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2014 Speakers

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bani Haddad

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Christoph Härle

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Elie Younes

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

Gordon Drake

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bernard Forster

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Selim El Zein

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

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.

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Tom Hasker

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Costas Verginis

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Neil George

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Nenad Pacek

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Andrew Clough

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

Nicolas Mayer

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

Taras Ettl

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Geoffrey Lipman

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Animesh Pandey

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Filippo Sona

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Rami Moukarzel

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

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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