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2014 Speakers

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Christoph Härle

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Simon Hage

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Clough

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Norman Forsyth

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Drake

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Neil George

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Frits van Paasschen

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Elie Younes

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Rui Barros

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Taras Ettl

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

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