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2014 Speakers

Rui Barros

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Clough

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Filippo Sona

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

Costas Verginis

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Norman Forsyth

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Elie Younes

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Selim El Zein

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Simon Hage

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Tom Hasker

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bernard Forster

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Taras Ettl

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Bani Haddad

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

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