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2014 Speakers

Oliver Ebner

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Selim El Zein

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Yousuf Lootah

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tom Hasker

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Elie Younes

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Costas Verginis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Taras Ettl

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Rui Barros

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christoph Härle

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Drake

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

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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