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2015 Speakers

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Taras Ettl

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

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Elie Younes

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Simon Lazarus

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

Suma Venkatesh

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

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Nicolas Mayer

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Hubert Viriot

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

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Clarence Tan

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Filippo Sona

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Gordon Drake

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Farida Al Raisi

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

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

David Vely

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

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Neil George

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

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Simon Barlow

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

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Prab Thakral

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Welcome to AHIC 2015

With 10 years under our belt, AHIC 2015 is on course to remain the Middle East’s annual meeting place for the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors.

Our Regional Briefing Series is now complete and you can view all of the presentations here - these mini events around the Middle East have helped shape our agenda this year, bringing new themes and hot topics to light, as well as highlighting challenges facing the industry in regional markets.

Agenda highlights this year include:


  • An interview with His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management
  • An in-depth conversation with Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization
  • A Hard Talk session with Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International


In addition this year we have added a "Development Den" and an "Owner's Intelligence Den", a Present your Project session and have a few other surprises up our sleeves! Not to mention two unique Networking Receptions hosted at Zero Gravity and Zeta, the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy hospitality from Jumeirah Group and Emaar Hospitality, and network in a more relaxed setting.

If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to secure your place at the 11th annual AHIC event!

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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