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2014 Speakers

Simon Hage

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tom Hasker

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Neil George

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Bani Haddad

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christoph Härle

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Elie Younes

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Selim El Zein

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

Costas Verginis

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nenad Pacek

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alexandre Sogno

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gordon Drake

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International


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