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2015 Speakers

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Neil George

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

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, 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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Clarence Tan

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Simon Barlow

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

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel 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.