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2014 Speakers

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Alexandre Sogno

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Costas Verginis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Yousuf Lootah

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Tom Hasker

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Filippo Sona

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Taras Ettl

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Animesh Pandey

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Simon Hage

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Oliver Ebner

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Selim El Zein

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Bani Haddad

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rui Barros

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

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