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2015 Speakers

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Gordon Drake

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

Oliver Ebner

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

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Filippo Sona

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Panos Loupasis

Senior Development Director – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group Middle East

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Imad Barrakad

Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Neil George

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

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Sponsorship Opportunities

AHIC 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

How you can benefit from sponsoring AHIC 2015:

  • Profiling your business to the industry’s top decision makers is the perfect way to produce bottom-line returns.
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  • Stand out in a competitive market place - your company becomes immediately visible to the hundreds of hotel owners, investors and operators.
  • Strengthen your existing relationships and forge new ones - take advantage of your sponsor passes and benefits to spend quality time with new and existing contacts.

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



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