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2014 Speakers

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)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Norman Forsyth

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tom Hasker

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

Filippo Sona

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Bernard Forster

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Elie Younes

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Clough

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

Rui Barros

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bani Haddad

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nicolas Mayer

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nenad Pacek

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christoph Härle

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

Costas Verginis

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

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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