR

14:40 - 15:05
14:40 - 15:05
Ballroom
Speakers:

Marko Vucinic, Senior Vice President - Middle East & Africa, JLL Hotels

Nihat Ercan, Managing Director, Investment Sales Asia, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

15:05 - 15:45
15:05 - 15:45
Ballroom
Moderator:

Trevor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Speakers:

Patrick Smith, Chief Operating Officer , IFA Real Estate Services

Jameel Verjee, Founder & CEO, CityBlue Hotels

Musleh Ahmed, Chairman, Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort

Aboudi Asali, CEO, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding

15:45 - 16:15
15:45 - 16:15
Ballroom
Moderator:

Andrew Sangster, Director, Hotel Analyst, Zero Two Zero

Speakers:

Christopher Michau, Vice President, Global Partner Group, Expedia

16:15 - 16:35
16:15 - 16:35
Conference Foyer
16:35 - 17:20
16:35 - 17:20
Ballroom
Moderator:

Harry Johnson, Chairman, Beaufort Global Partners

Speakers:

Suchad Chiaranussati, Founder & CEO, SC Capital Partners Group

Carmen Hui, Global Commercial Director of Owner Partnerships, Booking.com

Olivier Chavy, CEO, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts

17:20 - 18:00
17:20 - 18:00
Ballroom
Moderator:

Wimintra Jangnin, Founder & Editor in Chief, Hotelintel.co

Speakers:

Alison Grinnell, CFO, RAK Hospitality Holding

Amruda Nair, Joint Managing Director & CEO, Aiana Hotels & Resorts

Sara Rosso, CEO, Planhotel

Shaikha Al Nowais, Director of Internal Audit, Rotana Hotels and Resorts

18:00 - 18:20
18:00 - 18:20
Ballroom
Moderator:

Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media (IHM)

Speakers:

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels Management L.L.C.

Guus Bakker, CEO, Frasers Hospitality EMEA

18:20 - 18:45
18:20 - 18:45
Ballroom
Moderator:

Elias Hayek, Partner and Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton Boggs

Speakers:

Anil Bhardwaj, Director, AA Almoosa Enterprises LLC

Philippe Bijaoui, Chief Development Officer, EMEA , Wyndham Hotel Group

Kees Hartzuiker , CEO, Roya International

18:50 - 18:55
18:50 - 18:55
Ballroom
Speakers:

Jahed Rahman, Executive Director - Acquisitions & Investment Management, Aldar Properties

19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
Skylite
Tuesday - 30th January 2018
08:15 - 09:00
08:15 - 09:00
Conference Foyer
09:00 - 09:40
09:00 - 09:40
Ballroom
Moderator:

Simon Allison, Chairman & CEO , HOFTEL

Speakers:

Jalil Mekouar , CEO - Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim

Russel Sharpe, COO, Citymax Hotels

Luca Bandecchi, Vice Chairman, SBK Holding Hospitality Committee

Olivier Harnisch, CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group

09:40 - 09:45
09:40 - 09:45
Ballroom
09:45 - 10:40
09:45 - 10:40
Ballroom
Moderator:

Tony Ryan, Managing Director, Global Mergers and Acquisitions, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Speakers:

Paul Lonergan, Co Founder North Star Business Intelligence, North Star Business Intelligence

Divya Ahuja, Asset Manager, ANHR Group

Abraham Munene , Executive Director, Fedha Group

Mohamed Soussan , Group General Manager , Ayla Hotels & Resorts

10:40 - 11:10
10:40 - 11:10
Ballroom
Moderator:

Salim Bitar, ,

Speakers:

Christian Nader, Vice President - Development , Shaza Hotels

Omar Romero, VP Development, Six Senses

Roy Paul, Development Advisor, Rocco Forte Hotels

11:10 - 11:30
11:10 - 11:30
Conference Foyer
11:30 - 12:15
11:30 - 12:15
Breakout rooms
 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Ziad Khoury, Chief Operating Officer, Abjar Hotels International LLC

Babette  Marzheuser-Wood, Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Elias Hayek, Partner and Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton Boggs

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Natasha Hannoun, Director, Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Ramy Echo, Chief Investment Officer, ALARGAN International Real Estate

Cyril Lincoln, Head of Real Esate, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Abraham Munene , Executive Director, Fedha Group

Dawda Jawara, Legal Director, Clyde & Co

Xander Nijnens, Executive VP, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

12:15 - 13:00
12:15 - 13:00
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Lada Shelkovnikova, Partner, Hotels and Hospitality, Withers KhattarWong

Stuart Etherington, Director of Hospitality Asset Management , Dubai Properties Group

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director, Tatweer Misr

Gurjit Singh, Senior Vice President - Real Estate, Dubai World Trade Centre

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Sarah Khalifa, Senior Associate, Real Estate & Hospitality, Clyde & Co

Zoltan Kali, Chief Asset Management Officer/Head of Omran Hospitality , Omran Tourism Development

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Aditya Rajaram, Managing Director, Radar Holdings Ltd

Cyril Lincoln, Head of Real Esate, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Donal O’Leary, Director of commercial services – Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Bernard Forster, Group Director Asset Management, Sun Ltd

Andrew Linwood, Head of Hospitality Division, Areen Design

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Xander Nijnens, Executive VP, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Lourie Kruger, Co CFO, Kingdom

13:00 - 14:10
13:00 - 14:10
Origins Restaurant
14:10 - 14:45
14:10 - 14:45
Ballroom
Moderator:

Giuliano Gasparini, Senior Vice-President, Aldar Properties

Speakers:

Gerardo Llanes, Executive Director Destination Management, Miral

Haitham Mattar , CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Jerad Bachar , Executive Director, Tourism and Real Estate Investment, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

14:45 - 15:25
14:45 - 15:25
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Selen Ersü, Chairman & CEO, EVER Group

Peter Penev, Vice President of Acquisitions & Development , Hyatt

Ferzan Çelikkanat , General Manager, Er Yatırım

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Pascal Eppink, Managing Director, Areej Hospitality

John Podaras, Partner, Hotel Development Resources

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Jean Byamugisha, CEO, Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA)

Susan Muhwezi, Chairperson, Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA)

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Claude Attala, Chief Hospitality Officer, Shamayel Development

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Bill Barnett, Founder & Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

Saleh Said, Managing Director, Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd

 
Breakout rooms
Speakers:

Ziad Abi Raad, Director of Development - Middle East, East Africa and Indian Ocean, Mövenpick

Zayan Salih, Director, Damas Company Private Ltd

Asad Ali, Deputy Secretary General, Maldives Association for Tourism and Industry (MATI)

15:25 - 16:00
15:25 - 16:00
Ballroom
Moderator:

Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media (IHM)

Speakers:

Nick Turner, Principal, Laura Ashley Hotels, Resorts & Tearooms

Selim El Zein, AVP – Hospitality, Deyaar

Mariano Faz, Head of Asset Management, The First Group

16:00 - 16:40
16:00 - 16:40
Ballroom
Moderator:

Terence Baker , Senior reporter, Europe, Hotel News Now / STR

Simon Allison, Chairman & CEO , HOFTEL

Speakers:

Ron Barrott, Founding Partner & CEO, Pro-invest

Peter Penev, Vice President of Acquisitions & Development , Hyatt

Khalid Anib, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Marc Dardenne, Group Chief Operating Officer, Jumeirah

16:40 - 17:15
16:40 - 17:15
Ballroom
Moderator:

Bill Barnett, Founder & Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

Speakers:

David Anderson, CEO, Sun Ltd

John Flood, President & CEO, Archipelago international

17:15 - 17:25
17:15 - 17:25
Ballroom
18:00 - 20:30
18:00 - 20:30
Barfly by Buddha Bar, Venetian Village, in the grounds of the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
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