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2014 Speakers

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Andrew Clough

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Rui M. Barros

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Oliver Ebner

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rami Moukarzel

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

Selim El Zein

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christoph Härle

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Taras Ettl

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Costas Verginis

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Simon Hage

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bernard Forster

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Elie Younes

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Filippo Sona

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Norman Forsyth

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Neil George

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Nenad Pacek

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

Tom Hasker

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

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