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2014 Speakers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Filippo Sona

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Neil George

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Taras Ettl

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Simon Hage

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Selim El Zein

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Animesh Pandey

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rui Barros

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bernard Forster

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bani Haddad

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nenad Pacek

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company


The venue for AHIC 2014 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
5-6 May 2014

Madinat Jumeirah
PO BOX 75157
Tel: +971 4 3668888
Fax: +971 4 3667788

Further information on the Madinat Jumeirah can be found here

Details of how to get to the venue can be found by clicking here