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2014 Speakers

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christoph Härle

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Yousuf Lootah

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Tom Hasker

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Frits van Paasschen

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Elie Younes

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alexandre Sogno

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bani Haddad

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Selim El Zein

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Clough

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Costas Verginis

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Filippo Sona

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Animesh Pandey

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Nenad Pacek

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Simon Hage

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

AHIC Alumni Club

Welcome to the AHIC Alumni Club



A new initiative launched at AHIC 2012 to provide year around value for our loyal attendees

What is the AHIC Alumni Club? It is a way of recognising and thanking all the members of the AHIC community who have attended consistently over the years

What are the benefits? Year around access to the online networking system, invitations to networking events and AHIC Regional Briefings, preferential rates for attending AHIC

What are AHIC Regional Briefings? Invitation only, networking events to bring together the local investment community, providing an intelligence update on the local hotel market for investors, please note only Alumni who have attended consecutively over the last three years will receive access to all of the networking events.  Alumni will be notified of invitations to upcoming events via email. 

If you have not yet received a welcome email to the AHIC Alumni Club and you think you qualify please email me or call me on +971 50 465 5269