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2014 Speakers

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Rui Barros

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Costas Verginis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Oliver Ebner

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor 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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Hage

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Tom Hasker

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Christoph Härle

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bani Haddad

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bernard Forster

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Andrew Clough

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Selim El Zein

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Pascal Gauvin

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Neil George

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

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.