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2015 Speakers

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Hon. Minister Navin Dissanayake

Minister Tourism and Sports, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Harry Johnson

Chief Officer Asset Management, OMRAN

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Viviane Khoury

Regional Sales & Marketing Director, Golden Tulip MENA

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Eric Perino

Director, Business Development, Real Estate, Dubai World Central

Filippo Sona

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

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Mohamed Aseel

Deputy Managing Director , Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Micaela Juarez

Director of Commercial Events, Connections

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Daniela Wagner

Director - International Partnerships, Connecting Travel

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Lindley

Chief Financial Officer, ABJAR Hotels International

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

David Scowsill

President & Chief Executive Officer, World Travel & Tourism Council

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Kenny Picken

President and Group MD, TravelTek

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Ian Taylor

Executive Director, Travel Weekly Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Eng. Hani Ali Abdulla Khamis

Chairman, Hani Group

Damien Rizzi

Asset Manager (MENA Region), Colliers International

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Sultan Al Otaibi

Head of Real Estate development , Dur Hospitality

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Fredrik Jonsson

Head of Asset Management- Hospitality, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

AHIC gets Fast and Furious for 2015

History will be made on the 6th May as we hand over to Yas Marina Circuit who plan to host a unique drift show, turning the Madinat Arena into a race track! This is likely to be the only drift show ever performed indoors in the region, with instructors from the circuit's Racing School putting on a dynamic display of sideways driving in specially prepared Yas 3000 and AMG GTS Mercedes cars, offering an exhilirating spectacle to all attendees.. Check out the video below for a sneak peek!

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

Agenda highlights this year include:

  • An interview with His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management
  • An in-depth conversation with Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization
  • A Hard Talk session with Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International

In addition this year we have added a "Development Den" and an "Owner's Intelligence Den", a Present your Project session and have a few other surprises up our sleeves! Not to mention two unique Networking Receptions hosted at Zero Gravity and Zeta, the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy hospitality from Jumeirah Group and Emaar Hospitality, and network in a more relaxed setting.

If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to secure your place at the 11th annual AHIC event!



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