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2014 Speakers

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Neil George

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Clough

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Taras Ettl

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Hage

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christoph Härle

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Animesh Pandey

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Elie Younes

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Rui Barros

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Selim El Zein

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gordon Drake

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernard Forster

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Samer Abu Ayash

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Market Intelligence

Welcome to the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014, we aim to provide you, through our publications, reports and features, with up-to-date industry information on the hotel industry and opportunities across the region.

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November 2014

  • Collier's Global Investor Sentiment Report (requires additional form completion)
  • World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2014 (requires additional form completion)
  • Oman Air’s Role Tourism in Oman by Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Chief Operating Officer, Oman Air (requires additional form completion)
  • Tourism in Dhofar by Edward Chaaya, Dhofar Tourism Company (requires additional form completion)
  • Oman Hotel Performance Trends by Philip Wooller, MENA Area Director at STR Global (requires additional form completion)


October 2014

  • Middle East Hotel Performance by Philip Wooller, MENA Area Director at STR Global, at the AHIC 2015 Advisory Board Meeting in September. (requires additional form completion)


August 2014

  • Q2 Perspective - includes a review of quarterly hotel performance in nine key markets in the GCC, as well as an overview of restaurant supply in fifteen key markets in the GCC


May 2014

  • AHIC Quarterly Newsletter 'Perspective' in conjunction with Cain Hospitality Innovation
  • Colliers International  -  Egypt Hotels Market Snapshot
  • Colliers International - Serviced Apartments - Fostering High Returns
  • Colliers International - KSA Holy Cities
  • Collers International - Hotel Asset Management - Managing your hotel life cyccle
  • Colliers International - KSA Economy Hotels II
  • Colliers International - UAE & KSA Hotel Branded Residences - A Premium Opportunity
  • Colliers International - UAE Spa Market Overview