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2015 Speakers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Neil George

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

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Taras Ettl

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

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