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2014 Speakers

Filippo Sona

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Bani Haddad

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Oliver Ebner

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Costas Verginis

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Christoph Härle

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Elie Younes

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Yousuf Lootah

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nenad Pacek

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Alexandre Sogno

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

Rui Barros

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Selim El Zein

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Clough

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Neil George

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Simon Hage

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Frits van Paasschen

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Tom Hasker

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

NetworkingLive Business Card Exchange

NetworkingLive Card Exchange gives delegates a head start, introducing them to fellow delegates at the beginning of their AHIC experience ahead of the Jumeriah opening reception. NetworkingLive gave delegates the chance to meet around 50 people, proving to be the fastest, most beneficial and enjoyable 60 minutes of networking.


"A good kick off for AHIC"

Marko Hytonen, Area Vice President, The Rezidor Hotel Group