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2014 Speakers

Animesh Pandey

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Gordon Drake

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Filippo Sona

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Neil George

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Andrew Clough

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bernard Forster

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Frits van Paasschen

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

Rui Barros

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nenad Pacek

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christoph Härle

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Selim El Zein

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elie Younes

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Costas Verginis

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Taras Ettl

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Yousuf Lootah

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Bani Haddad

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Simon Hage

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Rami Moukarzel

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


The programme for AHIC 2015 will be announced shortly.


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