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2014 Speakers

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Norman Forsyth

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Clough

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Neil George

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alexandre Sogno

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tom Hasker

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gordon Drake

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

Christoph Härle

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Animesh Pandey

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

Taras Ettl

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

Bernard Forster

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rui Barros

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Bani Haddad

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Simon Hage

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Frits van Paasschen

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

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