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2014 Speakers

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Nenad Pacek

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Norman Forsyth

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Bani Haddad

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Drake

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Costas Verginis

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Neil George

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Hage

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Frits van Paasschen

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Clough

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Pascal Gauvin

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bernard Forster

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Taras Ettl

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Oliver Ebner

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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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