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2014 Speakers

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Pascal Gauvin

Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rami Moukarzel

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bani Haddad

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

Gordon Drake

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Elie Younes

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Bernard Forster

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Taras Ettl

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Alexandre Sogno

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Costas Verginis

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Andrew Clough

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Norman Forsyth

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rui Barros

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Neil George

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

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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