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January 19, 2023
Executive Power List 2023: The most influential hotel leaders in the Middle East

Who are the people in the positions of power within the hotel groups operating in the Middle East? Whether they are the regional presidents, CEOs or COOs from global powerhouses or those running the show at companies that were born and have grown up here, over the following 25 pages, we will profile each of them.

As always, the people who made it into this list were nominated by their peers, colleagues and team members, with supporting details about their achievements over the past 12 months and the exciting plans for the coming year. We paid particular attention to any plans surrounding sustainability this year, with many of the hotel groups included making great strides towards their green goals.

The list is presented in alphabetical fashion, based on first name, rather than being ranked in order of importance or achievements, as we aim to celebrate everyone on this Power List equally for their work in making the Middle East the hospitality centre of the world.

Congratulations to everyone who made it into the Executive Power List 2023. Here’s to a great year ahead.

  • Abdulla Al Abdulla
  • Ahmed Ramdan
  • Amir Golbarg
  • Anton Bawab
  • Bani Haddad
  • Cenk Ünverdi
  • Claudio Capaccioli
  • David Thomson
  • Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim
  • Guy Hutchinson
  • Haitham Mattar
  • Hosni AbdelHadi
  • Imran Changezi
  • JS Anand
  • Jaydeep Anand
  • Jochem-Jan Sleiffer
  • John Northen
  • Julien Bergue
  • Laurent A. Voivenel
  • Louis Abboud
  • Mark Kirby
  • Mark Willis
  • Marloes Knippenberg
  • Mohamed Awadalla
  • Mohamed Soussan
  • Monther Darwish
  • Noelle Homsy & Chris Nader
  • Panos Loupasis
  • Paul Bridger
  • Prateek Kumar
  • Raj Rana
  • Ranjit Phillipose
  • Sandeep Walia
  • Sanjiv Malhotra
  • Siegfried Nierhaus
  • Simon Casson
  • Simon Leigh
  • Stuart Deeson
  • Sultan Al Otaibi
  • Sumair Tariq
  • Tim Cordon
  • Timothy Kelly
  • Vinicio Alberelli

Ahmed Ramdan
Founder & group CEO, Ròya International

Ahmed Ramdan was truly ahead of his time when he founded Ròya almost 25 years ago. And the company has stayed strong thanks to Ramdan’s ability to always stay ahead of the curve. He has played a very key role in developing quality hotels in this region. From delivering hotels for the FIFA World Cup in Doha to assessing rebuild and refurbishment of hotels in Saudi Arabia to opening and managing iconic hotels like the Waldorf Astoria DIFC in Dubai, Ròya International has been a trusted resource for owners and a reliable partner for operators.

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