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2014 Speakers

Neil George

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Taras Ettl

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Rui M. Barros

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

Filippo Sona

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Nenad Pacek

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Alexandre Sogno

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christoph Härle

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Costas Verginis

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gordon Drake

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Norman Forsyth

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Nicolas Mayer

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rami Moukarzel

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Andrew Clough

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

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.