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2014 Speakers

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Selim El Zein

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Oliver Ebner

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Filippo Sona

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Neil George

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

Taras Ettl

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Andrew Clough

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Elie Younes

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Animesh Pandey

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

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

Christoph Härle

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Costas Verginis

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Rui Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Yousuf Lootah

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Bani Haddad

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Tom Hasker

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Simon Hage

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

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.