Speakers

Raki Phillips

Raki Phillips

CEO

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Mohammed Al Tair

Mohammed Al Tair

Chief Operating Officer

RAK Properties
Abdulla Al Abdouli

Abdulla Al Abdouli

CEO

Marjan
Sanjiv Khosla

Sanjiv Khosla

Deputy Chief Visitor Experience Officer, Visitor Experience

Expo 2020

Sanjiv Khosla has been the Vice President for Research & Analytics at Expo 2020 since 2017 and is responsible for understanding where the visitors to Expo are going to come from and helping inform strategies to attract the visitors to the Expo.

In addition, Sanjive is also responsible for Marketing and Ticketing and using a data driven approach to market Expo to its target audiences and drive ticket sales.

Prior joining Expo he was Senior Vice President for Strategy at Dubai Holding since 2009. He was responsible for the Strategy Function and the Corporate Governance Framework of Dubai Holding. He was also involved in leading the transformation of Dubai Holding into an Investment Holding Company.

Ali Alsuwaidi

Ali Alsuwaidi

GV – Chief Operating Officer

Global Village – Dubai
Ahmad Hussain

Ahmad Hussain

Chief Operating Officer

DXB Entertainments
Lennard Francois Otto

Lennard Francois Otto

Chief Executive Officer

IMG Worlds

In his current role, as CEO of IMG Worlds of Adventure, Mr. Otto is working closely with the owners and leadership of the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group to deliver the world’s largest indoor theme park to Dubai.

Widely recognized for his vision and leadership abilities, Mr. Otto has over a decade of experience in managing large international hospitality and leisure destinations, including resorts, outdoor and indoor waterparks, beachfront developments, theme parks and adventure facilities. Prior to joining IMG Worlds of Adventure, Mr. Otto was responsible for the pre and post opening phases of some of the most iconic entertainment properties across South Africa and the Middle East, including Wild Wadi, Atlantis the Palm, Wahooo! Waterpark, John Buck International and Wadi Adventure

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor

Managing Director

Team Leisure

Phil Taylor is the Managing Director of Team Leisure, a specialist leisure-consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Team Leisure offers market analysis & feasibility studies, including concept idea research; project development services; and operational services to the owners, developers and operators of leisure businesses worldwide.

Prior to founding Team Leisure in 2007, Phil worked in executive director positions at several companies, including Ski Dubai, the London office of Economics Research Associates (now part of AECOM), The London Eye and as the New Business Development Director for The Tussauds Group from 1995 – 2000 (now part of Merlin Entertainment Group). The Tussauds Group’s worldwide portfolio of attractions included Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Port Aventura in Spain, Warwick Castle and Thorpe Park, which Phil acquired for the Group in 1998, The London Eye and Madam Tussauds.

Martin Baerschmidt

Martin Baerschmidt

Managing Director

EDGE Architects
Mladen Marendec

Mladen Marendec

Director of Business Development

RAK Properties
Adrian Welch

Adrian Welch

Senior Associate

Godwin Austen Johnson
Tariq Bsharat

Tariq Bsharat

Director of Strategy and Business Development

Al Marjan Island
Jean Hanna

Jean Hanna

Business Development Manager

ALEC
Hans-Peter Betz

Hans-Peter Betz

Director

The International Association of Hotel General Managers
Shane Manning

Shane Manning

Managing Director

High and Wired