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2014 Speakers

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Yousuf Lootah

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Frits van Paasschen

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

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Neil George

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Elie Younes

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Selim El Zein

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Drake

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Filippo Sona

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Tom Hasker

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

Taras Ettl

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Andrew Clough

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bani Haddad

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

Animesh Panday

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Rui M. Barros

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Christoph Härle

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Costas Verginis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

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.