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2014 Speakers

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Bani Haddad

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Clough

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

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nicolas Mayer

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

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Susan Harmsworth

Chief Executive Officer, ESPA

Animesh Pandey

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Bernard Forster

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

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Alexandre Sogno

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

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Yousuf Lootah

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

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Filippo Sona

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

Selim El Zein

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

Norman Forsyth

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

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Neil George

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

Gordon Drake

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

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Rui Barros

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Elie Younes

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Taras Ettl

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

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Simon Hage

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