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2014 Speakers

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Elie Younes

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Bani Haddad

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Frits van Paasschen

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Filippo Sona

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gordon Drake

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Norman Forsyth

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Neil George

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

Taras Ettl

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Animesh Pandey

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nenad Pacek

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Andrew Clough

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

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) 

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