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2014 Speakers

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Pascal Gauvin

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Animesh Panday

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Drake

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Elie Younes

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Filippo Sona

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Bani Haddad

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Nenad Pacek

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Costas Verginis

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Taras Ettl

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christoph Härle

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

Tom Hasker

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Neil George

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Selim El Zein

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Rami Moukarzel

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah 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. 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.