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2014 Speakers

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Simon Hage

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tom Hasker

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

Selim El Zein

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nenad Pacek

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Neil George

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nicolas Mayer

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

Andrew Clough

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Christoph Härle

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Oliver Ebner

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Elie Younes

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Rui Barros

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Animesh Pandey

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gordon Drake

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Costas Verginis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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


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