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2014 Speakers

Bani Haddad

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Neil George

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Frits van Paasschen

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

Simon Hage

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christoph Härle

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Drake

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Nenad Pacek

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Yousuf Lootah

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Costas Verginis

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Elie Younes

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

Andrew Clough

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Bernard Forster

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

Selim El Zein

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Tom Hasker

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

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.