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2014 Speakers

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Neil George

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alex Kyriakidis

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Selim El Zein

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Clough

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Taras Ettl

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Simon Hage

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Drake

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elie Younes

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Animesh Pandey

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Oliver Ebner

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

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