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2015 Speakers

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Taras Ettl

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

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Barlow

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Neil George

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

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gordon Drake

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Filippo Sona

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

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Clarence Tan

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

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

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.