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2014 Speakers

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Filippo Sona

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Tom Hasker

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Elie Younes

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Rui M. Barros

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Costas Verginis

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Christoph Härle

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

Taras Ettl

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Neil George

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Animesh Panday

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Selim El Zein

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nick van Marken

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gordon Drake

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, 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