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2014 Speakers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Bani Haddad

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Frits van Paasschen

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Simon Hage

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Filippo Sona

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Tom Hasker

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

Christoph Härle

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Nenad Pacek

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

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Alexandre Sogno

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Elie Younes

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

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Rui M. Barros

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Animesh Pandey

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Taras Ettl

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Costas Verginis

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Neil George

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Rami Moukarzel

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Oliver Ebner

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

Andrew Clough

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Selim El Zein

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

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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