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2014 Speakers

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Andrew Clough

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Frits van Paasschen

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Selim El Zein

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicolas Mayer

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alexandre Sogno

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

Costas Verginis

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Rami Moukarzel

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Animesh Pandey

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Elie Younes

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Oliver Ebner

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bernard Forster

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Taras Ettl

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels 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