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2014 Speakers

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christoph Härle

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Selim El Zein

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Bani Haddad

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

Filippo Sona

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Frits van Paasschen

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Elie Younes

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Rami Moukarzel

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

Bernard Forster

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tom Hasker

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Taras Ettl

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Costas Verginis

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Neil George

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gordon Drake

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nicolas Mayer

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Animesh Panday

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

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.