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2014 Speakers

Filippo Sona

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

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Selim El Zein

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Bernard Forster

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Pascal Gauvin

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Costas Verginis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Norman Forsyth

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

Elie Younes

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gordon Drake

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Animesh Pandey

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christoph Härle

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Tom Hasker

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

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