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2014 Speakers

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Taras Ettl

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Selim El Zein

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bani Haddad

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Neil George

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nicolas Mayer

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Gordon Drake

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Yousuf Lootah

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Rui M. Barros

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

Filippo Sona

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Bernard Forster

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

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