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2014 Speakers

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tom Hasker

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

Elie Younes

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Taras Ettl

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Yousuf Lootah

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Rami Moukarzel

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christoph Härle

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Oliver Ebner

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bernard Forster

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Selim El Zein

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gordon Drake

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

Simon Hage

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rui Barros

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bani Haddad

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Animesh Pandey

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Filippo Sona

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


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