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2015 Speakers

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Neil George

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Jawad Khan

Director, PwC

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Taras Ettl

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Drake

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jerad Bachar

Strategic Advisor, Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Oliver Ebner

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

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

AHIC Alumni Club

Welcome to the AHIC Alumni Club



A new initiative launched at AHIC 2012 to provide year around value for our loyal attendees

What is the AHIC Alumni Club? It is a way of recognising and thanking all the members of the AHIC community who have attended consistently over the years

What are the benefits? Year around access to the online networking system, invitations to networking events and AHIC Regional Briefings, preferential rates for attending AHIC

What are AHIC Regional Briefings? Invitation only, networking events to bring together the local investment community, providing an intelligence update on the local hotel market for investors, please note only Alumni who have attended consecutively over the last three years will receive access to all of the networking events.  Alumni will be notified of invitations to upcoming events via email. 

If you have not yet received a welcome email to the AHIC Alumni Club and you think you qualify please email me or call me on +971 50 465 5269