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2014 Speakers

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nenad Pacek

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Neil George

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Nicolas Mayer

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tom Hasker

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Costas Verginis

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

Selim El Zein

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Simon Hage

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Animesh Pandey

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Andrew Clough

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rui Barros

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

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. Many thanks to Jumeirah Group and IFA Hotel Investments for hosting our outstanding  2013 opening and closing receptions.


  • 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 2014 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.