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2014 Speakers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Neil George

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Yousuf Lootah

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

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Taras Ettl

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Oliver Ebner

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Rami Moukarzel

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Nicolas Mayer

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

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Simon Hage

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Costas Verginis

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Frits van Paasschen

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Pascal Gauvin

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Elie Younes

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

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Animesh Pandey

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

Gordon Drake

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Bernard Forster

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Christoph Härle

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

Andrew Clough

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

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Rui M. Barros

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Filippo Sona

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

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. Our advisory Meeting will be held at the Emirates Academy on the 17th September 2014, at which the 2015 event will be discussed, shaping the themes and content to be delivered.

In addition, we will soon release details of our Regional Briefings Series for 2015, including locations to be visited, confirmed dates and topics up for discussion.

Did you know.. AHIC 2014 delegates can still connect via our online networking platform through to September so take advantage and make contact with your peers!

Finally, Congratulations to our AHIC 2014 Leadership Award Winner  HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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