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2014 Speakers

Pascal Gauvin

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Animesh Pandey

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Filippo Sona

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Nenad Pacek

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

Tom Hasker

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Taras Ettl

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Norman Forsyth

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alexandre Sogno

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rui Barros

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Costas Verginis

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Elie Younes

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Yousuf Lootah

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

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