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2015 Speakers

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Clarence Tan

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

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Brian Fisher

Head of Project Management – Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Denis Sorin

Advisor to Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Simon Lazarus

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Filippo Sona

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

Simon Barlow

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

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.