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2014 Speakers

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Costas Verginis

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Neil George

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Taras Ettl

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Yousuf Lootah

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Tom Hasker

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Frits van Paasschen

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

Andrew Clough

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Elie Younes

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Filippo Sona

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

Bani Haddad

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nenad Pacek

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Alex Kyriakidis

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Christoph Härle

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

Selim El Zein

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Panday

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Rui M. Barros

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Nick van Marken

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Programme

Day 1 – Full programme

Day 2 – Full programme

 

Schedule at a glance

SUNDAY MAY 4th
10:00 – 10:30 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & OPENING BREAKFAST
10:30 – 12:00 Networking ROUND TABLES
12:00 – 13:00 Opening Lunch
13:00 – 13:15 WELCOMING REMARKS
13:15 – 13:30 THE NEXT TEN YEARS...
13:30 – 13:50 THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
13:50 – 14:30 VISION FOR THE GCC AND BEYOND
14:30 – 15:00 BEYOND THE HYPE – CREATING REAL VALUE FROM MEGA-EVENTS
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00 THE EVOLUTION OF DUBAI OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
16:00 – 16:15 LOOKING TO THE NEXT 10 YEARS – HARD TALK WITH AHMED RAMDAN
16:15 – 16:40 DEFINING THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
16:40 – 17:00 2014 LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION
17:00– 17:30 DEFINING THE NEXT FRONTIER – HARD TALK WITH ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
17:30 – 18:00 PRESENT YOUR PROJECT
18:30 – 21:00 ZERO GRAVITY OPENING RECEPTION HOSTED BY JUMEIRAH GROUP
Monday May 5th
08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION, MORNING COFFEE & PASTRIES IN THE EXHIBITION AREA
08:45 – 09:00 WELCOMING REMARKS & PRIZES
09:00 – 09:30 COFFEE WITH AN ECONOMIST
09:30 – 09:45 GLOBAL INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE REVIEW
09:45 – 10:00 SMART CAPITAL
10:00 – 10:30 GROWTH
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
10:50 – 11:30 OWNER & OPERATORS – MAKING THE MARRIAGE WORK
11:30 – 12:00 UPDATE ON NORTH AFRICA
12:00 – 12:15 HARD TALK WITH SAMIH SAWIRIS
12:15 – 12:45 DEFINING THE GROWTH MARKETS
12:45 – 13:15 THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN A MANNER WHICH MAKES SENSE FINANCIALLY, ENVIRONMENTALLY & SOCIALLY
13:15 – 13:40 HARD TALK WITH FRITS VAN PAASSCHEN
13:40 – 14:30 NETWORKING LUNCH
14:45 – 15:30 BREAKOUT SESSIONS A
Session 1 SUCCEEDING IN THE EXTENDED STAY & SERVICED APARTMENT SEGMENT
Session 2 DIFFERENT OPERATING MODELS
Session 3 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
TOP TIPS TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS THAT ARE FINANCIALLY VIABLE IN THE MENA TOURISM SECTOR
15:30 – 16:15 BREAKOUT SESSIONS B
Session 4 THE EVOLUTION OF HOTEL F&B IN THE REGION – WHERE TO NEXT?
Session 5 SAUDI SYMPOSIUM
Session 6 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
16:15 – 17:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS C
Session 7 SUCCEEDING IN THE ECONOMY & MID-MARKET
Session 8 GETTING THE MIX RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY
Session 9 THE NEXT WAVE
17:00 – 17:45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS D
Session 10 INNOVATIVE DEBT FINANCING
Session 11 CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT STREAM
UPDATE ON MEGA-PROJECTS BEING DEVELOPED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR

18:30 – 21:00

NETWORKING RECEPTION HOSTED BY AL HABTOOR HOTELS
AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA THE PALM

 

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