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2014 Speakers

Nenad Pacek

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bernard Forster

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Selim El Zein

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Norman Forsyth

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Simon Hage

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Pascal Gauvin

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Filippo Sona

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

Rui Barros

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Neil George

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Taras Ettl

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Christoph Härle

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Animesh Pandey

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

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.

To access to information below, please fill out this short form:

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