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2014 Speakers

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Frits van Paasschen

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nenad Pacek

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Tom Hasker

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

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Nicolas Mayer

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Oliver Ebner

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Yousuf Lootah

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Clough

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Rui M. Barros

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

Neil George

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Norman Forsyth

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Taras Ettl

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gordon Drake

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Pascal Gauvin

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Animesh Pandey

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Bani Haddad

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Christoph Härle

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Simon Hage

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

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.