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2014 Speakers

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bani Haddad

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Oliver Ebner

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Gordon Drake

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Filippo Sona

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

Bernard Forster

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Elie Younes

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Costas Verginis

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Selim El Zein

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Alexandre Sogno

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Simon Hage

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Frits van Paasschen

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

Taras Ettl

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

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rui M. Barros

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Neil George

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

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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