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2014 Speakers

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Tom Hasker

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Animesh Pandey

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Selim El Zein

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Frits van Paasschen

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Nenad Pacek

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gordon Drake

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bernard Forster

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Costas Verginis

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Simon Hage

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Christoph Härle

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Pascal Gauvin

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Filippo Sona

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Andrew Clough

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Bani Haddad

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Neil George

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

Programme

Day 1

10:00 - 11:00

Networking

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & OPENING BREAKFAST HOSTED IN THE ARENA

11:00 - 12:00

NETWORKING ROUND TABLES

Listen to experts who will be hosting tables on key industry topics  Each of your two chosen sessions is 30 minutes in length and will provide you an opportunity to learn and meet fellow delegates.

TABLE TOPICS

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?

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?

  • Bernard Forster Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate) - Rani Investment
  • Abraham Kamau Head of Credit - Tourism Finance Corporation
  • Vernon Page Chief Executive Officer - Hotel Partners Africa

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
  • Mohamed Najia Secretary General - Kuwait Hotel Owners Association
  • Paul Diab Vice President-Operations - Golden Tulip MENA

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

  • René Beil Managing Director - Beaufort Global Partners LLC
  • Animesh Pandey Senior Manager Commercial Development - King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
  • Greg Perry Asset Manager - IFA Hotel Investments
  • Gabriel Von Bonsdorff  Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure - Aldar Properties P.

SECURING 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?

  • Lo’ai  Bataineh DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group - Oman Arab Bank SAOC
  • Oliver Ebner Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance - National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)
  • Jim Palmer Funding Advisor - IFA Hotel Investments

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 ?

  • Abdellah Essonni CEO - ABJAR Hotels International LLC
  • Tom Hasker UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME - Faithful + Gould
  • Saahil Lalit Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region - Colliers International

12:00 - 13:00

Networking

OPENING LUNCH HOSTED IN THE ARENA

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.

Presentation 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:

14:44 - 14:59

HARD TALK WITH AHMED RAMDAN

Founder & Group CEO, Roya International

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

To: HRH PRINCE SULTAN BIN SALMAN BIN ABDUL AZIZ, President & Chairman of
the Board, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) by His Highness Sheikh
Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum patron of AHIC

Followed by an interview with:

On HRH Prince Sultan's 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 - 17:15

HARD TALK WITH KHALAF AHMAD AL HABTOOR

Founder and Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group

On his vision for 2020 and beyond.

Hosted by:

17:15 - 17:30

HARD TALK ON RESPONSIBLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

Utilising tourism as a driver for sustainable growth and change within communities.   What are the benefits for developers and hotel operators to engage with local communities? Who has done it well and what are the keys to succeeding?

In conversation with:

17:30 - 18:00

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.

18:30 - 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.