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2014 Speakers

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gordon Drake

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Animesh Pandey

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Pascal Gauvin

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Frits van Paasschen

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elie Younes

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Christoph Härle

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Costas Verginis

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

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)

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Neil George

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Simon Hage

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Selim El Zein

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Rami Moukarzel

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Networking Receptions

Exclusive Evening Receptions

AHIC 2014 will host two fantastic networking receptions during the 2 day conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to network on a more informal basis, as well as the chance to enjoy the hospitality from Jumeirah Group and Al Habtoor Hotels.


Sunday 4 May 2013 - 18.30 - 21.00

Jumeirah is pleased to invite you for the Opening Gala Reception at Zero Gravity, Dubai’s newest entertainment venue. As day turns to night, sweeping views of the glamorous Marina skyline will heighten the atmosphere as Jumeirah unveils its latest hotels and resorts globally and invites you to experience the finest of its award winning hospitality across two levels of sophisticated style and luxury.


Monday 5 May 2013 - 18.30 - 21.00

To mark the end of AHIC 2014, the Al Habtoor Group invite delegates to the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah for a closing beach party.
Hang up your business attire and enjoy the luxury at Dubai’s newest landmark.