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2015 Speakers

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Neil George

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

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Taras Ettl

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

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Clarence Tan

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

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

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.

This year, AHIC has created an itinerary of Regional Briefings, planning to visit Oman, Jeddah, Riyadh, Cairo and Qatar. You can find out more about each event here. Through the series of Briefings, we intend to tap into local markets across the GCC, learning more about hot topics and meeting new investors emerging in the market.


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