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2014 Speakers

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Hage

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Yousuf Lootah

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Bernard Forster

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Greg Perry

Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Selim El Zein

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

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Rami Moukarzel

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Neil George

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tom Hasker

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

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Taras Ettl

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

Andrew Clough

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

Nenad Pacek

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Christoph Härle

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Abraham Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Elie Younes

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Alexandre Sogno

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Rui Barros

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Gordon Drake

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

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Norman Forsyth

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Filippo Sona

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

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

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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