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2015 Speakers

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Brian Fisher

Head of Project Management – Middle East, Faithful+Gould

His Excellency Hesham Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, Wasl Asset Management

Jean Luc Naret

Senior Vice President F&B, Jumeirah Group , Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Simon Lazarus

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

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Simon Barlow

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

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Filippo Sona

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Clarence Tan

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

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED


2015 Draft Agenda

Tuesday 5 May 2015
18:30 – 20:30 Networking Reception hosted by Jumeirah Group at zero gravity
Wednesday 6 May 2015
09:00 – 10:15


Round 1 Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert. During the session you will move tables twice to discuss industry issues from the following round tables

Table 1: Is There Quantifiable Power in Social Media- Should investors and developers take social media into account at any point of the decision making process? What should they be paying attention to and how can they utilize the information it provides?

Table 2: What are the Drivers for Mall Development?
What are the drivers for retail mall development? What hotel capacity is being planned the Mall of the World? Can you integrate facilities into a hotel that will also increase public use and revenue?

Table 3: Acquisitions – how do strategies differ from the US & UK?
How do acquisition strategies in the Middle East differ from other real estate markets globally? What is standard practice for buy-out clauses? Structured sales options. Gap between buyer and sellers’ needs.

Table 4: Cost Control - with rates decreasing and costs increasing looking at ways to cut costs such as seasonal outsourcing

Table 5: Educating the Investor - with rates going down and costs increasing.  How are operators and the DTCM going to generate the same returns for investors?  Setting the expectations for the investor.  Particularly for new properties and investors.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00 Plenary Sessions
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events and Board Director, STR Global
  Tracking the Future: 20 Trends to 2020 to Shape & Shift the World
Daniel Silke, Political Economy Analyst & Futurist
  Hard Talk with Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International

Shape of the Industry – STR Global
Elizabeth Winkle, Managing Director, STR Global

Forecast for Middle East for next 12 months – what do we have to look forward to?
Filippo Sona, Director - Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International

  Regional Leaders’ panel –
what are their plans for growth and development? How do they see the region developing aand supporting the predicted inflow of inbound visitors? What is their take on the future of operators? How do they see them adding value to their business in the age of OTAs?
Simon Barlow, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim
Ignace Bauwens, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Christopher Knable, COO, Katara Hospitality
Rutger Smits, CEO, ARTIC
13:00 – 14:15 Networking Lunch
18:30 – 20:30 Networking Reception
Thursday 7 May 2015
09:00 – 13:00 Plenary Sessions including:
  Keynote address or interview with:
Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions of The Trump Organization © on the future of luxury and the next generation of luxury traveller.
  The Future of Entertainment – theme parks, destination drivers and making it all stack up
Bart Dohmen, Managing Director, BRC BV
Magreet Papamichael, Director, Aecom
  Asia as a Feeder Market for Inbound Tourism
Clarence Tan, Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
  OTAs vs Brand Power and Customer Loyalty
  Leadership Award presentation & interview
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Networking round tables & Breakout sessions


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