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2014 Speakers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Rui Barros

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nicolas Mayer

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Tom Hasker

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Simon Hage

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Taras Ettl

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

Gordon Drake

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Frits van Paasschen

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Rami Moukarzel

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Oliver Ebner

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Elie Younes

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

Christoph Härle

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Clough

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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


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