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2014 Speakers

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Elie Younes

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tom Hasker

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Neil George

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Simon Hage

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bernard Forster

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Norman Forsyth

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Alexandre Sogno

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Filippo Sona

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Taras Ettl

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

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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