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2014 Speakers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Oliver Ebner

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

Bani Haddad

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Animesh Pandey

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Simon Hage

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Gordon Drake

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

Bernard Forster

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Filippo Sona

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Rami Moukarzel

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Neil George

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Norman Forsyth

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Taras Ettl

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Nicolas Mayer

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

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 advisory Meeting will be held at the Emirates Academy on the 17th September 2014, at which the 2015 event will be discussed, shaping the themes and content to be delivered.

In addition, we will soon release details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion.

Did you know.. AHIC 2014 delegates can still connect via our online networking platform through to September so take advantage and make contact with your peers!

Finally, Congratulations to our AHIC 2014 Leadership Award Winner  HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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