Unlocking the Future of Hospitality Innovation & Transformation

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Hospitality Innovation Summit

Vision 2030 arguably the most ambitious project a country has ever taken up, sets the stage for a transformation, the world has seldom seen. Targeting a 100 million visitors annually, hospitality sector is one of the flagbearers of this programme. So it comes as no surprise that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the host to one of the largest pipelines of hotels in the world, worth over $110bn.

The government of UAE, under the National Tourism Strategy aims at a massive Dh100 billion in tourism investment. and 40 million hotel guests by 2031. Consequently, the hotel pipeline is huge, mostly focussed on luxury market.

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The Kingdom with the Vision 2030 & UAE’s ambitious strategy for 2031, have opened their doors to a host of opportunities. All it takes is to make the best of it.

At GBB (organizers of the Real Estate Development Summits), we believe, being connected and being a part of the network is key to thrive. Through Hospitality Innovation Summit, we bring to you a platform that eases the function of finding the right product, right projects right people, right service and at the right time. With an exclusive pool of project holders, a host of innovative global suppliers, an intelligent match-making process and intriguing knowledge sharing sessions we ensure the going gets easier.

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Our signature pre-scheduled B2B meetings are curated specific to your business needs. The focus on networking and stringent pre-qualification process offer the best for your buck. The elite speakers and trending topics of discussion provide the prospects to learn from the industry experts.

Thus making Hospitality Innovation Summit a phenomenon you don’t want to miss!

Summit Highlights


You will collaborate with more than 200 of your peers – all in one room – with ample opportunities to build, develop and continue business partnerships, and special focus onengagement with senior colleagues and esteemed peers.

Product Showcase

HI Summit gives you a chance to skip the corporate chain, avoid the block and interact directly with the key decision-makers to showcase your product.

Knowledge Exchange

From keynote sessions to panel discussions, get relevant insights from thought leaders across the Hospitality industry who will engage and interact with one another to analyse future as well as current trends in order to find pragmatic yet innovative ways to tackle the challenges.

Exhibition Space

The showcase at the conference helps brands make stronger impact to the right audience of potential buyers. Additionally, the varied range of exhibiting spaces provide international exposure through media partners.



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Guest of Honour

HI Summit Speakers 2023

Industry leaders with diverse expertise who guide us to
bring forth the best of HIS 2022.


Wahdan Al Kadi

Chief Business Officer
Tourism Development Fund (TDF)

Mr. Wahdan Al Kadi is the Chief Business Officer at the Tourism Development Fund (TDF), where he oversees Business Coverage and Development, Real Estate Development and Research, and Investment and Marketing.

He is a Board Member of UBS Group, Chubb Arabia Cooperative Insurance Company and STF.

Mr. Al Kadi has over 20 years of experience within Banking, Financial Institutions, Investment, and Telecommunications. including executive and advisory roles at leading organizations such as Samba, Hoshanco holding and Tharawat Holding Co., etc..
He also worked as an investment adviser at the Ministry of Tourism between November 2019 and June 2020.

Mr. Al Kadi holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and an Executive MBA degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. He has also obtained licenses and certification in ‘leadership transition’ from INSEAD and ‘strategic investment management’ from London Business School.

Phillip J. Jones

Chief Destination Marketing and Management Officer
Royal Commission of AlUla

Phillip J. Jones joined the Royal Commission of AlUla (RCU) in May 2019 as the Chief Destination Marketing and Management Officer. In this role, Jones actively drives the strategy for the development, promotion, expansion, and reputation of AlUla as a global tourism brand and destination in line with RCU’s strategic objectives. Jones led the RCU team to create the “Experience AlUla” website, which is the first official website for the destination of AlUla. Jones is currently leading the efforts to develop the brand identity for Experience AlUla. In addition, Jones was part of the RCU team that launched AlUla, Wonder of Arabia, the first major exhibition to present AlUla’s spectacular nature, archaeological treasures and cultural heritage at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France, supported by the first advertising campaign to introduce the destination to the global travel market. Also he is leading the AlUla season for the second time.

Prior to his role at the Royal Commission of AlUla, Jones served as the President and CEO of VisitDallas in Dallas, Texas USA from 2003 to 2019. 

At the time of Jones’ departure, Dallas ranked No. 5 on Cvent’s list of the Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States for 2019 and claimed Dallas as the only Texas destination ranked in the Top 10. 

Other significant VisitDallas achievements under Jones’ 16-year leadership included:

  • Convention Center Hotel: Jones and the VisitDallas team were instrumental in the opening of the city’s first attached convention center hotel, including a successful city campaign, voter approval, construction and continued operational success of the 1,001-room Omni Dallas Hotel. Since its debut in November 2011, the hotel has exceeded sales and revenue projections and enhanced the city’s efforts to attract large citywides and additional room night bookings.
  • Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District (TPID): The state’s first Tourism Public Improvement District was championed by VisitDallas and approved by the State of Texas legislature and City of Dallas. The TPID enables Dallas hotels with 100 rooms or more to assess a two percent guest fee dedicated to marketing the city for business and leisure travel.
  • Dallas Sports Commission: Announced in October 2014, the Dallas Sports Commission is dedicated to expanding the organization’s revenue-generating opportunities, portfolio of events, partners, expertise and brand visibility by hosting top amateur and professional sports championships and events. 
  • Experience Department: In 2016, VisitDallas launched a Customer Experience department led by a Chief Experience Officer, the first such position in the country at a destination marketing organization. The department has created a renewed, reenergized and resounding focus on elevating the Dallas customer experience. In 2018, the organization announced plans to develop a new Dallas Experience Center, currently under development with completion expected in three years. 

Prior to joining VisitDallas, Jones served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. He previously served as Director of Legislative/Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Administration in Washington, D.C., where he helped organize and was a lead spokesman for the inaugural White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.

In 2017, Jones served as chairman of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation, the world’s largest, most respected and most recognized network of business events strategists with more than 7,000 members in 37 countries located in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

An avid triathlete, Jones has completed multiple IRONMAN competitions around the world, including 20 half IRONMAN races and 19 full IRONMAN races before qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona in 2015. 

Jones and his wife of more than 30 years, Denise, have two adult children – Phillip, Jr. and Laura Elizabeth.

Nadine Atta

Senior Director of Design
The First Group

Nadine Atta, Senior Director of Design, The First Group is currently designing the tallest hotel in the world “Ciel” which has more than 1000 rooms. She has 17 years of experience in Hotel Design and Fit out and has delivered more than 2500 4 stars hotel rooms, 2000 residential and hotel apartment units in the last 14 years. She has delivered more than 12 F&B venues in the last 5 years and is currently working on another 5 

Darryl Custer

Managing Director
KEO Design

Darryl has over 30 years of global design and management leadership experience and is a global expert in large planning projects and commercial urban mixed-use developments.

As the Executive Director of the Design division, Darryl is responsible for bringing excellence to the Design division and all its associated disciplines, from early concept designs to final construction documents. He is also a member of KEO’s Executive Leadership Management Board.

A talented designer with strong communication skills, Darryl is focused on supporting his client’s goals and overall community benefit. Before joining KEO, he spent 18 years with a global architecture, planning, and design practice, where his focus was primarily project management and design studio leadership with an emphasis on client and team development through the entire design process. Today, Darryl thinks of himself as a teacher, working with his teams to create design that pushes boundaries, and projects that address issues of sustainability, using architecture to create community-driven, smart, urban mixed-use environments for today, and tomorrow.

Currently based in the UAE, Darryl’s experience is truly global, spanning China and Southeast Asia, the US, the GCC, and North Africa.

Darryl holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the US. He is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a LEED Green Associate Member of Hong Kong AIA (HK AIA), a Nominating Committee Member of ICSC and ICSM (HK), and a Washington State China Relations Committee ULI Member.

Imran Changezi

Senior Director Development – Hospitality
Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Having worked in Sales & Marketing, Revenue, Rooms Operations and general management in a number of international luxury hotels across 5 different continents covering UAE, UK, USA, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Australia, and Zambia, Imran is a seasoned hospitality professional operator. In his hospitality career spanning over 30 years, he spent 16 years with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts where he led Sales & Marketing functions at property, cluster & at corporate level before growing in operational and executive management roles at iconic hotels such as Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Burj Al Arab. Imran then continued to build upon his professional credentials further by working in leadership roles with the Four Seasons, Accor, Anantara and The Aga Khan Foundation.

Imran joined Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) in order to manage business development function for its hotel assets in 2020 and has since then contributed to the organization’s strategy in determining hotel asset tiers & positioning, identifying hotel brands, managing RFP solicitation & hotel brand evaluations and leading Hotel Management Agreement (HMA) negotiations for DGDA’s diverse portfolio of 38 hotels & resorts strategically situated across 4 masterplans. DGDA has successfully executed 34 HMAs to date including an unprecedented line up of global brands.

Imran holds an MBA degree from the prestigious London Business School, UK and earned his General Managers Program (GMP) certification Cornell University, USA.

Tatiana Veller

Managing Director
Stirling Hospitality Advisors

Tatiana is the Managing Director of Stirling Hospitality Advisors with 20+ years of worldwide experience in strategic advisory, asset management, and hotel/restaurant operations, as well as executive search.

Tatiana has in the past 15 years headed up advisory firms or hospitality divisions of international consultancies such as HVS and JLL with responsibility over large geographical regions, as well as having been through operational departments of some of the global hotel brands (Radisson, Hyatt), and having also experienced the world of airline catering with LSG SkyChefs in the US.

Tatiana through her years of consulting work and hundreds of engagements has a deep understanding of the needs, approaches, and agendas of all types of hotel investors and owners – from private to institutional to banks and funds.

Tatiana has incubated, organized, and led sizeable regional level industry events both in the investment and operations themes, as well as being a frequent speaker and moderator on the panel discussions of other tradeshows. She’s produced numerous pieces of research articles and analytical reports, as well as being often quoted in the trade press and interviewed on the hot topics of the market.

Tatiana has been an Advisory Board member of many hospitality events, and she also has a Bachelor’s in Hotel & Restaurant Management and an MBA in International Business from the University of St. Thomas.

Scott Henshaw

Head of Design
Red Sea Global

Scott Henshaw, Head of Design, Red Sea Global, currently oversees and ensures that the project’s designs are being managed and delivered to design innovatively by establishing processes and practices to fulfil the Project’s Vision. Set and maintain the bar for quality and sustainability as contributes to the development of brand definition and experience principles, and ensure that those are appropriately interpreted through the team’s work. Upon completion in 2030, The Red Sea Project will comprise some 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands resorts, mountain retreats and desert hideaways. The destination will include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, and leisure facilities.​

Ian Williamson

Chief Project Delivery Officer
Red Sea Global

Ian Williamson is the Group Chief Projects Delivery Officer of Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind The Red Sea and Amaala, two ambitious tourism projects set along the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. These destinations will play key roles in the realization of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s economic roadmap for the future. 

Ian joined RSG in October 2017 and is responsible for leading the project’s development and delivery of planning, design, and construction.

Prior to joining RSG, Ian worked for 10 years with Sainsbury’s as a development team senior manager, managing marketing, finance, store planning, and project management. Later, as Senior Vice President at AECOM Europe and AECOM Middle East, he managed projects on both continents for over 15 years. He was also Managing Director at Arcadis Middle East.

During his 25 years as an executive and board director, Ian has developed a leadership style that allows his colleagues to reach their potential.

He earned a Master of Business Administration from Cass Business School, London, UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with Mathematics from the University of Reading, UK.

David Glennon

Senior Digital Delivery Director
Red Sea Global

David Glennon is the Senior Digital Delivery Director for Red Sea Global, a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. He oversees the development and implementation of new and innovative digital delivery techniques for a new international luxury tourism destination set along the Red Sea as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, he oversees the use of pioneering technology to improve the design and construction process, introducing automation and data driven insights to deliver fast-track construction, design for manufacture and assembly, and enabling the Smart Destination strategy through a ‘Digital Twin’ to enhance customer experience.

Previous positions include Managing Director of, a digital accelerator for the built environment, and Head of Digital for Arcadis in the UK, leading their digital programme and the delivery of platforms, innovation, data and analytics and ecosystem thinking.

As Director of Digital Project Delivery at AECOM, he was responsible for creating and implementing digital strategy across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Prior to this, David held senior positions at Mott MacDonald and Lend Lease.

David was also an on the Executive Board of the UK BIM Alliance, an organization with a mandate to make Level 2 BIM “Business as Usual” for the UK construction industry and chair of the buildingSMART UK & Ireland chapter.

David holds a BSc Construction Management from the University of Salford, UK.

David Thomson

Senior VP of Brand and Business Development,
TFG Hotel Management

One of the region’s most well-known hospitality industry professionals, David is leveraging his talent and vast experience to help drive the growth of Dubai-based integrated property developer The First Group’s impressive portfolio of hotels and hospitality assets.

Since joining The First Group in 2018, David has celebrated several impressive milestones, including overseeing the launch of the firm’s award-winning The First Collection hotel brand in his role as Senior VP of Brand and Business Development for TFG Hotel Management.

The first property to open under the innovative lifestyle brand, The First Collection at Jumeirah Village Circle, opened in September 2021, and since then has gone on to forge a reputation as one of the city’s most popular upscale hotels.

Earlier this year, the hotel was named one of the 25 ‘Hottest New Hotels for 2022’ worldwide by TripAdvisor – the world’s largest independent traveller reviews website.

David was also instrumental in delivering the successful opening of the brand’s second hotel, The First Collection Business Bay, earlier this year, which was nominated in this year’s Conde Nast Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards in the ‘The Best Business Hotel’ category.

David has played a key role in driving The First Group Hotels’ sustainability agenda, which has seen properties operating within the portfolio eliminate single-use plastics, reduce energy and water usage, and increase recycling.

He is actively developing the firm’s pipeline of new lifestyle hotels planned for the UAE and elsewhere across the region in the coming years.

David’s professional pedigree ranks among the best in the business. Committed, industrious and passionate about the Middle East hotel industry’s growth and development, he spent almost 17 years with the Dubai-based JA Resorts & Hotels prior to his role at The First Group.

JA Resorts & Hotels’ portfolio spans nine hotels and leisure venues across the emirate as well as luxury resorts in the Maldives and Seychelles. Most recently, he was employed as the organisation’s Chief Operating Officer.

David also boasts extensive experience in advertising, sales and marketing, working with some of the world’s largest agencies and world-class hotels, including Hilton and IHG and he spent six years steering his own advertising and marketing agency specialising in hospitality.

In addition to his professional achievements, David is actively involved in fundraising for charities such as Dubai Autism, Al Noor Centre for Special Needs, Rashid Centre for the Disabled and the All As One Orphanage in Sierra Leone. David is a graduate of Scotland’s University of Stirling, where he earned a Joint Honours Degree in History and Social Anthropology.

Luca Dini

Founder, Luca Dini Design & Architecture 

In 1987 in Florence, at the Pierluigi Spadolini studio, Luca Dini’s passion for design grew and evolved, leaving an unmistakable impression on the maritime and architectural worlds. The birthplace of the Renaissance with its art, culture, fashion, and lifestyle, remains a great source of inspiration for him today. A fascinating, timeless city where the hands of skilled artisans create magnificent things every day. In 1996, in this very place, Luca Dini created his own team capable of designing bespoke projects and transforming them into innovative solutions. Over the years he has received various international awards and worked with leading Italian and European shipyards. He is not only known for designing superyachts, but also stately villas and prominent buildings. His avant-garde concepts have evolved over time into revolutionary and ambitious urban development projects. Luca Dini has given important speeches in the most renowned institutions and universities and distinguishes himself for his farsighted vision. He sees innovation as a synergy between two entities, design and architecture, and also expresses this in his collections for notable luxury brands in the design world. His studio, LUCA DINI Design & Architecture is ranked third in Italy for revenue and has its splendid headquarters in Florence, as well as a showroom in Forte dei Marmi and a new studio in Dubai to follow numerous projects in Saudi Arabia more closely.

Ian Wilson

Regional Director for Hospitality at THE LINE

As the Regional Director for Hospitality at NEOM’s THE LINE, Ian leads the creation of hospitality concepts, partnerships and supporting infrastructure.

Prior to joining NEOM, he ran Wilson Innovation Lab, providing consulting services to both the private and public sectors through expertise in culture, complex operations, distribution and revenue management, integrated resorts and the use of data, artificial intelligence and automation to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

Previously, Ian was the Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming operations at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which encompass about 5,000 staff and nearly US$1 billion in revenue. His purview included the 2,561-room hotel, as well as the Sky Park, Pool, Transportation, Call Center, Food and Beverage operations, Expo and Convention Center, facilities, security, sales and sustainability.

Ian started his career at Fairmont Hotels, handling food and beverage operations, followed by rooms, distribution, global reservations, revenue management and other senior operational roles.

He has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, and is certified as a Journeyman Chef by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board to The Business Analytics Centre at the National University of Singapore.

Stephen Laucirica

Senior Director, Design & Engineering India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Stephen leads a talented and dedicated team of designers and engineers providing best-in-class brand design stewardship for InterContinental Hotel Group’s valued partners across Southwest Asia, Middle East and Africa. His 15-year career in hospitality design began with Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2008 expanding their portfolio of luxury brands across EMEA, followed by roles with Marriott and Accor before joining IHG Hotels & Resorts in 2019. An additional 14 years of prior international experience in architecture and design encompassed positions at the world-renowned firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Gensler between offices in New York and London. He holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame which included an enlightening year of study in Rome, and after graduating was followed by a challenging internship in Paris to kick start his passion for globally local design and sustainable travel.

Mohamed Belkhodja

Head of Investments and Special Projects, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

As the Head of Investments and Special Projects, Moh Belkhodja is responsible for the ongoing expansion of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority’s business strategies across the EMEA region. He is a true hospitality professional who brings over 15 years of hospitality and management consulting experience to the team. His role is to lead key investment strategies and increase global awareness of the Emirate. Belkhodja delivers on over 3 decades of expertise across several markets (Global expertise with Local focus).
Belkhodja is a seasoned Eco, Wellness, Agri and Adventure (EWAA) Tourism expert and believes that a combination of sustainable & conscious tourism along with the fractional economy will stimulate the economic & social development of the Emirate. His mandate is to enhance the existing destination product portfolio and develop new tourism attractions to elevate the destination’s tourist appeal and enhance the current infrastructure. He strives to develop a conscious ecosystem for entrepreneurs, tourists and residents with projects that blend health, sustainability, and technology.
Reengineering mindsets and creating an impact on Humanity is his passion and personal mission.
Favorite quote: ‘’We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?’’ – Steve Jobs

Samit Sheth

Digital Transformation Lead, Project & Development Services MEA, JLL

As JLL’s Digital Transformation Lead, Samit is responsible for designing and implementing real estate technology solutions across the Middle East and Africa.

He is a digital and technology expert who advices real estate clients on Enterprise Architecture for feasibility, design, construction and operations within the rapidly evolving proptech market. His experience includes user-centric designs on a portfolio of projects ranging from high-profile, large-scale mixed-use developments to refurbishments for the hospitality, leisure, residential and corporate real estate sectors.

Samit holds a Bachelor of Science in Infrastructure Engineering and Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland.

Rahul Deo Gupta

Executive Director – EPMO, Boutique Group

Rahul Deo Gupta, Executive Director – EPMO, Boutique Group has over 27 years of experience in his field. He is experienced in various fields like Strategic Planning & Execution, Balanced Scorecard (BSC), Performance Management, Business Transformation, Operational Excellence, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Change Management. He has worked in different industries like Real Estate Development, Hospitality & Asset Management, Family Business, Automobile, Construction Equipment, Trading and Manufacturing.

He has worked for numerous firms like The Clock Tower, Saudi Binladen Group KSA as Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, RAFAL Real Estate Development Co., KSA as Head of EPMO, Abunayyan Holding, KSA as Head – Office of Strategy Management & TATA Hitachi & TATA Motors, India.

Alfonso Ponce Alvarez

Director Transitions Division|Financial Engineering – EGIS.

Alfonso Ponce-Alvarez, was born in Mexico in 1978, he joined the French building research centre, CSTB, in 2005 and represented France at the Board of Directors of the United Nations Environment Program’s Sustainable Building and Climate Change Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). Alfonso also held the position of Secretary General of the Sustainable Building Alliance (SB Alliance) during his time at CSTB.

In 2010 Alfonso Joined Deloitte Real Estate in France and lead the Deloitte’s Global Community of Practice Sustainability and Real Estate. He subsequently served as Director of Corporate solutions at Jones Lang Lasalle in London and later on as an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners, where he co-lead the sustainability group offering a wide range of design transforming skills to Foster + Partners’ projects at city and building level.

Alfonso is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a LEED AP BD+C and ND and a BREEAM licensed international assessor.

Stephan Konzelmann

Managing Director – Roya Project Management.

With a background in Architecture and Urban Planning, Stephan has, over the years, developed specialist know-how in Project Development and Project Management. Having been Managing Director and Associate of a renowned German Project Management firm in the UAE, he gained a wide range of market experience on large scale projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Iran. During his career, he has managed a large number of developments in Germany, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Vietnam, China, Thailand, UAE, KSA, Iran and Qatar. As the Managing Director of RPM, Stephan is responsible for the company operations, building and managing the project teams and driving RPM’s Business Development.

Key strengths and core capabilities include:

• Development Management

• Project Management

• Strategic Management

• Client’s Representative’s Role

• Key Account Management

• Urban Development

• Master plan Development

• Architectural Concept and Design

• Feasibility Study Management

Stephan and his team are continuously creating effective and optimized project development and management strategies as a response to market demands in order to build a solid base for long-term growth of RPM business.

Aradhana Khowala

CEO – Aptamind Partners | Chair of the Group Advisory Board – Red Sea Global

Aradhana Khowala is a global expert and one of the most influential leaders in the

hospitality, travel and tourism sector. Her career has spanned 20+ years, five continents and more than 75 countries and she has won multiple awards and was featured amongst the 100 most powerful people in global hospitality and the 25 most influential women in hospitality in 2022. Today, she is the CEO of Aptamind Partners, a strategic consultancy, which combines hard data and decades of experience to advise governments, emerging destinations and public and private organisations on sustainable tourism development. She also sits on multiple boards and is also currently the Chair of the Group Advisory Board of Red Sea Global, the developers behind the Red Sea, AMAALA giga projects apart from a host of other planned projects in Saudi Arabia. An accomplished public speaker with dozens of keynote engagements every year, she has spoken on the TedX stage as well as participating in global policy discussions at the UN and the G20. One theme runs through all her work: radical change is needed to ensure a sustainable future for an industry that has huge potential for positive social and financial impact on communities around the world.

Kate Barker

Chief Future of Work Officer & Executive Coach – NEOM

Kate Barker is a Global Consulting Leader, Future of Work expert, and a recognised authority in talent management, leadership development, and people/technology advancements. Recently rated Global Top 50 Women in IT industry. As an international advisor, Kate’s career spans three decades, working to advance Fortune 500 companies and Governments around the world by applying leading strategies from her ‘Future of Work’ insights, leadership for the 21st century, humancentric organizational cultures and innovative digital workforce transformation. Kate has earned successful partnerships with C-Suite executives, international royalty and government leaders and the highest level in furthering some of the most significant industry trends that impact the future of work.

• Futurist for the $500B Futurist-City, NEOM in Saudi Arabia.

• Senior Advisor to His Highness & President (UAE)

Kate has been a regular feature on Future of Work, ranks top 10 voices on Future of Work globally, publishes on topics like Technology disruption, Innovative talent Strategies, Inclusive Cultures and Workforce Transformations at HR Summits & Executive Roundtable globally. Kate was invited to attend Harvard’s Women in Leadership Program and recently commenced her PhD in Women in Leadership roles and the Future of Work at UCL.

As a Consulting Leader, Kate has led real-world results with clients such as Microsoft, Virgin, Deloitte, and Google and is a senior advisor to EY & McKinsey & Company. As a proud champion for diversity and inclusion, Kate is Board Director for 100% Project, a non-profit organisation devoted to challenging mindsets and shifts organisation practices to fully realise the leadership potential of all women and men. A seven-time marathoner, Kate loves to cook, dance and sing… despite her complete lack of talent at all three.

Philip Jones

Senior Vice President Operations, Middle East & Africa Premium, Midscale & Economy Brands – Accor.

Philip started his career in the United States with Ritz Carlton, where he worked for over 10 years in a variety of operational roles within the Front Office, Housekeeping, and Rooms Division departments, before relocating to the Middle East.

In 2008 he commenced his career in the Middle East, initially as Hotel Manager for a number of properties with Ritz Carlton, and Jumeirah, before becoming a General Manager with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. He is currently part of the team for Accor in the Middle East & Africa Regional office, where he is overlooking 87 operational hotels, with another 35 properties in the pipeline.

Philip holds two degree certifications from Cornell University and an MBA from École Hôtelière de Lausanne.

Chadi Hauch

Regional Vice President Lodging Development Middle East – Marriott International.

Chadi Hauch is the Regional Vice President Lodging Development for Marriott International in Middle East. Chadi is responsible for the growth of Marriott’s portfolio of brands through new hotels and conversions.
Chadi has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry covering hotel operations, hotel real estate consultancy, development, finance and investments. In his current role, Chadi leads and oversees a team of development experts in the middle east who are committed to growing Marriott International’s footprint and further strengthening the company’s position as the world’s largest travel company.
Chadi Joined Marriott Development team in 2013 and over his tenure was responsible for the growth of Marriott portfolio in several territories across Middle East and Africa. Prior to Joining Marriott, Chadi spent 4 years with Jones Lang LaSalle based in Dubai providing advisory services to private and institutional investors across the Middle East and Africa region. And another five years within the hotel sector in Lebanon and France.
Chadi Holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management with a major in Real Estate Finance and Asset Management from IMHI-ESSEC Business School in Paris. Originated from Lebanon, he speaks fluent Arabic, English and French.

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