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2014 Speakers

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Elie Younes

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Yousuf Lootah

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Norman Forsyth

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Rami Moukarzel

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Rui Barros

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Simon Hage

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Frits van Paasschen

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

Selim El Zein

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

Neil George

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Oliver Ebner

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Filippo Sona

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

Christoph Härle

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Samer Abu Ayash

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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