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2014 Speakers

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Pascal Gauvin

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gordon Drake

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Tom Hasker

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Filippo Sona

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Alexandre Sogno

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Christoph Härle

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Rui Barros

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nicolas Mayer

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Simon Hage

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

Costas Verginis

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

Andrew Clough

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Taras Ettl

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Oliver Ebner

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Bani Haddad

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides


The programme for AHIC 2015 will be announced shortly.


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