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2014 Speakers

Neil George

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nenad Pacek

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Rui Barros

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Taras Ettl

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Alexandre Sogno

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

Simon Hage

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Selim El Zein

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Filippo Sona

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

Bernard Forster

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Oliver Ebner

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicolas Mayer

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Tom Hasker

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Clough

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

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