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2014 Speakers

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Costas Verginis

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nenad Pacek

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Animesh Pandey

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Nicolas Mayer

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Neil George

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

Christoph Härle

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Elie Younes

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

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Oliver Ebner

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Yousuf Lootah

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Bani Haddad

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Andrew Clough

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Taras Ettl

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Tom Hasker

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Rui Barros

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Bernard Forster

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Simon Hage

Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Rami Moukarzel

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

Selim El Zein

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Norman Forsyth

Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

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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