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2015 Speakers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Neil George

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Tim Fox

Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Networking Receptions

Exclusive Evening Receptions

AHIC 2015 will host two fantastic networking receptions over the course of the 3 day event. 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 EMAAR.


Tuesday 5 May 2015 - 18.30 - 21.00

Jumeirah is pleased to invite you for the Opening Gala Reception at Zero Gravity. 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.


Wednesday 6 May 2013 - 18.30 - 21.00


EMAAR will host the final AHIC Networking Reception of AHIC 2015 at Downtown Dubai's must-visit lifestyle destination Zeta, The Address Downtown Dubai.The newly expanded Asian Fusion Restaurant and Lounge offers guests unrivalled views of the The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.