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2014 Speakers

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Neil George

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Norman Forsyth

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

Simon Hage

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Bernard Forster

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Yousuf Lootah

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Frits van Paasschen

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

Rui Barros

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elie Younes

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Tom Hasker

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

Selim El Zein

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Rami Moukarzel

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Clough

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Filippo Sona

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christoph Härle

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Costas Verginis

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

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.