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2014 Speakers

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Andrew Clough

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Norman Forsyth

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Rami Moukarzel

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Frits van Paasschen

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Animesh Pandey

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Drake

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

Bernard Forster

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Neil George

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

Costas Verginis

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Elie Younes

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

Taras Ettl

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Filippo Sona

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

Selim El Zein

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

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