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2014 Speakers

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Rui M. Barros

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

Filippo Sona

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Simon Hage

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Costas Verginis

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Bani Haddad

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

Bernard Forster

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Pascal Gauvin

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Andrew Clough

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christoph Härle

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

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global


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