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2015 Speakers

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Neil George

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Clarence Tan

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Gordon Drake

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

Taras Ettl

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

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Simon Barlow

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

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Jerad Bachar

Strategic Advisor, Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Jawad Khan

Director, PwC

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Imad Barrakad

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises


Day 1 - Tuesday 5th May 2015



17:00 - 18:00



Speed Networking is a great way to break the ice and ensure you go into AHIC already knowing your fellow attendees.
Meet over 20 new contacts before the conference has officially started!

18:30 - 20:30



Jumeirah is pleased to invite you to attend the Opening Gala Reception at Zero Gravity. As day turns to night, sweeping views of the glamorous Marina skyline will create the perfect setting 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.