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2014 Speakers

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Simon Hage

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christoph Härle

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Elie Younes

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Yousuf Lootah

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gordon Drake

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

Selim El Zein

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alexandre Sogno

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Animesh Pandey

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Neil George

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Filippo Sona

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bernard Forster

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Rui Barros

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Taras Ettl

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amro Attia Gomaa

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


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