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2014 Speakers

Selim El Zein

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

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

Rui Barros

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Costas Verginis

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christoph Härle

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Neil George

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

Simon Hage

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Rami Moukarzel

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Elie Younes

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nenad Pacek

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Clough

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Filippo Sona

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Oliver Ebner

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

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) 

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernard Forster

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

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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