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2014 Speakers

Bernard Forster

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Samer Abu Ayash

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rami Moukarzel

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christoph Härle

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gordon Drake

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tom Hasker

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Yousuf Lootah

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Bani Haddad

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Animesh Pandey

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nenad Pacek

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

Elie Younes

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Costas Verginis

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Simon Hage

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Alexandre Sogno

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Frits van Paasschen

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

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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