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2014 Speakers

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bani Haddad

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Yousuf Lootah

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Bernard Forster

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Tom Hasker

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

Costas Verginis

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Frits van Paasschen

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Filippo Sona

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Andrew Clough

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gordon Drake

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Oliver Ebner

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

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.