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2014 Speakers

Filippo Sona

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Selim El Zein

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Christoph Härle

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tom Hasker

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bani Haddad

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Nenad Pacek

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Andrew Clough

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Costas Verginis

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rui Barros

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

Simon Hage

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Nicolas Mayer

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

Elie Younes

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Pascal Gauvin

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Norman Forsyth

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA


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