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2015 Speakers

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Taras Ettl

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

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Oliver Ebner

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

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Filippo Sona

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships, HomeAway.com

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Neil George

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

Gordon Drake

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

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Accommodation

AHIC 2015 Attendees can enjoy exclusive discounts at partner hotels. These include:

 

 

Jumeirah Properties

Rates for accommodation start at AED 3,200++ and bookings should be made through www.jumeirah.com

 

 

Golden Tulip Al Barsha

Al Barsha 1

PO Box 125962

Dubai

UAE

T: 971 4 341 7750

Rooms:

  • AED 400 - Standard Single Room
  • AED 450 - Standard Double Room

These rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 10% municipality fees, Bed and Breakfast, internet, per room per night.

Rate is also inclusive of AED 15.00 "Tourism Dirham" per room per night.

 

The Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel

Classic Single: AED 650 Bed & Breakfast

Classic Double: AED 700 Bed & Breakfast

Contact Person: jaymini.kotecha@sheraton.com

T&C's

  1. reservations Code: AHIC2015
  2. Group Room Rates quoted are per room per night
  3. Group Room Allocation is subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel
  4. All Rates are subject to a 10% service charge and 10% municipality fee
  5. All rates quoted in Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), the local currency of the UAE
  6. Following the Executive Council resolution No (2) of 2014, Room Rates are subject to the Tourism Dirham of AED 20 per room per night

 

The Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Deluxe Room: AED 1250

Contact Person: melissa.castante@starwoodhotels.com

T&C's

  •  reservations Code: AHIC2015
  • Group Room Rates quoted are per room per night
  • Group Room Allocation is subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel
  • All Rates are subject to a 10% service charge and 10% municipality fee
  • All rates quoted in Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), the local currency of the UAE
  • Following the Executive Council resolution No (2) of 2014, Room Rates are subject to the Tourism Dirham of AED 20 per room per night

 

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Resort and Marina

Deluxe City View Single: AED 1050

Deluxe City View Double: AED 1150

Contact Person: Rhyn.McCutcheon@starwoodhotels.com

T&C's

  •  reservations Code: AHIC2015
  •  Group Room Rates quoted are per room per night
  •  Group Room Allocation is subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel
  •  All Rates are subject to a 10% service charge and 10% municipality fee
  •  All rates quoted in Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), the local currency of the UAE
  • Following the Executive Council resolution No (2) of 2014, Room Rates are subject to the Tourism Dirham of AED 20 per room per night

 

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina

Deluxe City View Single: AED900

Deluxe City View Double: AED 1000

Contact Person: Rhyn.McCutcheon@starwoodhotels.com

T&C's

  • reservations Code: AHIC2015
  •  Group Room Rates quoted are per room per night Group Room Allocation is subject to availability and at the discretion of the hotel
  •  All Rates are subject to a 10% service charge and 10% municipality fee
  • All rates quoted in Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), the local currency of the UAE
  • Following the Executive Council resolution No (2) of 2014, Room Rates are subject to the Tourism Dirham of AED 20 per room per night

 

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection

 

Tower Room Single: AED850

Tower Room Double: AED925

Contact Person: mai.zaki@habtoorhotels.com

T&C's

  • Room Rates quoted are per room per night
  • All rates subject to a 10% service charge and 10% municipality fee
  • All rates quoted in Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) the local currency of the UAE
  • Following the Executive Council resolution No (2) of 2014, Room Rates are subject to the Tourism Dirham of AED 20 per room per night