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2014 Speakers

Gordon Drake

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

Animesh Panday

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

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Taras Ettl

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

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Nick van Marken

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Yousuf Lootah

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Rami Moukarzel

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tom Hasker

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christoph Härle

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Clough

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Neil George

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

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Costas Verginis

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Rui M. Barros

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Selim El Zein

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

AHIC Regional Briefings

in 2013 we hosted a series of regional briefings in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar which brought together the local investment, development and finance community,  Given the success in their first year, we have decided to expand the initiative in 2014.

The briefings are invitation only events. The result is that we have increased participation fro these communities and also gained a deeper understanding of the needs of these markets as well as providing an intelligence update on the local hotel market for investors.

We are currently planning five briefings ahead of AHIC 2014, including Oman, Riyadh, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia and Qatar

  • Oman Regional Briefing - 19 November 2013 at Al Bustan Palace, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Muscat Oman
  • Qatar Regional Briefing  - 3 February 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park, Doha Qatar
  • Jeddah Regional Briefing - 30 March 2014 at the North Corniche Road, Jeddah 21362, Saudi Arabia
  • Riyadh Regional Briefing - 23 February 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hada Area, Mekkah Road, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

If you are interested in hearing more about these briefings, please click on the below link and we will be in touch very soon.


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