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2015 Speakers

Neil George

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

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Filippo Sona

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gordon Drake

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

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Taras Ettl

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Network & Connect

AHIC's Exclusive Networking Opportunities

Networking is the main reason why so many executives attend AHIC. Opportunities to network are provided throughout the conference, from the lunches, coffee breaks, roundtable discussions to the lavish evening receptions.


  • Roundtable Discussions: Join our rouund tables focused on Industry issues allowing you to network while learning from colleagues and demonstrating your own expertise to potential partners, Meet and share ideas with fellow attendees ahead of the start of the conference sessions, it is a great icebreaker and an excellent way to obtain industry knowledge.


  • Evening Receptions: AHIC host two spectacular evening networking receptions during the conference. In a relaxed and fun environment you will have the opportunity to network on a more informal basis.


  • Online Networking: Join the online networking service which provides you with the unique opportunity to interact online with fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors before, during and after the event. This is an exlusive opportunity to see who is coming to AHIC 2015 and a chance to plan one-on-one meetings securely. Details on how to use the contact system will be sent to you after registration.


  • Lunches: There are two grand lunches at AHIC with every special themes, a great way to enjoy the lavish hospitality hosted by Jumeirah and another opportunity to network with fellow delegates in an informal manner.