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2014 Speakers

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Geoffrey Lipman

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bani Haddad

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Oliver Ebner

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

Gordon Drake

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bernard Forster

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

Elie Younes

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Norman Forsyth

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Costas Verginis

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christoph Härle

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Frits van Paasschen

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Selim El Zein

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Clough

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

Simon Hage

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


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