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2014 Speakers

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Yousuf Lootah

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Andrew Clough

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Animesh Pandey

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Neil George

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

Taras Ettl

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Filippo Sona

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tom Hasker

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Elie Younes

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Simon Hage

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Costas Verginis

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Christoph Härle

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED


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