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2014 Speakers

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Elie Younes

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

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Bernard Forster

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Rui Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Pascal Gauvin

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

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rami Moukarzel

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

Gordon Drake

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Costas Verginis

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Christoph Härle

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Neil George

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Filippo Sona

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Tom Hasker

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Taras Ettl

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Alexandre Sogno

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

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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