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2014 Speakers

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Yousuf Lootah

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Costas Verginis

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Elie Younes

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

Selim El Zein

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

Bernard Forster

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bani Haddad

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Neil George

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Christoph Härle

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Gordon Drake

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Taras Ettl

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Rui Barros

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Muhammad Al-Amir

Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Simon Hage

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Pascal Gauvin

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

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Filippo Sona

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Animesh Pandey

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

Oliver Ebner

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

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.

We hosted our Advisory Board meeting on the 17th September at the Emirates Academy, a forum at which the 2015 event was discussed in terms of key topics, trends, opportunities and issues. To view the STR Global report presented at the meeting by Philip Wooller, please click here.

We will soon release full details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion. However our initial briefing will be held in Oman on Sunday 26th October at the Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, in conjunction with MEED's Oman Projects Forum.


AHIC 2014 Round-up


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