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2014 Speakers

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christoph Härle

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Nenad Pacek

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Tom Hasker

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Andrew Clough

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Filippo Sona

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Costas Verginis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Rui M. Barros

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

Elie Younes

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

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bani Haddad

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Neil George

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Taras Ettl

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and 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)

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Panday

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Selim El Zein

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

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