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2014 Speakers

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Andrew Clough

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Neil George

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Yousuf Lootah

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Tom Hasker

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Selim El Zein

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Simon Hage

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

Elie Younes

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rami Moukarzel

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nenad Pacek

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

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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