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HS MENA includes a line of inspiring speakers who have made long strides of success in the region's hospitality industry. Be a part of the summit to hear success stories and learn from some of the biggest names of hospitality industry.
CEO and MD, Saudi Egyptian Touristic Development Company, Saudi Egyptian Red Sea Investment Company, Saudi Tunisian Investment & General Development Company
CEO and MD
Saudi Egyptian Touristic Development Company, Saudi Egyptian Red Sea Investment Company, Saudi Tunisian Investment & General Development Company
Riad Loutfi is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SETDCO, owner of the Grand Nile Tower Hotel & the ex. Le Meridien Cairo, SERSICO, owner of the ex. Sheraton Hurghada hotel, as well as SOSTIDEG, owner of Orient Palace Hotel, Sousse & Amir Palace Hotel, Monastir, in this capacity, he is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of this diversified portfolio of Hotels & Real Estate mixed use developments in Egypt & Tunisia.
Having more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality and business development fields. Throughout his long career, he held senior and managerial positions across a number of key hotel chains and multinational companies including: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Al Kharafi Group and SODIC. Before joining SETDCO as the CEO and Managing Director, he held the position of Executive Director of Asset Management and Hospitality and Business Development Consultant at Bloom Holding in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Loutfi holds a BSC in Hotel Management from the faculty of Tourism & Hotels, Helwan University. Post his graduation, he completed hospitality-related programs at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and PDP and GM Program at Cornell University, USA.
A result oriented and dedicated business leader with strong track record of success of 15 years in senior executive position within the hospitality industry.
Joined Serenity Hotels Egypt group as CEO and Board director in October 2015, worked closely since with board to ensure organization mission, vision, product and services are consistently presented in strong and positive image, achieved a revolutionary results in terms of Market share, Guest satisfaction and staff development, increased the Serenity Brand awareness and enjoyed a substantial growth in income and validate Serenity group expansion plan.
Demonstrates an exceptional interpersonal skills that always enables great integration with entire team members and develop valuable customers relationship.
Chairman Pro Con Ltd, previously MD Misr Hotels Co. Cairo, CEO Abjar Dubai
Ihab El Kerdhani
Pro Con Ltd, previously MD Misr Hotels Co. Cairo, CEO Abjar Dubai
Synonymous with excellence, and an integral part of the success story of Dubai, the Almulla Group has built a business portfolio in response to - and in support of - the opportunities created by the visionary leadership of the Ruler and Government of Dubai, in diversifying the Emirate’s economy.
Operating in those sectors at the very heart of Dubai’s evolution as a world class global and regional business and leisure hub, the Group’s business operations span healthcare, hospitality, travel and tourism, retailing and real estate, and include some of Dubai’s most important and high profile brand names.
Synergies across the Group are actively sought and built around core business management competencies and across specific business sectors in which the Group is active.
Setting standards in governance and ensuring consistently high levels of performance whilst meeting the obligations and requirements of a dynamic society, Almulla Group has built the integrated business portfolio through strong and focused organic growth (often incubating new business units within the internal Group) and through careful acquisition and investment, and sharing its success with the community of which the Group is a part. Dubai remains one of the most dynamic and exciting markets in the world in which to do business, and at the hub of a region which is increasingly attracting international interest, and continues to create new opportunities for visionary leaders and their businesses to support and from which they can also benefit.
Hicham Lahlou, an emblematic figure of the new generation design, has been part of the new design sphere for more than two decades. His refined creations are always impregnated with cultural and identity references, subtly integrated into modern lines and it is his very personal touch that allowed him to be noticed in this environment as elitist as codified.
Often called as the spearhead of contemporary design in Morocco and quoted in the catalog of the exhibition The Contemporary Morocco at the institute of the Arab world (IMA) as the flag-bearer of the Moroccan national design, He has not only become a recognized design personality on the African continent and the Arab world but also one of the great signatures of the world design which signs collections for prestigious international brands, develops lines of street furniture, Sign of concepts for hotels, illustrates his talent as an artist, interior designer, product designer and graphic designer in brand identity, packaging, but also commercial architecture as well as strategic design.
It forged himself a name in the design of furnitures, tableware and objects by signing collections for major international brands such as DAUM, Ecart International, Lip, Aquamass, Airdiem, or Nodus Rug.
A visionary who defends values of progress and undertakes actions to promote the values of design and creation in general.
His creations, regularly exhibited in museums such as the Vitra Design Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, Kunsthal Rotterdam or the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, half way between design and contemporary art make the designer a recognized artist both for his unique pencil touch and his work on the lines but also for his innovative artistic biases.
Highly publicized in the print media, television and digital networks, he regularly appears in prestigious publications around the world, often considered among the global leaders of the African continent, the most prominent innovators in Africa and in the world as well as guest jury in several international competitions such as the Star of Science Session 2 in Qatar as a VIP Jury.
The Africa Design Award & Days project (ADA & ADD), which he founded in 2014 makes him a leader in African design. In 2014, he launches ADA during the New York Forum Africa where a design panel is dedicated to him. He organized ADD as a true conductor, one of the most noted events of the year, in Morocco then in Paris. As an international design platform in Africa, Hicham Lahlou is now positioning ADA & ADD as the new hub of design on the continent to showcase a new generation of designers as well as established designers from the African continent.
Several exhibitions, major events and conferences were held in 2016, 2017 and early 2018:
While being in the advisory board of the major itinerant exhibition « Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design », Hicham Lahlou Designer is also one of the exhibitors that were showcased in many great museums through many key dates :
From 14.03.2015 to 13.09.2015 at the Vitra Design Museum, Germany From 30.10.2015 to 21.02.2016 at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain From 21.03.2016 to 28.08.2016 at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
From 01.10.2016 to 17.01.2017 at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands From 14.10.2017 to 07.01.2018 at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US From 03.02.2018 to 06.05.2018 at the Albuquerque Museum, US
From 14.10.2018 to 13.01.2019 at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, US
Mr Jean-François Girault, Ambassador of France in Rabat decorated him with an insignia as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic, a high distinction dedicated to his international career, his ideas, his vision and Its twenty years of efforts, merit and creativity, the ceremony was held on Tuesday 9 February in the residence of France in Rabat.
After the Galerie Delacroix in Tangier, the Center of Moderne Artin Tetuan and the Bab El Kébir Gallery, SILVERA presents in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017, the exclusive and unique exhibition "OUT OF THE BOX" by Hicham Lahlou within the Paris Design Week 2017.
From the 13 to 18 November 2017, Hicham Lahlou Designer was a honor guest during the Dubai Design Week where his work 'Big Black One' was showcased as a part of the ABWAB Pavilion Major Exhibition in the Dubai Design District.
The President of the World Design Organization / WDO, has just announced the nomination of Mr Hicham Lahlou Designer as a Community Liaison, official representative WDO in North & West Africa in Morocco for all his actions carried out internationally and in Africa for the benefit of Creation and Design.
Africa, Morocco and Rabat welcome Africa Design Days 2017 organizes the first global pan-african forum on the economies of design, innovation and creative industries in africa + the 1st World Design Talks in Africa on the initiative of Hicham Lahlou Designer, founder of Africa Design Days (ADD), this pan-African and major continental represents an unprecedented showcase for the innovation and design community in Africa, as well as a privileged forum for developing collaborations between Businesses, designers, private and public sector, policy makers, students and citizens. In connection with the World Design Organization (WDO)
Hicham Lahlou Designer is now an Elected Member Director of the Board of Directors of the World Design Organization (WDO) at the 30th General Assembly and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the organization in Torino in Italy on 15 June 2017 the 14 and 15 october.
He was invited as an influential design personality during the award ceremony of the Tunisian "Sopal Robinet Design" competition, where a glorious tribute was paid to him.
He was also present as a speaker during the packaging days 2018 « Innovation Packaging - Cap sur le développement » at Tunis where he tackled «the product valorization through packaging design» theme as well as in Bursa in Turkey on the occasion of the big event "İm Design 2018" as representative of the World Design Organization.
The 2018 edition of the iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design award, has just awarded the iF Award 2018 to the designer Hicham Lahlou for his project Concept "M" - metal awning of the toll station of the motorway. bypass of the city of Rabat for Motorways of Morocco in the discipline "Architecture", category "Urban / Landscape". The iF DESIGN AWARD is organized every year by the iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany and considered as the oldest independent design organization in the world.
He had the honors to be invited by Mrs Marva Griffin founder of the SaloneSatellite to be curator for Africa in the AFRICA-LATIN AMERICA Rising Design / Design Emergent exhibition event for SaloneSatellite 2018 alongside the brothers Campana, exhibition curators for Latin America).
Hicham Lahlou, figure emblématique du design nouvelle génération, fait partie depuis deux décennies, des nouvelles signatures qui comptent dans la sphère du design mondial et de la création. Ses créations raffinées sont toujours imprégnées de références culturelles et identitaires, subtilement intégrées dans des lignes modernes et c’est son trait de crayon et sa touche très personnelle qui lui ont permis de se faire remarquer dans ce milieu aussi élitiste que codifié.
Souvent surnommé fer de lance du design contemporain au Maroc et cité dans le catalogue de l'exposition Le Maroc Contemporain à l'institut du monde Arabe (IMA) comme étant le porte-drapeau du design national Marocain, il est non seulement devenu une personnalité reconnue du design sur le continent Africain et dans le Monde Arabe mais il fait également partie des grandes signatures du design mondial et signe des collections pour de presti- gieuses marques à l’international, développe des lignes de mobilier urbain, signe des concepts pour les hôtels, illustre son talent d'artiste, architecte d'intérieur, designer produit et graphiste dans l'identité de marque, le packaging, mais aussi l'architecture commerciale ainsi que de design stratégique.
Il se forge un nom dans le design de mobilier, les arts de la table et des objets en signant des collections pour de grandes marques internationales telles que DAUM, Ecart International, Lip, Aquamass, Airdiem, ou Nodus Rug... il est aussi un visionnaire qui défend des valeurs de progrès et entreprend des actions visant à promouvoir les valeurs du design et de la création en général.
Ses créations, régulièrement exposées dans des musées comme le Vitra Design Museum, le Guggenheim Bilbao, le Kunsthal Rotterdam ou le Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres, se classent à mi chemin entre le design et l’art contemporain et font du designer un artiste reconnu à la fois pour son trait de crayon unique et son travail sur les lignes mais aussi pour ses partis-pris artistiques innovants.
Très médiatisé dans la presse écrite, la télévision et les réseaux digitaux, il apparaît régulièrement dans des publications prestigieuses aux quatre coins du monde, souvent cité parmi les leaders globaux du continent africain, les innovateurs les plus en vue en Afrique et à l’international ainsi que jury invité dans plusieurs compétitions internationales tel que le Star of Science Session 2 au Qatar en tant que VIP Jury.
Le projet Africa Design Award & Days (ADA & ADD) qu’il fonde en 2014 et dirige d’une main de maître, le place en leader du design africain. En 2014, il lance ADA pendant le New York Forum Africa où un panel design lui est dédié. C’est en véritable chef d’orchestre qu’il organise ADD, événement parmi les plus remarqués de l’année, au Maroc puis à Paris. Plateforme internationale du design en Afrique, Hicham Lahlou positionne désormais ADD&ADA en tant que nouveau hub du design sur le continent afin de mettre en avant une nouvelle génération de designers ainsi que des designers confirmés du continent africain.
Plusieurs expositions, évènements majeures et conférences ses sont suivies en 2016, 2017 et début 2018 :
Tout en étant dans le comité consultatif de l’exposition itinérante majeure « Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design », Hicham Lahlou Designer y expose dans plusieurs musées internationaux et à travers plusieurs dates clés, à savoir :
Du 14.03.2015 au 13.09.2015 au Vitra Design Museum, Germany
Du 30.10.2015 au 21.02.2016 au Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain Du 21.03.2016 au 28.08.2016 au CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
Du 01.10.2016 au 17.01.2017 au Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands Du 14.10.2017 au 07.01.2018 au High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US Du 03.02.2018 au 06.05.2018 au Albuquerque Museum, US
Du 14.10.2018 au 13.01.2019 au Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, US
M. Jean-François Girault, Ambassadeur de France à Rabat décore Hicham Lahlou Designer de l’insigne de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de la République française, une haute distinction qui est venu consacrer son parcours international, ses idées, sa vision et ses vingt années d'efforts, de mérite, et de créativité, à l’issue de la cérémonie qui s’est tenue le mardi 9 février 2016 dans la résidence de France à Rabat.
Après la galerie Delacroix à Tanger et le Centre d’Art Moderne de Tétouan et la Galerie Bab El Kébir, SILVERA présente à Paris du 8 au 18 Septembre 2017 l’exposition inédite «OUT OF THE BOX» by Hicham Lahlou dans le cadre de la Paris Design Week 2017.
Du 13 au 18 Novembre 2017, Hicham Lahlou Designer a été un invité d’honneur à l’occasion de la Dubai Design Week ou son oeuvre «Big Black One» a été exposée dans le cadre l’exposition majeure ABWAB Pavilion dans le Dubai Design District.
Le Président de l’Organisation Mondiale du Design / World Design Organization / ICSID, vient d’annoncer la nomination de M. Hicham Lahlou Designer comme Community Liaison, représentant officiel au Maroc pour toutes ses actions menées à l’international et en Afrique au profit de la Création et du Design.
l’Afrique, le Maroc et Rabat accueillent Africa Design Days 2017 qui organise le premier forum panafricain et mondial sur les économies du design, de l'innovation et des industries créatives en afrique + le 1er World Design Talks en Afrique à l’initiative du designer Hicham Lahlou fondateur d’Africa Design Days (ADD) cet évènement constitue une vitrine inédite pour la communauté de l’innovation et du design en Afrique, ainsi qu’un espace d’échanges privilégié pour développer les collaborations entre les entreprises, designers, secteur privé et public, décideurs politiques, étudiants et citoyens. En lien avec la « World Design Organization (WDO) »
Hicham Lahlou Designer a été élu Membre Directeur au Conseil d'administration des Directeurs élus de la World Design Organization (WDO) lors de la 30ème assemblée générale et la célébration des 60 ans de l'organisation à Turin en Italie les 14 et 15 octobre 2017
Il a été invité en tant que personnalité influente du Design à l’occasion du concours Tunisien « Sopal Robinet Design » ou un hommage vibrant lui a été rendu lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix.
Il a également mené des interventions en tant que speaker dans le cadre des journées du packaging 2018 « Innovation Packaging - Cap sur le développement » à Tunis ou il a abordé la thématique de valorisation du produit à travers le design du packaging ainsi qu’à Bursa en Turquie à l’occasion du grand événement « İm Design 2018 » et ce en tant que représentant de la World Design Organization.
L’édition 2018 de l’iF DESIGN AWARD, un prix de design de renommée mondiale, vient de décerner le iF Award 2018 au designer Hicham Lahlou pour son projet Concept «M» - Auvent métallique de la gare de péage de l’autoroute de contournement de la ville de Rabat pour Autoroutes du Maroc dans la discipline «Architecture», catégorie «Urban/Landscape». Le iF DESIGN AWARD est organisé chaque année par le iF International Forum Design GmbH, basée à Hannover en Allemagne et considérée comme la plus ancienne organisation de design indépendante au monde.
Il a eu l’honneur d’être invité par Mme Marva Griffin fondatrice du SaloneSatellite afin d’être commissaire d’exposition Afrique de l’exposition AFRICA-LATIN AMERICA, Rising Design/Design Emergente exhibition event pour le SaloneSatellite 2018 aux cotés des frères Campana, commis- saires d'expositions pour la partie Amérique Latine).
Graduating with honors from Egypt's prestigious Cairo University with a BA in Business Administration, Karim Helal started his career in banking in 1972 at the Arab African International Bank as Head of International Finance Department , later moving to Bahrain to establish the banks new OBU subsidiary following which he joined another regional bank based in Bahrain as MD of the group operating in the GCC, South East Asia and London.
By 1982 Karim Helal had moved to London as a Founding Partner at IFIN Corp. Investment Bank, an exclusive boutique investment firm.In 1993 Karim moved back to Egypt as an independent financial adviser to the Dive Travel / Tourism Industry, establishing a highly successful dive operation in the Red Sea and Pioneered Technical Diving in the region.He was the first chairman of the Diving & Water sports Tourism Chamber and three times recipient of the Ministry of Tourism Award for Contribution to Tourism.
In June 2008, Returned to Cairo as the group CEO of CI Capital Holding and has since led the company to new heights. Upon his arrival at CI Capital Karim initiated the launch of L.E 250 million SME focused private equity fund, and launched the CI Capital "Look East' initiate, positioning CI Capital as the financial partner of choice in Egypt for Asian companies . He led CI Capital investment banking deals and transaction which resulted in CI Capital becoming the best investment Bank in Egypt according to the Egyptian Stock Exchange and Global Trade Matters in 2010.
During his tenure at CI Capital Holding till April 2011, Karim Helal concluded special relationship and an official MOU with China Development Bank, forged strategic partnership with DBS Bank (Singapore), investment (Turkey), and the Korea Development Bank. He also oversaw the launch of the ASIA PACIFIC business of CI Capital in Hong Kong.
Regular featured speaker at several Euro Money, Super Returns, Global Trade Matters conferences, International Global Forum of the American's and events in Cairo, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada and the USA.Published articles and interviews in Forbes, Oxford Business Group Reports, USA today, New York Times, Institutional investor, Middle East Finance, Euro Money Publications, MEED and Global Trade and Investment Report.In September 2012, received the Medays Business Award from the Amadeus Institute of Morocco
Dalia Sadany Dezines is an Egypt based interior architecture & multidisciplinary design studio. Our specialty is commercial office design, fit-out and product design servicing Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and beyond.
Dalia Sadany, founder and chief designer has more than 20 years background and experience in design and construction project management working on luxury residential, commercial, hospitality and mix-use community projects in Egypt.
She is a versatile designer winning 11 international awards in various fields of design including interior design, landscaping, urban design, furniture and lighting.
Dalia Sadany is the presiding President of the International Association of Designers (IAD) headquartered in Como, Italy. She is also the founding chairman of ASDA Association, Egypt’s first design hub concerned with promoting design and youth developing.
Dalia Sadany Dezines helps clients define identities and create unique custom-tailored environments for their living and working spaces.
2016, Golden, A'Design Award in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Competition , MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Platinum, A' Design Award in Street Furniture Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Golden, A' Design Award in Urban Planning and Urban Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Silver, A' Design Award in Landscape Planning and Garden Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Silver, A' Design Award in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2013, Bronze, A' Design Award in Futuristic Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Bronze, A' Design Award in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2014, Winner, A' Design Award in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2012, Silver, A' Design Award in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2012, Winner, A' Design Award in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2012, RUP, A' Design Award in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
2011, Winner, A' Design Award in Furniture, Decorative Items and Home ware Design Competition, MILAN/ITALY.
Senior Manager, Hotels | MENA, Colliers International
Hotels | MENA, Colliers International
Since joining Colliers International MENA over 5 years ago, James has worked on a number of highest and best use site appraisals, operator search and selections, hotel valuations (individual assets and portfolios) and hotel investment / brokerage projects.
Prior to joining Colliers in 2013, James worked in hotel brokerage, valuation and consultancy in Ireland where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).
He was involved in a number of multi-million euro hotel and leisure transactions to include city centre properties, resorts and golf courses.
He has extensive experience in the provision of strategic advice and valuations on behalf of many of the UK & Ireland’s largest financial and banking institutions.
He has also experience of hotel pre-sale due diligence and asset management
Eng. Maged Salah Al Din carries more than 20 years of experience within the Egyptian Real Estate industry and a proven track record of success in the the quality roles he played throughout his career.
Eng. Salah Al Din is the Chairman & CEO for Madaar Developments. Previously he joined Palm Hills Developments on September 2015 till December 2018 in the capacity of Vice President for Portfolio Management with an initial role of leading market-relevant profitable developments along with overlooking Palm Hills' future land bank expansions domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining Palm Hills, Mr. Salah Al Din was the Chief Development Officer of Hyde Park Developments, Head of Development at New Giza seconded from Qatari Diar whilst overlooking Qatari Diar's developments portfolio in Egypt. Mr. Salah Al Din started his real estate development experience at M A Kharafi Group overlooking their hospitality portfolio in Egypt upon receiving his BSc. Construction Engineering degree from the American University in Cairo in 1997
Managing Director, Rowad Misr Companies For Tourist Investment & Red Sea Hotels S.A.E., Deputy Chairman, Sharm Dreams Holding For Tourism & Hotels S.A.E
Akram A. Kamal
Managing Director, Rowad Misr Companies For Tourist Investment & Red Sea Hotels S.A.E.
Deputy Chairman, Sharm Dreams Holding For Tourism & Hotels S.A.E
Sharm Dreams Holding Co. for Tourism & Hotels is an Egyptian joint stock company established in 2007, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 159 of year 1981.
The authorized capital is 2000 Million Egyptian Pounds. The issued & Paid up capital is 550 Million Egyptian Pounds.Sharm Dreams Holding Co. for Tourism & Hotels owns:76.47 % of Rowad Misr Co. for Tourist Investment.Rowad Misr Co. for Red Sea Hotels. (an affiliate of Rowad Misr Co. For Tourist Investment)
Dr. Hamada Abo El Enein
Sharm Dreams Co. for Tourist Investment
General Mediterranean Holding Co.
National Bank of Egypt
Oval Development Corporation
Performance-driven Senior Executive with over 25 years of successful management experience in the international hospitality industry, working on 4 continents and in 8 countries under very demanding conditions, performing project management, pre-openings and responsible hotel operations as General Manager and Area General Manager with background in both, Rooms and F&B, as well as Hotel Head office experience in areas of hotel development.