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Mehmet Kocadon

Mayor of Bodrum

Alexandre Sogno

Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Mr. Sogno is the founder of Global Asset Solution, which provides expert oversight and asset management in the hospitality industry. Global Asset Solution benefits from dynamic international exposure and exponential growth in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He has lectured frequently and published several articles on hotel real estate finance and asset management. Mr. Sogno is also the co-writer of the new ‘Hotel Asset Management' textbook published by the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute, and the University of Denver. He is the President of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Mr. Sogno began his career in New York City after graduating with honors at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Sogno established a number of business ventures, initially focusing on hospitality and real estate valuation. He joined HVS International New York, and he established a new venture at the Cushman & Wakefield headquarters in Manhattan. During this period, Mr. Sogno supervised major hotel transactions (over 900 hotels), and provided technical support for valuations and financial projections for hospitality facilities throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

In 2005, Mr. Sogno began working for Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), founded by HRH Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud member of the Saudi Royal family, and was employed to asset manage a large portfolio of luxury full-service hotels in 21 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. As Vice President of Asset Management, Mr. Sogno had diverse responsibilities including: asset management of various hotels including Four Seasons, Fairmont, Raffles, Mövenpick, and Swissotel, valuation of all KHI portfolio, assisting with the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of KHI at the London Stock Exchange and the Dubai International Financial Exchange.

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President

President Mohamed Waheed is the fifth President of the Maldives. As President he promoted democracy and economic development and paved the way for free and fair elections. He strongly advocated for the political and environmental rights of small States in international fora, including at the United Nations General Assembly.  Dr. Waheed is a good friend of leaders in South and South East Asia and the Middle East.

Former President Dr. Waheed is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Additionally, he is engaged in social development projects in the Maldives.

Dr. Waheed was the first Maldivian to receive a PhD, having received it from Stanford University. He is a 16 year veteran of the United Nations, having served as the highest ranking Maldivian in the UN. During his career, he headed the offices of UNICEF for South Asia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkmenistan among others. Dr. Waheed is a specialist in international development and education. He served as Senior Education Adviser to UNICEF and Special Representative of UNICEF in Afghanistan between 2002 to 2005.

Before his career with UNCIEF, Dr. Waheed was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1989. During his tenure in office, he was the first person to introduce a Human Rights bill in Parliament and was a staunch democratic activist leading to his eventual expulsion from the Maldives. He returned to Maldives in June 2008 to compete in the Presidential elections. President Waheed was inaugurated as Vice President on November 11th 2008 and then as President on the February 7th 2012.

During his tenure, President Waheed firmed the country’s economic base, stabilized its deficit, and strengthened trade and cultural relations between Maldives and other Asian countries.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region
Colliers International

Christopher is a Senior Consultant with Colliers International, working on hospitality development and investment projects throughout the MENA region, alongside developers, investors and bankers. His interests lie in providing advice in specialized hospitality projects; he recently worked on the concept development of a theme-park hotel in Dubai, as well as wellness resort projects in the region. In the last months he has focused on the business models and trends of spas, working on spa feasibility studies and operator selection, involving 20 local and global operators.
His hospitality real estate experience in the region includes valuations, concept development, feasibility studies, hotel roll-out strategies, highest and best use, branded residences, operator selection and negotiation strategy as well as master planning.
Prior to joining Colliers, Christopher worked on pre-opening projects with luxury hotel chains in China and the UAE, gaining experience in sales and financial planning. This operational experience proved invaluable when joining Colliers, where he successfully led a 6-month project to re-position a distressed hotel in Abu Dhabi, bringing it from loss to profit.
Christopher recently returned from New York where he completed an intensive course in Real Estate Finance and Investment with NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management from the Emirates Academy and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.

René Beil

Managing Director
Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Beaufort Global Partners LLC is a private boutique Investment, Asset Management & Development Firm specializing in hospitality real estate and public market ownership with a focus on hotels, commercial buildings, residential projects, and industrial complexes. The firm is based in Dubai, UAE

René Beil, Managing Director of Beaufort Global Partners LLC, brings a seasoned history in hospitality management, operations, finance, investments, asset management and business development to the group.  He has led business development and growth initiatives on multiple continents as prime driver of investments, asset management, and new business development for Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government, Public & Private Companies, Royal Families, High Net-Worth Individuals as well as Family Offices.

He has a proven track record in organization building, discrete off market Private Negotiations & Transactions, Business Development to Asset Management from Boston to Buenos Aires, London to Paris through Dubai to Singapore as well as Hong Kong, accompanied by a comprehensive network of personal relationships at senior principal levels in, Government, Commerce and Finance.

Beil is of German nationality, was born in Singapore and raised in South East Asia, Bali, Manila and Hong Kong, He spent his adolescence in Europe, The Hague, Geneva, Brussels and Paris where he pursued a successful hotel career with InterContinental Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.  Subsequently, he ventured to the United States of America, Boston, in the pursuit of academic achievements

From Boston University, Beil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, complemented by a Minor in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is today a member of the Advisory Board to Boston University School of Hospitality

In his past appointment as Vice President Asset Management of Dubai Investment Group, Beil’s responsibilities included the asset management of the international hotel and real estate asset portfolio of Dubai Holding, which incorporated but not limited to the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and other international real estate assets.  Furthermore, he was mandated to seek investments, develop & grow markets in South America and cultivate business relationships between Middle East and LATAM.

Beil is currently leading the formation as one of the founding members of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association MEA (HAMA MEA) which is being launched during AHIC 2014. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and proficient in Spanish.

Adel Jemah

Vice President
Hill International Inc.

Dr. Jemah is currently working as a Vice President with Hill International for the Saudi Operations. He
spent more than 10 years working for Hill International in UAE and Saudi Arabia assuming various
positions and working on landmarks such as the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Palm Jumeirah.
Dr. Jemah also worked for more than 4 years as the Chief Executive Officer for TPM. Prior to joining Hill
International, Dr. Jemah was a Lecturer at Cardiff School of Engineering, University of Wales Cardiff
where he spent about 8 years working there after obtaining his first degree and PhD from the same
University. Dr. Jemah is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in academia, Civil
Engineering and Construction/Project Management. He began his career working for consultants and
Government Authorities in the U.K. before embarking on an extensive period of research, where he was
awarded a PhD in Structural Engineering.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Bernhard Bohnenberger – President of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, joined the company that would eventually become Six Senses in 1991 as Development Director and was appointed Managing Director in January 1996 and recently appointed President in July 2011. 

A German citizen, he graduated from Lausanne Hotel School - one of the world’s leading hotel schools. He is also a gifted linguist being fluent in five languages with a working knowledge of several more.

Prior to joining Six Senses, BB’s hotel operations experience includes Hilton Geneva and Hong Kong, Marco Polo Group in Hong Kong, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich, Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich and The Peninsula Hong Kong.

While at Six Senses, BB has been involved in a multitude of resort and spa projects exposing him to the market in almost every country in Asia and non-Asian destinations around the world. His varied background, both in conventional luxury hotels and at the core of creativity for a new resort trend, provides him with the ideal talents to lead Six Senses in their innovative approach to creating exceptional guest experiences.

From July 2009 until April 2011, he was Honorary Advisor to the President of the Senate of Thailand.  In March 2013, he became a Member of the International Advisory Board of Lausanne Hotel School.

Andrew Briganti

Meed Insight

Andrew has been an analyst at MEED Insight, the research and advisory arm of MEED since October 2012. Prior to this, he has worked in marketing; finance; and strategy consulting across Europe; Australia and the Middle East, including Deloitte’s Dubai office. Well versed in technological and market analysis, he holds a Master in Management of Innovation and Business Development from Copenhagen Business School, as well as bachelor degrees from Central European University in Budapest and Bocconi University in Milan.

Nicolas Mayer

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

In his role as Industry Leader of PwC’s Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Nic is responsible for the overall service delivery of PwC’s service offering to clients in this industry. In Switzerland, the Lodging & Tourism Clients Group services clients in the tourism, travel, lodging and destination management sector and comprises 11 full time consultants and an additional multidisciplinary team of around 40 professionals. Personally, Nic’s core expertise lies in board level strategic consulting assignments in integrated destination development, as well as in the execution of large scale operational effectiveness and guest satisfaction assignments in the Lodging Industry.

Prior to joining PwC, Nicolas worked in a variety of operative and development positions for Hyatt International, Hilton Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton Companies in the USA, Germany, Spain and Indonesia.

Nic holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and is a licensed CPA and ACCA. Nic is a frequent guest lecturer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and the Lucerne Hotel School. He is a member of the Advisory Board and the Think Tank of the World Tourism Forum in Lucerne and a frequent contributor to trade magazines in Switzerland and internationally.

Nic is married, has 2 children and lives near Zurich, Switzerland.

Elena Bubnova

Deputy General Director
OJSC "North Caucasus Development Corporation"

Елена Бубнова – заместитель генерального директора ОАО «Корпорация развития Северного Кавказа». В период с 2009 по 2011 гг. Елена Валентиновна была управляющим директором Управления корпоративного развития и финансирования в АКБ «МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ФИНАНСОВЫЙ КЛУБ», До этого в течение 5 лет работала на различных должностях в АКБ «РОСБАНК», в том числе директором управления инвестиционных проектов. До прихода в «РОСБАНК» была ведущим специалистом в АКБ «МЕЖДУНАРОДНАЯ ФИНАНСОВАЯ КОМПАНИЯ».
В 2001 году закончила Государственный Университет Управления им С. Орджоникидзе по специальности «Финансовый менеджмент».

Felix Gadzanov

First Deputy minister of Tourism, Business and Investment Policy
Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

Гадзаов Феликс Русланович, Министерство туризма, предпринимательства и инвестиционной политики Республики Северная Осетия-Алания, первый заместитель министра. Кандидат экономических наук



1997 – 2002  Северо-Осетинский государственный университет им. К.Л.Хетагурова
Факультет Международных отношений, специальность Мировая экономика

12.2011 – 12.2012  Российская академия народного хозяйства и государственной службы при Президенте Российской Федерации Совместная с Бельгийской школой дипломатии программа послевузовского дополнительного профессионального образования (профессиональной переподготовки) «Международный протокол и кросс-культурные коммуникации»

Опыт работы:

Управление Республики Северная Осетия-Алания по поддержке и развитию малого предпринимательства
Должность: заместитель начальника

ОАО "Корпорация развития Республики Северная Осетия-Алания"
Должность: заместитель генерального директора

Администрация Главы Республики Северная Осетия-Алания и Правительства Республики Северная Осетия-Алания
Должность: начальник отдела протокола, руководитель протокола Главы Республики Северная Осетия-Алания

Генеральное консульство России в Сиднее, Австралия
Должность: атташе, третий секретарь

Представительство МИД России в г. Владикавказ
Должность: атташе, Врио Представителя

Награжден юбилейной медалью "Министерство иностранных дел. 200 лет"

Alexander Nekristov

First Deputy Head
Administration of Stavropol

Некристов Александр Юрьевич. С 07 июня 2011 года поступил на муниципальную службу в администрацию города Ставрополя руководителем комитета экономического развития администрации города Ставрополя.
С 26 сентября 2012 года назначен на должность первого заместителя главы администрации города Ставрополя.
Награждался Почетной грамотой главы администрации города Пятигорска, благодарностью Сбербанка России.

Larisa Pisarenko


Писаренко Лариса Олеговна

Глава города Ессентуки.
Образование высшее по специальности «экономика и организация промышленности продовольственных товаров». Инженер-экономист.
Работала в Комитете по земельным ресурсам и землеустройству города Ессентуки, в 2000 году назначена директором филиала ФГУ «Земельная кадастровая палата» по Ставропольскому краю в городе Ессентуки.
В 2003 году по приглашению Константина Скоморохина пришла на работу в Администрацию города-курорта Ессентуки.
На должности заместителя главы города возглавила комитет по муниципальной собственности.
В 2007 году стала победительницей краевого конкурса «Лучший муниципальный служащий».
В 2011 году – занимала должность заместитель главы Администрации города-курорта Ессентуки. В марте 2012 года избрана на должность Главы города Ессентуки. Воспитала двоих детей.

Galina Fisenko

Deputy Head
Administration of Mineral Waters

ФИСЕНКО ГАЛИНА ВАСИЛЕВНА, заместитель главы администрации города Минеральные Воды.
Награждена медалью "За заслуги в проведении Всероссийской переписи населения", нагрудными знаками:  «За активное участие во ВПН-2002 г.»  и "За активное участие во Всероссийской сельскохозяйственной переписи 2006", Почетной грамотой Министерства экономического развития и торговли Ставропольского края. Победитель в 2009 г. краевого конкурса «Лучший муниципальный служащий».
Инициатор и разработчик:
- Регламента «Об утверждении мер по упорядочению размещения нестационарной и мелкорозничной торговой сети, общественного питания и предоставления услуг территории города Минеральные Воды»;
- Разработчик и участник официального сайта города Минеральные Воды и инвестиционного паспорта – Интернет портала города Минеральные Воды;
-  Буклета «Информационное пособие для предпринимателей»;
- Пилотного проекта «Разделение, сбор и транспортировка ТБО в городе Минеральные Воды» и Стратегии обращения с отходами на территории города Минеральные Воды;
- Стратегии социально-экономического развития города Минеральные Воды на период до 2020 года.
- «Инвестиционного  паспорта города Минеральные Воды».
- Туристического паспорта Минераловодского муниципального района.

Konstantin Shapran

Head of Economic Development
Administration of Pyatigorsk

Шапран Константин Юрьевич

Начальник управления экономического развития администрации города Пятигорска.
Окончил технологический факультет Московского Станкоинструментального института.
Получил профессиональное управленческое образование в Международном институте менеджмента при Открытом университете Великобритании.
Имеет продолжительный опыт работы в сфере управления проектами и развитием новых направлений деятельности в крупных российских и международных производственных компаниях и в организациях сферы науки и коммерческой деятельности.

Maxim Kletin

First Deputy Head
Administration of Kislovodsk

Клетин Максим Викторович
Образование: 1997 Северо-Кавказский горно-металлургический институт (инженер), 2004 Российский Государственный Гуманитарный Университет (юрист), 2006 Академия Государственной Службы РФ при Президенте РФ ( государственное и муниципальное управление). Занимал должности: замглавы города Невинномысска, заместителя министра экономического развития Ставропольского края, первого заместителя главы администрации города Ставрополя, заместителя министра промышленности, энергетики, транспорта и связи Ставропольского края, министра экономики Волгоградской области. В настоящее время заместитель главы администрации города Кисловодска по экономике(инвестиции, курорты). Женат. Воспитывает дочь.

Sergey Lukyanov

Senior Associate - Hotel Financing
UniCredit Bank

Stepan Smitienko

Director Department of Investor Relations & Financial Institutions
OJSC Northern Caucasus Resorts

Смитиенко Степан Борисович
В 2007 г. окончил Институт Международных экономических отношений Финансовой академии при Правительстве Российской Федерации,
в 2009 г. - аспирантуру Финансовой академии при Правительстве Российской Федерации, кандидат экономических наук

До прихода в ОАО «КСК» занимался организацией проектного финансирования.
Возглавляет Департамент по взаимодействию с инвесторами и финансовыми институтами с июня 2013 г.

Smitienko Stepan.
In 2007 graduated from the Institute of International economical affairs of Finance academy under the Government of the Russian Federation
In 2009 graduated from  a postgraduate program in Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, PhD in Economics

Before joining OJSC “NCR” engaged in project finance.
Head of department of investor relations & financial institutions since June 2013

Naile Göçen Çukurova

TUSIAD Tourism Working Group

James Innes

Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

James Innes is a founding Partner of Chrystal Capital, responsible for maintaining over 350 relationships with single family offices, sovereign wealth funds and niche financial institutions who are seeking to make direct investments in both public and private opportunities.

An experienced corporate financier and private equity practitioner, James brings with him extensive knowledge of the investment requirements of differentiated, non-institutional capital providers.  Having raised over half a billion dollars in the last few years, and following on from the recent successful IPO of Dubai based Action Hotels plc , James is bringing his experience to bear with MENA based companies that are looking to raise debt and equity finance.

James will give an insight into what companies need to do to attract investment, the process and timing for such investment, and how working with a boutique corporate finance house, such as Chrystal Capital, is beneficial to the achievement of those aims.

Kaan Kavaloğlu

General Coordinator
Limak International Hotels & Resorts

Kaan Kavaloğlu was born in Istanbul on 08.01.1971. He graduated from Istanbul University’s Finance Department Faculty of Economics.

Afterwards he received a Masters Degree from Istanbul University in Tourism and Hotel Management and from Marmara University in Sales Management.

He worked as a Sales & Marketing Manager and a Sales Director in Merit International Hotels & Resorts between 1994 and 1998.

In 1998 he started to work as Assistant General Manager for Limak International Hotels & Resorts, where he has been working as a General Coordinator since 2004.

Kaan Kavaloğlu is married with two sons and speaks fluent English and French.

Arda Ermut

Vice President
ISPAT - Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey

Arda Ermut was born in 1980, graduated from Bogazici University, Political Sciences and International Relations department in 2004 and completed the MA courses of the same department in 2005.

He worked for H.E. Prime Minister of Turkey, between the years 2005 and 2007, as a “Media and PR Consultant” at Istanbul Dolmabahce Office of the Prime Ministry.

Since 2007, he is working for the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT). He was the head of the team in charge of Gulf, Middle Eastern and Arabic speaking countries and also led the team in charge of India. He had been Chief Project Director and Advisor to the President in 2010. Currently as a VP he leads the Public-Private Partnership Department. He speaks English and Turkish.

Michael Kus

Director - International Operations

Alii Pilyarov

Recreational Center "Mara"

Пиляров Алий Джамбулатович, Карачаево-Черкесская Республика.
Инициатор, учредитель и генеральный директор туристско-рекреационного комплекса «Мара» с 2005 по 2008 год.
Председатель Совета Карачаево-Черкесского Регионального Отделения «Опора России».                                        
Генеральный директор «Фонда Развития Предпринимательства КЧР».
             Член Координационного Совета Российско-Арабского Делового Совета.
Владелец  туристско-рекреационного комплекса «Мара».
Присвоено звание Главный эксперт Российского экономического онлайнового сообщества.
Победитель Всероссийского конкурса «Сто лучших руководителей в сфере малого предпринимательства» с вручением медали «За вклад в развитие российской экономики».
Присвоено звание «Лидер малого бизнеса ЮФО».
Сфера интересов: Привлечение инвесторов на действующий курорт в 45 км. от г. Кисловодска для строительства гостиниц, канатных дорог и т.д.

Artem Shashkin

Managing Director
OJSC "North Caucasus Development Corporation"

Родился 19 ноября 1966 года в Москве. В 1990 году окончил Московский финансовый институт по специальности «Международные экономические отношения».

Свыше 20 лет проработал в банковско-финансовой сфере, в таких банках, как Внешэкономбанк, Коммерческий банк «Моснарбанк», Банк ВТБ, Россельхозбанк, пройдя путь от специалиста до заместителя Председателя Правления.

В своей профессиональной деятельности работал в реальном секторе экономики на руководящих постах на предприятиях горно-металлургического комплекса.

В настоящее время занимает должность заместителя генерального директора ОАО «Корпорация развития Северного Кавказа» (группа ВЭБ), отвечая за проекты развития региона Кавказских Минеральных Вод.

Alexander Khloponin

Vice-Premier of the Russian Federation
Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President to the North Caucasian Federal District

Hüseyin Gürel

Manager, Financial Analysis & Sector Analyst

Hüseyin Gurel was born in 1983 in İstanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ),   Department of Economics. He started his career at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) in 2007.  He is currently manager at the Financial Analysis Department of TSKB. Mr Gürel is responsible from project evaluation (credit risk analysis, risk capital analysis, project finance and debt restructuring), company valuation, real estate appraisal, feasibility, and consultancy activities since 2007.

He is also responsible for Tourism Sector as sector analyst in Department of Economics at TSKB. He presented several sectoral projections and reports on tourism.

Sinan Onbulak

eBusiness Director
Titanic Hotels

Sinan is the eBusiness Director of Titanic Hotels since 2010. He has online sales experience on Turkish Riviera, Istanbul and Berlin markets.

He has also developed expertise in website management, conversion optimization, online user experience and ancillary revenues.

Prior to joining Titanic, he worked at and several global hotel chains both in Turkey and USA.

Alexis de La Palme

SVP – Head of Development Europe

Alexis is holding an Hotel & Tourism Diploma from the Swiss Hotel & Tourism School of GLION.

He started his career in 1988 where he was holding several Senior Hotel Operation positions for about ten years.

From there he was recruited by Accor as V.P of Worldwide Sales for Sofitel Luxury Hotels then moved to Middle East as VP Sales & Marketing Accor and went back to operations as Associate Director for Accor Middle-East & Africa.

After his MBA done with HEC School of Management in Paris he integrated the Accor Development Team where he is currently holding the position of Head of Development - Europe.

Stephen Mwansa

Permanent Secretary

Al-Karim Hamir

Chairman - Managing Director
Prime Assets

Umberto Trussoni

Hotel Acquisition Manager
Quantum Global Real Estate AG

Lourie Kruger

VP M&A and Treasury
Kingdom Hotel Investments

Paul Redding

InnCom Business Development & Marketing

Andrew Rogers

Hospitality Property Fund

Kofi Adomakoh

Head of Project Finance and Export Development
African Export Import Bank

Selim El Zein

Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA
Colliers International

Norman Forsyth

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

Norman is the regional head of  the Design and Engineering function in MEA for Intercontinental Hotel Group , based out of their Dubai corporate office.
With the same group he was  previously responsible for supporting the roll out of managed and franchised  Holiday Inn Express hotels in Europe.
He is a qualified architect with over 30 years design experience including over 12 years working for international operators including Marriott and over 5 years leading and developing regional hotel projects with Aldar and Majid al Futtaim 
He has worked globally on hotel projects whilst based in Europe and the Far East and has lived and worked in the UAE for over 12 years since first arriving in 1990.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer

Universally recognised as one of the world’s leading spa experts, Susan Harmsworth’s innovative, inspirational and forward thinking approach has shaped the luxury spa industry into what it is today.
Since the age of 21, Susan has devoted her professional life to spa and wellness, enriching people’s lives globally. Her passion and aptitude for the creation and management of spas and natural products has underpinned the success of health retreats, luxury spas and wellness centres internationally.

Susan’s career has also included health and beauty journalism, spa education programmes and the extensive development of natural skincare and body care products, based on the principles of nature and science. The culmination of this knowledge and a clear vision for what the spa industry should be offering, led Susan to create ESPA in 1993. In 2010, Susan was honoured with an MBE from the Queen in recognition of her services to the spa and beauty industry.

Since its debut, ESPA has rapidly become the world’s first total spa company, specialising in the innovative design, development and management of five star spas throughout the globe. Recognised as global leaders in spa, ESPA successfully combine the design and management of prestigious spas across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural products that are rich in heritage, texture and aroma. An authority in its field, ESPA is proud to partner with luxury hoteliers, property companies and owners around the globe to create some of the world’s finest spas and equally proud to be a British company who manufacture their products in their own state-of-the-art factory in the UK.

Susan is frequently contacted by editors of consumer glossy magazines and international broadsheet papers to offer her observations and vital comment on the spa industry today. Susan has secured her well deserved position as the industry’s highest achiever, whilst remaining very hands on at ESPA.

Animesh Panday

Senior Manager Commercial Development
King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Animesh is a seasoned asset management & mixed-use development professional with well-rounded experience of over 13 years in asset life cycle planning, including- hotel operations, advisory, valuations, management contract negotiations, owner’s representation and development phasing. 
He has worked in the GCC region for the last seven years and before taking up his current role with Emaar, The Economic City, KSA to set -up the hospitality asset management function and support strategic development planning , he has performed consulting and valuation assignments in across ten countries in the middle-east and Asia, across various asset classes.
Animesh holds an MBA from Essec Business School, IMHI, Paris, France, has an Executive Education Certificate  from Harvard Graduate School of Design in Management of Design Process, and  is a member of Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA) Asia Pacific.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business
Schneider Electric

Barry Curtis, Vice President Global Strategic Accounts that operates within Schneider Electric's Partner Business, Responsible for Buildings GSA program covering Healthcare, Hotels and Life Sciences.

Barry is an internationally experienced business leader specializing in Global Strategic Account Management; he has global responsibility for the GSA account program. His scope includes alignment of the account programs through developing strategic relationships with selected customer’s by focussing on integrated solutions and energy management initiatives with their clients.

Barry has 24 years of experience working for Schneider Electric within International and Commercial    Sales Management and Global Business Development. He started his International business career in 1987 as an Export Sales Manager covering China and South East Asia for a major British Machine Tool Manufacturer.

Curtis received an MBA from Henley Management College in 2006 having originally qualified in    Production and Mechanical Engineering.

Yousuf Lootah

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

Yousuf joined DTCM in 2014 as Executive Director of Tourism Development and Investments. He leads DTCM’s “destination development from a tourism perspective” for DTCM’s Dubai 2020 vision. From developing new tourism destinations, to ensuring that Dubai proactively develops its hospitality capacity, Yousuf is entrusted with one of the most exciting mandates in DTCM.  
He comes with extensive experience in strategic planning, investment management and business development in the real estate and MICE sectors; where he developed and managed successful strategy implementations and achieved profound financial results.
Before joining DTCM management, Yousuf served as the Vice President of Taziz Property Management Solutions, a subsidiary of Ejadah Asset Management Group. During his leadership of Taziz, the company established its position as one of the largest and most professional Property Management companies in the UAE with Assets under Management (AUM) in excess of AED 20 billion.
His earlier career includes serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).Yousuf, also held the position of Vice Chairman of Neuron LLC, a Third Party Administrator within the healthcare insurance sector; in addition to Chairman of ASP, a subsidiary of Zabeel Investments, ensuring the success and growth of the company between 2010 and 2012. 
Yousuf is an MBA graduate of the prestigious London Business School and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Boston University School of Management.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels
Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate
Kingdom Investments

Samer Abu Ayash joined KHI in 1998, as an Owner Representative for the Four Seasons Hotel development in Beirut. In 2002, he became Vice President Design & Construction with responsibilities for KHI’s hotel development projects in Lebanon. In July 2008, Mr. Abu Ayash was appointed Head of Design, Construction, and Real Estate at KHI, overseeing all global Design and Construction activity for new builds and refurbishments as well as other design and construction activities relating to the company’s $3 billion dollar international hotel portfolio. Also under Mr. Abu Ayash’s responsibility is the company’s Ancillary Real Estate business which includes all Branded Residential and Commercial Real Estate activities that enhance the value of KHI’s global portfolio of assets. These activities include structure development, design, build, marketing, sales execution, legal and operations. To date, KHI projects with ancillary real estate have resulted in over $325 million dollars in sales in countries such as the Philippines, Mauritius, Lebanon, Thailand and Ghana. A member of the Association of Engineers in Lebanon, Mr. Abu Ayash has a wealth of experience in construction and design. Prior to joining KHI, he was Project Manager / Owner Representative for Société Immobilière Les Dunes in charge of the Holiday Inn Dunes Multi Complex development in Beirut. Before that, he worked at Metito International in London - a leading environmental engineering firm - covering Middle East and Africa markets. His experience also includes various design and construction roles in the UK at the Engineering Division of Thames Water Utilities Ltd. (including the London Water Ring Main Project), Howard Humphreys & Partners Consulting Engineers and Freeman Fox & Partners Consulting Engineers. Mr. Abu Ayash holds a Master of Science / DIC degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Imperial College in London and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He has dual Lebanese and British citizenship and is fluent in English and Arabic with a working knowledge of French.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region
Colliers International

Saahil has 8 years of industry experience within the hospitality and tourism domain with over six years of experience in hospitality development and investment advisory within the MENA region. Over the past six years, Saahil has worked with different profiles of clients such as developers, investors/ investment funds, hotel operators, tourism ministries and multilateral organization. For each of these clients, Saahil has delivered a combination of outputs such as concept building & development strategies, market & financial feasibilities, hotel operator search & negotiation strategy, operational audits & asset management, valuations, strategic business plans, master plan reviews and destination development plans. Saahil’s project experience includes hotels & resorts (standalone/ multiple assets or hotel portfolio/ development of hotel chain), leisure/ entertainment (theme parks and water parks), malls, mixed use developments/ integrated tourism developments and tourism master plans/ tourism strategies. The main markets that he has covered for such assignments are UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Burkina Faso, Senegal, India and Malaysia.
Prior to joining Colliers, Saahil was leading the Dubai branch office for Tourism & Leisure Advisory Services – Europraxis Consulting, implementing hospitality, tourism and destination strategy projects across the MENA region.
Saahil holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from SIMS, Pune (India) and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from IHM, Mumbai (India).

Anton Pak

General Director
OJSC "North Caucasus Development Corporation"

Vladimir Vladimirov,

Acting Governor
Stavropol Region

François Victor

Associate Director
Horwath HTL

François Victor has a MBA from HEC Business School in Paris.

He first worked as an economist in the consulting company BIPE on sectors analysis. After developing an independent consulting activity in tourism, he joined Détente Consultants as senior consultant in 1999. In 2006, he joined Horwath HTL Paris as director and associate.

François has a 25 year career in consulting in Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and has worked on more than 150 missions. He has developed a global expertise in tourism destination management and marketing, including market research, strategy and positioning and e-tourism.

He has worked on the development of sustainable projects in Turkey, in Mauritania and in various regions of France.

Yavuz Ungor

Matrix Travel

After having worked in different parts of Travel industry in Turkey, Yavuz Üngör set up Matrix Travel in 2000, based in Antalya.

His being a golf addict helped very much for improvement of golf section in Matrix Travel. 

He is a member of several sectoral clubs and associations.

Hakan Ozkasikci

Development Architect, Turkey & South Eastern Europe

Hakan Ozkasikci is an architect and a designer, with two decades of collective international experience in design management and coordination activities. His parallel career as an academician was based on sustainable design principles and their interpretations within the hospitality industry in the future.

Hakan Ozkasikci is currently the Development Architect for Turkey and South Eastern Europe at InterContinental Hotels Group - IHG. He is leading more than 20 projects in various countries; while taking an active role in preparing the refurbishment design guidelines for Green Engage; IHG’s renown and unique sustainability programme for its global portfolio. IHG's corporate responsibility strategy is concentrated on Green Engage as a tool meant to control the carbon footprint of the world's largest hotel group, and Hakan is a key contributor, acting for the improvement and application of the programme.

Volkan Müller

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer
Jones Lang LaSalle Turkey

Nida Çandarlı-Sözügeçer

Golf Consultant
BDO Hospitality Consulting

Nida Çandarlı-Sözügeçer has obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Virginia in 2001 and Master of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2009. Following her studies, she has worked as Sales & Marketing Director and Deputy General Manager at Hacienda Golf Club, one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious and private golf clubs.

After spending nearly 12 years in America, Mrs. Sözügeçer moved back to Turkey, where she is from, and worked as the Chief Operating Officer at Bekay Property Partners, a leading Turkish real estate development company. At Bekay, she was in charge of the entire land and project development of one of nation’s largest master planned golf, hotel and residential project, located in Belek, Antalya.

Mrs. Sözügeçer currently works jointly with BDO Hospitality Consulting, providing land and project development services, along with a wide range of related consultancies (i.e. membership, agronomy, management, etc.) to existing golf resorts, as well as to local and international companies, developing / investing in golf resorts in Turkey and abroad. Mrs. Sözügeçer also takes an active role in the sports management aspect of golf, including management of golf tournaments (both national and international) and strategic golf sponsorship advisory.

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight
Meed Insight

Greg Perry

Asset Manager
IFA Hotel Investments

Greg represents IFA Hotel Investments, the global asset management arm of the Kuwait-based Al-Bahar family real estate portfolio. Overseeing 2,000 plus rooms in operation and development and $140M in annual revenue across the globe, Greg ensures that portfolio performance is aligned with owners’ interests of maximizing returns. In 2013 IFA HI secured financing for the landmark hotel, Fairmont The Palm, and opened the 168-room Mövenpick hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers; successfully completing the mixed-use Laguna Tower project. Two new IFA projects are under development on Palm Jumeirah, which Greg is active in securing and negotiating with hospitality operators to further enhance the offering and returns for investors.
Prior to joining IFA Greg spent four years consulting with HVS in the US and Dubai which provides a background of varied experience across numerous asset classes and phases of development with an international outlook. Greg’s experience in sourcing financing for hotels provides a unique perspective for an asset manager. He holds a Master’s degree in International Real Estate from Florida International University in Miami and an undergraduate degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University.

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Drake & Scull

Khaldoun Tabari is the Vice Chairman and CEO of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC and has led the development of the company from a local MEP contractor to a regional leader offering integrated engineering disciplines across MENA, Europe and South Asia.

Under Mr. Tabari’s leadership, DSI has expanded the business to include Engineering (MEP and Water & Power), General Contracting, Rail, Oil and Gas, Water Treatment & Reuse and Infrastructure Development.

Mr Tabari has personally led DSI’s transformation into a Public Joint Stock Company following a highly successful IPO in 2008.
Under his leadership, DSI has established itself as one of UAE’s Top 50 companies, as listed by Forbes Middle East. Mr Tabari’s strategic planning led to DSI’s acquisition of subsidiaries and creation of new subsidiaries in vital markets like KSA, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, India, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Germany, Thailand and Iraq.

Mr. Tabari also serves as Chairman of EMCOR Facilities Services Group, Executive Chairman of Vision Investments, Board Member of DEPA, Board Member of Walltech; Director of EHC Cooperation and Board Member of Energy Central, Bahrain.

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Qatar Tourism Authority

His Excellency Mr Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi is Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority, the entity charged with planning, regulating, developing and promoting a sustainable tourism sector in Qatar. His project management and international business background serve QTA well as it embarks on rolling out the new Tourism Sector Strategy for the State of Qatar.

Prior to taking up the post of Chairman in May 2012, HE Mr Al Mohannadi was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation and one of the world’s most exciting and progressive real estate companies promoting sustainability in architecture and heritage preservation in Qatar.

HE Mr Al Mohannadi has received numerous recognitions for his contribution to Qatar’s rapidly growing business community, including the title of ‘Property Development CEO of the Year’ at the 7th Middle East CEO of the Year Awards organised by the Middle East Institute of Excellence in 2010.

In addition to his Chairmanship of QTA, HE Mr Al Mohannadi occupies a number of distinguished posts within public and private organisations in Qatar.

He is the founder and chairperson of the Qatar Green Building Council, which actively promotes sustainability in the local construction industry as it works towards formal membership in the World Green Building Council.

He was previously a prominent figure at Ras Laffan LNG Company - RasGas  Ltd -  where he drove key initiatives such as the Ras Laffan Helium Project train 1 and train 2 in France, and train 3 expansion in  Japan,  the LNG Venture Terminal Business Group and the RasGas Capital Projects Department. He also chaired RasGas Operation Group Qatarization Committee.

HE is the Vice Chair to the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and a board member of Qatar Airways, Barwa Real Estate Group, and Qatari Diyar. He is also a member of the board of trustee of Qatar Academy Al Khor.

HE Mr Al Mohannadi has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, as well as  specialised training certificates in project management from George Washington University, Washington D.C., Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and Kellogg Business School.

Jovica Mracevic

Development Director
Portonovi Montenegro & One & Only Montenegro

Serdar Denktaş

Deputy PM & Minister of Economy, Tourism, Culture & Sports
Northern Cyprus

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit
Tourism Finance Corporation

Abraham is the Head of Credit at Tourism Finance Corporation, Kenya’s sole development finance institution (DFI) for the tourism sector. The Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) is a state corporation that provides financing, investment opportunities and business advisory services to entrepreneurs and investors in Kenya’s vibrant tourism sector.

Abraham joined TFC in 2006 having worked extensively in Kenya’s financial services sector in various lending roles. At TFC Abraham maintains overall functional and administrative responsibility for a lending portfolio of over US$ 15 million. During his time at TFC, Abraham has been instrumental in structuring and financing over 50 successfully implemented hotel investment projects spread across Kenya and is currently involved in various pipeline negotiations for upcoming projects.

Abraham holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and pursuing a Master of Arts (Economics of Multilateral Trading Systems) both from the University of Nairobi ,Kenya. Abraham has undertaken several professional development courses in his 20 year lending career during which he has worked for three (3) commercial banks and two (2) development financial institutions in Kenya.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management
Seven Tides

Timothy James Klitscher, Executive Director - Asset Management, is responsible for Commercial and Residential Leasing, Hospitality and Branded Residential Sales, and strategic planning at Seven Tides.

With extensive experience in the hospitality and mixed use real estate sectors, Tim’s in-depth market knowledge throughout Africa, Australia and the Middle East offers Seven Tides strategic counsel for creating partnerships, selecting hotel operators and negotiating management agreements as well as identifying and recommending growth opportunities for the company in his role as part of the executive management team.

Tim has gained a wealth of experience, through a number of key executive roles, within some of biggest international brands in the hospitality industry. His previous roles included asset manager for IFA Hotels and Resorts FZE, associate director of business development at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. 

Prior to that, Tim was corporate/international sales manager for the Westin Sydney Hotel in Australia.  Before Tim was seduced by the world of marketing, he had enjoyed a successful 16-year career in the food and beverage industry where he worked for a number of top class hotel brands such as Sheraton, Westin, Hyatt and the Jumeriah Group

Tim has recently completed a Masters of Commerce through Deakin University Australia majoring in Finance and Marketing. Tim also has a degree in Business majoring in Marketing and Hospitality from Griffith University, Australia.

Alexis Feuillat

Director of Development Russia, CIS & Georgia

Pavel Elnikov

Senior Associate
DLA Piper Russia

Boris Obolenec

President of the Chamber of Commerce
Stavropol Territory

Yulia Kosareva

Minister of Economic Development
Stavropol Territory

Министр экономического развития Ставропольского края.
Окончила Московский государственный университет по специальности экономист.
Свою трудовую деятельность начинала в аудиторской компании «ПрайсвотерхаусКуперс Раша Б.В.».
Работала на различных должностях в Департаменте инвестиционной политики и развития частно-государственного партнёрства Министерства экономического развития РФ.
Дальнейшая деятельность была связана с реализацией специальных проектов направления «Социальный проект» автономной некоммерческой организации «Агентство стратегических инициатив по продвижению новых проектов».
Министром экономического развития Ставропольского края назначена с 9.12.2013 г.

Maria Znova

Director Business Development
The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nina Novikova

Director of Economics

Darren Blanchard

Senior Director Business Development
The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sergey Egorov

Development Director Russia and CIS
Wyndham Hotel Group

Yurii Hadzhaev

Deputy Minister of Economic Development
Stavropol Region

Nilsun Tümer

Country Coordinator Turkey
PKF hotelexperts

Nilsun Tümer is consultant with PKF hotelexperts Vienna and country coordinator for Turkey. She primarily works in the field of feasibility studies and valuations of hotels and hotel portfolios. Furthermore, she gives advice with regard to operator search and selection.

Nilsun is a part-time lecturer at Boğaziçi University, Department of Tourism Administration in Istanbul.

She started her career at Citibank, Istanbul and during 1998-2006, she worked at Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB). Following TSKB, she worked at Divan Hotel Group as head of business development. In 2011, she became a consultant for Servotel Group and in 2012, she started to work for PKF hotelexperts Vienna.

Temel Kotil

President & CEO
Turkish Airlines

Dr. Sapta Nirwanda

Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy
Republic of Indonesia

Serdar Bacaksız

Member of the Board of Directors
Limak Construction

Mr. Bacaksiz was born in 1977 in Ankara, Turkey. He graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Engineering – Department of Civil Engineering and then earned a masters degree in Project Management in the United States at Baruch College between 1999 and 2001. After the completion of a second post graduation qualification in Traffic Engineering, presently he is working on doctorate studies. 

He began his career at the Limak Group of Companies in 2001. From this date forward he has taken an active role as an Administrator, mainly for strategic planning, infrastructure, investments and business development.

Currently he is working as a Member of the Board of Directors in several corporations belonging to the Limak Group of Companies.

Hakan Ateş

President & Chief Executive Officer

Born on the 1st of May 1959 in Ankara, Mr. Ateş graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Business Administration. He started his banking career in 1981 as Internal Auditor at İşbank, continued as system analyst at Interbank. Following various positions at different Interbank departments from 1985 to 1994 he worked as Branch Manager at Elmadağ, Şişli, Bakırköy, İzmir and Main Branches. He established Interbank’s cash management system and was promoted in 1993 to the function of Executive Vice President in charge of Central Operations, which was a first in Turkish Banking. Mr. Ateş worked as Executive Vice President for Financial Affairs and Operations at Bank Ekspres between December 1994 and June 1996. He led the bank’s restructuring project with Bank of America. He established the first 100% Turkish owned bank, Garanti Bank Moscow in Russia and worked as CEO for one year starting from June 1996. He continues his duties as President & CEO at DenizBank, where he started in June 1997 as the Founding President. During his management, he publicly listed DenizBank shares on October 2004 which were 5.5 times oversubscribed and of which 68% was sold to institutional clients abroad and his management also ran the process of selling 75% of DenizBank shares from Zorlu Holding to Dexia S.A with a historic high multiple of 4.7 times book value ($ 3.25 bln.) in Turkish Banking Sector in May 2006. Mr. Hakan Ateş was also Member of Management Board of Dexia from December 2010 to September 2012 also He chaired “Dexia Innovation Committee” on the Board level in the meantime. His management also ran the process of selling 99.85 % of DenizBank shares to Sberbank in September 2012. Mr. Ateş is also a Member of Board Of Trustees at University of Turkish Aeronautical Association and TED University, Board Member at Association of TED Ankara College Graduates and Metlife.

Erdem Şatiroğlu

Managing Partner
GEMDSE Project Management LLC

Erdem graduated from the Istanbul Yıldız Technical University of Civil Engineering in 1992. He founded GEMDSE Project Management LLC at the end of 2010, after twenty years of professional experience in a public corporation and in some private companies. He has managed many comprehensive and national constructions during professional experience. He serves as project and construction consultant for investors, contractors, companies and also a public institution since the end of 2010 in GEMDSE Project ManagementLLC, Istanbul.

Huseyin Koc

Metropol Urban Planning LLC

Hüseyin Koç is General Manager, Metropol Kentsel Tasarım  ve Şehir Planlama, Mimarlık, Müh. İnş. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti

Koç graduation from the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at Istanbul Technical University in 1992.

He has implemented many projects on the topic of Urban Design, Landscape Design, City Planning and Architecture.

Since 2004 he has been County and Metropoliten Council Member, Deputy of Mayor.

Brian Watson

Vice President, Architecture, Design and Construction, EMEA
Wyndham Hotel Group

Brian Watson is an architect with over 30 years’ experience of the hotel and hospitality industry.  Following seven years in private practice in the UK he has held senior positions with Whitbread, the Compass Group, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and the Millennium Hotel Group.  His experience includes all aspects of hotel development, design and construction on both new-build and refurbishment projects.  He currently leads the Architecture, Design and Construction team in EMEA for the Wyndham Hotel Group.  In 2013 the team added 79 hotels and over 11,500 rooms to the group portfolio throughout the region.

Kerim Başar

Managing Partner, CEO
N+1 Daruma Corporate Finance - Real Estate

Kerim Basar joined N+1 Daruma in 2006 and currently acting as a CEO and Managing Partner of N+1 Darunma Corporate Finance - Real Estate. Mr. Basar has over 20 years of business experience in different sectors of Textiles, Trading, Renewable Energy and Project Finance and M&A Advisory on Real Estate. Kerim received his BA in business administration from Uludag University in Bursa and HND from Bolton Institute of Technology on Textile Chemistry & Coloration.

Oya Narin

Chairperson of the Board
Marti Hotels and Marinas

Ms. Oya Narin was born in Istanbul in 1964. She completed St. Michel High School in 1982 and got her Bachelors  Degree from the Hotel Ecoliere Lousanne in Sweden.

After her graduation in 1986, she started her professional career by working in several hotels which are located in Sweden and United States of America and she finished the MT programme in Sheraton Hotels Hawaii Pacific Division.

Ms. Oya Narin started her career in Turkey at Narin Textile Industry. Since 1988 she worked at various departments as Manager at Marti Hotels and Marinas and became Chairperson of the Board of Marti Hotels and Marinas in 2008.

She was also Board Member and the Vice President of the Turkish Tourism Investors Association for many years.

Tarik Nasser

Vice President, International Lodging Development
Marriott International, Inc.

Mr. Nasser has been Vice President, International Lodging Development of MII since January 2012.  He is located in Istanbul, Turkey.  Previously, Mr. Nasser was Development Consultant, Turkey, of MII from September 2007 to December 2011.  Prior to that, Mr. Nasser was a co-founder and shareholder of APlus Healthcare Hospitality Services Co. from June 2006 to December 2010.

Frederic de Brem

Managing Director

Sevgi Kurt Gürbüz

Consultant - FFE & OSE Procurement
BDO Hospitality Consulting

Sevgi received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from İstanbul Technical University in 2003 and acquired her master degree at İstanbul Technical University in Project & Construction Management on Contract Management.

Having started her professional career at ENKA Construction in 2003, she worked  on several hotel projects on procurement management, purchasing, budgeting and tendering of furniture, fixtures, equipment and operating supplies (FFE & OSE).

Then she decided to specialize on hotel procurement and started her own company the-GAIA as the first FFE&OSE Procurement company in Turkey.

She has a wide local and international supplier database, being familiar to several brand specifications.

She is currently acting as the General manager of the-GAIA FFE&OSE Procurement with her experienced team servicing several hotel projects, such as Conrad Hotel İstanbul,Viceroy Hotel Bebeköy, Swissotel Moscow and Swissotel Bodrum.

Sevgi is a solution partner of BDO Hospitality Consulting in the field of FFE&OSE Consultancy and Procurement.

Henky Manurung

Deputy Director of Tourism Investment
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Republic of Indonesia

José Roquette

Board Member | Development
Pestana Hotels & Resorts

  • 46 years, 3 children, living presently in Lisbon.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Pestana Group, heading the Development and Expansion plans, reporting to the Chairman & CEO.
  • Graduate in Business Administration & Management from the Catholic University, post-grad in hospitality management at the Cornell Univ. NY.
  • First business experience in family owned leisure resort in Portugal
  • Started his career in Venture Capital in Lisbon; Launched and led for 3 years the first Equity Fund specialized in the hospitality area, in Portugal, in public/private partnership.
  • Joined Pestana Leisure Group in 1996
  • Has been responsible for its international growth first in Africa, then Brazil & South America and now Europe & US
  • Between 2004-2006 was the CEO of “Pousadas de Portugal”, the most traditional chain of small luxury hotels in Portugal, privatized in 2003.
  • Won in 2002 (S.Paulo) the “Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.
  • Member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen, contributed to several books & articles specialized in the Tourism Industry in Portugal and Brazil.

Michael A. Fishbin

Global & Americas Hospitality Leader

Claudia Pendred

Director of Property and Tourism

Claudia Pendred is the EBRD’s Director for Property & Tourism.

Mrs. Pendred has over 20 years of experience in banking throughout Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Russia.

Previously she was the EBRD’s Director for Romania and before joining the EBRD, she worked at N.M. Rothschild & Sons, where most recently she was Director of Corporate Finance, focused on Central and Eastern Europe. Earlier on, Mrs. Pendred worked at J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co and before that she worked with UNICEF and the World Bank.

Mrs. Pendred holds an MBA degree from INSEAD Business School, an MA from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Oxford.

Dario Filippone

Business Development Director
Mangalis Management Group

Dario Filippone is the Group Business Development Director and member of the executive committee of Mangalis Management Group. In this position he participates in the creation of Brand Standards for the newer brands, contribute to strategic decision of the company and is in charge for the definition and implementation of the development strategy for all the brands of group. Mangalis has created 3 new brands (Yaas, Seen, Noom) and has a pipeline of 15 new hotels under construction and aims to expand in the EMEA region with 50 hotels by 2019.

Dario started his career in operations being director of a private owned hotel in Italy, then he has worked for Accor in South America before joining Hotwath HTL as an associate and HTI Consulting as Vice President. As consultant Dario was responsible for hotel transaction advisory, contract negotiation advisory ( Management, Lease and Franchising agreement), feasibility study and asset management.

Bernard Forster

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

Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen

Clifford Chance

Kevin Montano

Senior Vice President, EDITION Global Development
Marriott International, Inc.

Kevin Montano is the Senior Vice President responsible for the global growth of the EDITION brand. Kevin has significant experience in the lodging industry and has developed hotels in the US and Asia for Marriott International for 29 years.

As head of the EDITION Development team, Kevin works closely with the Marriott development offices in London, Hong Kong, Zurich, Dubai, Paris, Moscow and Brazil. This wide network of hotel developers provides off-market opportunities to aggressively grow the EDITION brand in all of the key international gateway cities.

The ten EDITION hotels currently under construction in cities such as, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi, highlight the depth of this new brand.

Kevin is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and Syracuse University. He is based in Bethesda, Maryland and New York City.

Ashok Dalwani


Sinan Inan

General Manager
Antalya Convention Bureau

Born in Söke - AYDIN on 19.09.1964. He studied at Çankaya Primary School in Mersin, continued his education at Tarsus American College.  He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science, and the section of Business Administration in 1986.

As of the high school he committed to the tourism sector and continued after his graduation from the university as professional. He worked for different national and international tour operator companies as middle and senior level positions.
Besides his professional life he also take responsibilities at the several NGO’s like as a founding member of Skal Club Kuşadası, founding member of Kuşadası Promotion Foundation, had duty for 12 years at the TÜRSAB Executive Board of the Regional Comity.

Since 2011, he is acting as General Manager at Antalya Convention Bureau and married with his classmate Zülal and he is the father of Efe.

Rutger Smits

Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rutger Smits is the CEO for Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC), the hotel subsidiary of Al Faisal Holding. He has an extensive and varied hospitality background, including operational, management, development and consulting experience in leadership roles with InterContinental Hotels, Andersen, HVS, Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte as well as his own consulting company. He has lived and worked around the globe in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and has travelled extensively.
Based in Qatar, as the CEO of ARTIC he is responsible for the management and growth of ARTIC’s hotel portfolio, which currently comprises some 25 projects around the globe, both operational and in various stages of development.

Erwin Feldhaus

FDI Director for Germany, Central & Eastern Europe and Turkey

Claudio Capaccioli

Senior Vice President Development
NH Hotel Group

Claudio Capaccioli has over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry. Since January 2012, Mr. Capaccioli serves as SVP of Development, responsible for the global Development of NH Hotel Group. During the last 7 years in the company, he has been directly involved in the negotiation of over 100 hotels and in the sale of properties in excess of €350m.

Previously, he worked in Carlson Wagonlit Travel (Business Development), Deloitte (Strategy and Real Estate), Aramark (Strategic Marketing and Sales) and Costa Cruises (Planning, Logistics and Accountancy) in various countries around the world.

Claudio Capaccioli holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a Master degree from Cornell University and from IESE.

Sergio Holguin

Chief of Staff

Hector Novoa

Deputy Director of Investment Promotion

Rudy Salahuddin

Director of Promotion Development
Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board

Dr. Rudy Salahuddin is the Director of Promotion Development of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Indonesia in 1993, and received a Master and Doctor in Engineering Management and System Engineering from The George Washington University in 1995 and 2002.

Dr. Rudy joined Indonesia Ministry of National Development Plan (BAPPENAS) in 1996 and was assigned to various postings including Deputy Director for Post and Telematics (2002-2006) and Deputy Director for Energy Development and Utilization (2006-2007).

He joined BKPM in 2007 as Director of Promotion Development. He was then appointed as Director of Exhibition and Promotion (2010-2011) and Director of Investment Planning for Service and Economic Zone (2011-2012) before his appoinment as the Director of Promotion Development for the second time in 2012.

He is also the Commissioner of PT PNM Venture Capital, a subsidiary company of PT Permodalan Nasional Madani) and PT Tugu Pratama Indonesia (subsidiary company of PT Pertamina).

Emin Çakmak

Global Healthcare Travel Council

(The Founding Chairman of the Turkish Healthcare Tourism Development Council; Advisor of IHG International Hospital Groups for Healthcare Investment in Turkey and African Countries, Founding Chairman Turkish-European Tourism Council,The Ex, Executive board member of the GCC, Middle Eastern and EU business Council’s of DEIK - Foreign Economic Relations Board; The Ex, Executive member of the Accessible Tourism Committee, Health Tourism Committee and Foreign relation committee of the Union of Turkish Travel Agents Association –TURSAB; International Director of International Peace Garden Foundation and the Founding Partner of Hello Tourism and Travel Inc ). Lately has been elected as Founding Chairman of the Global Healthcare Travel Council.

Having completed his secondary education and having earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Al-Fatih University in Libya.

Having worked last 20 years with Multi- cultural environments as an CEO in Tourism and travel industry at the family company and has run at the same period of last 20 years as an founder partner with multinational companies as an Industrialist, manufacturing Heat Exchanger, Air-conditioners and Automotive sub supplier to the OEM Automotive Industry.