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2014 Speakers

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bani Haddad

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Oliver Ebner

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Neil George

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Filippo Sona

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Animesh Pandey

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christoph Härle

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

Taras Ettl

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Simon Hage

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernard Forster

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

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.