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2014 Speakers

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Rui Barros

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Oliver Ebner

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Hage

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christoph Härle

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

Bernard Forster

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Bani Haddad

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Clough

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Taras Ettl

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Selim El Zein

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

Costas Verginis

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

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.