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2014 Speakers

Costas Verginis

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

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Sumair Tariq

CFO, Rholding

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Rui M. Barros

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Neil George

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

Taras Ettl

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Animesh Panday

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

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Yousuf Lootah

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Filippo Sona

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Pascal Gauvin

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Fergal Harris

Head of Real Estate Middle East, Standard Chartered

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Andrew Clough

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President Food & Beverage, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Ashley Scott

Principal, Masterplanning & Landscape Architecture, Aecom

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Selim El Zein

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Elie Younes

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

Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tom Hasker

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Nick van Marken

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Nicolas Mayer

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bani Haddad

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Christoph Härle

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Sponsorship Opportunities

AHIC 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

How you can benefit from sponsoring AHIC 2014:

  • Profiling your business to the industry’s top decision makers is the perfect way to produce bottom-line returns.
  • Raise your brand profile and achieve recognition in new markets through our marketing channels, your message will reach thousands of targeted industry players pre-event.
  • Stand out in a competitive market place - your company becomes immediately visible to the hundreds of hotel owners, investors and operators.
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For more information on sponsorship packages please contact:

Matthew Weihs
Managing Director Bench Events

T: +44 (0)1372 466 209
M: +44 (0)7858 511 012
E: matthew.weihs@benchevents.com