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2014 Speakers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Animesh Pandey

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Costas Verginis

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Taras Ettl

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Selim El Zein

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Rui Barros

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nicolas Mayer

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gordon Drake

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Frits van Paasschen

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Simon Hage

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernard Forster

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

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

Christoph Härle

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Tom Hasker

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

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