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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Taras Ettl

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Nicolas Mayer

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Rui M. Barros

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Costas Verginis

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Christoph Härle

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

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Gordon Drake

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Elie Younes

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Andrew Clough

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Simon Hage

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Frits van Paasschen

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Pascal Gauvin

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Tom Hasker

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

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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