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2014 Speakers

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alexandre Sogno

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

Costas Verginis

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

Neil George

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bernard Forster

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

Simon Hage

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Selim El Zein

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tom Hasker

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Andrew Clough

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Oliver Ebner

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Filippo Sona

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Taras Ettl

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bani Haddad

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Gordon Drake

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rui Barros

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Elie Younes

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Animesh Pandey

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Pascal Gauvin

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


The venue for AHIC 2014 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
4-5 May 2013

Madinat Jumeirah
PO BOX 75157
Tel: +971 4 3668888
Fax: +971 4 3667788