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2014 Speakers

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Neil George

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gordon Drake

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Animesh Pandey

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Alexandre Sogno

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Selim El Zein

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Andrew Clough

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Norman Forsyth

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Hage

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Tom Hasker

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

Bani Haddad

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rui Barros

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Elie Younes

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

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