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2014 Speakers

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Simon Hage

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elie Younes

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tom Hasker

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Rui Barros

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Oliver Ebner

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Costas Verginis

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Neil George

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Drake

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Bernard Forster

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Frits van Paasschen

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Norman Forsyth

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Filippo Sona

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Animesh Pandey

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

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