Hospitality Leadership and Design Conference
Dubai

Dubai

December 8th, 2021

The third Hospitality Leadership & Design Conference will once again gather the industry’s foremost leaders and creatives to discuss the wealth of activity and opportunity within the hospitality sector.

Taking place at the recently opened Sofitel The Obelisk, our high-quality conference will see top-level executives, hoteliers, restaurateurs, designers, markets analysts and premium suppliers alike engaging in a lively, informative and inspiring programme of panel discussions and Q&As.

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Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Wafi - Sheikh Rashid Road
Umm Hurair 2
Dubai
P.O. Box 30904

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8.30am

ARRIVAL

Registration with coffee, tea and breakfast pastries

9.20am

WELCOME

Can Faik, Event Director

Joe Nassoura, Director of Operations, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

Vera Dieckmann, Founder & Creative Director Xo Atelier, Event Compère

9.30am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Sarah Duignan, Director of Client Services, STR

9:45am

LUXURY 3.0

Why great buildings are far more important than great service for the 5*** hotel of the future.

This panel of industry experts will speak to the notion that outstanding properties, rather than service, are a precursor to success in the next evolution of the luxury hospitality sector.

PANELLISTS

Anton Bawab – Head of Operations, The Red Sea Development Company

Haitham Mattar – Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA) IHG Hotels & Resorts

Sandeep Walia – Chief Operating Officer - Middle East at Marriott International

MODERATOR

Pallavi Dean – Founder & Creative Director, Roar

10.30am

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING -

11.10am

21ST CENTURY LUXURY- BALANCING DESIGN VISION WITH VALUE ENGINEERING

Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”. There is new demand for seeking places and design that provide a true experience, allowing people to escape from their day to day life. How can we facilitate this?

PANELLISTS

Jese Medina-Suarez – Creative Director, Principal, EMEA, Campbell House

Olga Sundukovy – Co-Founder & Co-Creative Director, Sundukovy Sisters

Justin Wells – Founder and CEO, Wells International

Kristina Zanic – Kristina Zanic Design Consultants

MODERATOR

Filippo Sona – Partner and COO, Wood Couture

11:45am

LEVERAGING LUXURY THROUGH DESIGN

Our experienced panellists discuss the ways in which design can be employed to communicate or enhance the exceptional experiences guests expect from luxury hospitality venues.

PANELLISTS

Hakan Ozkasikci – Senior Vice President, Design & Technical Services, Kerzner International

Isabel Pintado – Senior Vice President, Design and Innovation, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

MODERATOR

Esra Lemmens – Founder, Esra Lemmens Agency

12.30pm

- LUNCH & NETWORKING -

1:45PM

“HOTEL CONCEPTS FAIL BECAUSE OF A LACK OF DESIGN THINKING IN OPERATIONS”

Some new hotel and restaurant concepts fail because they seem to solve the wrong problem. Does design adequately address client engagement and operations? Should hotel operators stop worrying about making a brand more creative and start thinking about what the actual problem in the hotel is?

PANELLISTS

Tim Cordon – Senior Area Vice President Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

Marc Descrozaille – Chief Operating Officer India, Middle East & Africa, Accor

David Todd – Head of Operations, Middle East & Africa InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

MODERATOR

Monika Moser – Chief Operating Officer, Campbell House

2.30PM

FUTURE-PROOFING HOSPITALITY DESIGN

Delving into how the hospitality design industry might future-proof itself, not simply for 2022, but over the next five years and beyond.

PANELLISTS

Shaun Killa – Design Director, Killa Design

Marie Soliman – Founder & Creative Director, Bergman Design House

Philip Gillard – Principal, Managing Director, HBA

Pallavi Dean – Founder & Creative Director, Roar

MODERATOR

Shadi Moazami – Managing Director, MAIA

3.10PM

- COFFEE/TEA & NETWORKING -

3.50PM

"TAKE ONLY MEMORIES. LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS." (CHIEF SEATTLE)

The Red Sea Project – Perspectives on Designing for the inner journey

PANELLISTS

Melissa Messmer – Senior Director of Interior Design at The Red Sea Development Company

Alex Yoo – Senior Director, Design & Project Management, Global Design, Middle East & Africa Marriott International

Seth Matson – Vice President Design & Technical Services Luxe MEA at Accor

MODERATOR

Tal Danai – Founder & CEO ArtLink

4.20PM

CLOSING REMARKS

Can Faik, Editorial Director, Hospitality Interiors

4.30PM

- DRINKS & NETWORKING -


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