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2014 Speakers

Tom Hasker

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rui Barros

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Alexandre Sogno

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Simon Hage

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

Gordon Drake

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

Elie Younes

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Frits van Paasschen

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Filippo Sona

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Selim El Zein

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Neil George

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Taras Ettl

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Norman Forsyth

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Andrew Clough

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nenad Pacek

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Bani Haddad

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

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.