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2014 Speakers

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Rami Moukarzel

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Pascal Gauvin

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

Taras Ettl

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

Christoph Härle

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Nicolas Mayer

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Nenad Pacek

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

Costas Verginis

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Filippo Sona

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Norman Forsyth

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Rui Barros

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Elie Younes

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Oliver Ebner

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Simon Hage

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Andrew Clough

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Gordon Drake

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Tom Hasker

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Frits van Paasschen

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

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Alexandre Sogno

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

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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