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2014 Speakers

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Elie Younes

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

Animesh Panday

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Selim El Zein

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

Filippo Sona

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Muhammad Al-Amir

Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Taras Ettl

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Samer Abu Ayash

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christoph Härle

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tom Hasker

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nicolas Mayer

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

Andrew Clough

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Drake

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Yousuf Lootah

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rami Moukarzel

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Bani Haddad

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

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