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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Selim El Zein

Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA, Colliers International MENA Region

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nenad Pacek

Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group, President, Global Success Advisors

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Neil George

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rami Moukarzel

Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa , Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gordon Drake

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Clough

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Simon Hage

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Muhammad Al-Amir

Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Tom Hasker

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bernard Forster

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Taras Ettl

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Oliver Ebner

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

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. Our advisory Meeting will be held at the Emirates Academy on the 17th September 2014, at which the 2015 event will be discussed, shaping the themes and content to be delivered.

In addition, we will soon release details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion.

Did you know.. AHIC 2014 delegates can still connect via our online networking platform through to September so take advantage and make contact with your peers!

Finally, Congratulations to our AHIC 2014 Leadership Award Winner  HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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