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2014 Speakers

Tom Hasker

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nenad Pacek

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Filippo Sona

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Oliver Ebner

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Selim El Zein

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christoph Härle

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Norman Forsyth

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nicolas Mayer

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Simon Hage

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

Bani Haddad

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

Taras Ettl

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Costas Verginis

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rui Barros

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bernard Forster

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation


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