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2014 Speakers

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Norman Forsyth

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Taras Ettl

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Oliver Ebner

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Gordon Drake

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bernard Forster

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Yousuf Lootah

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

Rui Barros

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Costas Verginis

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tom Hasker

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Filippo Sona

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Frits van Paasschen

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

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