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2014 Speakers

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Pascal Gauvin

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Clough

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Norman Forsyth

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Filippo Sona

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

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rui Barros

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Taras Ettl

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Bani Haddad

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rami Moukarzel

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Simon Hage

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Costas Verginis

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Neil George

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

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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