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2014 Speakers

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Alexandre Sogno

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

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Neil George

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

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Taras Ettl

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

Nicolas Mayer

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

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Filippo Sona

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

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Gordon Drake

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

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Nenad Pacek

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

Tom Hasker

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

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Selim El Zein

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

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Norman Forsyth

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

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Frits van Paasschen

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

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Yousuf Lootah

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

Bani Haddad

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

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Samer Abu Ayash

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

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Sameer Kazi

Head of Corporate Real Estate Investments, Sedco Holdings

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Aqeel Raees

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Elie Younes

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Rui M. Barros

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

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bernard Forster

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

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Lo’ai  Bataineh

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

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Costas Verginis

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

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Andrew Clough

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

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Dr Martin Berlin

PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Paul Griffiths

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports

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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