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2014 Speakers

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Christoph Härle

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

Elie Younes

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bani Haddad

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Selim El Zein

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Simon Hage

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nenad Pacek

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Pascal Gauvin

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Neil George

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Andrew Clough

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Costas Verginis

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rui Barros

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tom Hasker

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gordon Drake

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City


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