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2014 Speakers

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rami Moukarzel

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Simon Hage

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Pascal Gauvin

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christoph Härle

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Selim El Zein

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Nenad Pacek

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Clough

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Neil George

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Yousuf Lootah

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bernard Forster

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Drake

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Norman Forsyth

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

Elie Younes

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

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