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2014 Speakers

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Neil George

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gordon Drake

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Costas Verginis

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bernard Forster

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Norman Forsyth

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Pascal Gauvin

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elie Younes

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