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2014 Speakers

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rui M. Barros

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nenad Pacek

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Pascal Gauvin

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

Animesh Panday

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bani Haddad

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Tom Hasker

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Andrew Clough

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christoph Härle

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gordon Drake

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Elie Younes

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Selim El Zein

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Filippo Sona

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group


The venue for AHIC 2014 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
5-6 May 2013

Madinat Jumeirah
PO BOX 75157
Tel: +971 4 3668888
Fax: +971 4 3667788
Further information on the Madinat Jumeirah can be found here

Details of how to get to the venue can be found by clicking here