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2014 Speakers

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Oliver Ebner

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bernard Forster

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Taras Ettl

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Costas Verginis

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

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rui Barros

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Elie Younes

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

Filippo Sona

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

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Frits van Paasschen

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Drake

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Norman Forsyth

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Tom Hasker

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Selim El Zein

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Alexandre Sogno

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Pascal Gauvin

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

Christoph Härle

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

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