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2014 Speakers

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Rui Barros

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

Simon Hage

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Bani Haddad

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Rami Moukarzel

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bernard Forster

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Filippo Sona

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Animesh Pandey

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Oliver Ebner

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

Gordon Drake

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Costas Verginis

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nicolas Mayer

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nenad Pacek

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

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Tom Hasker

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Neil George

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Christoph Härle

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

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.