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2014 Speakers

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rami Moukarzel

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christoph Härle

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nicolas Mayer

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

Taras Ettl

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Simon Hage

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

Bani Haddad

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Clough

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Costas Verginis

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Neil George

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gordon Drake

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tom Hasker

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Oliver Ebner

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Bernard Forster

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Selim El Zein

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Elie Younes

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Animesh Pandey

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group


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