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2014 Speakers

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Costas Verginis

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Rui M. Barros

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gordon Drake

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nicolas Mayer

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Selim El Zein

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Norman Forsyth

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bernard Forster

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Rami Moukarzel

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

Taras Ettl

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Tom Hasker

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight


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