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2014 Speakers

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nenad Pacek

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Tom Hasker

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Oliver Ebner

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

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)

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Pascal Gauvin

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nicolas Mayer

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Selim El Zein

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Christoph Härle

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

Andrew Clough

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

Bani Haddad

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Simon Hage

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

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Animesh Pandey

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Elie Younes

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Filippo Sona

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Norman Forsyth

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Drake

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Alexandre Sogno

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bernard Forster

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

Rui Barros

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

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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