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2014 Speakers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Costas Verginis

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Neil George

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

Elie Younes

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Andrew Clough

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Taras Ettl

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui M. Barros

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bani Haddad

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

Tom Hasker

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Selim El Zein

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gordon Drake

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Animesh Panday

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Nenad Pacek

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group


The venue for AHIC 2014 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
5-6 May 2013

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