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2014 Speakers

Christoph Härle

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

Taras Ettl

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Drake

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Simon Hage

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Tom Hasker

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Oliver Ebner

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Bernard Forster

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Elie Younes

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Filippo Sona

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nenad Pacek

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Neil George

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Rami Moukarzel

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting


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