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2014 Speakers

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Bani Haddad

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

Tom Hasker

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bernard Forster

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rami Moukarzel

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

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Animesh Pandey

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Selim El Zein

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Norman Forsyth

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Frits van Paasschen

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Filippo Sona

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nicolas Mayer

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Elie Younes

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Christoph Härle

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

Taras Ettl

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rui Barros

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel 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