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2014 Speakers

Frits van Paasschen

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

Andrew Clough

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

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Animesh Panday

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Rui M. Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Alain Debare

General Manager, Action Hotels Co.

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Costas Verginis

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Hamed Farzadi

Group Chief Financial Officer, Seven Tides

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christoph Härle

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Elie Younes

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Nick van Marken

Global Head - Advisory, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ed James

Head of Meed Insight, Meed Insight

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Taras Ettl

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

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Gordon Drake

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Sanjeev Agarwala

Director Strategy & Business Development, Al Habtoor Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Selim El Zein

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rami Moukarzel

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

Neil George

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

Tom Hasker

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Filippo Sona

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

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Welcome to AHIC 2014

“AHIC’s 10th Anniversary gives us an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements we have witnessed in Dubai and in this industry in particular. Jumeirah is proud to have been part of this renowned conference since its launch. Dubai welcomed over 13 million tourists in 2013 and the number will grow to over 20 million in 2020 which means unprecedented hotel development opportunities. Such growth will also accelerate economic and social progress throughout the entire region. This year, we are looking forward to harnessing the accomplishments of the last ten years and celebrating the development of this incredible gathering.”

Gerald Lawless, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Welcome to AHIC 2014, we hope you can join us in celebrating our 10th year! AHIC has proven to be the Middle East's annual meeting place for the region's most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors. It is the annual conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets to do deals accross the region.

Year on year AHIC attracts over 600 attendees from over 40 countries. It is addressed by over 120 industry leaders, speakers & panelists. The conference provides a wealth of networking opportunities through lavish evening receptions, roundtables, online networking systems, buffet lunches and workshops.

We are excited to announce the 2014 programme, click here to view the programme

Attend this event and you will see it as an invaluable platform to promote your business, meet potential business partners and further your knowledge by learning from the biggest leaders of the hotel investment industry.

Ahead of AHIC 2014, given the success of the regional briefings last year, we will be hosting another series of regional briefings in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar bringing together the local investment, development and finance community.  These briefings are invitation only, if you are interested in learning more, please click here

To see what happened at the 2013 event, click here to download the post-show report

Let us keep you informed

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