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2014 Speakers

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Bani Haddad

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicolas Mayer

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Selim El Zein

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Costas Verginis

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Filippo Sona

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rui Barros

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Clough

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

Tom Hasker

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Neil George

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Elie Younes

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Yousuf Lootah

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

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.