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2014 Speakers

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Costas Verginis

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rui M. Barros

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Selim El Zein

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

Neil George

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

Animesh Panday

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Nick van Marken

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Elie Younes

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Taras Ettl

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Tom Hasker

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Filippo Sona

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Nenad Pacek

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gordon Drake

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

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bani Haddad

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Yousuf Lootah

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Clough

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Christoph Härle

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Pascal Gauvin

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

Programme

Day 1

10:00 - 11:00

Networking

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & OPENING BREAKFAST

11:00 - 12:30

NETWORKING ROUND TABLES

Listen to experts who will be hosting tables on topics that are hot! Each of your two chosen sessions is 45 minutes in length and will provide you an opportunity to learn and meet fellow interested delegates.

TABLE TOPICS

BRANDED RESIDENCES
What premiums are global brands bringing to the table? Where is the value proposition for the developer and buyer? How is the premium priced and brand selected?

EAST AFRICA
Is this the next frontier for Middle East investors? What are the facts for investors looking to make the leap? What do investors require from East African countries to facilitate investment and what are they currently offering?

HUMAN CAPITAL
The talent squeeze will dampen growth in the region if the industry doesn’t develop local talent and provide for education.

  • Ron Hilvert Founder and Managing Director - The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

ASSET MANAGEMENT
What is the key to good asset managers and what value do they bring to the table?

  • Greg Perry Asset Manager - IFA Hotel Investments
  • Animesh Panday Senior Manager Commercial Development - King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

SECURING YOUR FIRST BANK FINANCE
How do you get your first loan if you have never developed a hotel before? What basic information, studies, consents, and agreements do you need in place before your first meeting with the bank?

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL HOTEL INVESTOR/ OWNER?
What are the ideal qualities for a hotel owner or investor? What is your desired level of risk and subsequently what type of return can you expect? What timeline should you be looking at before exit ?

  • Saahil Lalit Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region - Colliers International

HOW BRANDED SPAS CAN ADD VALUE TO A DEVELOPMENT
What is the key to getting the spa component right? When is a third party operator appropriate?

And a representative from SIX SENSES

12:00 - 13:00

Networking

OPENING LUNCH

13:00 - 13:15

WELCOMING REMARKS

13:15 - 13:45

THE NEXT TEN YEARS AND THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

What lessons have been learnt during the last ten years and what successes should be built on? How does the region need to move forward?

Opening presentation by:

Followed by a presentation by:

How the regional macro-economic trends are impacting the business environment.

13:45 - 14:15

VISION FOR THE GCC AND BEYOND

What are the GCC governments plans for sustainable growth? What are their plans for demand generators and tourism infrastructure? How are the PPP's facilitating investment into the sector?

In conversation with:

14:15 - 14:45

BEYOND THE HYPE – CREATING REAL VALUE FROM MEGA-EVENTS

What does hosting large scale events really mean for the region? Looking at the economic impact of mega-vents.  How can a host destination develop the appropriate infrastructure to ensure a legacy event? How the whole region can benefit from the 2020 World EXPO and 2022 World Cup.

Presentations by:

  • Geoffrey Lipman President & Managing Director - ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

and:

on what do the numbers say? Historically what has been the impact of mega-events on hotel performance?

Followed by a Q&A with:

14:45 - 15:00

HARD TALK WITH AHMED RAMDAN

What are Ahmed Ramdan’s predictions for the industry? What lessons have been learnt in the last ten years? What successes should be built on and how does the industry need to move forward? What does he consider the most exciting opportunities for hotel investors?

15:00 - 15:30

Networking

COFFEE BREAK

15:30 - 16:15

THE EVOLUTION OF DUBAI OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

One year into Vision, what is the plan to take Dubai from 10 million to 20 million visitors? What part do hotel investors play?

In conversation with:

16:15 - 16:25

A FOCUS ON SAUDI ARABIA - DEFINING CITIES OF THE FUTURE

Looking at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), one of the world’s largest privately led mega-projects, what does it mean for KSA’s western region and where are the opportunities for investors?

  • Fahd Al-Rasheed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director - King Abdullah Economic City

16:25 - 16:45

2014 LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION

Awarded to:

Followed by an interview with:

On his achievements to-date and his vision for the future of tourism infrastructure within the Kingdom.

16:45 - 17:00

HARD TALK WITH ALEX KYRIAKIDIS

President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Hosted by:

  • Trevor Ward Managing Director - W Hospitality Group

17:00 - 17:30

PRESENT YOUR PROJECT

Whether you are looking for investment, a hotel operator, a joint venture partner or just want to profile your hotel project submit it to us for the chance to have it presented in front of AHIC attendees. Entry is only open to delegates of AHIC and project selection is at the discretion of the organisers. Visit www.arabianconference.com for more information.

19:00 - 21:00

Networking

ZERO GRAVITY OPENING RECEPTION HOSTED BY JUMEIRAH GROUP

Jumeirah is pleased to invite you for the Opening Gala Reception at Zero Gravity, Dubai’s newest entertainment venue. As day turns to night, sweeping views of the glamorous Marina skyline will heighten the atmosphere as Jumeirah unveils its latest hotels and resorts globally and invites you to experience the finest of its award winning hospitality across two levels of sophisticated style and luxury.