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2014 Speakers

Tom Hasker

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Filippo Sona

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Animesh Pandey

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Simon Hage

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alexandre Sogno

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Yousuf Lootah

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Pascal Gauvin

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

Christoph Härle

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Rami Moukarzel

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

Taras Ettl

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Elie Younes

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Bernard Forster

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Selim El Zein

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

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Neil George

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Oliver Ebner

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Costas Verginis

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

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