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2014 Speakers

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nenad Pacek

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

Taras Ettl

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Selim El Zein

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gordon Drake

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Bani Haddad

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Rami Moukarzel

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rui Barros

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christoph Härle

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

Tom Hasker

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Andrew Clough

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Neil George

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Alexandre Sogno

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Costas Verginis

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Filippo Sona

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

Bernard Forster

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Animesh Pandey

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Simon Hage

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Elie Younes

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR


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