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2015 Speakers

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Neil George

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

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Gordon Drake

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

Taras Ettl

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Oliver Ebner

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

Filippo Sona

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

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

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