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2014 Speakers

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Yousuf Lootah

Executive Director Tourism Development & Investments , Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Clough

Senior Vice President Development Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Filippo Sona

Director | Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Bani Haddad

Regional Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Geoffrey Lipman

President & Managing Director, ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

Costas Verginis

Senior Director of Lodging Development, Marriott International Inc. & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

Investments Principal, Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels & Cineama (HOTAC)

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Tom Hasker

UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME, Faithful + Gould

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate, Kingdom Investments

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

President & Managing Director, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer and Head of M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, Inc.

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Norman Forsyth

Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Alexandre Sogno

President, Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rui Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Welcome to AHIC 2015

With 10 years under our belt, AHIC 2015 is on course to remain the Middle East’s annual meeting place for the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors.

We hosted our Advisory Board meeting on the 17th September at the Emirates Academy, a forum at which the 2015 event was discussed in terms of key topics, trends, opportunities and issues. To view the STR Global report presented at the meeting by Philip Wooller, please click here.

We will soon release full details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion. However our initial briefing will be held in Oman on Sunday 26th October at the Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, in conjunction with MEED's Oman Projects Forum.


AHIC 2014 Round-up


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