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2014 Speakers

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Animesh Pandey

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

Neil George

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Norman Forsyth

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Elie Younes

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Rui Barros

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Taras Ettl

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

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)

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Bani Haddad

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Andrew Clough

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicolas Mayer

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

Tom Hasker

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Simon Hage

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Frits van Paasschen

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gordon Drake

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

Filippo Sona

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

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.