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2014 Speakers

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Selim El Zein

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Andrew Clough

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Filippo Sona

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Bernard Forster

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rui M. Barros

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Pascal Gauvin

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

Gordon Drake

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tom Hasker

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rami Moukarzel

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Norman Forsyth

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric


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