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2015 Speakers

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Al Tareq Al Ameri

Chief Executive Officer, Yas Marina Circuit

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Kenny Picken

President and Group MD, TravelTek

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Ian Taylor

Executive Director, Travel Weekly Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Oliver Ebner

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

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Sultan Al Otaibi

Head of Real Estate development , Dur Hospitality

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Harry Johnson

Chief Officer Asset Management, OMRAN

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

David Scowsill

President & Chief Executive Officer, World Travel & Tourism Council

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Shane Moore

Executive Director, Real Estate Banking, Middle East & Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Filippo Sona

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

Mohammed Al Rais

Hill International, Regional President Middle East

Eng. Hani Ali Abdulla Khamis

Chairman, Hani Group

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Fredrik Jonsson

Head of Asset Management- Hospitality, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Viviane Khoury

Regional Sales & Marketing Director, Golden Tulip MENA

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Mohamed Aseel

Deputy Managing Director , Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Daniela Wagner

Director - International Partnerships, Connecting Travel

Damien Rizzi

Asset Manager (MENA Region), Colliers International

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Eric Perino

Director, Business Development, Real Estate, Dubai World Central

Taras Ettl

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

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Andrew Lindley

Chief Financial Officer, ABJAR Hotels International

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Micaela Juarez

Director of Commercial Events, Connections

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Hon. Minister Navin Dissanayake

Minister Tourism and Sports, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


The venue for AHIC 2015 is The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

5-7 May 2015

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