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2014 Speakers

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Rui Barros

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Oliver Ebner

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gordon Drake

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Taras Ettl

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Norman Forsyth

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Bernard Forster

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Yousuf Lootah

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Costas Verginis

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Andrew Clough

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Elie Younes

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bani Haddad

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

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Simon Hage

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

Christoph Härle

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Selim El Zein

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicolas Mayer

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Rami Moukarzel

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Tom Hasker

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

Neil George

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

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