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2014 Speakers

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Rami Moukarzel

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

Selim El Zein

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Elie Younes

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

Christoph Härle

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Oliver Ebner

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Costas Verginis

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Tom Hasker

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bani Haddad

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Nenad Pacek

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Andrew Clough

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Bernard Forster

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Samer Abu Ayash

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rui Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Simon Hage

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Gordon Drake

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

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.