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2014 Speakers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tom Hasker

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Costas Verginis

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Elie Younes

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bani Haddad

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

Christoph Härle

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Filippo Sona

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alexandre Sogno

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rui Barros

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Yousuf Lootah

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Nenad Pacek

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Drake

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

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