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2014 Speakers

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Taras Ettl

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Rami Moukarzel

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Drake

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Tom Hasker

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Bernard Forster

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elie Younes

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nenad Pacek

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

Costas Verginis

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Yousuf Lootah

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

Selim El Zein

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Simon Hage

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bani Haddad

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

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