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2014 Speakers

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Frits van Paasschen

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

Elie Younes

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Clough

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Costas Verginis

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Nenad Pacek

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Rami Moukarzel

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Yousuf Lootah

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

Christoph Härle

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Simon Hage

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gordon Drake

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rui M. Barros

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip 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