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2014 Speakers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Pascal Gauvin

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Hage

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Animesh Pandey

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Nenad Pacek

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Rui Barros

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

Taras Ettl

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

Elie Younes

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bani Haddad

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Tom Hasker

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Costas Verginis

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Selim El Zein

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

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.