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2015 Speakers

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Alison Grinnell

Director – Hospitality and Leisure, Assurance Services Lead, PwC

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Ramine Behnam

Associate Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Neil George

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

Rawaf Bourisli

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

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Jawad Khan

Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region), PwC

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Jerad Bachar

Managing Director - Consultancy, Nasaafir Solutions

Kristina Fischer

Associate Vice President – Business Development and Legal Services , Centara Hotels & Resorts

Panos Loupasis

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

Simon Hasdell

Vice President , Asset Management - Hospitality, IFA Hotel Investments

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Taras Ettl

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

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Helen Hangari

Senior Legal Consultant, DLA Piper

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Elie Younes

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

James Marsh

Vice President of Capital Projects, Jumeirah Group

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Simon Barlow

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

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Markus Keller

Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution, ACCOR

Gordon Drake

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

Abdulla Ziyath

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

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Oliver Ebner

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

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

David Vely

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

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Clarence Tan

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

Chris Gregory

Display Sales Manager - Middle East & Africa, Trip Advisor

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Sebaa Orabi

Head of Discipline - Interior Design, SSH Design

Damian K. ten Bohmer

Director Commercial - Middle East & Africa, IHG

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency , CEO, Global Hospitality Limited

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Suma Venkatesh

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Prab Thakral

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

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Filippo Sona

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

Dr Jeroen Oskam

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

Philippe Zuber

Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Abdullah Al Jehani

Special Advisor to the President, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Hubert Viriot

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

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Imad Barrakad

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

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

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 Regional Briefing Series is now complete and you can view all of the presentations here - these mini events around the Middle East have helped shape our agenda this year, bringing new themes and hot topics to light, as well as highlighting challenges facing the industry in regional markets.

Agenda highlights this year include:


  • An interview with His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management
  • An in-depth conversation with Ivanka Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization
  • A Hard Talk session with Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International


In addition this year we have added a "Development Den" and an "Owner's Intelligence Den", a Present your Project session and have a few other surprises up our sleeves! Not to mention two unique Networking Receptions hosted at Zero Gravity and Zeta, the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy hospitality from Jumeirah Group and Emaar Hospitality, and network in a more relaxed setting.

If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to secure your place at the 11th annual AHIC event!

AHIC 2014 Round-up


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