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2015 Speakers

Gordon Drake

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Neil George

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Imad Barrakad

Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Taras Ettl

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

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Filippo Sona

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Oliver Ebner

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.


2015 Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 5th May

Day 2 - Wednesday 6th May

Day 3 - Thursday 7th May


Speakers, times and topics are subject to change.


If you’d like to be involved in shaping the AHIC agenda, please contact:
Jennifer Pettinger, Head of Production, Bench Events
Direct: +971 5588 40145
Email: Jennifer Pettinger