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2014 Speakers

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bani Haddad

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

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Andrew Clough

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Selim El Zein

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Neil George

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Oliver Ebner

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Filippo Sona

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Rui M. Barros

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Taras Ettl

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bernard Forster

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Panday

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

Tom Hasker

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

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