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2014 Speakers

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Filippo Sona

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tom Hasker

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Bani Haddad

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Selim El Zein

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Andrew Clough

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rami Moukarzel

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Neil George

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicolas Mayer

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Elie Younes

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Costas Verginis

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Alexandre Sogno

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Drake

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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