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2014 Speakers

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Animesh Panday

Senior Manager Commercial Development, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

Selim El Zein

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

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Elie Younes

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Neil George

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Clough

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rui M. Barros

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Costas Verginis

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Tom Hasker

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

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.

Christoph Härle

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

Welcome to AHIC 2014

“AHIC’s 10th Anniversary gives us an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements we have witnessed in Dubai and in this industry in particular. Jumeirah is proud to have been part of this renowned conference since its launch. Dubai welcomed over 13 million tourists in 2013 and the number will grow to over 20 million in 2020 which means unprecedented hotel development opportunities. Such growth will also accelerate economic and social progress throughout the entire region. This year, we are looking forward to harnessing the accomplishments of the last ten years and celebrating the development of this incredible gathering.”

Gerald Lawless, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Welcome to AHIC 2014, we hope you can join us in celebrating our 10th year! AHIC has proven to be the Middle East's annual meeting place for the region's most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors. It is the annual conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets to do deals accross the region.

Year on year AHIC attracts over 600 attendees from over 40 countries. It is addressed by over 120 industry leaders, speakers & panelists. The conference provides a wealth of networking opportunities through lavish evening receptions, roundtables, online networking systems, buffet lunches and workshops.

We are excited to announce the 2014 programme, click here to view the programme

Attend this event and you will see it as an invaluable platform to promote your business, meet potential business partners and further your knowledge by learning from the biggest leaders of the hotel investment industry.

Ahead of AHIC 2014, given the success of the regional briefings last year, we will be hosting another series of regional briefings in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar bringing together the local investment, development and finance community.  These briefings are invitation only, if you are interested in learning more, please click here

To see what happened at the 2013 event, click here to download the post-show report

Let us keep you informed

We have many knowledgeable industry sponsors, supporters and friends who keep us up to date with the latest news and reports which we are happy to share with you, Visit our Market intelligence Library which is updated weekly and stay ahead with the latest news from AHIC and the hotel investment industry. 

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