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2014 Speakers

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nick van Marken

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Bani Haddad

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Tom Hasker

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Selim El Zein

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Clough

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Taras Ettl

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Gordon Drake

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Filippo Sona

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Costas Verginis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Elie Younes

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Christoph Härle

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

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