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Three Intriguing Keynotes to Speak at Upcoming HTNG Middle East Conference

Thursday, February 21, 2019  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

Three keynote speakers will present at the upcoming 2019 HTNG Middle East Conference, held during 11-13 March at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. Neetan Chopra, CTO of Dubai Holding will kick off the event with the session “Digital Disruption Facts vs. Fake News.” Later in the program, attendees will hear from both Mohammed Qahtani and Amazon Web Services’ David Peller on “The Power of Words” and the topic of “Inspiring a Culture of Innovation.”

Neetan Chopra is the Group Chief Technology Officer of Dubai Holding, where he is responsible for driving digital, analytics and technology outcomes for the overall Group and co-creating new digital business models. Neetan is a digital leader with long-standing experience in technology implementation, impacting the core of companies’ business models, including customer experience, operational excellence and operating culture.

David Peller leads AWS Hospitality, the worldwide industry practice for Amazon Web Services (AWS), with a charter to support customers as they accelerate cloud adoption. Customers across the industry including restaurants, hotel chains, cruise lines, entertainment venues and casinos, catering and foodservice suppliers and specialized IT providers, increasingly rely on AWS to help them transform their business, reduce costs, retire technical debt and drive innovation.

Mohammed Qahtani is a certified database analyst for Oracle and Microsoft as well as a certified expert programmer for Microsoft and SAP. Mohammed received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Arizona State University.


Mohammed Qahtani is a software analyst working for Saudi Aramco Oil Company. He joined Toastmasters in 2009 and won the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2015, Las Vegas after investing innumerable hours of work as he surpassed various levels of competition coming from all over the world.


HTNG conferences help move the industry forward by bringing together regional and global hospitality IT decision makers to create a plethora of opportunities for networking, learning and business development.


Conference registration is open to any full-time employee of a company who owns, manages or franchises a hospitality venue. For all other industry participants, HTNG membership is required. Technology providers, consultants and others who are not HTNG members should check with HTNG's Membership Department to ensure eligibility.




About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 25 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit