Speaker List

Alfonso Padro

Director of Education and Associate Principal, HKS Architects

Alfonso is the Education Sector Practice Director for Europe and the Middle East for the Global Firm HKS Architects. HKS specialises in Education, Healthcare, Commercial, sports and Hospitality facilities and he has been involved with designing and delivering education facilities across the UK for over 10 years. Alfonso’s extensive experience covers a wide range of projects at all stages including master planning, new build, major alteration and Technical Advisory work. 

Alfonso studied at the University of East London and the University of Westminster and now mainly works in a client focused capacity to develop sophisticated design solutions for students, teachers and the local community. Alfonso is currently delivering education facilities for the Education, Skills and Funding Agency and is also a Governor at a London, Multi Academies Trust

Rupprecht Queitsch

CEO and Senior Partner, International Hospitality Consulting Group (INHOCO)

A passionate Business and Hotel leader, Rupprecht Queitsch enjoyed the Hotel business for over 40 years, including being General Manager for 25 years, heading up a dozen of luxury hotels in 10 different locations, and dealing with a variety of brands, ownerships, market conditions and cultures; in addition to managing hotels, Rupprecht headed up the opening of 6 hotels,and over 40 Food and Beverage concepts and operations, crowned by opening the World’s Tallest Hotel, and one of the largest in the Middle East, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai; In 2002 he was awarded “General Manager of the Year” honors in the tourism industry in the Czech Republic. Recognizing the tremendous growth opportunities in global tourism, in particular within the GCC, Rupprecht took the initiative to set-­‐up a full-­‐service Hospitality Consulting Group, enriched with highly developed, skilled, and track-­‐record proven experts from the hospitality and finance fields: the “INHOCO Group” (International Hospitality Consulting Group); based on well-­‐established relations, tremendous talent, and a service-­‐driven, highly professional culture, the Group already enjoys projects in Europe, Africa, and the GCC

Alfred Abi Antoun

Head of Retail for KSA and Egypt, JLL

Alfred has over 16 years’ experience working with leading franchise operators in the Region like M.H. Alshaya, Azadea Group and Retail Arabia International. He has a diverse experience in retail operations, retail management and retail real estate in over 20 countries including MENA, Eastern Europe, Africa and CIS counties dealing with major malls including UAE: The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, YAS Mall; KSA: Mall of Arabia, Red Sea Mall, Riyadh Gallery, Granada, Panorama, Dammam Mall; Egypt: Cairo Festival City, Mall of Arabia, Citystars and Mall of Egypt. In his role, Alfred has advised a broad range of developments across the retail sector. These projects range from mixed use developments, retail strips, community centres, luxury boutique malls and regional malls. Alfred has the practical and technical experience to deliver a successful retail project. Prior to joining JLL MENA, Alfred worked with Retail Arabia International, as a real estate director and was handling the group brands expansion strategies in the GCC, Turkey and CIS countries, leading the process for locations acquisition while working alongside the commercial teams and supporting other internal functions to meet project milestones. Prior to joining Retail Arabia International, he worked with Azadea Group and Alshaya and was able to acquire an in depth understanding of retail operations, and retail real estate functions

Khalid Al Othman

Founding Partner, Saudi Mubadara Development Company

Khalid Al Othman is a Founding Partner and CEO for Saudi Mubadara Development Company and Kawn Environmental Services Company. He is also the owner and president of Imar, Urban Consultants since its foundation in 1993. He iscurrently Chairman of the Consulting Bureaus Committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an active member of the National Committee for consulting Bureaus at the Saudi Council of ChambersHe is also an active member of a number of Saudi International Bilateral councils including the Saudi Austrian, the Saudi Spanish, the Saudi Irish, the Saudi Egyptian and the Saudi Algerian Business Councils. Khalid has a working experience as a program manager in Arriyad Development Authority and as a General Manager for the Saudi Umran Society. He maintains strong network connections in the Saudi government and private sectors as well as connections in the international business community. He has played a major role in the development of various new start-up entities and projects in the real estate sector as well as other business sectors. He is holding a degree in Architecture and Planning since 1989 and has attended several courses, conferences and seminars in Business and Real Estate development and financial engineering. He is also active in the business media community as a TV speaker and newspaper writer.

Ayman Ahmed Hassan

Head of Architecture / Senior Design Manager , Abdul Rahman Al Naim Consultant Engineers (ACE)

The Head of Architecture / Projects Design Manager & BIM Consultant at Abdul Rahman Al Naim Consultant Engineers (ACE) with responsibility of Design Management.

Founder of the Egyptian Green Movement – non profit organization, interested in introducing the Green concept to the society.

Member of the scientific committee of IEREK (Research and Knowledge Enrichment).

Lecturer at Saudi Umran Society – Saudi Health Care division.

Publisher in Umran & Health Magazine.

Publisher in BIM Arabia Magazine.

Member of the Local Expert Panel for Accessing Sustainability. KFUPM.

MBA - Geneva Business School – Major Sustainability Management.

Bachelor degree holder in Architecture from the University of Alexandria – Faculty of Fine Arts.

Prior to joining ACE he worked in Architectural design at several companies in Egypt. Notable is his 10 years as Head of Architecture / senior Projects Manager for ACE.

Member of The American Institute of Architects, AIA (International Associate), Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA (RIBA Affiliate), Member of The Saudi Council of Engineers, SCE, Member of The Egyptian syndicate of Engineers, Egypt, 2001, ISO Internal Auditor certificate of achievement, Bureau VERITAS, Saudi Arabia, 2008, International Arbitration Advisor in Engineering, 2013, LEED green Associate Certified (under progress) and Autodesk Certified in BIM, 2012.

Was involved in many projects with clients like Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu where these projects was requested to have the minimum LEED requirements to be certified in the near future.

Filippo Sona

Director, Head of Hotels MENA Region, Colliers International

Filippo is an investment and development professional with 22 years of hotel operational and advisory experience gained from the UK, Europe, USA and MENA regions. With specialist expertise in hotel investments, strategic asset management and development consultancy and an in depth knowledge of hotel companies brand growth and development strategies in emerging markets, Filippo has proven to be an invaluable asset to the firm and his clients. His genuine passion and understanding of management agreements has seen him contribute as a technical expert witness in international arbitration.

In 2010 Filippo joined Colliers International Hotels MENA, now considered to be the leading hotel consultancy firm for the hospitality industry. His team of dedicated professional offer advisory services to the full spectrum of the sector including hotels, resorts, serviced apartment, spa, marina and golf.

Filippo is a regular speaker at key international events such as Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and Cityscape Global Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Doha, Cairo, Big 5 Dubai and Jeddah. Filippo serves on the Advisory Board of both AHIC and AHIF and he is part of the EMEA Investment Committee of

Filippo holds an MBA from Oxford Brooks University and an Honors Degree in Hospitality Management from University of West London.

Ayman Hassan

Chief Architect, Abdul Rahman Al Naim Consultant Engineers (ACE)

Dietmar Kamphans

Managing Director, KLA Kamphans Landscape Architecture

Filippo Sona

Director, Head of Hotels MENA Region, Colliers International

Eng. Khalid Al Othman

President, Imar Urban Consultants

Nidhal Taibah

Vice President for Investment and Business Development, Jeddah Urban Development Company

Nuha Eltinay

Director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Arab Urban Development Institute

Rupprecht Queitsch

CEO and Senior Partner, International Hospitality Consulting Group (INHOCO)

Prof. Sarah Al Khomashi

Director, Center for Social Research and Women's Studies, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

Mohammad Alawi

Chief Executive Officer, Red Sea Markets Company

A strategy think tank, with over 25 years of experience in creating successful developments and renovating existing retail properties in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With well-versed skills and persistent follow-up in operations and marketing, Mohammad created two epic retail shopping centres in Saudi Arabia: Hera Community Mall at Madinah Road and the iconic super-regional, Red Sea Mall at King Abdul Aziz Road in Jeddah. He also carries in his career a portfolio of eight other shopping malls which were developed during his work with SAVOLA.

Mohammad is a public Saudi figure on the retail scene. He chairs the Shopping Malls Committee at JCCI, a member with the promotions and events Committee at JCCI and a member with the National Saudi Tourism Board in Riyadh.

On a regional level, Mohammad is an active member with the executive Board of Directors at the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers in Dubai since 2000, which he was the President from 2007 till 2009.

Mohammad was nominated in 2013 and was elected as International Board Trustee at the International Council of Shopping Centers in 2014 with a seat in New York, becoming the first Saudi International Trustee and Arab member representing the Middle East.

An active Panelist, Juror and Speaker at many events and conferences in the region and globally, Mohammad moves ahead of his time by utilizing all the state of the art resources to achieve his goals.

SAVOLA, Al AMOUDI, MAF and SKAB are names linked to Mohammad's career path. Currently he heads one of the most dynamic Real Estate Development Companies in Saudi, Red Sea Markets Co.  His vision is to turn it into one of the major players in the Shopping Mall Industry in Saudi Arabia.        

Sultan AlHokair

VP – Food and Entertainment, Fawaz AlHokair Group