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2014 Speakers

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Neil George

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gordon Drake

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Simon Hage

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Norman Forsyth

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Oliver Ebner

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

Bernard Forster

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Selim El Zein

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Taras Ettl

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Alexandre Sogno

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Elie Younes

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tom Hasker

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Rui Barros

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bani Haddad

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA


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