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2014 Speakers

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Tom Hasker

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

Rui Barros

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

Bani Haddad

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Pascal Gauvin

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

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Neil George

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Norman Forsyth

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gordon Drake

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Elie Younes

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

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Rami Moukarzel

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

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

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Filippo Sona

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

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Geoffrey Lipman

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Taras Ettl

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

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Costas Verginis

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Nenad Pacek

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

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Andrew Clough

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Yousuf Lootah

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

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Christoph Härle

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Simon Hage

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

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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