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2014 Speakers

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Simon Hage

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Oliver Ebner

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

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)

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Gordon Drake

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Rami Moukarzel

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Taras Ettl

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Clough

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Costas Verginis

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Animesh Pandey

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Frits van Paasschen

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christoph Härle

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bani Haddad

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Neil George

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Nicolas Mayer

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

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