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2014 Speakers

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Oliver Ebner

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christoph Härle

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gordon Drake

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Norman Forsyth

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

Taras Ettl

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Costas Verginis

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

Tom Hasker

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Hage

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

Andrew Clough

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Nenad Pacek

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Filippo Sona

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Neil George

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rui Barros

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

Selim El Zein

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

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