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2014 Speakers

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Filippo Sona

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Frits van Paasschen

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Oliver Ebner

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Clough

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Selim El Zein

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

Rui Barros

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Neil George

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christoph Härle

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bernard Forster

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elie Younes

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Animesh Pandey

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bani Haddad

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Simon Hage

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tom Hasker

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Alex Kyriakidis

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

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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