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2014 Speakers

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Elie Younes

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Oliver Ebner

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bani Haddad

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Simon Hage

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

Christoph Härle

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Norman Forsyth

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Selim El Zein

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Rui Barros

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bernard Forster

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

Costas Verginis

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tom Hasker

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Nenad Pacek

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

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