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2015 Speakers

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Duncan Fraser-Smith

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

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) 

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Jawad Khan

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Imad Barrakad

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

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

David Vely

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

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Nicolas Mayer

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

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Barlow

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

Kristina Fischer

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

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Panos Loupasis

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

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Neil George

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Elie Younes

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

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Suma Venkatesh

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

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Hubert Viriot

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

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Clarence Tan

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

Filippo Sona

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


The venue for AHIC 2015 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

5-7 May 2015

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