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About the Forum

A central feature of The Hotel Show, The Hospitality Leadership Forum is a series of forthright panel discussions addressing the key strategic opportunities and challenges that are shaping the regional sector at this time of accelerated expansion and change.

The agenda is developed in close consultation with the region’s leading hotel General Managers and offers the audience a rare insight into how they think; how they create, manage and develop critical elements of their properties; how they view the current market and what they’re planning next.

The Middle East Hospitality Leadership Forum will be back in 2019.

The Forum will be back for the 2019 edition of The Hotel Show Dubai and for another 3 days, will be staged during each afternoon of the event and completely free to attend. Once again, the region's leading influencers and operators will be there to provide an unmissable series of discussions, debates, and interviews, giving you a rare opportunity to hear unfiltered insights from a large group of the sector's leadership. If you are interested in becoming a speaker at next years Forum, then please contact Nikita Menezes on E: nikitamenezes@dmgevents.com or T:+971 4 445 3764.

The 2018 Speakers Included:

Naveen Advani
| Hotel Manager |
Rove Downtown

David Allan | GM | 
Radisson Blu Dubai
Waterfront & Canal

Jaydeep Anand | GM | 
FIVE Palm Jumeirah 


Amit Arora | GM | Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach & The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert

Puneet Baijal
| GM | 
Roda Al Bustan 

Moses Barnabas
| GM |
XVA Art Hotel

Nader Batniji
| GM | Copthorne Hotel

James Berry | GM | 
Radisson Blu
Dubai Media City


Karim Bizid | GM | 
The Oberoi Dubai

Stefan Breg
| Group Strategy Director |
Keane Brands

Oytun Calapover | Head Global Listings |

Nayla Chowdhury | GM |
Hampton by Hilton

David Debeule | Director
Market Management ME 
& Turkey | Expedia Group

Mohamed Eldek
| Hotel Manager |
Rove City Centre

Mirzo Hafizov
| Operations Director |
Bulldozer Group Middler East

Olivier Harnisch
| CEO |
Emaar Hospitality Group

Ulrich Hoffmeister
| GM |
Jumeirah Rotana

Philip Jones | GM |
Mövenpick Jumeirah


Mark Kirby | GM |
Armani Hotel

Martin Kubler
| CEO | sps:affinity

Prateek Kumar
| General Manager | 
Dusit Thani Dubai

Deborah Lecci
| Hotel Manager | 
Rove Healthcare City

Marc Antoni Ledesma 
| Director of Concept
Development MEA |
Marriott International

Mark Lee | GM |
Media One Hotel

Lorenzo Maraviglia
| Hotel Manager |
Four Seasons DIFC

Stephen Meredith
| GM | Steigenberger
Business Bay

Patrick Moukarzel
| GM | Al Bait Sharjah

Adib Moukheiber 
| GM |Zaya Nurai Island
Abu Dhabi

Guzman Muela | GM | 
TIME Oak Hotel &

Glenn Nobbs
| GM |
Copthorne Hotel Dubai

Nila Pendarovski
| Hotel Manager | 
Rove Marina

Andreas Plum | GM |
Lapita Dubai Parks
& Resorts

Patria Puyat |GM |
Holiday Inn Dubai
Festival City

Rupprecht Queitsch 
| CEO | INHOCO Group


Gonzalo Rodriguez
| GM | 
The H Hotel

Anne Scott | GM |
W Dubai - The Palm

Aly Shariff | COO |
Citymax Hotels 

Johannes Torpe
|CEO & Creative Director|
Johannes Torpe Studios

Anna Trushkina |
Director - Hotels |


Laurent A. Voivenel | 
SVP-Operations & 
Development MEA & India | 
Swiss-Belhotel International  

Justin Wells | Director |

Remco Werkhoven
| GM | Doubletree by
Hilton Business Bay


Max Wiegerinck | GM |
Aloft the Palm

Philip Wooller
| Director - ME &
Africa | STR Global


Tech and Security Association Partner
La perle
Top Hotel Projects
Oxford Business Group
Caterer ME
Commercial Interior Design
Hotel Design & Build
Asian Hotel & Catering Times
Editrice Zues Italy
eWorld Trade
Export Hub
Eye of Dubai
Eye of Riyadh
The Gentleman's Choice
Halal Focus
Hospitality Chain
Sleeper Magazine
Space Magazine
Supper Magazine
Travel & Tour World
Travelscope Magazine
The Interior Design
Material Bidders
Hotel Suppliers

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