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2014 Speakers

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Christoph Härle

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Norman Forsyth

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Costas Verginis

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rui Barros

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Andrew Clough

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

Simon Hage

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Elie Younes

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Taras Ettl

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alexandre Sogno

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Animesh Pandey

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tom Hasker

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

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