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2014 Speakers

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Frits van Paasschen

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christoph Härle

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gordon Drake

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Andrew Clough

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Animesh Pandey

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Yousuf Lootah

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nenad Pacek

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Selim El Zein

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Pascal Gauvin

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Tom Hasker

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Costas Verginis

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Rui Barros

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

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