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2014 Speakers

Rui M. Barros

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Nenad Pacek

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Elie Younes

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Andrew Clough

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Costas Verginis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Selim El Zein

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Tom Hasker

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Frits van Paasschen

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bani Haddad

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Norman Forsyth

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Christoph Härle

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Nicolas Mayer

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Taras Ettl

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Drake

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

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